Mark your calendar for the Heartland Developers Conference, September 3-5, 2014 at the Embassy Suites La Vista Conference Center. More details about content and speakers will be announced shortly with registration opening in June.
 

Visit heartlanddc.com for up to date conference information.


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  • Cinder Block Brewery

    110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.140266 -94.579559

  • We will begin with lighter games that are quick or easily joined. Then we can break out onto some of the tables in smaller groups if numbers and space allows. Come teach us your favorite game or learn one of ours! We should have plenty of players for a few different games and enough time to try a variety.



    Outside food is welcome and the location has free popcorn and bar snacks, nuts and other items, for purchase. This is a nonsmoking establishment.

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  • Maker Studio Union Station

    30 West Pershing Rd , Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.085079 -94.585732

  • Come through the main door
  • Make sure to check Meetup.com each week during the month of May, 2014, as CCCKC looks for its new home!
    Members and guests are welcome to our Open House meetings.

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    Hello WordPressers!
    I have an update for you all on WordCamp KC! The most important stuff is right here:
    • Who: All of you guys
    • When: July 12th (with 101 sessions on Friday and work sessions on Sunday)
    • Where: Kauffman Convention Center.
    The rest of the stuff is here:
    We lucked out this year and ended up with an amazing venue, brilliant speakers, and a wonderful city to do this in.
    If you haven't checked out the site, now's the time! Register early and secure your WordCampKC 2014 tee shirt (baby blue and beautiful).


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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Think Big Coworking

    1800 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.091717 -94.584999

  • KC's PHP User Group at ThinkBig Coworking
    Join us on June 4th to meet new people, discuss PHP, and learn something new!
    Our Meeting Format
    We love Web Development, new development techniques and all things PHP. Our meetings are often a little free-formed, but we know evenings are precious so we will shoot for:
    6:00pm -Mingling
    6:05pm - Meet and Greet our members and our friends at ThinkBig.
    6:30pm - Presentations / Lightning Talks
    Eric Poe - Using composer to manage dependencies and handle autoloading
    John Kary - Using xDebug / WebGrind to find the slow spots in your code
    Interested in giving a short presentation? Sign Up!
    7:45 pm - 8pm Open group discussion on any development topic, concern or question.


    All Developers Welcome!
    We understand Web Developers often come from all backgrounds, and many work in more languages than PHP. Whether you're curious or 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, FuelPHP, 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 new and cool you're working on? Contact one of the organizers through Meetup or talk after a monthly meeting and get signed up!

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    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Quark Studios

    8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS (map)
    38.973747 -94.710472

  • [If you are a recruiter or an employer, and wishing to attend, please RSVP directly to Kunjan Shah.]
    Have you ever had a great app idea that you thought would make you a fortune, but instead, ended up costing you time and money with nothing to show? In this presentation, Enrique Garibay describes the process you can use to find profitable niche markets in which to build mobile apps. You’ll learn the tools you can use for market research and app design. You’ll then discover how to take your app concept and turn it into a requirements document that your development team can build for you.
    Folks, we have limited seating at this location, so if you are planning not to attend please update your RSVPs as soon as you can so that wait listed members can plan ahead. Also, if you are on the wait list, please reach out to me, and we can set up extra seating.
    If you have a project you want to show and talk with the group about for future meetups, please contact us. If you would like to hear about any specific topic in any future meetups, please feel free to let the group know! Also, we have a new Linkedin Group to stay in touch out side of the meetup. You can join here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Kansas-City-Mobile-App-Developers-7484461
    This month LRS Consulting will be sponsoring food. Please update your RSVPs the morning of June 26th so that they can get proper quantity of food and Drinks. LRS Consulting Services began in 1979 when Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. was founded as a small computer consulting company in Springfield, Illinois. From that humble beginning, LRS has grown to be a global information technology company with sales that rank it among the top 200 in the world. Even with our growth and diversification, LRS has remained true to its consulting roots. LRS Consulting Services has been providing quality consultants to clients for more than 31 years. We’ve seen the consulting business change and we’ve changed to keep pace.
    Please note the meetup location - Enterprise Center of Johnson County 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214.
    Agenda:
    6:00-6:30 - Socializing and meeting other members.
    6:30-7:30 - Presentations from members
    7:30-8 - Follow-up discussions with members.

