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Providence Geeks – April 16, 2014

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Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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edt-logoProvidence-based EdTrips is helping our nation’s teachers take their classes on better field trips. Their web-based platform empowers teachers to find better (curriculum-aligned) trips, collect permission forms & payments, and facilitate all trip-related communication.

On Wednesday the 16th, the Co-Founders, CEO Jakob Garrow and COO Laura Wallendal, will tell their startup’s story, demo their powerful service, and give us a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

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Providence Geeks – February 19, 2013

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Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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teespringFor the February Geek Dinner, we’ve got a doozy lined up for you.

Teespring was born in 2012 of an effort by two Brown students to save a local dive bar — Fish Co, formerly of Fox Point.

The bar didn’t make it, but Teespring has exploded (in the good way).

Today Teespring is the leading crowdfunding platform for custom apparel, with about 70 employees in Providence currently and another 20 in San Francisco. In December, Teespring raised $20 million from arguably the world’s hottest venture capital firm, Silicon Valley-based Andreessen Horowitz.

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Providence Geeks and Food Drive – December 11, 2013

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Wednesday, December 11th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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modibotsJust in time for the Holidays, the December Geek Dinner will feature the ultimate stocking stuffer: Modibots.

Providence-based toy designer Wayne Losey’s resume reads like a who’s who of action figures: Stars Wars, GI Joe, Jurassic Park, Teenage Ninja Turtles, and on and on. But when he left Hasbro, he decided that rather than working on more “one-off” action figures, he wanted to create an action figure platform — a system of interlocking components that could be remixed and extended by anyone. Think action figures meets Lego meets 3d printing.

The result is Modibot, and it’s stunning.

At Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Wayne will tell the Modibot story, talk about how his system blurs the line between analog and digital, and give us a sneak peek at where the Modibot army is headed next.

Also at next week’s Geek Dinner, we’ll have the annual Geeks for Good Food Drive. We will be collecting non-perishable food items and donations at the meeting, and donating them to the Rhode Island Food Bank. Learn more about the best items to donate.

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Providence Launches ‘Open Meetings Portal’

The City of Providence [on Wednesday] launched its Open Meetings Portal – a single, public access point for public meeting information.

The site fulfills a recommendation of a special commission established to find ways the City can use technology to engage residents, and is the result of several months of collaboration between the City Clerk, City Council, and the administration of Mayor Angel Taveras.

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Providence Geeks – November 13, 2013

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Wednesday, November 13th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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This month’s Geek Dinner features an international story (3 continents and counting)!

locusplayEarly this year, two co-founders of Bangalore-based LocusPlay moved halfway around the world to participate in Betaspring’s Winter 2013 session. In those 3 short months, CEO Rahul Rajguru and CMO Chirag Bodar came to like Providence so much that they decided to stay on and relocate LocusPlay’s headquarters here.

It was a smart decision. Over the past half a year, the fast-growing startup both tripled its business and raised money from Providence and Boston angels.

LocusPlay provides a mobile and cloud based gaming platform that enables small and mid-size lottery operators to transform their traditional paper-based lotteries into modern digital/online lotteries. To date, LocusPlay has helped lotteries in the Carribean and Africa, with Asia soon to follow.

On Wednesday, Rahul and Chirag will tell the LocusPlay story, demo the impressive platform, and talk about where they’re headed next.

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Providence Geeks – September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25th, 5:30pm– 8:00pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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stem-LogoIn the spirit of back-to-school, the September Geek Dinner will feature local EdTech startup STEM2O.

Providence-based STEM2O builds simple but powerful, standards-aligned simulation authoring tools that help teachers re-kindle students’ interest in math and science. With STEM2O, teachers can easily build interactive simulations that demonstrate complex science and math concepts like figuring out how a pendulum would swing on Mars, or finding the liquid density required to make iron float.

On Wednesday Co-Founder & CEO Rushikesh Bandekar will tell the STEM2O story and give a sneak peek at their impressive simulation platform.

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Providence Geeks – July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30pm– 8:00pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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Join Providence Geeks Wednesday the 17th for the last Geek Dinner of the summer (like all other RI’ers, Providence Geeks take August off).

shuttercalShutterCal is creating waves in the family photo market. They’ve created THE place for photo-a-day projects, supplying inspiration and making this positive daily habit more accessible to everyone. The Providence-based startup provides its users — everyone from new parents to world travelers — with a beautiful interactive calendar and mobile tools for posting their favorite photo from each day. Shuttercal tops it off with their gorgeous print services — everything from postcards to gallery prints, but most prominently their unique ShoeBox and monthly print service.

On Wednesday, Co-Founder and CEO Scott Harris will tell the ShutterCal story, demonstrate their service, and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

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Providence launches Open Data Portal

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The City of Providence today launched the state’s first municipal Open Data Portal.

The portal, a key recommendation of the 15-member Open Providence Commission enables the public to access and export municipal data sets.

At launch, the Portal is populated with 25 data sets including: salaries and pension payrolls, the CIty budget, roads projects (including the Road Bond), vacant property, PEMA emergency information, union contracts, tree inventory, zoning maps, flood maps, and property assessments. The City plans to populate the Portal with more data sets over time.

The Portal provides this data in searchable and exportable formats, allowing for mapping of data, creation of apps to read data, and merging of different data sets into tables and maps. The portal also allows users to embed data on their own webpages with that embedded data updating as the City adds to it.

By creating a free account with Socrata on the Open Data Portal, users can save visualizations they’ve created and also compare Providence data to other cities’ data in the Socrata system. The system allows the City to upload historical data and future forecasts for comparison as well.

The Portal was created after viewing similar programs in other cities including Boston, Chicago, and Baltimore. An RFP for the the portal was issued last November and awarded to Socrata. The Portal costs the City $30k per year to maintain.

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Providence Geeks – June 19, 2013

Wednesday, June 19th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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sendgrid_labs-logoHappy Summer, All! We’ve got a killer June Geek Dinner lined up for you.

It’s well-known that Boulder Colorado-headquartered SendGrid is one of the most successful tech startups of the past decade. The email delivery service helps clients send over 7 billion emails per month.

So far though, few folks realize that SendGrid’s new R&D arm — SendGrid Labs — is based in Providence. Last year, when SendGrid recruited Native RI’er & technology veteran Mike Rowan to build and lead Labs, they told him could locate the team wherever he wanted. To the local tech scene’s delight, Mike choose our fair city.

At the June Geek Dinner, Mike is going to tell the SendGrid Labs story, demo one of its projects, and explain why he thinks Providence has only begun to tap its potential as a technology center.

See you there — you won’t want to miss this!

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Providence Geeks – Tonight

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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For the May Geek Dinner, we may have the perfect Providence startup story!

healthidWhen his 2-year-old son was diagnosed with diabetes, former jewelry industry executive Angelo Pitassi Jr. started learning about medical alert bracelets. He was unimpressed to say the least. In short order, Angelo partnered with technologist Christopher Melo, and HealthID was born.

Today the Jewelry District-based startup is poised at the intersection of the jewelry business and healthcare technology, and is accepting pre-orders for its first product — HealthID Profile (or “HIP”) Bands. HIP enables first responders to pull up critical, in-depth, current health information from NFC-based bands onto a web/mobile interface. The wearer can also manage all aspects of their personal health scenario while on the go.

On Wednesday, the Co-Founders CEO Angelo Pitassi Jr. and CTO Christopher Melo will tell the HealthID story, demonstrate their HIP product and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

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