The Heartland Developer's Conference in Omaha will be held September 7-9, 2011.


Maker Faire: Kansas City is a family-friendly event to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology. This festival celebrates things people create themselves — from James Bond-worthy electronic gizmos to Martha Stewart-quality “slow-made” foods and homemade clothes. Inspiration is ubiquitous at the festival and there are surprises around every corner for people of all ages.


Social Media and Music Happy Hour on Wed, March 30th
SMCKC and The Record Machine invites you and your friends to a Happy Hour at the Riot Room on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A brief presentation by Nathan Reusch (The Record Machine) and Ben Grimes (Soft Reeds) will be given about Social Media in the music industry, specifically their Social Media efforts for the upcoming KC music festival, Ink's Middle of the Map. After the presentation, enjoy an acoustic performance by Ben Grimes whose band will be one of the 25+ bands at the music festival in April.
RSVP and additional event information at


Time: April 5, 2011 from 11am to 1pm
Location: Microsoft Kansas City Office
Organized By: Dennis Chepurnov
Event Description:
Microsoft and Valorem Consulting invite you to attend the next Kansas City’s Cloud Computing User Group Lunch & Learn event. This meeting will be a first-hand look at Office 365 and a discussion of the upcoming public beta release. Office 365 Demo Presenter:
Steve Cummings, Office 365 SSP, Microsoft

What is Office 365? Microsoft Office 365 delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of the next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Join us to network and learn how local businesses are making the move to the cloud.

See more details and RSVP on Kansas City Cloud Computing User Group:


Tue, Mar 22, 2011, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Centriq Training, 8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS 66206
Presenter: Tom Collins
Topic: .Net Micro Framework
Sponsor: Adecco


KCITP is excited to announce our kickoff event to facilitate Mentor-based relationships, happening from 5:30 – 7:30pm on April 6th @ McFadden’s in the Power and Light District!

Whether you have technology knowledge to share or you’ve got a desire to soak up info, we can all learn from one another. We've designed a special format/flow to this event in order to help people get connected! This is an event you won’t want to miss, so make sure to register NOW (the number of tickets for each category is limited)!

Appetizers will be included and you’ll have a chance to win a prize or two (flip video cameras).

Read more details about this unique event & register here:


Time: April 26, 2011 from 9am to 6pm
Location: Embassy Suites at Kansas City International Airport
Organized By: Ben A. Smith, social:IRL

Event Description:
Spend a full day with Jeremiah Owyang at the hands-on Social Business Summit and Strategy Workshop.
If you know anything about social media or technology consulting, you’ve heard of Jeremiah. For what you would normally pay to hear him deliver a keynote speech, you will spend the whole day with Jeremiah as he leads interactive workshops designed to help your company achieve success in the social media space.This is the latest event from our friend Ben Smith, chairman of the Social Media Club of Lawrence, Kansas (@smclk), member of SMCKC, and founder of social:IRL. The event is expected to draw a national audience. Ben moved this event from its originally proposed West Coast location to Kansas City because he really wanted to showcase the incredible social media community here in our home town.Beg your bosses and book your ticket today. Use the discount code “SMCKC” to receive $25 off the registration fee. Visit the social:IRL website for more details. Share this with your friends, but don’t forget the #socialirl hashtag!

See more details and RSVP on Social Media Club KC:


ACCESS SIG - MARCH 16, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30, 2nd floor of the Regnier Center @ JCCC
Billie Lenz, presenter
From the Access Solutions Tips, Tricks, and Secrets from Microsoft Access MVPs book
Tip 15: Simulating drag-and-drop in Access forms
Tip 16: Providing Visual Feedback for Drag-and-Drop

This presentation will show you how to go from a million buttons on a form and using tons of Macros to 2 list boxes and 2 lines of VBA code.

Naming convention wisdom will also be addressed.


Time: April 7, 2011 from 11am to 1pm
Location: Enterprise Center of Johnson County
Organized By: Kerstin Burns
Event Description:
To register for this $25 workshop, please call ECJC at 913-438-2282 or email Jayne: [email protected].

You've taken the plunge into social media for your business. Now what? You probably have even more questions than ever before. Is it working? How can you measure success in social media? How can you use available social data to help you make important business decisions?Which social media platforms do your customers or potential customers use? How many people are even seeing your messages? Are your messages helping you achieve your business goals? Are you generating buzz, attracting and retaining customers, making sales through your use of social media? Which platforms are performing best for your business?Do you know what your current and potential customers are thinking? Right now? This very minute? About your products, services, your employees? And by the way, how does this same group of people feel about your competitors?If you don't know the answers to these questions, or don't know much about the tools that can help you find the answers, you are probably already behind.The Enterprise Center of Johnson County and the Social Media Club of Kansas City invite you to join a panel of Social business professionals for the purpose of helping you understand:

What analytics tools currently exist
How these tools work
How mature they are
How accurate they are
Which tools might be best for your business and budget

Learn how businesses are using these tools today to . . .

be more innovative.
increase revenue.
increase brand awareness.