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    I want to gauge the interest in an IOT group in KC. This introductory meeting would be to assess the interest and set the general format of the meetings.

    Hobbs Building , West Bottoms

    1427 W 9th, Suite 406, St, Kansas City, MO 64101, Kansas City, MO

    http://www.meetup.com/Internet-of-Things-IOT/


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    Tuesday, June 3, 2014

    7:00 PM

  • Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen

    1526 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.094872 -94.582489

  • Open to anyone in the area who is interested in developing video games. In order to have a little structure, we'll try to do a couple things each week:
    • Introduce new members. What have you worked on, game related or not? What do you want to work on next?
    • Discuss this week's conversation starter. Some article, video or game that we can dig into a little.
    • Members can present any games they're working on, for feedback or just to brag.
    Of course, it's all very informal. The main goal is interesting conversation(s) about our passion.
    Looking forward to it!

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  • KC Pet Project

    4400 Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.042290 -94.493469

  • Turn in between Arrowhead Stadium gates 4 and 5.

  • It's official! We have been asked by the KC Pet Project to conduct our KCDesignCore Photo Walk at their facility with 250 dogs and 150-200 cats as our willing subjects! (Thanks to Tim Yeaglin for hooking us up).
    With an intake of nearly 9,000 pets a year, open-admission, and a No-Kill policy, the KC Pet Project welcomes our group to come and do our best photography for their most willing subjects.
    Some of the pets will be bandaged up and are obtaining medical care. Others will be putting on their "please adopt me" faces. All of them are going to be happy we're there!
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014, ...bring your digital camera (as simple or fancy as you like) and plan to do some creative photography for the KC Pet Project. They normally close at 6:00pm but will extend their hours for our group - be there a little earlier than a normal meeting (6:30pm instead of our usual 7:00) and plan on a good solid hour of roaming the halls, the play yard, the special rooms, and anywhere that's open. Capture some personality and some infrastructure while you're there!
    All pets have signed their model releases with pawprints. ;)
    We'll provide a way to download your photos at the end of the night...we'll package them up for online review by KC Pet Project staff...and during the July "vacation month" we'll select a winner to receive a special book prize at the August meeting. At the end of the Photo Walk, as our semi-annual prize raffle, someone will walk away with a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud!
    By participating in the Photo Walk, you're giving your material to the KC Pet Project to use as they see fit (in future marketing, web site, advertising, or print projects) but the portfolio material is yours for the keeping.
    See you Tuesday night, June 3, at 6:30pm!

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  • Johnny's Tavern West

    721 Wakarusa Drive, Lawrence, KS (map)
    38.971630 -95.306804

  • This information gathering is for designers and developers to get together, grab some food and/or drinks, and talk shop. A lot of great discussions happen organically at these meetings, don't miss out!

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    KC Code Noobs is a group focused on improving the skills sets of Front-end Web Developers in the Kansas City Metro Area through Web Development and Design tutoring and meetups! If you want to become a web developer, this is the best place to get started! Let's hangout, eat some good food, and get coding!

    http://www.meetup.com/Kansas-City-Code-Programming-Web-Development-Design-Tutoring/


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  • Google Fiber Space Lounge

    1814 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.050659 -94.607025

  • This will be an invite only event as space is limited, so if you'd like to attend the I/O Extended event here in Kansas City please email and/or direct message GDG Kansas City on Google+ and send us your email address and we'll get you added to the invite list.
    Looking forward to seeing you at the I/O Extended event!
    PLEASE NOTE: Accepting this invite does not guarantee entry, you must send us your email address to get on the guest list. Again space is limited.

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    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    9:00 AM
  • Kaldi's Coffee

    4771 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.041054 -94.594238

  • Please let me know if this date and time works for you.
    I figure we can get to know each other, share projects and do some coding!
    9 am maybe a bit early. I like to get out before it gets too hot.

