Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:30:00 PM VeriShip 8880 Ward Pkwy #300, Kansas City, MO

ver time, our brains have evolved to help us survive in a world where we solve the same kinds of problems day to day and interact with a small and rarely changing group of people who closely share our outlooks and opinions. In other words, we're optimized to function in a world nothing like the one we actually live in.

To deal with being confronted with an overwhelming and unprecedented access to information, our brains use mental shortcuts to make timely decisions. What could possibly go wrong? Welcome to the world of cognitive biases.

We'll take a look at some of the most common biases that affect decision making. We'll talk about why everyone else on social media is crazy. We'll explain why we did not pay too much for that car. We'll rationalize why spending $100 on lottery tickets was actually a great investment. We'll take a look at the biases other people have (but not us). Finally, we'll learn how all these are examples of our own biases. #TheresABiasForThat

After exploring some of these concepts we'll talk about the real reasons so many Agile practices work and help protect us from our own brains. We'll cover practices like story points, user stories, information radiators and more, and we'll talk about the biases they help protect us from. Armed with this knowledge, we can start protecting ourselves from our own brains, and help make the teams we work with even more awesome.

Attendees will learn:
Some weird and wonderful facts about how our brains work (and sometimes don't).

To recognize some of the common cognitive biases that affect how we make decisions.

Why agile thought processes can stack the deck in our favor for making good decisions if your company uses Agile or not.

Our Guest Speaker - Nate Adams
As an Agile Coach and Trainer, Nate strives to help organizations do work better; figuring out how to build the right thing and build that thing right. How do we boost team morale? Improve product quality? Prioritize work? Manage change? Disrupt big industries or protect ourselves from being disrupted? These are the questions Nate loves.

As a contract Software Architect Nate helps technical teams in a variety of ways. Want to talk about how to write code that is not only tested but testable? Improve your automated test coverage? Break your system into domains? Make your systems more customizable and maintainable? Or do you just need someone to do some old fashioned code slinging for you? Nate can help with all of these.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

Every Thursday, the members of Hammerspace gather to socialize, network, and meet new members of the space. We welcome the community at large to come down during this time to explore the workshop, check out all of the tools, fabrication equipment and work space made available to HammerSpace members, and ask questions of our community of Hammerspace users.

There is plenty of off-street parking, a kids playroom available for tiny makers, and the evening is always the origin point of new and amazing creative ideas.

Tours are led every 30 minutes for those curious about the tools and capabilities of the facility and staff. This is a free event, open to the public.

45th & Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Click here for event


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Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM 13350 College Blvd 13350 College Blvd, Lenexa, KS

"Welcome to WordCamp KC" Pre-party at 6pm.

Come hang out with WordCamp attendees, organizers, speakers and sponsors. We'll be meeting for casual drinks and food at the high top tables downstairs.

Tanner's Bar & Grill
13350 College Blvd
Lenexa, Kansas 66210

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Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:30:00 AM Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery 1624 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City,

• What we'll do
Casual discussions about intersectional feminism over various topics. Conversations about how to succeed in life, work and relationships while advocating for yourself and empowering the women around you.

• What to bring
An open mind and willingness to share your experience, ask questions and potentially be vulnerable. If you have additional topics you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to reach out or bring them up in the course of conversation.

• Important to know
These conversations aren't about subscribing to a certain set of answers, but instead, they're about having honest, organic discussions that help us do and be better every day.

We'll plan to be at the large pub table on the second floor. Subject to change depending on number of attendees, availability and weather. Click here for event


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Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3:00:00 PM PT's at The Crossroads 310 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO

We are going to be working on this Kaggle competition: https://www.kaggle.com/c/petfinder-adoption-prediction

Create an algorithm to predict where the data scientists will be sitting...or just look for all the powerful laptops. Click here for event


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Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00:00 AM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

HammerSpace Workshop will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd for the annual Maker Faire KC event going on at Union Station in KCMO. We will be representing HammerSpace all weekend long at this fun, family-friendly event, and encourage everyone to come check out this amazing celebration of makers as well. Our doors will open again at the regular 11am time on Monday, June 24th.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM 8330 Ward Pkwy 8330 Ward Pkwy, Kansas City, MO

Signing up on Meetup alone does not secure your ticket. YOU MUST sign up through Eventbrite to ensure your spot. --> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techtalk-discovers-internet-safety-for-kids-tickets-59802179930?aff=Meetup

Are you sure your kids are safe online? Bring your kiddos to a fun and informative TechTalk on June 19. Starting at 6 PM, adults and kids will learn about Internet security, protecting personal information and more. We'll teach the kids all the tricks so YOU don't have to worry when they use the computer! Great for children ages 7 to 15, or kids comfortable with computers.

iModules - Suite 500! Click here for event


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