April 2021 Bulletin Board – Nashville Tech Industry Events

“Summer is only the unfulfilled promise of spring, a charlatan in place of the warm balmy nights I dream of in April. It’s a sad season of life without growth…It has no day.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

April is here!

Looking for a chance to join your local tech community? Here’s a list of this month’s networking and learning opportunities such as meetups, job fairs, educational webinars, hackathons, and more here in Nashville, Tennessee. We may also include online events that are accessible nationwide but that we still find to be helpful resources.

Note: Due to the pandemic, most meetups have moved from in-person to virtual events. We will try to note which ones are virtual and in-person.

 April 1Girls in Tech Nashville Happy Hour – 5:30pm – 6:30pm CST

o   Girls in Tech Nashville hosts a casual virtual happy hour event welcoming everyone in the community to attend. Meet like-minded men and women, ask questions about Nashville startup and tech community, and come ready to have fun conversations!

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 1Thinkful Webinar Crash Course | HTML & CSS – 7:00pm CST

o  Start your journey into the world of coding with a fun and challenging session on HTML and CSS. This hands-on course will teach you core concepts and building blocks for free.

Together we’ll work through a series of drills that will teach you the core concepts of HTML (tags, elements, and attributes), and the basics of CSS (selectors, properties, and values). All your work will be in a platform that will allow you to bring it home with you and continue to work on it after you leave.

What you will learn:

Basic Fundamentals HTML like tags, elements, and attributes
Basic Fundamentals of CSS like selectors, properties, and values
Learning about Margins, Borders, and Padding
And so much more…

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 3The Basics of REST w/ Matt Trask– 2:30pm CST

o   REST is a ubiquitous term in web development these days. Understanding what REST is and what the headers, verbs, codes and more all mean is a daunting challenge and this talk will help break down what some of the more popular headers mean, how to use the status codes and how to use the HTTP verb.

Matt Trask is a Senior Software Architect at Primitive in Nashville, TN and host of the podcast “APIs you won’t hate!”

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 5Code for Nashville Getting Started & Welcome April – 6:00pm CST

o   Collaborating with Code for Nashville gets you valuable experience, training, and connections. It may also result in a lot of fun, friendships, and a sense of connectedness to your community. 🙂

Agenda:
– Introductions
– What is Code for Nashville?
– What are the tools we use?
– What are next steps for engaging?
– Good night and good luck

We will be using the jit.si video meeting tool for our meetup.

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 6 LIFT Women’s Business Networking – 6:15pm CST

o   LIFT Business Women’s Alliance is a professional networking group of female entrepreneurs learning about one another’s businesses, sharing connections, and cultivating strong relationships. Bring your business cards, samples, and other marketing material and meet other amazing women business owners! During the meetings, each person is given 30-60 seconds to talk about her business, and spotlight presenters are allowed up to 10 minutes plus 5 minutes of Q&A whereas the evening social is a time to come and mingle without any formal itinerary or presenters. Your first 2 meetings/socials are 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄! Once you’ve visited and decided you want to become a member you can fill out this form to apply. https://forms.gle/okWPJJQ692meSFbJ8 To stay connected with other members, join our private Facebook community. https://facebook.com/groups/LIFT.BWA

*** 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐚 𝐙𝐎𝐎𝐌 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 ***
𝐌𝐎𝐑𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐃𝐔𝐋𝐄
1st Tuesday at 9:15 – 11:00 AM
3rd Thursday at 9:15 – 11:00 AM
𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆 𝐒𝐂𝐇𝐄𝐃𝐔𝐋𝐄
2nd Thursday at 6:15 – 8:00 PM

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 8General Assembly + GIT Nashville Presents: Communicating W/ Confidence & Credibility – 12:00pm CST

o   Communication is the most important skill set any professional can polish. Emotional well-being flows from the ability to clearly communicate what you want in life. Confidence flows from believing in yourself and trusting your capabilities. Way too often we find ourselves “stuck in our ways” through fear or a lack of support systems. How can we learn to trust in our strengths more and shine in our professions, rather than dissecting our weaknesses?

Join us to discover the secret sauce in communicating confidently while gaining credibility.

Takeaways

You’ll be able to:

·        Master language patterns to use in difficult situations while keeping emotions in check

·        Discover powerful words and phrases you can use to build relationships and pump up productivity

·        Uncover the roots in communication challenges and how to overcome them

·        Polish your communication skills

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 12 –  Elasticsearch in an Hour (Nashville Women Programmers) – 5:30pm CST – 7:30pm CST

o   Topic:
If you haven’t noticed, search has become ubiquitous:
e-commerce sites like Amazon and Netflix have rich product search,
social apps like Facebook and Twitter allow you to easily find your friends,most companies have some sort internal document search,
and last but not least Google gives you instant, pin-point access to all human knowledge.

Nevertheless most developers are not familiar with search technology. Therefore search technology is sometimes used in cases where it is a poor solution and often overlooked in cases where it is the ideal solution.
In this fast-paced discussion we will cover the ins-and-outs of search technology through the example of Elasticsearch, a dominant open source search engine.

Topics covered include understanding the strengths of search technology in comparison with SQL technology indexing and searching documents search engine internals uses for search technology outside of plain ol’ search (logging, analytics, recommendations). Attendees will leave with another useful tool that can be applied to their own problems.

Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced):
Beginner

Speaker:
John Berryman started out in the field of Aerospace Engineering but soon found that he was more interested in math and software than in satellites and aircraft. He soon made the leap into software development specializing in search and recommendation technologies. John is now a Senior Engineer at GitHub and is building out the next generation of code search. He also recently coauthored a tech book, Relevant Search, published by Manning. *The proceeds from the book have mostly paid for the coffee consumed while writing it.

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AGENDA
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5:30-6:00 – arrive, socialize, network, hack
6:00-6:15 – introductions, announcements
6:15-7:15 – the main event: coding, learning, speaker, Q&A, etc.
7:15-7:30 – wrap up

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QUESTIONS
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If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup or at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you!

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 13WiT Virtual Leadership Series: Imposter Syndrome -11:00am CST

o   Did you know that as much as 70% of all people have reported experiencing imposter syndrome at least once in their lives? While we might all have different reasons for feeling like an imposter from time to time, what’s important is being able to identify the triggers behind your own imposter thoughts in order to find the best way to overcome them.

Join Let Her Speak founder, Catherine Porth, for a judgment-free workshop where every woman will have an opportunity to listen, learn, and discuss the imposter archetypes they most identify with. Attendees will learn what imposter thoughts hold them back, where those barriers stem from, and how to tear them down. Attendees will learn tools to break down the barriers we build for ourselves.

This virtual event is the second part of a 3-event series focused on Advancing Women in Tech: Virtual Leadership, hosted by Nashville’s WiTT and Knoxville’s WiT. Each event in the series will focus on a different aspect of leadership development for current and aspiring female tech leaders in Tennessee. Attend just one or all three events, and develop yourself as a high contributing team member and leader, while also building lasting connections with other technologists and leaders.

Speaker

Catherine Porth | Chief Advocate and Founder, Let Her Speak

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 14General Assembly  + Girls in Tech Nashville: Mindful Reset: Critical Thinking & Best Decision Making – 10am CST – 11:10am

o   What exactly is critical thinking and how do you do it?

Simply put, critical thinking is the act of deliberately analyzing information so that you can make better judgements and decisions. It involves using things like logic, reasoning, and creativity, to draw conclusions and generally understand things better.

Join us to understand what the scientific process of critical thinking is and how to practice better decision making.

Takeaways
1.      What is critical thinking?

2.      The role of creativity in processing information

3.      How to practice better decision making

Preparation
o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 15Thinkful Webinar | Intro to Data Analytics: Tableau Basics – 8:30pm CST

o   Join us for an interactive workshop as we explore the typical workflow of a data analyst and the role that Tableau plays within it. We’ll get our hands on some actual Tableau examples, and you’ll leave here having created several unique visualizations from scratch. To get the most out of this workshop, make sure you have downloaded the free version of Tableau, called Tableau Public, available here.

What you’ll learn:
– Best Practices For Showcasing Data
– How To Use Tableau
– Hands-on Walkthrough Of Visualizing A Data Set
– And So Much More…

How to join us: Once you register with Eventbrite, you will receive an email with the links to the live webinar from BigMarker. If you do not receive your link, please email [email protected]

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 15Microsoft 365 Power Platform AMA Panel – Ask Me Anything – 11:30am CST

o   Topic: AMA Panel – Ask Me Anything
Location: via Microsoft Teams
Speakers: Daniel Glenn, Shafina Hassam, Joanne Klein, Drew Madelung, Sébastien Levert, Laura Rogers
Cost: FREE

Have questions for the experts on the panel?
Send them before the meeting here: https://forms.office.com/r/fHfS1gDAQ2

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Topic Details

Bring your questions, even the tough ones! For this meeting we are hosting our very own ‘Ask Me Anything’ with six experts! If they don’t have the answer to your Microsoft 365 & SharePoint questions, they will know who to ask!

Products / Topics covered: Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, Power Automate, Power Apps, OneDrive, Microsoft Lists, Data Protection, Microsoft 365 Migration, Microsoft Graph, Development in Microsoft 365, Compliance, Data Governance, Intranets & portals, Microsoft 365 adoption, No-code solutions

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 19Code for Nashville April Virtual Meetup  – 6:00pm CST

o   Collaborating with Code for Nashville gets you valuable experience, training, and connections. It may also result in a lot of fun, friendships, and a sense of connectedness to your community. 🙂

Agenda:
– Introductions
– What is Code for Nashville?
– Project Updates
– Good night and good luck!

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We will be using the jit.si video meeting tool for our meetup.

http://meet.jit.si/cfn-monthly-meeting

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Estimated to finish around 7:30 pm. Members of the public are also always welcome to our events!

o   VIRTUAL EVENT

o   FREE

o   RSVP

April 27General Assembly + Girls in Tech Nashville: Personal Branding for Creatives -11:00am CST- 12pm CST

o   This Personal Branding workshop offers steps and exercises to help develop a consistent personal brand.

Your personal brand presentation is one of the most important tools you will use in obtaining a position in visual communication. It should say something about you—your style, your personality, your attention to detail, your range of talents, level of professionalism, etc. You are familiar with your areas of expertise. Your personal brand needs to accurately represent the type of designer you are, your strengths and your visual voice.

Clients expect your personal brand and resulting marketing materials to demonstrate your abilities and the value these can bring to their businesses.

Takeaways
Conduct internal alignment exercises to refocus and clarify the overall goal you are trying to achieve.
Understand tools needed to develop a visual strategy that defines your personal brand experience.
Create a symbol, font, color and visual voice selection strategy.
Develop personal brand presentation deliverables.

Utilize practices discussed to make certain the workshop content continues to provide you value after completion.

o      VIRTUAL EVENT

o      FREE

o      RSVP


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