Chicago has always been like a second home to me. It’s one of the 3 cities that a frequently visit for business, cons, and tech meetups (St. Louis and Nashville being the others). Having once been a resident and a Loyola U alumni, I feel comfortable returning there at least twice a month. Would I ever move back there permanently? I’m not sure, but I have fun every time I visit nonetheless.
For my upcoming trip this week, I wanted to make sure I filled my schedule with plenty of tech learning events. I signed up to volunteer and participate in Chicago’s NEXT hackathon event this Saturday. ChicagosNext is a non-profit organization that brings together technologists — designers, developers — anyone who wants to learn through creating ideas and building projects that help local communities. Hearing about the mission, I wanted to get involved and contribute to making the hackathon a valuable experience. In addition, I’m interested in learning more about Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform, the software used in the challenge. It’s great that I can give back, learn, and network simultaneously.
I also registered for a short introductory workshop on 3D printing. I shamelessly geek over news of 3D printing innovation, and I had been looking for a workshop to attend to learn extensively about the hardware and technology for a while. I did a random event calendar search and voila! I found a *free* Friday event during lunch hours.
I think both opportunities will also allow me to meet Our Code readers in person. If you’re a reader in the Chicago area and want to join me, click here to learn how to register to the the hackathon, and here to RSVP for the Friday 3D printing workshop. Be sure to introduce yourself and we’ll chat!