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A2 Drinkup TODAY

From A2Newtech:

Although this is somewhat last second, I’ve rented out the Tap Room at Arbor Brewing Company this Thursday (3/6) so that way people can get together, have some beers, and talk about technology. If you want to talk with your fellow technologists, stop on by and say hello and chat for a while!


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A2Geeks Annual Meeting tonight

RSVP at http://a2geeks2012.eventbrite.com/

Join us at the second A2Geeks Annual Meeting at 6:30 pm on Friday, May 11th at Maker Works!

This meeting is open to the public and will be a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow geeks.  Representatives of local tech groups are especially encouraged to make a brief statement about their group’s activities.  The meeting will consist of a short pro forma board meeting, followed by a chance for local meetups and users groups to say a few words, snacks, and networking.  Don’t miss this chance to connect with the Ann Arbor geek community and help it grow!

A2Geeks is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the Ann Arbor area a great place for creative and innovative people to live and work by opening the tech culture to everyone.  A2Geeks holds events such as periodic Geek Tours, the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire, and Ignite Ann Arbor, and provides financial and other support to tech events in the Ann Arbor area.

Maker Works is located at 3765 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI  48108.  http://www.maker-works.com/sites/default/files/images/MAP.jpg

Great Lakes Functional Programming Conference

From Onorio Catenacci:

We’re currently organizing the first Great Lakes Functional Programming Conference for May 5 in Ann Arbor.  SRT Solutions has been kindly enough to let us use their office for the event.  The speaker lineup is still being set but if you’re interested in functional programming, we’d strongly encourage you to try to join us for this event.  I will post something when the tickets go on sale and in the meantime, if you have questions, feel free to contact me.

If you are interested, join the glfpc Google group.

UPDATE: Website!  http://glfpc.org/

Pocket Factory Visit - Learn to print in 3D

The Pocket Factory (http://pocketfactory.org/) is going to be in Ann Arbor for one evening—Wednesday, February 8th—to run a two-hour crash course in computer-aided design and 3D printing. Go from know-nothing to printing your own iPhone case, belt buckle, jewelry, or other widget!

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb 8, 7–9pm

WHERE: Workantile (118 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 48104)  

WHAT: Learn 3D design and instant 3D fabrication; fabricate on the spot and keep what you make! 

WHO: Nerdy adults and precocious teens with their own laptops.

COST: $20

HOSTS: Bilal Ghalib and Alex Hornstein of Pocket Factory, and David Erik Nelson, author of “Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids”


QUESTIONS? Email dave@davideriknelson.com

AADND: New Tools for the Web

The Ann Arbor .Net Developers group is having another JavaScripty meeting tonight. Kevin Dangoor, product manager for developer tools at Mozilla, will be talking about tools for web developers. This talk is largely the same as the one from 1DevDay Detroit. Here’s the synopsis:

Web applications having been getting increasingly sophisticated over the past couple of years. As usual, developers are pushing the boundaries of what the web can do faster than people can make tools to support their work. In-browser tools in all of the major browsers and IDEs have been charging forward, though. They provide a bunch of new capabilities to get things done quicker, and I’ll show off some of these new tricks and toys. I’ll also talk about where I think the tools fall short.

UPDATE:  The .NET developers group can be found at http://aadnd.org/ and they meet 2nd Wednesday, Monthly at SRT Solutions

Craftsman Guild

Craftsman Guild is a meetup of local software developers who share knowledge in the form of a different presentation topic each week. We meet every Tuesday at All Hands Active at 6:30. See the website for more info: