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Asheville SCORE just announced their Fall 2018 Schedule. Asheville SCORE sponsors a wide variety of local seminars, workshops, and other programs offering helpful information from SCORE mentors on starting and running a business.  Most are free! Check them out and register soon. The first one starts August 18th.

The Mountain Area Workforce Development Board has training grants for up to $10,000 to reimburse employer’s expenses incurred to train-up current staff. Does your company need to migrate to the cloud but your system administrators and developers need to learn a new platform? Is your company developing a cyber security profile, but your staff don’t know where to start? Are you adopting Scrum and need a trained Scrum Master and Product Owner? If training up your current staff has been on your wish list, but always at the bottom due to resources – now is the time to act! Applications are due July 31, 2018. Read more about the Incumbent Worker Training Grant (IWTG) Program here and contact Barbara Darby with any questions. 

Get them while you can! Tickets for WordCamp Asheville 2018 are now on sale and generally sell out quickly so don’t delay. 

Deets:
August 17-19, 2018
$40 for Sat/Sun or $70 for all 3 days
@Mission Health/AB Tech Conference Center
Buy Tickets Here

WordCamp Asheville

WordCamp Asheville attracts bloggers, business owners, designers, developers, and hobbyists from Western North Carolina and beyond for a weekend of learning, connection, and fun. Now in our fourth year, WordCamp Asheville is centered around growing our knowledge of WordPress and forging the connections that allow individuals and businesses to succeed. We want WordCamp to spark those ah-ha moments that take you and your website to the next level.

WordCamp Asheville is an extension of the local Asheville WordPress Meetup group. After attending WordCamp Atlanta in 2013, several of the Meetup group’s attendees came together and decided that Western North Carolina needed their own event. After much hard work and a lot of help, WordCamp Asheville was born.

Women Who Code (WWCode), a global organization with over 100,000 members, is taking applications for its 2019 cohort of new chapters. The Women in Technology Meetup in Asheville is aiming to morph itself into a WWCode chapter so they can benefit by being part of a larger women in tech movement, get financial support, and in the process help raise the technology profile of local women in tech and our city as a whole.

In the cohort selection process WWCode looks for strong leadership. Since each applicant is a potential co-leader, multiple applications from Asheville would indicate a high level of interest here, and bode well for our acceptance into the 2019 cohort.

If you are a woman who supports the creation of a WWCode chapter in Asheville and has an interest in co-leading, advising, or contributing to the group in any way, please fill out the new network application form. There is an opportunity for free text entry at the end of the form, so if your interest lies outside of a leadership role there is an opportunity to make that clear. The form is accessible at www.womenwhocode.com by selecting “Start A New Network”, or at this direct link.

What folks may not believe is that there are tech/IT jobs and definitely tech/IT talent in our beautiful region. Come to the WNC Techathon to learn about both.

Network, enjoy some food from Moe’s Southwest Grill, and hey, since you’ll be there, get a beer too! All levels of talent are encouraged to attend from students and entry level to ultra- experienced. All types of IT/tech career fields will be featured, not just opportunities for developers. 

Registration is at the door, but you can also let folks know you’ll be going on the MTG Meetup site. If you want to stand on stage and share a job opening or tell us about why you rock, sign up for that is also at the door. Presentations will be quick, just 1 minute, so be ready! 

BSides Asheville is back for it’s fifth annual infosec conference. Register for 4-hour training sessions on Friday, June 22nd for $64 each and the day long conference on Saturday, June 23rd for $32. Get your conference tickets soon and tell other geeks you’ll be going on our meet up site here.

AB Tech’s Computer Technology Department is planning for next year and they’re asking for the WNC tech community’s input. Whether you’re a hiring manager or work in tech and want solid coworkers, your input matters! Take a few minutes to complete AB Tech’s survey here.  Thanks for helping shape the tech talent pipeline in our area.

Want to give back to our local region? Have you ever thought about a great way to connect learning in the classroom to the technology work you do on a daily basis? 

In January, NC Superintendent Mark Johnson submitted recommendations to the Joint Legislative Education Oversight Committee to expand computer science opportunities to all students  (CS4All) in North Carolina K-12 schools. His recommendations target foundational changes in the education system that will enable students to:

  • Create and contribute, not just use and consume, in the digital economy
  • Actively engage as informed citizens in our complex, technology-driven world

In anticipation of the General Assembly investing in CS4All for North Carolina, the Land of Sky, the Friday Institute, and local school, government, and community leaders have come together to host a summit this spring to start planning activities and programs to help Western NC jumpstart this initiative.

Meet the Geeks is looking for WNC tech folks either working for a local company or 100% remote to attend the summit on April 23rd, 8:30 – 4:00 pm at the US Cellular Center to not only brainstorm programs and activities to support students, parents, and teachers implementing this CS4ALL curricula but also be able to help make the connections and resources to carryout these plans. Registration is limited. Click here to register.

Women Entrepreneurs of Western North Carolina (WEWNC) and a brand new coworking space in town, Focal Point Coworking, are hosting a free tech demo night. Come and network, learn about local products and solutions, and enjoy some beer and snacks. Registration is limited. Get tickets here.

Want to be in-the-know of tech happenings around town? Jay Hill puts together a great monthly newsletter on tech events in the area. Here’s the Asheville Tech Events February newsletter. Sign up to receive a copy direct to your inbox at http://ashevilletechevents.com/