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.

Hack for Food!

May 17, 2013 in General by Brian Beaudet

Do you enjoy local beer, spring cookouts, homemade pizza?  Do you care about local food and making sure we all have access to it?  Do you like having fruit trees in public spaces for all to enjoy?

  • How about being part of solving the regions food insecurity problems…HackForFood
  • Connecting schools to better food…
  • Finding new innovative ways to get healthy food to people that lack the access…
  • Ensuring adequate food supply for the region in the event of a crisis…
  • Do you have ideas about using technology to accomplish these goals?

Then join other food enthusiasts, designers, coders, data-junkies, and interested citizens for the first ever Hack for Food to develop innovative solutions for local food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems environmentally sustainable and socially just.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 1st from 9am-9pm, at AB-Tech’s Enka campus. There will be food and beverages for all and prizes for the winning Hack for Food teams.  Come for the whole day, part of the day, or just hang out and learn. The first 50 to register will get a Hack for Food t-shirt!  There will be a pre-event social at Mojo Coworking on Friday, May 31st, from 7pm-9pm. Guest speaker Gordon Smith will kick things off and then we’ll start forming teams for the next day’s work (you can either join a team or come with your favorite idea and build a team of your own).

Need inspiration for a team project? Consider the following…

  • Find and locate the best City owned property to create a community garden.
  • Create a web application to tell other community gardeners when a garden needs weeding, feeding, watering, or harvesting
  • Create an infographic that examines the lack of access to nutritious foods for some neighborhoods in Buncombe County.
  • Create a more streamlined technology-based method to apply for food stamps
  • Develop a mobile app to alert people to mobile food markets
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY BONUS: While enjoying a nice cookout lunch during the Hack for Food, you will get to help a nearby community garden plant fruit trees.


Register now on Eventbrite (first 50 registrations get a “Hack for Food” t-shirt): http://hack4food.eventbrite.com/

Open House with the Ashebots Robotics Team

January 24, 2013 in Events by Brian Beaudet

Ashebots robotics teamCome visit the Meet the Geeks sponsored robotics team, Ashebots, as they work on the design, building, and programming of this year’s usFIRST FRC robot!  Team 4016 is preparing for the Smoky Mountain Regional tournament on March 28th in Knoxville, TN and invite you to see what they’ve been up.

This year’s challenge, ULTIMATE ASCENT, is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two-minute and fifteen-second match.  The match ends with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field.

The open house event will be located in the Dogwood Building on the Asheville AB Tech, Room 119.  Contact team coach Maryann Butchko for further details at maryannbutchko@yahoo​.com.

7th Annual Homecoming Job Fair

December 29, 2012 in Events by Brian Beaudet

Job Fair CrowdOnce again Meet the Geeks will be participating in the Annual Homecoming Job Fair sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on January 3 at the Biltmore Square Mall. Our goal is to ensure that people are aware of the objectives of Meet The Geeks as an organization, and to help technical professionals connect with companies who may need their services.

If your firm is currently looking for technologists, please send us any job descriptions that are currently not already actively listed on our web site. We will be happy to add them to our job list, and ensure that candidates know of your opportunity. These positions could include web developers, help desk, programmers, analysts, graphic designers, web designers, database administrators, or others. We will only be able to collect resumes, if we can make some arrangements for you to pick them up if you would like us to do that for you (we are all volunteer after all).

We are happy to list any opportunities that are technical in nature, however, we are not equipped to help with other types of opportunities (sales, marketing, financial positions, etc.). Also, if you know of other companies who may be looking for technical assistance, please feel free to forward this on to them.

From the experience at the 2012 job fair we are aware of at least 4 professionals who secured positions with local companies as a result of Meet the Geeks & the job fair. Keep us in mind if we can help either now or any time in 2013.

The job fair is on 1/3/2013 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  For more details or if you have any questions, contact jobfair@ashevillechamber.org.

Pam Lewis: Connecting the ‘Cool People’

December 29, 2012 in News by Brian Beaudet

Pam LewisA recent article in the Asheville-Citizen Times highlights the efforts of Pam Lewis, director of Venture Asheville, the local initiative to encourage entrepreneurs and business innovators in Asheville, as she tries to raise the profile of Asheville as the place to start new business.

“Asheville is not just a place with cool buildings and nice scenery,” Lewis said. “We have people who are passionate and committed.”

Read the article here: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20121226/NEWS/312260019/Lewis-connecting-cool-people-WNC