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Last night the Nashville Android Study Group held its final meeting, at which the participants presented demos of their final project apps, including a brief introduction of the problem each app was trying to solve, a run-through of the views presented, and Q&A regarding implementation details and future plans for each app.

We had four apps of note presented, including:
◦ An imdb/omdb search app
◦ An criminal offender search app
◦ A regional open WIFI search app
◦ An RSS browser app

The group also has several more projects in development, which were not ready for presentation by the deadline.  At the end of the night, all in attendance voted on the best overall app of the night, and Dustin Reed took the prize with his regional open WIFI search app.  Susan Osgood's omdb project got second place.

The prize winners each took home a quadcopter drone to take home and play around with.  The first place prize was a Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter, and the second place prize was a Syma X5C 2.4G 6 Axis GYRO HD Camera RC Quadcopter.
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Yesterday I ran an Hour of Code event at a small private school in Nashville.  The "small" and "private" were both instrumental in my getting access to the room without an excessive amount of red tape in order to host a very informal event (notice the professionally finished banner on the wall).

We had probably 75 high school kids stop through and check things out, and probably about 15 that got involved to a reasonable degree.  Attendance was totally optional, so any kid that stopped by was taking time they would have ordinarily used between classes to socialize or catch up on homework.  The setup consisted of 5 laptops (3 windows, 1 mac, 1 ubuntu) all set up with a simple web browser displaying either Code Combat (http://codecombat.com/), code.org (http://code.org/learn), Bitsbox (https://bitsbox.com/hoc.html), or App Inventor (http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html).

The module that got the most attention was code.org, with it's hit-the-ground-running "Flappy Bird" exercise (http://studio.code.org/flappy/1).  Most kids were just surprised that they could make something so quickly, especially a functional game.  It makes me nostalgic for my first anti-climactic hello world console app.

This Hour of Code event was an experiment for us, testing the waters for potential future events promoting STEM topics in local schools.
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Yiaway Yeh of the Nashville Mayor's office will speak on current and upcoming developments in the tech realm in Nashville and the city's ongoing efforts to promote innovation, including info on the rollout of Google Fiber.

With an increasing level of enterprise participation in the build-out of IT infrastructure, including commitments by AT&T, Comcast, and Google, Nashville is imminently becoming a global hub of technology. With this expanded bandwidth, we in Nashville will be capable of great things, and will be tasked with charting the future of our region. Along the way, we will have to overcome many obstacles, and answer many questions. Where is Nashville going? What kinds of things can we expect -- what solutions can we build -- when network latency is a thing of the past? Who will provide the technical leadership that will guide our companies in this more complicated world?

Yiaway will deliver a brief talk on these and other issues, and will take time to answer questions from the community afterwards.

Yiaway is the Co-Chief Innovation Officer with the Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County, and is the former Mayor and City Councilmember of Palo Alto, California.  Mr. Yeh moved to Nashville, Tennessee following his wife joining the faculty of the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  He was appointed by Mayor Karl Dean of Nashville to head up the new Mayor's Office of Innovation announced on April 26, 2013.
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 24, March 31
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 24, March 31
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 24, March 31
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The folks that completed the Android Study Jam and elected to pursue Udacity certification will be demo-ing the implementations of their final projects.
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Yesterday I ran an Hour of Code event at a small private school in Nashville.  The "small" and "private" were both instrumental in my getting access to the room without an excessive amount of red tape in order to host a very informal event (notice the professionally finished banner on the wall).

We had probably 75 high school kids stop through and check things out, and probably about 15 that got involved to a reasonable degree.  Attendance was totally optional, so any kid that stopped by was taking time they would have ordinarily used between classes to socialize or catch up on homework.  The setup consisted of 5 laptops (3 windows, 1 mac, 1 ubuntu) all set up with a simple web browser displaying either Code Combat (http://codecombat.com/), code.org (http://code.org/learn), Bitsbox (https://bitsbox.com/hoc.html), or App Inventor (http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/beginner-videos.html).

The module that got the most attention was code.org, with it's hit-the-ground-running "Flappy Bird" exercise (http://studio.code.org/flappy/1).  Most kids were just surprised that they could make something so quickly, especially a functional game.  It makes me nostalgic for my first anti-climactic hello world console app.

This Hour of Code event was an experiment for us, testing the waters for potential future events promoting STEM topics in local schools.
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 26, March 31
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Please note that the March 24 meeting has been moved to Thursday, March 26.
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 24, March 31
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Lesson 1: February 3
Lesson 2: February 10
Lesson 3: February 17
Lesson 4A: February 24
Lesson 4B, 4C: March 3
Lesson 5: March 10
Lesson 6: March 17
Individual Final Projects: March 24, March 31
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GDG Music City / Nashville Mobile Development User Group
Introduction
This user group is open to anyone that is interested in developing on a mobile platform. Android and iPhone will receive a lot of focus but we're open to discuss anything related to mobile development.

We meet at BMI on the last Tuesday of each month.


Please park in the visitor parking lot on the east side of the building the building and walk around to the front door on the south side of the building (Music Circle North).  Someone will greet you at the entrance.

Food and socializing begins at 6 PM. We'll try to get started around 6:30 and wrap up by 8.