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What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, August 5, 2019)

Tampa Bay technology, entrepreneur, and nerd events - Monday, August 5 — Sunday, August 11, 2019 - #MakeItTampaBay

Every week, I compile a list of events for developers, technologists, tech entrepreneurs, and nerds in and around the Tampa Bay area. We’ve got a lot of events going on this week, and here they are!

This weekly list is posted as a voluntary service to the Tampa tech community. With the notable exceptions of Tampa iOS Meetup and Coders, Creatives and Craft Beer — both of which I run — most of this information comes from, EventBrite, and other local event announcement sites. I can’t guarantee the accuracy of the dates and times listed here; if you want to be absolutely sure that the event you’re interested in is actually taking place, please contact the organizers!

Monday, August 5

Tuesday, August 6

Wednesday, August 7

Thursday, August 8

Friday, August 9

Saturday, August 10

Sunday, August 11

…and don’t forget what’s up next week:

Augtoberfest, the August edition of the Coders, Creatives, and Craft Beer meetup, which happens next Wednesday, August 14th at 6:30 p.m. at 7venth Sun Brewery in Tampa.


Hyve’s videos from Startup Bus 2019

I had the privilege of participating in Startup Bus 2019 on the Florida Bus — and the team I was on, Hyve, made the top three! Here are Hyve’s official videos from our adventure…

Meet Team Hyve!

In addition to the pitch competition that took place in clear view, there was also a behind-the-scenes game in which all the Startup Bus teams could partake. The game was made up of activities that teams would perform for points, and the bus that earned the most points would receive special mention at the finals. The activities were effectively a checklist for teams to follow as they created their startups and applications on their buses.

One of the activities was to make a team video, where team members would introduce themselves and explain why they’re participating in Startup Bus. We recorded this on Wednesday night at NC State in Raleigh.

Pitching Hyve to a stranger

Another action item in the behind-the-scenes game was to pitch our idea to a stranger in one of the towns where we stopped. We pitched the Hyve concept to the Lyft driver who took us from NC State to our hotel. Here’s how it went…

Practicing our pitch

In addition to building the business and the app on the bus, we practiced out pitches at regular intervals. Here’s Tracy practicing his pitch as the bus raced towards New Orleans:

The qualifying round

The qualifying rounds took place on Saturday, July 27th at New Orleans’ Propeller Incubator, where all the teams from all the buses — the Advancing Black Entrepreneurs, Florida, Mexico, New York, Ohio, Silicon Valley, and Washington DC teams — made their pitches.

Every member of every team had to be ready to pitch, because in the qualifying round, the judges chose two people from each team to make their pitch, one at a time. They tend to choose the least confident-looking team members, and a couple of them already knew me. We did well, though, with Rina doing the “set ’em up” pitch and Tracy doing the “finish ’em off” one:

The finals

We’d have to wait until the next day to find out who made it to the semifinals, but we were among them! Even better, we made it to the finals. We re-worked our pitch for the finals judges with the help of the Florida Bus Conductors — Akira Mitchell, Nick Price, and Shane Needham — and here’s the result:

The winners

Once all the finalists made their pitches, the judges sequestered themselves, and shortly afterwards, they made their announcements, which included Hyve!

Just the bit about Hyve

Just because I love that bit about walking the line between good and evil, here’s just the part about Hyve:


Joey deVilla’s augmented reality portfolio

Beginning ARKit video course (, April 2019)

Beginning ARKit is a video course offered at the premier mobile development tutorial site, It introduces iOS developers to building augmented reality apps for iOS with Apple’s ARKit library. In 41 bite-sized videos spanning 2 hours and 22 minutes, I take you from the AR version of Hello, World! and show you how to build:

  1. Happy AR Painter: A Bob Ross-themed AR painting app that lets the user “paint” in 3D space using geometric shapes that can be animated.
  2. Raykea: A version of the popular IKEA Place app that not only lets you place AR furniture in the room you’re in, but also draws posters on vertical surfaces.
  3. BaedekAR: An AR guidebook, or Baedeker, for paintings and photos in galleries, museums, or any place that displays 2D art. It does this using ARKit’s ability to recognize and detect known 2D objects.
  4. Into the Third Dimension: In which we take the BaedekAR app and turn it into an app that can recognize and detect known 3D objects.

Not only did I narrate the videos, but I created the script, and all the code and most of the graphics for the course.

The course is available only to subscribers, but some excerpts have been made available for online preview. I’ve included them below:

ARKit workshop and Getting started with ARKit tutorial (RWDevCon conference, April 2018)

RWDevCon 2018 was a mobile development tutorial conference covering iOS and Android development held from April 5th through 7th, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. I was the only speaker to have two sessions:

  • A four-hour pre-conference workshop on ARKit, and
  • A two-hour introductory tutorial on ARKit.

These sessions were the two highest-rated ones at the conference, based on attendee feedback forms. It was this feedback that got me an offer to create the Beginning ARKit video course.

The four-hour conference is available only to subscribers, but the two-hour tutorial was made freely available online and shown above.

Augmented Reality UX presentation (Tampa Bay UX, June 2018)

Based on the success of the ARKit sessions at RwDevCon 2018, I did a presentation at a Meetup of the combined Tampa Bay User Experience / Front-End Design Meetup with my wife, Anitra Pavka. We talked about build good user experiences for augmented reality, using both commercial applications as well as the applications I made for the RwDevCon presentations.

The slides from our presentation are below:

Tech editor on ARKit by Tutorials, first and second editions (2018 and 2019)

I was a tech editor on the first and second editions of the book ARKit by Tutorials, and am currently tech editing the third edition, due for release this fall.

Augmented Reality in Android with Google’s Face API (July 2017)

My AR portfolio isn’t limited to just iOS — I also have an article on Android AR: Augmented Reality in Android with Google’s Face API, a tutorial in which I show readers how to build Snapchat-style filters that draw comic images over detected faces.

Would you like to know more about my augmented reality work? Feel free to contact me at