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TechTown Events

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There are a lot of events coming up soon, so here's a quick roundup of everything in one place for you.

Erie Hack: Innovate Around the Lake: Detroit Hacking Days
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202Hack Day #1
Saturday, March 4 | 10am to 4pm
Hack Day #2
Thursday, March 16 | 5pm to 8pm

Come be a part of innovating for Lake Erie and get ready to hack! Join dozens of engineers, designers, water experts, conservationists, enthusiasts and developers from across the region to work for our most precious natural resource. Engage new team members or find a team to join through listening to rapid-fire pitches. Interface with environmental and tech mentors in an open-format collaboration space designed to maximize the impact and longevity of your solutions. Be a part of the growing Blue Economy movement that is revolutionizing the Great Lakes region. Lunch and snacks on us. The challenge statements have been issued—will you accept? Team registration closes on March 24.

About Erie Hack
Erie Hack: Innovate Around the Lake is an international, tech-driven water innovation competition and accelerator program that focuses on creating publicly accessible mobile apps, open data and new technology to elevate the value of clean water and leverage its potential to drive economic vitality. The finalists will compete for $100,000 in prize money.

Presented by Cleveland Water Alliance, the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, Wayne State University and TechTown.  Collaborators include: GE, NASA Glenn Research Center, IBM, DigitalC, Great Lakes Observing System, NSF International, FreshWater Forum of the Cranbrook Institute of Science, WEtech Alliance, Venture Michigan, Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, Michigan's University Research Corridor and GreeningDetroit.com.  Learn more about Erie Hack here.

Immigration Workshop: Surviving and Thriving in an Era of Uncertainty
Thursday, March 9 | 6pm to 8pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

Ellis Porter, a metro Detroit immigration law firm, is partnering with TechTown, Global Detroit and Innovation Warriors at Wayne State University to engage in a conversation about the current state of immigration policy in America and where we’re headed. Ellis Porter’s principal attorneys Marc Topoleski and Shaju Jacob will discuss new immigration-related Executive Orders and answer questions about how these Executive Orders impact Detroit’s start-up and small business community. Light supper will be served.

BRKFST @ Junction 440
Tuesday, March 14 | 8:30am to 10am
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202

Join us for a new breakfast networking series. First up--Ned Staebler, president and CEO of TechTown, will be flipping pancakes and dishing on all things entrepreneurial. The coffee, cakes and conversation will be hot, fresh, free and free flowing!

Wix User Meet Up: Pro Tips for Selling Your Products or Services Online 
Wednesday, March 15 | 6pm to 8pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202
 
We’re hosting the experts from Detroit Wix as they share pro tips on how to maximize product sales and bookings online. Learn how to use the e-commerce features of Wix sites, syncing your social media and third-party apps like Shopify, as well as how to use different Wix Apps and add-ons. Wix allows users to build stunning websites with no coding experience. Bring your laptops and tablets to take notes and follow along with the demo. Bring your questions—they’ll have answers! Jennyfer Crawford, founder of Ask Jennyfer, will be on hand to share her tips on selling out events—like her hugely popular All Things Detroit.  
 
Happier Hour @ Junction 440
Friday, March 17 | 4:30pm to 6:30pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202
 
Join us once again as we extend our usual Friday popcorn and beer into the evening. Enjoy free drinks, snacks, special "Shamrock" Shakes and all the madness that is college basketball in the month of March. Bring your friends and meet new ones!
 
DTX Launch Detroit Info Session
Wednesday, March 22 | 6pm to 8pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202
 
Have a tech-based or -enabled business idea? Check out DTX Launch, an intensive 10-week summer accelerator designed specifically to help college students and recent grads explore their entrepreneurial dreams—complete with a stipend and more! Come learn more. We'll even provide the pizza. Don’t have a business idea but want to join a team? Come anyway and meet your future teammates!
 
Chow: Mac-n-Cheese Edition 
Monday, March 27 | 6pm to 8pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202
 
Who doesn’t like mac-n-cheese?! Join us as we host Lester Gouvia, TechTown SWOT City client, founder/executive chef of Norma G’s food truck and soon-to-open Jefferson Chalmers brick and mortar location. Lester will show us the basic techniques of making macaroni and cheese from scratch. From roux to white sauce to choice of cheese, you’ll be able to wow them at the next potluck. He’ll share the history of the recipes that will take the plate at Norma G’s. We’ll cook and then taste the fruits of our labor. This event is free and open to the public. Class size is limited to 30 people: first come, first served, so RSVP and plan to attend. If you need to cancel, please let us know so we can open up the seat. Bon Appétit!
 

March Makers | Friday, March 17 | 11am to 3pm
TechTown | 440 Burroughs | Detroit 48202
 
We love handmade goods! Whether crafted by hands that live in Detroit, or sustainably sourced from global communities, you’ll love the look and feel of products made with love and care.
 