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  • Centriq Training & Centriq's TechSmart KC Program

    8700 State Line Road #200, Leawood, KS (map)
    38.969131 -94.609184

  • Spock is a testing and specification framework for Java and Groovy applications. What makes it stand out from the crowd is its beautiful and highly expressive specification language. Thanks to its JUnit runner, Spock is compatible with most IDEs, build tools, and continuous integration servers. Spock is inspired from JUnit, RSpec, jMock, Mockito, Groovy, Scala, Vulcans, and other fascinating life forms.
    More details from Dan coming soon.
    http://code.google.com/p/spock/

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    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    6:30 PM

  • C2FO

    4210 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS (map)
    39.028881 -94.634811

  • The notion of property-based testing has the possibility of finding some of the more nasty bugs in code.  While not a replacement for traditional testing, it is a powerful compliment to strengthen the confidence in your code.  We'll start by taking an overview of test.check and talking about how it can be leveraged.
    About the speaker
    Robert is a Software Architect at Cerner, where he's been engineering software for 15 years. Lately he's been working in Big Data and leverages Clojure for processing and data exploration.   He also enjoys woodworking.
    New Attendees
    Welcome! This is an easy meetup to get involved with. There are no functional programming experience expectations or prerequisites of any kind, though some talks are more advanced than others. These events are generally well suited to help infuse functional programming ideas into an existing programming skill set.
    Location Details
    The address is 4210 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 400A.
    C2FO offices are on the top floor of the same building in which Fairway, KS City Hall is located. This building is right behind Stroud's restaurant and LLKC attendees should be able to gain entry from any door.

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    We hope to see you next Monday to hear from Steven Hoober on touch screen interfaces at VML. Food and beverages will be provided as well. Thank you VML! And mark your calendars for July 7th where AJi Software will host a UXPA KC happy hour at the Well.

    Help us create events that meet your needs (and location)! Please take our quick survey and let us know what you think.

    Been to some good or bad UX conferences? Read the reviews we've got so far and let us know what we missed!

    Help put KC on the UX map! We're looking for volunteers to organize a bid to host MidwestUX 2015 right here in KC. Contact us at Hello@uxpaKC.org if you're interested. Also, keep in mind that UXPA KC also seeks 2015 Board member candidates for our elections this Fall! 

    See you next Monday!


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    Wednesday, June 4, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Think Big Coworking

    1800 Baltimore Ave, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.091717 -94.584999

  • KC's PHP User Group at ThinkBig Coworking
    Join us on June 4th to meet new people, discuss PHP, and learn something new!
    Our Meeting Format
    We love Web Development, new development techniques and all things PHP. Our meetings are often a little free-formed, but we know evenings are precious so we will shoot for:
    6:00pm - Pizza and Socializing
    6:05pm - Meet and Greet our members and our friends at ThinkBig.
    6:30pm - Presentations / Lightning Talks
    Eric Poe - Using composer to manage dependencies and handle autoloading
    John Kary - Using xDebug / WebGrind to find the slow spots in your code
    Interested in giving a short presentation? Sign Up!
    7:45 pm - 8pm Open group discussion on any development topic, concern or question.


    All Developers Welcome!
    We understand Web Developers often come from all backgrounds, and many work in more languages than PHP. Whether you're curious or 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, FuelPHP, 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 new and cool you're working on? Contact one of the organizers through Meetup or talk after a monthly meeting and get signed up!

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    June Pro Luncheon Using Social Media Analytics to Make Better Marketing Decisions | June 12th
    Social Media metrics that matter: that's what Alyssa Murfey of emfluence will talk about at our June Pro Lunch. It's one of the most challenging - and arguably most important - aspects of any marketer's job, but can be tricky. Which programs to use? What to track? How to present the findings? All this will be covered and more. So join us for what is sure to be an informative and engaging presentation. Hope to see you there! 


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    June Breakfast "Facebook for Business" at Grand Street Cafe |
    June 6th


    Have Facebook questions about targeting capabilities? Video distribution? Insight availability? Working for or representing a small business using Facebook for marketing? Join us at our June breakfast where we'll be joined by Nicole Bonk, a Facebook Agency Development Lead. She'll discuss all the topics above, plus more and answer the questions you're dying to ask about how business is done on Facebook.​


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    SMCKC Happy Hour King Tut Exhibit at Union Station | May 29th

    This month, we're partnering with our friends at Union Station for a special happy hour where ​​SMCKCers can enjoy a tour of the world-reknowned King Tut Exhibit as well as food and cocktails in a private area of Pierpont's. Food and drinks will be available at the Pierpont's patio (located directly in front of the restaurant's entrance in the main hall) starting at 5:30 and the exhibit will be available for guests to tour free of additional cost (a $20 value) thanks to Union Station from 6:30 onward.

    For more information about the exhibit, please visit http://www.unionstation.org/tut/index.php#


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    https://clicktoattend.microsoft.com/en-us/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?EventID=187915

    Event Details (Event Code:187915)

    Learn how management structures, certificates, methodologies and practices are evolving in Software/Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) Organizations to meet the need for speed/innovation that is driving business environments.
    The Software/Systems Development Lifecycle (SDLC) within organizations is the glue that holds together the mission critical application and system development projects. These projects are what drives innovation throughout the entire organization for both internal and external customers. It is this innovation, usually in the form of internal process automation or external customer engagement solutions which provide competitive advantage. With current market conditions competitive advantage, even for a short window of time, can drive longterm positive financial results.
    The reality is the basic structure, principles, and purpose of SDLC organizations are changing rapidly. There is so much pressure within organizations to get process automation and customer facing solutions out as quickly as possible, that the SDLC glue is weakening and in need of change.

    This session will go over the major changes at work in how the SDLC is run within organizations. It will be broken into five sections:
    • New methods or ways of getting the work done (Agile or Iterative or Scrumfall)
    • The new look of the Project Manager, Five needs in one
    • How people are managed and the skills required for management and professionals
    • Data Analytics and SDLC professionals
    • Trends in Certifications (What PMI, IIBA, Scrum, IC Agile are offering for SDLC human capital growth)
    This presentation will provide you details that will help with your capital & expense budget. It will also help you plan your human capital requirements in the near future and in developing individual deployment plans (IDPs) for your current staff. The ultimate goal is to provide you detail information so you can adapt and successfully manage through these evolutionary changes.


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    Mobile Monday is a global community started in Finland almost a decade ago and has over 60 chapters worldwide.
    The organization works with local and global mobile industry visionaries, and developers fostering cooperation and cross-company business development through virtual and live networking events sharing ideas, best practices and trends from global markets. All Mobile Monday Chapters encourage innovation within the mobile sector and help local companies participate in initiatives through the import and export of visions, concepts, technologies, know-how and best practices. By continuing to present innovative visions, trends, studies and forecasts from the mobile marketplace we facilitate and create partnerships, while contributing to the education of the broader public through publications and an online presence.
    The Kansas City Chapter executes on these objectives, by delivering a balanced approach of business and technical content. We look to the local business community for some of this content, but also beyond the borders in order to make sure Kansas City knows what is happening outside our borders that can help their business. We also look to the community to step up and tell us what we can do to help your business. Submit a business problem that the community can help solve, or ideas on content you would benefit from at the meetings.

    http://www.meetup.com/Mobile-Monday-Kansas-City


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    8 problems, 5 hours, $17,000+ in prizes ...you got this

    You’re invited to participate in the Kansas City area’s only professional code competition event. Hosted by Perceptive Software, this team competition challenges you and your teammates with eight challenging problem descriptions.
    Here's the deal:
    • Up to three competitors on a team
    • Participants must be 18 years or older
    • Teams will earn points for solving problems. For an example of problem descriptions and their solutions please see last year's problems.
    • Solutions will be a program written in C, C++, Java, Ruby, Groovy, Scala, Clojure, C# (Mono) or Python
    • Awesome cash prizes:
      • Grand Prize Team: $10,000
      • 2nd Place Team: $4,000
      • 3rd Place Team: $2,000
      • 4th Place Team: $750
      • 5th — 10th Teams: $500 each

    Event Details

    When
    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Registration and Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.
    Competition: 1 to 6 p.m.
    Post Code Celebration: 6 to 8 p.m.
    Where
    Perceptive Software's New Headquarters (Opening Summer 2014)
    89th Street and Renner Boulevard
    Lenexa, Kan.

    http://codedash.perceptivesoftware.com


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    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    12:00 PM

     


    Let's have another study session at Snow & Co! Lets get together over food and drinks, and see what we can learn from one another.


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    A new meetup group for iOS developers is starting in Kansas City.

    Check it out at:
    http://www.meetup.com/iOS-kcmo/


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  • Cinder Block Brewery

    110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.140266 -94.579559

  • We will begin with lighter games that are quick or easily joined. Then we can break out onto some of the tables in smaller groups if numbers and space allows. Come teach us your favorite game or learn one of ours! We should have plenty of players for a few different games and enough time to try a variety.



    Outside food is welcome and the location has free popcorn and bar snacks, nuts and other items, for purchase. This is a nonsmoking establishment.

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    6:00 PM
  • Quark Studios

    8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS (map)
    38.973747 -94.710472

  • [If you are a recruiter or an employer, and wishing to attend, please RSVP directly to Kunjan Shah.]
    For the May meetup, Android Developer, Roger O'Dell will discuss Supporting Multiple Android Devices - Part 2. In this discussion he will have a brief presentation, and the rest will be demo based. Part 2 of this 2 part series will focus on devices from Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) forward. This demo will be similar in scope than Part 1. It will be a Master/Detail application that will utilize the compatibility library. Just like Part 1, the demo will contain Fragments. What makes this demo different will be the use of the Action Bar Compat to give the older devices the same look and feel of a modern applications. Instead of using JSON data like Part 1, this application will use a SQLite database. This application will be built using Eclipse and will be hosted on Github. At a later time, an Android Studio version will also be completed and added to Github. To add some additional complexity, the data will be completely different and include some high res images instead of simple images.
    Folks, we have limited seating at this location, so if you are planning not to attend please update your RSVPs as soon as you can so that wait listed members can plan ahead. Also, if you are on the wait list, please reach out to me, and we can set up extra seating.
    If you have a project you want to show and talk with the group about for future meetups, please contact us. If you would like to hear about any specific topic in any future meetups, please feel free to let the group know! 
    This month Adecco will be sponsoring food. Please update your RSVPs the morning of May 29th so that they can get proper quantity of food. As the leading global provider of technical workforce solutions, Adecco Technical offers a comprehensive array of services, including - Temporary and contract staffing, Permanent recruiting or Direct Placement, and Training and consulting.
    Please note the meetup location - Enterprise Center of Johnson County 8527 Bluejacket Street, Lenexa, KS 66214
    Agenda:
    6:00-6:30 - Socializing and meeting other members.
    6:30-7:30 - Presentations from members
    7:30-8 - Follow-up discussions with members.

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    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    6:30 PM

  • C2FO

    4210 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Fairway, KS (map)
    39.028881 -94.634811

  • Monads - Andrew Rademacher
    About the speaker
    Andrew is a software consultant with experience delivering telemarketing, manufacturing and analytic systems to both web and native platforms.
    New Attendees
    Welcome! This is an easy meetup to get involved with. There are no functional programming experience expectations or prerequisites of any kind, though some talks are more advanced than others. These events are generally well suited to help infuse functional programming ideas into an existing programming skill set.
    Location Details
    The address is 4210 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Suite 400A.
    C2FO offices are on the top floor of the same building in which Fairway, KS City Hall is located. This building is right behind Stroud's restaurant and LLKC attendees should be able to gain entry from any door.

