Career Meetups

The power of friendship

Having skills is only part of the game. Because life is a team sport, connections matter too!

Want to harness the power of friendship?

Then you’ll want to catch this online panel, State of The Tampa Tech Scene, where you’ll find me and other organizers behind Tampa’s influential startups and meetups talking about the current state of technology and the tech industry, as well as how you can get involved and grow your network. Find out more on the event’s Meetup page.

Current Events Meetups Tampa Bay

Synapse panel: “A Tactical Approach to Supplier Diversity” (Tuesday, September 28)

Synapse, the Florida-focused innovation hub based in Tampa behind events such as Synapse Summit, are hosting a panel discussion event tomorrow (Tuesday, September 28) at 4:30 p.m. titled A Tactical Approach to Supplier Diversity.

It’s a hybrid event — both in-person and virtual. I’ll be attending virtually.

Here’s their description:

Businesses with diverse partners are empircally more successful. But, the roadmap for building a strong and diverse network of partners and suppliers is not always clear. Join us for a tactical conversation about putting best intentions into best practices.

Here are the panelists:

  • Jocelyn Azada is the director of Business Diversity, Supply Chain ESG, and Risk at Nielsen. She’s passionately committed to creating solutions for environmental and social challenges through the power of procurement and global supply chains. She was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the development of the ISO Standard for Sustainable Procurement, ISO 20400, and is on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Coalition. She also represents Nielsen as a founding member of the Global Impact Sourcing Coalition, a global network of leading companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook, creating digital jobs for people with limited access to these opportunities.

  • A South Florida native, Avril Stinson moved to Tampa 18 years ago. Seasoned in investor/sponsor relations, and program management, she brings years of investor relations and sponsor engagement knowledge to the Tampa Bay Chamber. Stinson is passionate about powerful community support development and entrepreneurship, in addition to networking, programming, and strategic leadership within organizations.

    Stinson has previously worked at Tampa Bay Wave, as Director of Development, and at the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, as the Investor Relations Director, leading their investor engagement and programming efforts. Additionally, Stinson holds a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree from Marshall University in Counseling. Stinson was also an integral member of the Junior League of Tampa’s Marketing and Diversity Committees, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for MetArena, the social media app for indie game studios, and Mentoring with Purpose Charity, as well as mentoring for USF’s Black Leadership Network. Stinson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Business Development Corporation, as well as the Synapse Impact Board and is a founding member of the Synapse Inclusion Lives Here Committee. She recently joined Hillsborough Community College’s Art Gallery – Advisory Committee, as well as The Tampa Museum of Art’s Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Avril is a founding member of the Synapse Impact Board’s Inclusion Lives Here Committee.

  • Nikki Pardo is the founder of Global Alliance Solutions, a consulting company that offers simulation-based customized diversity training for corporations, non-profit agencies, school districts, and law enforcement agencies. She also is co-founder of The Pack, a community-based project that hosts conversations linked to inclusion, equity and community throughout Detroit. Nikki has been featured in several publications, received Corp! Magazine’s Diversity Business Leader Award for 2017, facilitates trainings across the country, and is a trusted consultant on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and implicit bias.

    Nikki was appointed to the FBI-Detroit Division – Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, and is a graduate of the FBI Detroit Citizens Academy. She was also appointed to the Princeton University Prize in Race Relations – Detroit Committee, is a graduate of the New Detroit-The Coalition’s Multicultural Leadership Fellowship, and the national fellowship Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED). She has served on numerous boards, and currently serves on Birmingham’s Race Relations and Diversity Task Force Board, and the Board of the Hispanic Police Officer Association – Detroit Chapter.

    Nikki is an avid researcher and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Management/Leadership, a Master of Science in Administration degree with a concentration in International Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a nationally certified Global Career Development Facilitator, a member of the National Career Development Association, the National Diversity Council, and a Michigan-certified mediator. Nikki is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Jack and Jill of America – Oakland County Chapter.

  • Cesar Hernandez – Managing Director + CEO of Omni Public, Synapse Impact Board Member & President, Tampa Bay Latin Chamber – is a public affairs and public relations professional specializing in helping individuals/companies introduce and deploy new technologies, concepts, and ideas into the marketplace and engage with government, media, and industry.

    He has worked with government agencies, public officials, political candidates, and past clients to interact with the media and launch initiatives with disruptive companies such as Tesla, Google, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Bird, and IBM.

  • Lauren Prager is privileged to meet the incredible and diverse talent across Florida’s innovation communities in her role as Synapse’s VP of Community Engagement. As a result, she cultivates strategic partnerships that strengthen innovation across the state. She also curates the stories that are shaping Florida’s growth and showcasing our talent on the various Synapse stages hosted virtually in in person throughout the year.