Join us on April 7 at 11:00am for a panel discussion on how this technology works and what it means to you and your business. Lunch will be provided. Presenters include Aaron Weber (Spiral16), Kate McKinney (K2Media), Vince Vaughan (The Vaughan Practice) and Chris Kovac (Nicholson Kovac), and the session will be moderated by Lisa Qualls (Fresh ID).

See more details and RSVP on Social Media Club KC:


Date: 3/15/2011 6:30 PM - 9 PMWhere: New Horizons Computer Learning CenterMetcalf South Shopping Center96th & Metcalf, Overland Park, KS(Please enter the door of Metcalf South on the lower level of theshopping center on the West - You will find New Horizons inside the center area.)
Room: 6 see a map Bill DiamondWindows/Freeware SIG [email protected]

This month we will discuss wireless networking. Are you aware of the different types and benefits of the various levels of wireless networking? Do you recognize terms like 802.11 and how about the array of letters, A B G N and 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz? Well, we will discuss these but actions speak louder than words so we will set up a wireless router during the meeting where we can learn and try A B G N and 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Well maybe. To use all these your laptop has to have the same capability. The router we will use has all these and what's more, it can do it all at the same time. What capability does your laptop have? If you know come and show it off, if you do not know then come and find out.

The router we will use is a Linksys E3000, a router capable of broadcasting on the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands and A B G N simultaneously. For those interested in more technical facts look it up and for others, look it up anyway because some lucky member will take it home after the meeting. This is a top of the line router costing in three figures. The key word here is member. If your membership has lapsed then bring your $25 to the meeting and renew. If it has not then come and possibly collect your dividend. The winner takes home a router worth 5 times their membership fee. As usual, there will be a question answer period where we can discuss other issues as you see fit. Please email known questions to Bill Diamond at [email protected] before hand.


The next Agile KC meeting will be at the Pizza Shoppe at 6:30 PM on
Thursday March 24, 2011. Please check the website
if you need a map or directions.

The meeting topic: Behavior Driven Development (BDD) Interested in BDD? How does it fit with TDD? Within the SCRUM framework? What is BDD?

Come out to see some tools, tricks and tips on how to leverage these questions and fit it within the SCRUM framework to help answer the ultimate question of "What is done?". Patrick will show some of the tools and tricks that he has acquired over the years to leverage these into the SCRUM tool set.

Who is Patrick Liekhus?
Patrick has been a team member in the Kansas City market for over 15 years leading several SCRUM oriented teams through various industries. Patrick likes to refer to his role on the teams as a "coding architect" where he leverages the patterns and practices into hands-on applications. Patrick is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) as well as Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD).


Come out and join us in our new space as well as listen to a great presenter. We will be having our quarterly meeting on Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at 9201 Ward Parkway.

Mark Allen will present an overview of the Enterprise Architecture Repository at USDA and how various areas of the organization are utilizing its content. He will discuss how the repository gives the organization the ability to see the relationships between investments, business processes, applications, services, infrastructure and data.

Mark Allen currently works as an Enterprise Architect at USDA Farm Services Agency/SAIC. With over 20+ years architecting and developing systems for organizations such as John Deere, AT&T, Sprint and NCR, Mark is also an FEAC Institute Certified Enterprise Architect as well as a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.

Thanks go out to BalancePoint and RiverPoint for sponsoring the event.


Our next meeting will be held:
6:30 PM, Wed, March 23, 2011
Centriq Training Center
8700 State Line Rd, Leawood, KS
(West side of State Line Rd, directly across from Ward Parkway Mall)
Sponsor: Comsys
Food and door prizes will be provided by : Comsys

In order to ensure that we have enough food for you, please click *REPLY* to this email, and let Ray Harris know if you will be attending. Thanks very much !

This month's topic is:

Search Engine Optimization (speaker: Vivian Pyle)
Topic Synopsis: We will discuss some quick and easy things you can do right now to improve your search engine results and make your business website ‘findable’ including: Which tags to use and why, How a site map and/or robots.txt can help, Things you should avoid in your web sites/pages, Things that will get you black-listed, and should you pay for SEO and/or getting listed.
Viv! ian Pyle's BIO:
Vivian has worked as an independent consultant for more than a decade helping small-to-mid-sized businesses become more efficient and increase the results of their marketing efforts. Part of that process is building and optimizing websites and/or automating business processes. Vivian is also a Microsoft Certified Instructor at Johnson County Community College, Center for Business teaching the ins and outs of the Microsoft Office applications as well as web design and marketing.
Our website URL is:


Hello all! Tomorrow's meeting content will be changed. Larry had some prior commitments and can't present for March. SO, I'm going to show what I was going to show for April instead. Tomorrow I'll show new features of Max 2012. Also, I'm going to show how to use Microsoft's Kinect set up a simple motion capture stage utilizing MotionBuilder and some freeware.

Sorry for the confusion and I hope those of you who already RSVP'ed will still find this presentation interesting. Anyone else who hasn't RSVP'ed feel free to let me know!


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