Events 11-30

With Thanksgiving over and another holiday season just beginning, we’re giving the last month of the year a one-two punch with plenty of events! Celebrate the beginning of December with our top picks for events in computer science, civic technology, and STEM education:

CU7Ib1nWcAQuz8W1) WP as a Non-Blogging WebApp Framework & Creating
Monday, November 30, 6:30pm — 9pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @bostonwp | @amykvistad | @professor | @JonDBishop |  @kadamwhite | @melchoyce | @reikob | @thatbeach | @ryelle | @jjrohrer | @AmandaGilesNH | #BostonWP

Presentation 1: WordPress as a Non-Blogging WebApp Framework

SchoolTwist is a new SAAS student registration service (and marketplace) to help PTAs offer after-school enrichment classes. WordPress multisite serves as their backend and SchoolTwist will go over the challenges in using it for SchoolTwist, how they overcame those issues (hint: lots of custom plugins), and what they’d like to see from WordPress that would make it better suited for generic web-apps.

Presentation 2: Creating Customizable Widgets for Unpredictable Needs

Although your client may think they know what they want and where they want it – that’s bound to change. Learn how to develop your own customizable widgets so you can put the control into your client’s hands. In this session, we’ll review how to create your own widgets with options so that clients can add the features they want, change them, and move them around all on their own.

2) Boston Tech Breakfast1414000020
Tuesday, December 1, 8am — 10am
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @techbreakfast

Based on the popular TechBreakfast format, the Boston TechBreakfast is a “show and tell” format event where up to five different technologists will demo their technologies from a wide range of industries ranging from software to hardware, IT to Biotech, robotics to space tech. The event is “triple agnostic”. We don’t care if the technology is from a start up, a large company, a university, a government agency, or someone’s hobby. We are also agnostic as to the industry of the tech – it could be IT, biotech, robotics, aerospace, materials sciences, anything tech and innovative is cool. And we’re also region agnostic – even if you’re not from where we’re hosting, we want to see you and your technology!

Centennial-web-logo3) The Boston Foundation Centennial Gala Dinner
Wednesday, December 2, 6pm — 10pm
The Westin Copley Place | 10 Huntington Ave | Boston
Twitter: @bostonfdn

Please hold the evening of Wednesday, December 2, 2015 for The Boston Foundation’s 100th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Proceeds from this unique gala will support community grant making and the Permanent Fund for Boston, which fuels the Foundation’s work in Greater Boston.

python-boston-sq_400x4004) Boston Python December Project Night
Thursday, December 3, 6:30pm — 9pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @bostonpython

Python project nights are unstructured chances for Python developers to work together, mentor each other, connect socially, teach, learn, or do whatever else it is Python developers want to do together. Our project nights are great ways to build the Python community, by allowing them to meet and interact in whatever way they find most beneficial.

Ship_steering_wheel_400x4005) BASUG 2015 Q4 – Coders Corner
Thursday, December 3, 8am — 1pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @SASBoston

BASUG is an all-volunteer local user group whose mission is to further the interests of users of The SAS System.  Our meetings consist of technical presentations (tutorials, applications, and new features of The SAS System), as well as solutions to your programming problems. We typically run four meetings per year as well as several specialized training sessions.

The topic for our 2015 Q4 meeting is a BASUG favorite: Coders Corner!  Come hear quick tips and techniques from your fellow SAS programmers.

MTLC_EF_logo_RGB_web_v1-300x1006) Technovation: Season 2016 Kickoff & Orientation Event
Saturday, December 5, 1:30pm — 6pm
Microsoft New England R&D Center | 1 Memorial Drive | Cambridge
Twitter: @masstlcef

Interested in taking part in the Technovation Challenge? Come to the Kickoff for the 2016 Technovation Season! Get the info, find a team, and start working on ideas!

Thanksgiving is a time of year where we ideally slow down from our daily pace, and reflect on what is important to us: family, friends, health, goodwill towards others. I’ve always appreciated the fact that the focus of Thanksgiving is celebrating connections between people near and far. As part of our civic engagement work for […]

The Hour of Code is here! To kick off another Computer Science Education Week (December 7 — 11), we’re excited to join for the Hour of Code. The quick and easy program teaches anyone to code with an hour of fun that shows the amazing things you can create with code. And this year, […]