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Providence Geeks – September 17, 2014

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Wednesday, September 17th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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Welcome back, everyone! Hope you had an awesome August. Providence Geeks goes back to school next week with an excellent September presenter.

What percent of live events sell out? 50%? 20%? Nope… try 2%.

crowdsurfFounded in 2013 by two recent Brown grads, Providence-based Crowdsurf aims to remedy this situation using a combination of geographic and social audience info. Armed with these insights, Crowdsurf’s customers — event venues and promoters — have a much better sense of which acts to book, and how to most effectively promote them.

big-ticketAs the first stage of their rollout this summer, Crowdsurf launched Big Ticket, a mobile app that offers users the chance to reap major discounts on show tickets. The app — currently being piloted in RI, MA, CT and OR — has already enabled Crowdsurf to build one of the largest databases of audience info in the Northeast.

On Wednesday, Co-founders CEO Alex Oberg and CTO Evan Altman will tell the Crowdsurf story, demo their impressive platform, and give a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

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Providence Geeks – July 16, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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voltserverHey! Wednesday is the last Geek Dinner of the summer! (Like all self-respecting RI’ers, we take August off.)

Over the past couple of years, Providence Geeks has been fortunate to feature a number of awesome RI startups at the intersection of electric power and info tech.

On Wednesday, we’ll feature perhaps the most ambitious one yet: VoltServer. Using its patented Packet Energy Transfer (PET) technology, this East Greenwich-based startup has figured out how to no-less-than digitize electricity…

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Providence Geeks – June 18, 2014

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Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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It was inevitable. On Wednesday the 18th, the Drones invade
Providence Geeks…

Providence-based startup Xact Maps specializes in high-fidelity aerial mapping solutions using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. This is no child’s play — this is the hardcore stuff. Need to map a major bridge in detail? Survey a mountain? Collect data on an “unreachable” spot? Create a 3d copy of downtown for your new driving game? Xact Maps has your back.

Xact Maps’ solutions combine their own custom high-performance aircraft and proprietary software with an array of high-end sensor technology, including LIDAR, Photogrametry, Photo Mosaic, Multi Spectral imaging, and IR imaging. The results speak for themselves.

On the 18th, Xact Maps Founders Andy Trench and Kyla Coburn will tell the Xact Maps story, demo their technology (including a look at their new monster octocopter), and give a sneak peek at where they’re headed next.

You won’t want to miss this — seriously, you won’t. See you there!

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Providence Geeks – May 21, 2014

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Wednesday, May 21st, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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The May Geek Dinner hits Wednesday the 21st, and will feature one of the Providence startup scene’s best kept secrets: Utilidata.

Having recently raised $20M from some world’s sharpest energy investors, Utilidata is ramping up its quest to drive electric energy efficiency through info tech.

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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 – March 19, 2014

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Wednesday, March 19th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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Coming off of a huge February Geek Dinner featuring Teespring, we’re upping the ante in March with another Providence breakout success.

g-form_logo-200From their headquarters in the Jewelry District, G-Form has been shaking up one industry after another with their Reactive Protection TechnologyTM — a proprietary composite, that on impact, instantly absorbs over 90% of the energy. The result is state-of-the-art protection in a lightweight, flexible form.

G-Form first went after the smartphone and tablet case market. You may remember the YouTube video (4 million+ views and counting!) of them dropping a iPad from low orbit — unscathed.

skate-product-page-02From there, G-Form has successfully expanded into skateboarding, biking and soccer. Best of all, it feels like they’re just getting started…

At the March Geek Dinner, Co-founder and Executive Chairman Danny Warshay will tell the G-Form story, demo its technology and products, and give a sneak peek at what markets they’ll be conquering 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 – January 22, 2014

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Wednesday, January 22nd, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap) – RSVP at Facebook

boialogofinalHappy New Year, everyone! We’re going to get 2014 kicked off right with another awesome presenter.

Accessibility Now, a Providence-based company, has undertaken the noble task of helping to make the world’s web sites accessible to screenall users regardless of their abilities. To that end, their team has burned the midnight oil for the past three years building the world’s most powerful, automated Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 scanning service. This Winter marks the beginning of their product rollout.

At the January Geek Dinner on Wednesday, Founder and CEO Mark Shapiro will tell the Accessibility Now story, demo the service, and give a sneak peek of where they’re headed next.

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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 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 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 – April 17, 2013

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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Spring is here! Come celebrate its arrival this Wednesday at the April Providence Geeks Dinner!

knowyo2The evening will feature Providence-based startup Knowyo, fresh off their win (“Best Presentation”) at last month’s LAUNCH Conference in San Francisco.

Knowyo will help you to never forget a name again. Their web and mobile-based adaptive learning platform integrates with LinkedIn (and soon corporate social networks like Yammer) to enable you to quickly and enjoyably learn the names and faces of the people you need to know.

At this Wednesday’s Geek Dinner, Co-Founders CEO Elie Schoppik and CTO Andrew Sohn will tell their startup’s story, demo Knowyo, and give a sneak peek of what’s coming next.

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Providence Geeks – March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 13th, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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logoThe March Geek Dinner will feature a particularly exciting, inspiring story of a local teacher turned entrepreneur.

In 2004, elementary school computer teacher, Alan Tortolani, frustrated with the lack of good educational games for kids, started making his own.

Over the past decade Alan has grown Providence-based ABCya.com into an award-winning educational juggernaut with over 175 online games and several best-selling mobile apps. He has bootstrapped ABCya.com to significant profitability with over 1 million app downloads to date and nearly 100 million visits totalling over 1 billion pageviews annually.

At the March Geek Dinner on Wednesday, Alan will tell the ABCya.com story, demo some of its games, and give a sneak peek into where he’s taking this online educational empire next.

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Providence Geeks – February 20, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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cb-logoThe February Geek Dinner will feature Crunchbutton, who may well have the greatest tagline/value proposition ever: Push a Button. Get food.

Started in a Yale dorm room, Crunchbutton was born of the founders’ desire to make ordering their favorite local sandwich – the Wenzel – as simple as possible.

Now headquartered in Providence, Crunchbutton today facilitates ordering from dozens of restaurants in Providence, New Haven, and Washington, DC (yes, there’s a college town theme here), and has big plans for further expansion.

On Wednesday, Co-Founders Judd Rosenblatt, David Klumpp and Devin Smith will tell the Crunchbutton story, demo their service, and talk about where this promising startup is headed next.

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Providence Geeks – January 16, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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We’re kicking 2013 off with another awesome Geek Dinner!

Care ThreadWe hear near daily about the frustrations (nightmares?) patients face in navigating our convoluted healthcare system. What we don’t hear about are the challenges that healthcare providers – the doctors, nurses, and other clinicians – face in providing better patient care. The pain is especially acute around how providers communicate and collaborate with one another.

That’s where Providence-based startup Care Thread comes in.

Care Thread has built an innovative set of real-time mobile tools to empower providers to better collaborate, resulting in better care for their patients.

At next week’s January Geek Dinner, fresh off their announcement of Slater’s $250K investment into Care Thread, CEO & MD Scott Guelich and CTO (and healthcare IT industry veteran) Andrew Shearer (@ashearer) will share the challenges healthcare providers face every day, and show how Care Thread’s mobile & web apps improve both provider and patient experiences.

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Providence Geeks – December 12, 2012

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
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Providence Geeks returns this coming Wednesday, the auspicious date of 12/12/12! And we’ve got a great evening planned starring Providence-based startup VCharge.

VCharge is innovating at the intersection of the information technology and energy industries. They are solving the problem of integrating renewable energy sources like wind and solar into the electric grid using a market-based approach. Their software and hardware controls enable distributed generation, storage, and load like electric cars, thermal storage heaters, and commercial refrigeration to respond dynamically to grid conditions and improve overall system efficiency.

The commercial rollout of its SmartBricks product is underway, and VCharge is controlling residential heating systems using the homes’ existing broadband connection to lower monthly heating costs and balance the grid. The company has installations in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Maine, and they’re just getting started, eyeing projects in Ireland and Germany as well as right here in RI.

At Wednesday’s Geek Dinner VCharge CTO (and MIT PhD) Jessica Millar CEO (and Harvard B-School prof) George Baker will tell the VCharge story, demo the SmartBricks control technology, and give a sneak peek at where this exciting startup is headed next.

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