Redesign and Restoration: hand-painted and upholstered furniture
Love Travels Imports: hand-crafted artisan wares from around the world and Detroit
Mama Coos Boutique: handmade artwork and vintage fashions
Uniquely Leverette: hand-woven women’s fashion and accessories
B’Juelz: Personalized handmade jewelry, accessories and apparel
Pinky’s Shuga Shack: from-scratch cakes, pies, cobblers and cookiesInterested in becoming a vendor? Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions.
 
Lunch Options
Mondays: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27: Ruckus Taco Co. (Fueling Station | 11:30am to 1:30pm)
Tuesdays: 3/21, 3/28: Modest Mouth (Fueling Station | 11:30am to 1:30pm)
Wednesdays: 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29: GreenHouse Soups & Chili (Fueling Station | 11:30am to 1:30pm)
Friday 3/17, Moo Cluck Moo (Food Truck | 11:30am to 1:30pm)
Every Friday: Beer & Popcorn in the Fueling Station | 3 to 5pm
Happening in our SWOT City neighborhoods
SWOT City Open Office Hours
Varied dates, 1 to 5pmAre you a retail entrepreneur with a business idea or storefront in one of TechTown's SWOT City neighborhoods? Would you like to get an expert's opinion on your big idea, or could you use some direction on how to secure funding, line up resources or make connections? Sign up for SWOT City Open Office Hours and get your questions answered.Appropriate businesses are any independent retail establishments or service providers such as: coffee shops, clothing stores, bookstores, green grocers, galleries, gift shops, lawn care, auto service, day care...Available in Brightmoor, East Jefferson, Grandmont Rosedale, Osborn, Southwest and University District.

Picademy this summer!

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Join us for Picademy this summer!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is happy to announce U.S. dates and locations for Picademy, its free professional development program. The 2017 program takes place entirely in the summertime in four different cities:

  • Providence, RI
  • Irvine, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Boise, ID

Please click here to read all the details about Picademy and to apply. You may submit a single application for any of the dates and venues that work best for you.

Picademy is a free, in-person educator professional development program. Over the course of two days, educators get hands-on with digital making and discover the many ways that maker-friendly technology such as Raspberry Pi can be used in the classroom. At the end of the program, participants become Raspberry Pi Certified Educators and join an active global community of over 900 digital making enthusiasts.

Educators of all types, including classroom teachers, museum educators, librarians, educator coaches, and community educators can apply to Picademy.

 

Apply Now

 

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10 Organizations for Learning to Code

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10 Organizations for Learning to Code

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Colleges no longer have a monopoly on education, and programming is no exception. These 10 organizations can teach you to program just the way you like it: free or paid, online or offline, hands-on or hands-off. Rather than threaten you with a bad grade, they entice passionate students with the promise of a new skill, a new community, and maybe some cute badges.

Virtual

  • Codecademy: An online platform with free courses in JavaScript, HTML and CSS, and jQuery. Plus, anyone can create a course and share it with aspiring programmers. They also organized Code Year, an initiative to teach more people to code in 2012, and Code Summer+, which teaches programming to disadvantaged youth.
  • Code School: Online coding education for just $25/month. If you prefer to pick and choose, you can buy any of their grab-bag of courses individually. They also created Try Ruby, a basic tutorial that lets you play around with the language.
  • Treehouse: An online library with over 750 training videos. A lot of the content is free, but you can subscribe monthly to get access to their whole collection.
  • Google Code University: For a more self-directed experience, browse Google’s library of courses and videos – particularly tutorials and introductions for beginners. You can also check out the Python and C++ classes taught at Google itself.
  • MIT Open Courseware: The most popular course among all MIT’s free course materials is Introduction to Computer Science and Programming. You get handouts, homework, and quizzes – just like MIT, but without the big price tag.

In Person

  • Hacker School: A free, 3-month program in New York City with a few lectures and speakers, but mostly heads-down programming. It’s aimed at hackers who already love coding, who want to write free and open source software, and whose goal is to learn (not build a product or startup). The summer 2012 session of Hacker School is in full swing at Etsy, which provided $5,000 grants to female students.
  • Code Academy: Paid, 3-month classes in web development, user experience, or HTML and CSS. Code Academy is based in Chicago at the 1871 incubator. Applications for the fall program close on August 12.

For the Ladies

  • Girl Develop It: Technical workshops for female programmers held around the United States, as well as in Canada and Australia. They aim to create a supportive environment where women can join the discussion and show off their skills. Courses are also available online.
  • Hackbright Academy: A 10-week training program for women in San Francisco – half learning, half doing. Applications for the fall program are due in August, and it costs $6,000.
  • Girls Who Code: An 8-week summer class teaching programming to high school girls in New York City, which began this Monday. They will take trips to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare and work on a final project that tackles a challenge in their community, like recycling.

Programming isn’t for everyone, sure. But if it is for you, you’ll find tons of resources to help along the way.

Update: Also check out Dev Bootcamp (a 10-week program in San Francisco to learn Ruby on Rails) and Web Start Women (courses in web design and development for women in Boston).

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