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The GDG for Mercer University, Macon, Georgia, USA
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Dr. Robert Allen will talk about his trip to the North America GDG Organizer's Summit and challenge our GDG to plan and organize some local events.  Particular attention will be devoted to DevArt, which has a looming deadline.
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Mercer University #GDG, looking forward to #2014.

We continue to be a busy chapter, stopping only for some very un-Georgialike snow in January and February.

The "topic a month" scheduling seemed to work with it, so we're continuing it into the spring.  We started with Backbone.js, lead by +Chip Bell, in January, and contrasted it to #Dart in February.  +Robert Allen  is heading off to the GDG Organizers summit in March and will doubtlessly come back with more great ideas, but we expect to explore some, if not all, of the following:

Data driven Android apps
Augmented Reality Technology
Freebase API 
Writing Apps for Glass
NASA Space Apps Challenge

We'll continue to use Coding Dojos as a tool.  It's almost time for students to apply to #Summer of Code, so we'll spend some time talking about it, with help from the two students who have already participated.  And we'll keep looking for ways to code for good, possibly forming a formal Brigade of +Code for America 

If we've learned one thing about technology, it's that it's silly to try to predict too far into the future.  Who knows what our fall meetings will focus on for sure?  But we'll be there holding the meetings.  And we'll have popcorn.
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Mercer University  #GDG , looking back at #2013 .

Our chapter had another successful year.  

The spring semester covered a number of different technologies: Mapping, App Engine, Hangouts, Python, Codejam, Android, and Summer of Code.  These meetings had fruit in a number of ways: we used Hangouts to manage our regional programming contest, created a special topics Python class for fall 2013, used Drive scripting to manage the university wide research day, and we had our second student accepted to Summer of Code.  

The arrival of +Michael Rosario  was another highlight of the spring semester.  He works with Mercer's research arm and provided so much leadership, he became an organizer in the fall.  Getting more community involvement is a challenge that Michael has undertaken with enthusiasm.  The blog created by him and +Stephen Finney  is a source of articles of great insight and a wonderful addition to the chapter.

A constant challenge for student organizations is finishing one school year and starting the next.  We happily sent off our two student organizers at the end of the spring semester.  +Nathan Burnham  went to Atlanta, helping to (re)start +GDG Atlanta and +Michael Deakin  went off to graduate school.  Luckily, +Robert Allen has also joined as an organizer, so the transition was very smooth and had lots of popcorn.

Meetings in the fall were organized into monthly themes including App Engine, Drive scripting, HTML 5, and Canvas.  We tried new ways of getting members involved including Ignite talks and Coding Dojos.  It's been a full year and 2014 promises to be just as busy.
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In this post, we reflect upon our lessons from 2013/2014.  Join us for our next GDG meeting this Tuesday!!  See You There!

#gdg #2013 #2014
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Hi!  What topics would you enjoy learning for Mercer GDG 2014?  Please take our 5 minute topics survey. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1jNHyE3o0FH0z2iRpziX6iaR4jMsMKF6cacyIQxTxvsY/viewform
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Following up on last week's introduction, this week will be an opportunity to get your hands dirty and actually write some AppEngine code.  Come try out AppEngine.
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What happens to your WWW site when "60 Minutes" posts a story about you and you go from about 100 requests per second to almost 8000 requests per second?  If you're running it on the Google Cloud, very little.  

Come to this Tuesday's meeting to find out more about AppEngine.  We'll be doing AppEngine all September.  You may not finish the month running Khan Academy, but you should be able to create some pretty nice sites.
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So, here's a group of GDG meetings waiting to happen!  Or, if you want to have more than one GD experience a week, here's a place to start.
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At GDG next week, Tuesday August 27th at 6:30pm in room 204 of the Computer Science Building, we will be looking at some Google Scripts to work with Google Spreadsheets. Of course we will have food. Everyone is welcome. Invite your friends. Hope to see you there.

Please RSVP to this event to help us plan food requirements.  

We look forward to seeing you!!
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