Call for Mentors! Engage with your community and make a difference!

October 14, 2014 in General, News by Ian Joyner

The NC Student Academy of Sciences is seeking volunteers to mentor teams of high school student researchers in the WNC area. More information is provided below from NCSAS:

Western North Carolina’s middle and high school students are eager to get engaged in meaningful research experiences. However, their access to opportunities are limited. Teachers in our region identify adequate mentorship and financial support as the greatest factors affecting success of student research projects.

As directors of NCSAS District 8, we are recruiting mentors from the community who can help students develop and complete meaningful research projects. The students will present their projects at the 2015 North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences District 8 competition on February 27 on the UNC Asheville campus. There is also a need for volunteers to be on the judging panel at this competition.

The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) is an organization for students in grades 6-12 in alliance with the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS). The objectives of NCSAS are

1) promoting the study of science, technology, and mathematics,

2) assisting students to pursue careers in science and technology, and

3) encouraging students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities.

Each year, NCSAS holds District and State meetings at which students have the opportunity to share their research in competition. District 8 includes Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Yancey counties. Students/teams that place at the District level continue to the State competition in late March.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Rebecca Hale at and describe your expertise. We will share mentor information with area teachers.

NCSAS District 8 Co-Directors:

Rebecca Hale, UNC Asheville Biology Department

Caroline Kennedy, UNC Asheville Biology Department

Jennifer Williams, Brevard High School


Free class from developers group: Developer Body Issues

October 14, 2014 in Events, News by Ian Joyner

Developer Body Issues

Developers don’t normally compare themselves to professional athletes, but often their careers end in the same tragic way. This talk will detail common ways that developers and IT Pros destroy their bodies as they work, and provide simple ways to help correct these problems before they become life-threatening – or even worse: career-ending. This session goes way beyond the common ergonomics and stress injury talking points, and focuses on the anthropological reasons for your upright posture and why this makes computer use so dangerous. You will learn how you see, and how working with computers destroys this system. You will learn how you breathe, and how the way you’re breathing can tell your brain to destroy your body. Come to this talk and learn in an hour what it’s taken a lifetime of numbness, pain, and doctors to figure out.

When: Thursday Oct 16, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Where: Mojo Co-working, N. Market St, Asheville

More information & RSVP here.

Venture Asheville Tech Job Fair & Mixer

October 14, 2014 in Events, News, Opportunities by Ian Joyner

If you’re looking to work for a fast-growing local venture, come out for Venture Asheville’s Tech Job Fair & Mixer on Thursday, October 23 at 5-7 pm. Learn about employment opportunities with companies like Plum Print, BuildFax, RISC Networks, Locus Technologies and Hiring companies will offer brief demos explaining their products and business services. Meet the companies, enjoy a local brew, and find your next opportunity in Asheville’s growing entrepreneurial scene. The job fair will be held in the Boardroom at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (36 Montford Ave). Find current job opportunities and post job openings on Venture Asheville’s online job board.

2014 BIT Summit Cancelled

May 12, 2014 in General by Ian Joyner

 The 2014 WNC Business & Information Technology Summit has been cancelled. If you’re interested in receiving updates on a possible 2015 event, you can sign up for the newsletter at and you will be notified via e-mail.

Meet the Geeks Announces WNC BIT Summit 2013!

May 18, 2013 in Events by Brian Beaudet

WNC Bit SummitMeet The Geeks is proud to present WNC BIT Summit (Western North Carolina Business & Information Technology Summit). This unique event is designed to cater specifically to the growing technology needs of small to medium sized businesses. Unlike other technology focused events – which often leave participants feeling confused and overwhelmed – the aim of WNC BIT Summit is to provide practical, understandable knowledge that people can use to grow and streamline their business.

The summit starts at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 with full breakfast before diving in to a morning of learning and networking ending at 12:30 p.m. At our all-info, no-pitch presentations, you’ll learn about the latest technologies and how they can be used to boost your bottom line.

Our keynote and break-out sessions are designed to educate you on the basics of the latest technologies, teach you how to secure and grow your business, and connect you with some of WNC’s top business and technology professionals who can help you take your business to the next level.

You’ll learn how to use technology to:

  • Lower your Costs
  • Increase Efficiency & Productivity
  • Connect and Communicate with your Customers
  • Improve your Customer Experience
  • Share, Store, and Protect Information
  • Automate Repetitive Tasks & Processes
  • Respond Quickly and Effectively to Change
  • and More!


Keynote Presentation

“Demystifying the Cloud”

An educational presentation by Yung Chou,  Technology Evangelist in Microsoft’s US Developer and Platform Evangelism team

Register for the event and make sure to visit our facebook page, where we’ll be announcing speaker and session details, and sharing tips to help you use technology to grow your business.