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  • Maker Studio Union Station

    30 West Pershing Rd , Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.085079 -94.585732

  • Come through the main door
  • Make sure to check Meetup.com each week during the month of May, 2014, as CCCKC looks for its new home!
    Members and guests are welcome to our Open House meetings. If you have any questions, you can get ahold of the 2014 President at rachel.morris@c3kc.org

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    Thursday, June 12, 2014

    7:00 PM

  • The Bulldog

    1715 Main St, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.092949 -94.583191

  • "it's clear that among the legions of folks who are professional IT that they are some of the most intelligent and creative people in our society."
    Then why aren't we getting together?
    Let's get together and talk about our ideas, projects, and problems.
    This is a great time to get together with other like minded individuals to run your projects by, test your next great game/app/software or got a coding problem you just can't get the answer to, why not run it by the group.
    Bring your laptops, tablets, whatever and lets talk tech, share ideas and solve problems!

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    CityCampKC 2014 is Saturday, May 31st at the Kauffman Foundation.

    The event runs from 9 to 5, with a social breakfast at 8am and cocktails afterwards from 5 to 7. Attendance is limited and last year's sold out, so reserve your space now.
    KC's annual civic unconference. Civic-minded folks gather for a day of discussing, imagining and building.
    You are the change you've been waiting for. Come hack your Kansas City. Help create the city you want to live in. The focus this year is on startups & the city.

    http://citycampkc.org/


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    Smarter SharePoint KC User Group

    Smarter SharePoint KC User Group

    Monthly Event - Last Tuesday of every month: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)


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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Lucky Strike Bowling

    KCPL Light District
    1370 Grand Blvd
    Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.106184 -94.583530

  • See the title.
    Several members suggested a bowling event, so it should be fun to switch things up a bit. Let's meet at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at 13th & Grand on the corner of the Power & Light district. I'll try to get us a group discount, but no guarantees.

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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    7:00 PM

  • Centriq Training

    8700 State Line Road, Leawood, KS (map)
    38.969131 -94.609184

  • With the ever-changing landscape of devices, web and native applications on both mobile and Desktop, developers are increasingly expected to understand how to create user experiences. UX expectations are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. What's a Developer to do? Never fear, join Jeff Julian And John Alexander of AJi Software for an interactive and entertaining session! We'll focus on some fundamental UX concepts and terminology to enable you to tackle this new and exciting frontier. Whether working on your own or with a designer, you'll be able to design and communicate more effectively.
    Presented By:
    Jeff Julian
    Jeff Julian loves creating awesome software. In his role as Managing Partner at AJi Software, he specializes in creating software programs that help customers achieve their business goals—using best-in-class Agile methodologies and well-refined system integration procedures.
    “The key is accuracy—making sure we understand exactly what the customers want, through every step of the development process,” Jeff said. “That’s why we take the time to get regular input from our customers.”
    Jeff has received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for experience in the areas of XML and SharePoint. He co-authored a bestselling book on SharePoint development and has been a leader in the .NET User Group of Kansas City for over 10 years.
    In 2003, Jeff founded a startup software community called Geekswithblogs.net. By 2012, when he finally sold the website, it had grown to 2.5 million unique visitors each month.
    “We want to deliver the best quality application possible,” Jeff said. “We want our customers to be blown away every day by the level of quality they receive from AJi.”
    In his free time, Jeff enjoys photography, training for marathons, and hanging out with his wife and two children.
    John Alexander
    John Alexander loves making customers happy and has a passion for process. Whether it’s finding the right software solution to support their business vision—or simply making a suggestion on a new approach—he enjoys helping them find exactly what they need to achieve their goals. As Managing Partner at AJi Software, John spends a great part of his time analyzing customer requirements and directing the project team to meet those requirements, even when they change on the fly. The agile process that AJi uses is an area he spends considerable time on as well.
    “I like teaching, training, consulting, and mentoring,” John said. “It’s a wonderful experience when someone finally understands a concept, and has that ‘Aha!’ moment.”
    John is a nationally recognized consultant, trainer, author, coach, and system architect, specializing in Team Foundation Server, for which he received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. He has served as the Microsoft Regional Director for the Kansas City area for the last 15 years. In addition, John was the lead architect and coach of a software development team that was directly responsible for placing that organization on CIO Magazine's Agile 100 List.
    A widely respected speaker and writer on Microsoft .NET applications, he co-authored two bestselling books on .NET development, as well as a bestselling book on Microsoft SharePoint development. He routinely speaks at industry conferences such as VS Live! and DevConnections,
    “What excites me?” John asked. “Giving our customers a world-class service experience through a collaborative and transparent process.”
    John is an avid baseball fan. His favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals. John loves spending time with his wife and 3 children, drawing and painting, and swimming.

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    Monday, May 26, 2014

    5:30 PM

  • Luminopolis HQ

    115 W. 18th St., Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.091625 -94.585350

  • We're on Floor 3 of the Bauer Building on 18th. We will try to have the front door open. If locked, please look us up on the phone box and we'll buzz you in.
  • Come meet and work with other civic-minded folks passionate about open government and civic tech! Hack Night is a weekly event hosted by Code for America, so come by and work on a civic project you have already started, start a new project, or collaborate with others on their projects. Bonus: we typically have snacks and booze!
    Be sure and sign up at the national Brigade site: brigade.codeforamerica.org
    And join our Google+ community too!

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    HUG Access SIG Meeting 6:30 pm, May 21, 2014, at JCCC, Regnier Center - 3rd Floor, RC 353

    Beginning Presentation:

    Title: Building a Crime Database in Microsoft Access

    Description: I linked to the Johnson County Sheriff's office website (http://www.jocosheriff.org/index.aspx?page=166) while reading a newspaper article and this could be a good example of organizing and using information in a database.

    Janet Gelsinger has participated in the Heartland Access User Group since about 1996 and works at Hallmark Cards as a Data Analyst for the www.Hallmark.com website. Janet’s IT career began with computer software support and progressed to a primary focus on data as both a DBA and Data Analyst, working on database administration, development and design on Access, Oracle, Teradata and most recently, SQL Server.


    Advanced Presentation:

    Title: Using Microsoft Visio to create and plan databases and communicate with clients

    Caren Grandgenett is an Adjunct Assistant Professor - Business Entrepreneurship and Technology at Johnson County Community College.


    Drawings:

    One $10 Gift Certificates from Amazon.

    Book: Microsoft Access 2013 Brief by Lisa Friedrichsen. Designed to meet the needs of users from a broad range of experience levels, the Illustrated Series equips your students with training on basic skills.

    Give-away drawing for HUG members only. Sponsored by: Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc.


    Arlene Watkins
    President/CEO
    Heritage Computer Consulting & Services, Inc.
    10104 W 105th St.
    Overland Park, KS 66212


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  • Digital Evolution Group

    10801 Mastin Street #130, Overland Park, KS (map)
    38.932846 -94.702248

  • Note: Date changed to avoid conflict with KCDC conference!
    No Estimates (#noestimates) movement is gaining traction in Agile community. Troy Tuttle will give a review of his KCDC No Estimates talk to the LWS KC group.
    Wondering what No Estimates is about?  This video may help:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PyZu1qHy_o

    Where: Digital Evolution Group Coffee Shop, 10801 Mastin Street, Overland Park, KS
    This is a BYOL (bring your own lunch) event.
    Starbucks coffee is provided!

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    The next Agile KC meeting will be Thursday May 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM at Centriq Training.  Please visit www.agilekc.org to register if you are planning on attending so we can let our sponsor know how many will be joining us for dinner.

     

    Meeting Topic

    This month’s evening Agile KC meeting will be a review of Patrick Lencioni’s influential book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

     

    Meeting Description

    As Agile takes hold in more IT shops around Kansas City, team interplay has become a hot topic of interest amongst practitioners and adopters.  This evolving emphasis on “Individuals and Interactions overs Processes and Tools” demands levels of collaboration which in turn require a greater understanding of team dynamics.

    This book is one that a number of Agile departments have read and are attempting to integrate into their daily practices.

    You don’t have to read this book to participate in the conversation!

    Agilehood KC’s (http://kc.agilehood.org/) Jenny Tarwater and Brett Gibson will conver the topics presented by Lencioni and facilitate a discussion with these ideas.  Dr. Jared Lock will also be present to discuss how these concepts have been pulled from the field of Industrial Psychology-with tips on their practical application in your workplace.

     

    Speaker Bio’s

    You can learn more about Brett Gibson and Jenny Tarwater at http://kc.agilehood.org/about-us/who-we-are/.  To learn more about Dr. Lock, please visit http://www.convergentllc.com/about/jared-d-lock-ph-d-founding-member/.


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    http://www.meetup.com/Kansas-City-PaaS-and-BlueMix-Meetup


    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

    9:00 AM

  • IBM

    11550 Ash St., Suite 350, Leawood, KS (map)
    38.918087 -94.648476

  • Learn how BlueMix built on Cloud Foundry Gives You ALL the TOYS! Available Instantly to develop and run applications using Cloud Services for JAVA, Node, PHP, Ruby JSON, Mongo, Postgres, RabbitMQ DevOps, JazzHub and many more open technologies for Web, Mobile, Social and Analytic Applications...

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    The Big Data Summit is the second annual convergence of software, systems, tools and techniques for managing, manipulating and interpreting data, big and small. This year’s Summit will bring together over 500 vendors, users, developers, thinkers and tinkerers from all areas of Big Data. From hardware to Hadoop, algorithms to analytics, virtualization to visualization, and data scientists to social scientists will all unite for 3 days in Kansas City to discuss the motivation and means to advance the art of Big Data and to explore the reasons why Big Data is such a big story. This year’s hackathon will blow all hackathons away. Major cash prizes, world-class tools and well-designed projects should spark the gathering of the area’s best and brightest minds.
     


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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Lucky Strike Bowling

    KCPL Light District
    1370 Grand Blvd
    Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.106184 -94.583530

  • See the title.
    Several members suggested a bowling event, so it should be fun to switch things up a bit. Let's meet at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at 13th & Grand on the corner of the Power & Light district. I'll try to get us a group discount, but no guarantees.

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    http://www.girldevelopit.com/chapters/kansas-city


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  • Digital Evolution Group

    10801 Mastin Street #130, Overland Park, KS (map)
    38.932846 -94.702248

  • Note: Date changed to avoid conflict with KCDC conference!
    No Estimates (#noestimates) movement is gaining traction in Agile community. Troy Tuttle will give a review of his KCDC No Estimates talk to the LWS KC group.
    Wondering what No Estimates is about?  This video may help:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PyZu1qHy_o

    Where: Digital Evolution Group Coffee Shop, 10801 Mastin Street, Overland Park, KS
    This is a BYOL (bring your own lunch) event.
    Starbucks coffee is provided!

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  • Cinder Block Brewery

    110 E 18th Ave, North Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.140266 -94.579559

  • We will begin with lighter games that are quick or easily joined. Then we can break out onto some of the tables in smaller groups if numbers and space allows. Come teach us your favorite game or learn one of ours! We should have plenty of players for a few different games and enough time to try a variety.



    Outside food is welcome and the location has free popcorn and bar snacks, nuts and other items, for purchase. This is a nonsmoking establishment.

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  • Plaza Public Library

    4801 Main St Ste 100, Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.039219 -94.586914

  • This is a working Meetup, designed for WordPress professionals and WordPress website owners to collaborate to solve specific issues or problems with WordPress websites.
    As well, we will have a discussion topic. All attendees are asked to be ready to contribute with resources, suggestions, questions and/or experiences pertaining to the weekly topic.
    This Meetup is at Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch in the Large Meeting Room. Space is limited to 30 attendees.
    Discussion Topic -  User Roles & Members Only Content

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    1 Million Cups is a weekly educational program that is designed to engage, educate, and accelerate local startups.

    Meets every Wednesday from 9 to 10 am.  Free and open to the public.

    http://kansascity.sites.1millioncups.com/

    Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation.


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    Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    6:00 PM

  • Lucky Strike Bowling

    KCPL Light District
    1370 Grand Blvd
    Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.106184 -94.583530

  • See the title.
    Several members suggested a bowling event, so it should be fun to switch things up a bit. Let's meet at the Lucky Strike bowling alley at 13th & Grand on the corner of the Power & Light district. I'll try to get us a group discount, but no guarantees.

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