January: Show and Tell: Oculus DK1

New year, new Refresh! We’re back! We’ll be meeting next Tuesday at 6PM! Be there!

Jon Baer will talk about and demo the Oculus Rift DK1 VR head mounted display (the company has since been bought by Facebook and is expected to release a commercial version “soon”). He will explain a few things learned while being an “early adapter”, let
folks try out a few demos, and just have an open discussion on virtual reality in general. Demos will include roller coaster, space tour, city exploration and the Oculus Tuscany demo. We will also discuss how to go about creating content for the Oculus (both rendered and cinematic). Expect a rather limited technical discussion but more open dialog and hands-on.

Details:

  • When: Tuesday 1/20 @ 6PM
  • Where: Focus Lab’s Office @ 35 Barnard St on the 2nd floor
  • Who should attend: everyone!

I’m going to try to organize things a little better so we have meetings more often – but in order to do that, I need speakers or at least ideas for topics y’all want to discuss. So, post a comment or email me your ideas: lawver at gmail.com, pretty please!

Other things to be aware of:

  • RailsBridge is back! – February 28th at the Creator’s Foundry. You have to sign up in order to attend, so do that!
  • 1 Million Cups – I went to the first one and it was great! A great place to get help with your entrepreneurial queries and meet other folks working on cool stuff.
  • TEDx is back! – You should sign up to speak or nominate your favorite person to speak. And be on the lookout for ticket sales.

Hope to see you on Tuesday!

September’s Refresh: Measuring Time and Effort: How and How Much

We’re going to try this again! I hope to see everyone there on the 16th!

Erik Reagan from Focus Lab is going to share something awesome with us this month! Here’s his description:

Whether you’re building software, managing projects, or just driving
somewhere, you’re measuring time and effort in some way. Measuring time
and effort happens in all shapes and sizes. When driving somewhere
you’re most likely going on experience and deciding to leave when you
assume you have enough time given a set of variables such as route,
traffic, and weather. When building software the measuring is a bit more
specific and likely written down somewhere in some form. But who decides
how much to measure? How specific and precise to get?

We’re going to dig into the varying ways to measure time and effort in a
variety of contexts. Looking at our collective experiences and the
experiences and teachings of those in a few different industries we will
have plenty to discuss and debate on this topic. You will hopefully
leave with a new perspective or idea on when, how and how much to measure.

We’ll be at Focus Lab’s awesome office again, so I hope to see you there on the 16th!

  • What: Refresh September
  • When: Tuesday, 9/16 @ 6PM
  • Where: Focus Lab: 35 Barnard St, 2nd floor

No Refresh in August, You Should Do This Instead!

Creative Coast Creators Foundry Invite Image

We’re not having Refresh in August, because we’re going to be at the Creators’ Foundry Sneak Peek event. It’s only for Creative Coast supporters, but you know what, you should already be one of those! Here are some more details:

At The Creative Coast, we believe the wider the network, the greater the impact. As a thank you for becoming a supporter of The Creative Coast, we would like to invite you to a sneak peek of the new Creators’ Foundry building and new home of The Creative Coast. Join us for the second bi-annual Supporters of The Creative Coast Social and Sneak Peek event at the new Creators’ Foundry!

We can’t wait to share this new chapter with you!

Hosted by The Creative Coast, the Sneak Peek event will be held at 415 West Boundary Street on August 19th, 2014 and begins at 5:30PM. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine will be served. RSVP Required.

Please RSVP by August 8th by emailing katheriin@thecreativecoast.org or calling 912-447-8457 ext. 1 and leaving a detailed message.

Refresh July: Measuring Time and Effort: How and How Much

Update: Due to a family emergency, we need to cancel this month’s Refresh. We’re sorry for the short notice, but that’s why they call them emergencies.

Erik Reagan from Focus Lab is going to share something awesome with us this month! Here’s his description:

Whether you’re building software, managing projects, or just driving
somewhere, you’re measuring time and effort in some way. Measuring time
and effort happens in all shapes and sizes. When driving somewhere
you’re most likely going on experience and deciding to leave when you
assume you have enough time given a set of variables such as route,
traffic, and weather. When building software the measuring is a bit more
specific and likely written down somewhere in some form. But who decides
how much to measure? How specific and precise to get?

