February Geek Dinner Wed. the 18th 5:30-8pm at AS220 featuring NuLabel!

Providence Geeks February 2015

Photo by -ocean on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 18, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

NuLabel LogoSince its founding in 2009 by 3 recent Brown grads, NuLabel has come a long way. The East Providence-based startup develops labeling systems built upon their chemistry breakthroughs in “activatable adhesives.” NuLabel’s solutions offer many advantages over the alternatives — “cold glue” and pressure sensitive labeling — including lower cost, higher quality, and lower environmental impact.

To date, Nulabel has raised $14.5 million, secured 9 patents, and grown its team to 24, including 4 chemistry PhD’s. The company maintains 16,000 square feet of cutting edge lab and office space in East Providence, as well as a satellite lab in North Carolina.

This past fall, NuLabel completed its first production installation at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, MI — the country’s 7th largest craft brewery. And last month, Forbes picked NuLabel CEO Max Winograd for their “30 Under 30″ list in manufacturing.

On Wednesday the 18th, Max and CTO/Co-Founder Ben Lux will tell the NuLabel story, explain how the company is run to ensure continuous invention, and give a sneak peek at where this ambitious startup is headed next.

Disclosure: I’m a partner at Betaspring, where we’re proud to include NuLabel among our alumni.

RSVP at Facebook

… and while you’re there, please like our Facebook page. If you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin@gmail.com, with your name and affiliation. As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 25 min presentation + q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

January Geek Dinner Wednesday 21st at AS220 5:30 – 8pm featuring AS220 Labs!

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Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

AS220 Labs

Since its founding in 2008, the community engineering and fabrication studio AS220 Labs has become a cornerstone of Providence’s innovation scene. Inside its walls, hundreds of makers and artists of all ages have learnt and expressed themselves with technologies ranging from 3d printing to folk electronics. And it’s about to get even better.

In 2015 AS220 Labs will double its successful Fab Academy class, a “distributed education” program in digital fabrication directed by Neil Gershenfeld of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. In addition, its sister organization — AS220 Media Arts — will build out a highly complementary state-of-the-art media lab right across the hall.

On Wednesday the 21st, Director of AS220 Industries Shawn Wallace will give an update on all of the activity and art coming out of Labs, as well as a sneak peek at the goodness that the next few years have in store.

RSVP at Facebook

… and while you’re there please like our Facebook page. If you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin@gmail.com, with your name and affiliation. As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

 

 

December Geek Dinner Wednesday, 10th at AS220 5:30 – 8pm featuring Achievery!

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Photo by Peter Mello on flickr. Some rights reserved.

Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

We’ve got an awesome evening planned for the last Geek Dinner of 2014.

achievery_logo-colorHow do you know what people can really do? How can you prove your own skills even without a traditional diploma?

Over the past few years, digital credentials have emerged as a compelling solution to these questions. Digital credentials are evidence-backed, data-rich tokens of achievement that are transforming education and HR around the world.

Working alongside giants like Mozilla, Pearson Education, and the Gates Foundation, Providence-based Achievery has established itself as the most active company in defining and supporting the leading digital credential standard — Open Badges.

In addition to supporting the community effort, Achiopen-badges-logoevery has built its own robust web application and API for enabling organizations to create, award and track their own trusted digital credentials. Their users include Oxfam, Open edX and the Model United Nations.

On Wednesday the 10th, Co-Founders, CEO Damian Ewens and CTO Kerri Lemoie, will tell the Achievery story, demo their impressive platform, and give a sneak peek at where they are headed next.

See you there!

Disclaimer: I’m a Partner at the Providence-based startup accelerator Betaspring, where we’re proud to include Achievery among our alumni.

RSVP at Facebook

… and while you’re there please like our Facebook page. If you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin@gmail.com, with your name and affiliation. As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

November Geek Dinner Wednesday, 12th at AS220 5:30-8pm featuring Edesia!

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Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 – 8pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)
RSVP at Facebook

With the Thanksgiving feast fast approaching, for the November Geek Dinner we’ve decided to feature an incredible local organization that’s on the front lines of the fight against global malnutrition.

cropped-edesialogoheaderFounded in 2009, the Providence-based non-profit, Edesia, develops and manufacturers ready-to-use foods that target various stages of malnutrition. Edesia’s products are distributed throughout the developing world via its partners, including USAID, UNICEF, and the World Food Programme.

edonisiaEdesia is firing on all cylinders. Its fast-growing team is currently 60 strong, and includes refugees from 21 countries. The company is about to break ground on a brand new 82,000 square foot factory on a 10-acre lot in North Kingston’s Quonset Business Park. Through their R&D efforts, they are launching new products, including Peanut POW — their first food targeted at American kids. (PeanutPOW is currently being piloted with Providence school children.)

Most importantly though Edesia has already helped to improve the lives of 2.5 million children in 42 countries.

On Wednesday, Founder and Executive Director Navyn Salem will tell the Edesia story, provide you a taste of its product, and give a sneak peek at where this inspirational and innovative organization is headed next.

Please RSVP at Facebook – and while you’re there please like our Facebook page. And if you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin@gmail.com with your name and affiliation. As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • Doors open at 5:30pm. Socializing, eating and drinking up until the 30 min presentation/q&a around 6:30pm. Afterwards, back to socializing, eating, drinking…
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off whenever! And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good – it’s actually great).
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.