Providence Geeks, Feb. 16

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Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, 5:30 – 8pm AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap) Providence-based Tellart isn’t just one of the pioneers of the “Internet of Things” – they also are weaving the human experience into what would otherwise be a soulless web of networked smart objects. Join us Wednesday for …

Jack Templin nominated for EDC Board

In Economy, Government, Technologyby Jef Nickerson1 Comment

Photo of Jack Templin by bjepson on flickr My Twittersphere and Facebooksphere have been lit up with talk about Jack Templin being nominated to the RI Economic Development Commission Board by Governor Chafee and with good reason. Aside from being a friend of mine, a great mind in the Rhode Island tech sector, and an all around good guy, Jack …

Streetfilms: Chicago bus tracker

In RIPTA, Technology, Transportationby Greater City Providence4 Comments

With RIPTA currently working on a bus tracking system of their own, and with RISD having a beautiful campus video display information system, I’m seeing a partnership possibility. The system here in Chicago allows businesses to customize their display for buses passing by them and roll it out on their own equipment, no cost to the transit agency. The businesses …

LED Crosswalk for bikes and pedestrians

In Bicycles, Roads, Technology, Transportationby Jef Nickerson12 Comments

This video depicts a raised crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at the entrance to a roundabout in Papendrecht, Netherlands. This crossings adds an infrared sensor which detects approaching pedestrians and cyclists activating LEDs embedded in the roadway. The Netherlands currently has about 20 of these crossings for pedestrians, this represents the first one for bikes as well. According to local …

RIPTA website survey

In RIPTA, Technology, Transportationby Jef Nickerson13 Comments

Photo cc jk5854 RIPTA is in the progress of redesigning their website and has a survey seeking your input. Go here to take the survey. RIPTA’s website is something that has come up here time and time again. If they are actively seeking comment on it, we should give it to them. Certainly take the survey, but if you want …

Maker Fair Rhode Island (Aug. 28)

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Photo credit: Chris Meringolo Maker Fair Rhode Island 2010 is happening August 28th. We’re doing another Mini Maker Faire here in RI, and hey, it’s happening soon. This year it will once again be embedded within a Waterfire, and we’ll be holding it at the Bank of America Skating Center, August 28, 2010, 3pm-11pm. The Maker Faire RI web site …

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Providence Geeks – September 23, 2009

In Events, Technologyby Greater City Providence1 Comment

Tonight’s Geeks Dinner has been moved to Trinity Brewhouse. From the Providence Geeks: It’s September, and Geeks is back in full-force! Few folks (even geeks) realize that every day in a renovated mill in Olneyville, hundreds of engineers and designers build some of the world’s most powerful simulation software. At September’s Geek Dinner, we’ll get a look into SIMULIA (formerly …

Greater City Providence’s New Facebook Page

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We’ve switched up our Facebook presence from a Group to a Page. The page allows posts made here to feed directly to Facebook, and if you become a fan of our page, direct to your Facebook Wall. Very 2.0 of us, isn’t it? Visit our Facebook Page to become a fan. And if you’re not feeling Facebook, you can also …

WiFi Plaza?

In Downcity, Technologyby Jef Nickerson8 Comments

I received a Facebook notification from Greater Kennedy Plaza today announcing upcoming events in the Plaza, at the bottom of the notification I saw this: Also, enjoy the free wi-fi anywhere in Kennedy Plaza all day, every day! Yay! I’m not heading down there in the monsoon to test it, and I can’t find any mention on the Greater Kennedy …

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Providence Geeks – June 17, 2009 …plus stick around for Hip Hop

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From the Providence Geeks: We’ve got a special Geek Dinner in store for June. AS220 Labs – the new “tech arm” of our gracious host AS220 – will be showing off what they’ve wrought in their first year. AS220 Labs is a teaching space, shared workspace and community junk pile for supporting open hardware and software projects. The Lab helps …

LED Street lighting coming to Providence?

In Environment, Technologyby Jef Nickerson5 Comments

A while back Matt wrote a post about LED street lighting, cities such as New York; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Anchorage, Alaska have plans to implement LED street lighting. In the conversation I suggested that Providence work on a pilot LED street lighting program in the new street grid built in the vacated Route 195 land. Seems the city actually …

Site down, up, down, up…

In Technologyby Greater City Providence3 Comments

Photo by youngthousands from Flickr Hi folks! Well, our website is back up, though it’s been through quite a week. Starting on Monday, we noticed our site had been hacked and our homepage replaced. Fortunately, we caught it fast enough to prevent further destruction from happening, or so we thought. At the same time, our server host was experiencing hardware …

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Providence Geeks – March 18, 2009

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East Greenwich-based Cronk Games has developed and released an exciting action puzzler game for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Cronk. Joel Evans, who founded Geek.com in the mid 90s, teamed up with industry experts in console gaming, infrastructure architecture, mobility, social networking and development tool construction to form Cronk Games in 2008. At next week’s Geek Dinner, Joel will …

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Providence Geeks – February 18, 2009

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Consistently recognized as one of the leaders in social software for the enterprise, Traction Software’s award-winning TeamPage platform includes blogs, wikis, social tagging & bookmarking, and now, “live blog micro-messaging” (think real-time Twitter for business). At February’s Geek Dinner, Jordan Frank, VP Marketing & Business Development, and Chris Nuzum, co-Founder & CTO, will present Traction’s take on the nature and …

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Providence Geeks – January 21, 2009

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Let’s get this new year kicked off right. Join us for the first Geek Dinner of 2009. Providence-based Treanor Brothers Animation is one of the world’s leading 3d animation boutiques for the online and video game industries. Recent projects include the Speed Racer video game and an online environment for the movie Iron Man. At next week’s Geek Dinner, Todd …

LED Street Lighting

In Technologyby Matthew Coolidge27 Comments

Schematic by Greater City Providence’s resident EE Matthew Coolidge According to a post on website redgreenandblue.org, New York City is going to be testing out new LED street lamps. New York City’s Department of Transportation has tapped the Office for Visual Interaction for testing LED street lighting around the Big Apple. If successful, all of the city’s 300,000 street lamps …