We’re going to dig into the varying ways to measure time and effort in a
variety of contexts. Looking at our collective experiences and the
experiences and teachings of those in a few different industries we will
have plenty to discuss and debate on this topic. You will hopefully
leave with a new perspective or idea on when, how and how much to measure.

We’ll be at Focus Lab’s awesome office again, so I hope to see you there next Tuesday!

  • What: Refresh July
  • When: Tuesday, 7/15 @ 6PM
  • Where: Focus Lab: 35 Barnard St, 2nd floor

June’s Meeting: Startups, Funding, and Where The Wild Boar Lies In Wait with Jim Goodlett

We’re meeting! I won’t be there, but we’re having a meeting anyway! Jim Goodlett, from Morris Technology, is going to tell us all what funding sources are available in Savannah, and share his vast wealth of knowledge about angel investment and the opportunities out there for entrepreneurs. Jim’s always good for a saucy mix of controversy, data and wisdom, so don’t miss it!

  • What: Refresh Savannah
  • When: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 @ 6PM
  • Where: Focus Lab – 35 Barnard St Ste 202 (2nd floor), Savannah, GA
  • Who: Entrepreneurs, potential entrepreneurs, anyone curious about how to get funding for their company.

Show up, get some knowledge, meet some fellow local smart people!

Help!

We built a cool thing at work and now we’re trying to make it live in Zapier’s directory. But, in order to do that, I need 10 people to accept the invite and set it up! The whole thing is free and you don’t have to write any code to make it work. It should take you no more than 10 minutes total, and you get an awesome personal search engine you can add whatever you want to!

All the details are over on the srch.io blog and I’d really appreciate it if you signed up and tried it out!

All feedback is welcome and appreciated! Thanks!

National Civic Day of Hacking Is Back!

Calling all hackers! For those who attended April’s Refresh, you heard from Saja Aures on the City of Savannah’s new Open Gov/Open Data initiative. To read more on the Open Gov/Open Data initiative and add to the Public Comment section.

On May 31, the City of Savannah and the Technology Association of Georgia will partner to host the National Day of Civic Hacking, joining more than 90 cities across the world. 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 31 we need developers, coders, designers, hackers, and Savannah enthusiasts to collaborate with City officials to develop and design ways to improve our community and the government that serves us. If you think the city of Savannah can be better, this is an excellent opportunity to put those thoughts into action. We encourage you to register, because we want to bring you food. Even hackers need sandwiches.

Sign up here!

* What: National Day of Civic Hacking
* When: 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 31
* Where: ThincSavannah 35 Barnard St STE 300
* Who: City of Savannah. Technology Association of Georgia
* More info/Register

Refresh April: Ask Not What Your City Can Do For You: Open Gov/Open Data in Savannah

We’re back! This month, get ready for some civic-minded conversation with Saja Aures from the City of Savannah! Here’s Saja’s description:

The City of Savannah is drafting its first Open Government Policy this year. Citizen input is key to creating useful, transformative, and progressive initiatives. Saja Aures, administrator for the City Public Information Office, will open a discussion of intersections between government transparency and innovative tech. Let’s explore collaborative opportunities for Savannah’s designer/developer community to engage and shape their government at the local level.

Bring your ideas and questions and get ready for a great conversation!

Details:

  • What: Refresh Savannah
  • When: 4/15 @ 6PM
  • Where: Focus Lab LLC – 35 Barnard St, 2nd Floor

Can’t wait to see everyone!

It’s Been Too Long!

It’s been too long since we got together for a Refresh Savannah, don’t you think? I haven’t been out looking for speakers, and no one’s volunteered. Let’s change that, shall we? We’re definitely going to have Refresh in April, and if no one volunteers to speak, you’re all stuck with me. I’m hoping that the thought of me speaking on not-yet-decided topic will be enough to convince someone to volunteer!

I’ll post something else when we get closer with the details about the speaker, topic and location. In the meantime, volunteer to speak! It’s fun, a great audience, and a great way to practice your public speaking skills in front of a friendly crowd. It can be about anything web-related (which is pretty much everything these days) you’re passionate about as long as it’s not a sales pitch.

I’ll see y’all on April 15th!