Find out more about the event and register on its EventBrite page.

Deals Tampa Bay

Free office furniture in the Tampa area

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If you’re looking for free office tables and chairs for your startup or home office and you can get a truck or van to the Westchase area in short order, you might want to come and pick these up. They were listed this morning on Facebook Marketplace, and I can’t guarantee they’ll be around for long.

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For more details, see this post on Facebook Marketplace.

Current Events Tampa Bay

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, September 27, 2021)

Here’s your weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events — plus a little area tech news — for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, September 27 through Sunday, October 3, 2021.

This is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For the past four years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

As far as event types go, this list casts a rather wide net. It includes events that would be of interest to techies, nerds, and entrepreneurs. It includes (but isn’t limited to) events that fall under the category of:

  • Programming, DevOps, systems administration, and testing
  • Tech project management / agile processes
  • Video, board, and role-playing games
  • Book, philosophy, and discussion clubs
  • Tech, business, and entrepreneur networking events
  • Toastmasters (because nerds really need to up their presentation game)
  • Sci-fi, fantasy, and other genre fandoms
  • Anything I deem geeky

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

This list contains only events that are outdoors or online for the time being

The COVID-19 case rates are dropping from their all-time highs, but we’re still a hotspot and they still need to continue trending downward. With that in mind, I’ve chosen to limit the events listed to outdoor or online events. Be safe, be responsible, get your shots, and we can get back to those better numbers that we had in the spring and early summer!

Monday, September 27

If you’re looking for work in tech, you should start your Monday at 9:00 a.m. with Rise and Grind, Computer Coach’s informal virtual “coffee talk” where they explore what works and doesn’t work in a career search. In each session, they cover a new topic related to career success, network with other professionals, support each other, build meaningful relationships and answer questions about job search strategies. Register on their EventBrite page here!

Tuesday, September 28

Synapse is holding a panel on Tuesday at 4:30, which will feature a panel discussing the topic of doing business with diverse partners. Find out more about the event on its EventBrite page.

Wednesday, September 29

On Wednesday, September 29 at 6:45 p.m., the ReactJS Tampa Bay Meetup will lead an exercise where participants will build a video chat app — very fitting during the pandemic — using Vue and the Daily API. Find out more on the event’s Meetup page.

Thursday, September 30

Friday, October 1

I’m part of this one! At 10:00 a.m. this Friday, Computer Coach will host a panel called State of The Tampa Tech Scene, where the organizers behind Tampa’s influential setups will talk about the current state of technology and the tech industry, as well as how you can get involved and grow your network. Find out more on the event’s Meetup page.

Saturday, October 2

Sunday, October 3

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

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Meetups Programming Tampa Bay

The “Think Like a Coder!” meetup: Monday, October 4

I’m bringing back my Tampa-based programming meetup! It used to be Tampa iOS Meetup, and then Programmers of Portables, but I’m broadening its coverage and renamed it Think Like a Coder!

Think Like a Coder! is a meetup with a mission, which is to help with the programmer’s biggest challenge: How do you apply what you’ve learned about programming to actually write programs? How do you take what you’ve learned about loops, branches, functions, objects, and so on and turn them into applications?

During each meetup, we’ll take on a problem and try to solve it with code. As with my other meetups, these will be “code along with me” exercises — we’ll all learn by doing.

The meetup’s first session will take place ONLINE on Monday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m., and the exercise will be to answer a very “Florida” question: Are Publix subs on sale?

This session will cover scraping — the process of reading the contents of web pages — and then performing actions based on those contents. We’ll work together in JavaScript (and possibly Python) to look at how we can write a program that can answer the question “Are Publix subs on sale?”.

Join us ONLINE on Monday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. for the first session of Think Like a Coder!

Programming Reading Material’s free programmer’s notes for all sorts of platforms

I mentioned these FREE ebooks back on Programmer’s Day, but I feel that they merit their own post: has a great collection of FREE ebooks featuring programming recipes for all sorts of platforms, from Angular to Android, C to C++ to C#, Java to Kotlin, MongoDB to MySQL, Perl to PHP to Python, Ruby on Rails to React, Swift to Xamarin Forms and more!

You can download them for free here, but if you’re feeling really grateful and generous, you can buy them one or more coffees!

What I’m Up To

“Hackers” is back on YouTube for free (with ads)!

The YouTube Movies & Shows YouTube channel has a set of films that usually require you to part with some money to watch them, but occasionally become free with ads. One of these films is the so-bad-its-good so-’90s-it-hurts Hackers (it has a 32% critics/68% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes), and at the time of writing, it’s free-with-ads.

I’ve got it on an “background productivity noise” while I work on an article about Auth0 authentication on Android…

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In case you wanted to watch it, here it is in all its 1995 glory: