Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30:00 PM McCownGordon Construction 422 Admiral Blvd, Kansas City, MO

For this month's VR/AR meetup, we'll be at McCownGordon Construction in downtown KC! Come chat with the team and hear about how McCownGordon utilizes spacial capture tools like Matterport, point cloud data, and 360 video to help visualize the built environment. Attendees will be able to try the latest tech and some of the latest demos for HTC Vive.

Find out more about McCownGordon Construction at http://www.mccowngordon.com/

Food will be provided, so please RSVP ahead of time so we have an accurate count.

We hope to see you there!

Andrew, John, and Steve

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:00:00 PM Google Fiber Space Lounge 1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

join us AGAIN, as Nick and Kyle lead a discussion about freelancing and the realities of making a living in the video industry (and similar creative fields). Whether you're thinking about making the jump, are already moonlighting/freelancing full-time, or just interested in listening, we'd love to have your thoughts. While Nick and Kyle will be steering the discussion, we are hoping to get your input as well, so come ready to talk! Last month we had fantastic group conversation and the meeting was.not.long.engough! ENTER PART 2!


6:00–6:30 – Social time/set up

6:30 - Official Meeting Start

6:30–6:45 – Introduction/News

6:45–8:15 – Freelancing discussion

8:15–8:59 – Raffle prizes/social time

8:59 – GET OUT! (Must be out of Google Fiber by 9:00)

9:00 – [Optional] – Begin conversations in the parking lot that last for another 2 hours.

As always, our meeting is free to attend and open to all. See you there!

Nick Schale started 29 Pixel Studios when he went full-time self-employed in 2013, but has been freelancing since 2003. 29 Pixel Studios mainly focuses on video production but also has a strong photography offering. Nick is also the creator of the "Business Tips for Creatives" podcast.

Kyle Hamrick also began doing freelance work on the side in 2003, and went full-time as a freelancer/running a small studio, The Feral Few, in 2010. He just presented on this topic (along with Jessica Thomas) at this year's Adobe Video World.

We also have several regulars who have been successfully self-employed and/or running their own businesses for years. We're really looking forward to a great informative discussion!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:00:00 PM Stowers Institute 1000 E 50th St, Kansas City,

Please join us for an evening of looking at the exciting past month of PHP news and learning about interesting concepts and projects in PHP and software development.

Ann Gaffigan will present a talk that she will have given at ZendCon 2017 in October and that she will give at Nomad PHP in December!

Light refreshments will be provided. Join us to meet new people, discuss PHP, and learn something new. 

Our Evening Meeting Format

We love Web Development and all things PHP. Our meetings are often a little free-formed, but we shoot for this schedule:

6:00pm - Mingling / Meet and Greet

6:15pm - Lightning Talk: Last Month in PHP

6:30pm - Ann Gaffigan - Tackling the Beast: Upgrading a Legacy Code Base to PHP 7
Hypothetically speaking, what if you wanted to change all of the lightbulbs in your house to use LED bulbs, but your current wiring didn't support LED bulbs? You would need to re-wire your house, which would take a long time. In the meantime, you wouldn't have any working electricity. Is there a better way? What if there was an adapter that could transition LED to work with old wiring if necessary, or if the wiring was new, just work as usual? That's a metaphor for how I figured out how to gradually upgrade a legacy (LAMP) code base to be compliant with PHP 7.0. Since PHP deprecated the MySQL extension functions as of PHP 5.5.0 and removed in 7.0, we needed to transition a LOT of code in a legacy system to use the modern MySQLi extension functions. In trying to figure out how to upgrade the code base without ceasing new development on the system, we decided to use an adapter database class to allow us to transition gradually. In this session, we'll explain how the adapter class works and also the rules we put in place to ensure there was an end to the transition tunnel.

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All Developers Welcome!

We understand Web Developers often come from all backgrounds, and many work in more languages than PHP. Whether you're curious and just starting out, dabble in PHP on the weekends, write custom PHP on a daily basis, work in a framework like Symfony, Zend Framework, Silex, Slim, Laravel, CakePHP or customize CMS products like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla; our goal is that you will find something new, useful and thought provoking.

Interested in giving a presentation to the group, or demoing something you're working on? Contact one of the organizers through Meetup or talk after a monthly meeting to sign up!

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 6:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

WELDING FOR EVERYONE! In the Welding for Everyone class, the instructor will cover basic welding techniques. A variety of useful welding methods will be demonstrated and then repeated by the students. Open to beginners as well as those who have prior experience. Please bring a long sleeved, preferably denim shirt with you to protect your arms. The class will introduce you to flux-core wire feed, MIG and ARC welding. For ages: 18-118 (All materials included) Seating is limited.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:30:00 PM Garmin International 1200 E 151st Street, Olathe, KS


Spring Boot 2 features completely reworked metrics support based on Micrometer with out-of-the-box support for popular monitoring systems like Prometheus, Datadog, Influx, Netflix Atlas, etc.

We'll talk about why it was important for Spring to adopt a dimensional metrics system and how you can use it to drive actionable insights.


Jon Schneider recently joined the Spring Cloud team at Pivotal as a Principal Software Engineer working on application metrics. Previously, he worked on the Netflix Developer Productivity team working on Rewrite and a range of Gradle plugin integrations in the Netflix Nebula suite.

Location Details 

Garmin's address is 1200 E 151st, Olathe, KS 66062  

Our garage is completely open and access from Ridgeview is North of where it used to be, it is now closer to Sheridan Bridge Lane.

Construction Update - The southern Ridgeview entrance is closed but a new one has been created just north of the original (image).

• You will be able to enter through the left most door until 6:20 pm when the doors will be locked (image).

All guests to Garmin need to register upon entering the North Lobby. The doors will need to be locked at 6:20 pm.   


• 5:30 - 6:30pm - Social Hour with food provided TBD

• 6:30pm - Presentation

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 1:00:00 PM Lifted Spirits - Kansas City Distillery 1734 Cherry Street, Kansas City,


USE "KCSEM2017" FOR A 20% Discount

When: November 1, 12:00pm - 6:00pm                            

Where: Lifted Spirits Distillery, 1734 Cherry St, Kansas City MO 64108

Cost: Complimentary for SEMPO members / $50 for non-members

We are eager to announce the third annual SEMPO Cities Kansas City event, The KC Search Marketing Conference. Kansas City, alongside 11 cities nationwide, will host a SEMPO Cities event which as we experienced in the past few years is a great day of networking and learning all things in the world of Search Marketing. After enriching our minds all afternoon we will host a happy hour event to network and further discuss the topics of the day.


12:00 - 12:45: Registration

12:45 - 1:00: Opening Remarks

1:00 - 2:10: Organic Search Today, Tomorrow, Forever! 

The Organic Search landscape is changing as quickly as it ever has. Whether it is "Mobile" or "Voice Search", how does today's SEO manage and maintain a successful approach to Organic Search marketing? Learn from the professionals of the SEO world as they provide insight on what's working, what's not and how to be a cutting-edge marketer or a part of team that is going to get noticed. From tools and tactics to process and strategy, you don't want to miss out learning from these in-house and agency marketers.  


Bill Hartzer, Consultant, Billhartzer.com

Michael Solms, Sr. VP of Product, Go Local Interactive

Matt Lacuesta, Digital Marketing Strategist, The Integer Group

2:10 - 2:30: Break

2:30 - 3:40: Paid Search: Staying Ahead of the Curve and Getting More From it!

Paid Search has brought about so many possibilities but do we do it all, or become great within a few areas? From Remarketing to simply re-thinking things, our panel of Paid Search professionals provide great insight into how to make your budget turn into ROI worth bragging about. Whether you are splitting spend to advertise in other areas of emerging opportunity such as Social Media, or wondering if up-and-coming advertising technologies such as programmatic advertising are worth it, our panel of bright minds will shed light on where we go from here as it relates to Paid Search!


Craig Paddock, President, Plaza Digital

Adam Seybold, Digital Paid Media Manager, DEG

Alan Schieber, Paid Media Manager, Gennessee

Patrick Gordan, Director of Digital Marketing, Voltage

3:40 - 4:00: Break

4:00 - 4:30: Keynote: Organized, Effective, Successful


Heather Physioc, Director of Organic Search, VML

4:30 - 6:00: Networking & Happy Hour


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