Thought this would be of interest to some of you. Remember, there will be a lot of non-geeks there, so let’s keep ourselves in check, e.g., no transforming our gracious guest’s home entertainment center into a gene sequencer.
The Emerging Leaders Barbecue
15B Olney St., Providence
Organized by Michael Goldstein of City Year RI
RSVP to mgoldstein [at the domain] cityyear.org
Enjoy grilled meats and veggies in a quiet garden oasis in the middle of
the summer. Â This is a great opportunity for emerging leaders in Rhode
Island to connect with each other across business, non-profit, and
government sectors. Â Everyone is welcome. Â Bring friends, as well as
your favorite food or drink. Â 15B Olney is at the corner of Benefit St.
and Olney St., just a block from the shopping center with Staples and
Whole Foods. Â There is ample free parking; look for the â€œParking for 5
Benefit Streetâ€? sign.Â
A couple of weeks after they presented their service at the last Providence Geeks dinner, local start-up Amie Street has been featured in a gushing review on Techcrunch.
Noneother than Web 2.0 mega-pundit Mike Arrington himself describes the service as an “awesome new music model.”
Congratulations Amie Street, and good luck keeping the servers running! (Yes, they’ve been “Dugg” too.)
Update: Check out Brian‘s photos of the Amie Street presentation/Geek Dinner.
TechCollective will be hosting a breaskfast event with Dr. Phyl Speser on Tuesday July 25th at the Hope Club in Providence. Speser is an authority on technology transfer and commercialization and the author of The Art & Science of Technology Transfer.
TechCollective has generously offered to extend the member rate to anyone who registers and identifies themselves as a “Providence Geek”.
Looks like a good event. Details here.
Thanks to “Jim Willis”:http://www.willisbros.net/blog/, the “fora”:http://forums.providencegeeks.com now have RSS feeds at the forum and thread level.
Clicking on the !/forums/img/rss.gif! below the forum title on forum index page, or in the forum titlebar will get you a feed of the forum in question. Inside a forum, clicking on the !/forums/img/rss.gif! to the left of the thread title will get you a feed of that thread. Enjoy!
Providence Geeks regular and Amie Street CEO Elliot Breece and his partners will be presenting their brand-new (pre-beta, baby) and very promising social network/music distribution service at the July 12th Geek Dinner. Don’t miss it! (RSVP here)
Amie Street is a social network that empowers musicians to release, and fans to discover, new and independent music in a marketplace where the community decides the price. Our company is built on two fundamental beliefs: first, the long tail of the market for digital content is best mediated by a community pricing mechanism; and second, online social networks, with the proper functionality, serve as ideal mechanisms for discovering and flagging relevant media. The company’ s first product is an online community and marketplace for music (including ring tones generated from music in our marketplace) in which song prices start out at zero and are then determined by their demand among members. We address the difficulties inherent in sorting through the vast array of user-provided content available by a system of “RECs,” units of recommendation, which encourages and facilitates the flagging of the best of our content.
Photo Credit: Bret A. Ancowitz, M.D. of Garris Photography
Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 5:30pm â€“ 9pm+
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Yeah , you read it right — Geek Dinners now rage until “9pm+”. No more of that old “8pm+” crap. Heck, at last month’s dinner, select alpha geeks were still carousing at 10:17pm+. And they said we couldn’t party…
Furthermore, at the next dinner, promising local web start-up Amie St. will be presenting their brand new innovative music service. Stay tuned for details in a follow-on post.
Please RSVP using the comments on this blog entry so we can give the good folks at AS220 an estimated headcount. And while youâ€™re at it, subscribe to our NEW feeds and/or join the mailing list (for the mailing list, send an email to Jack Templin at jtemplin at Gmail with your name and affiliation).
As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:
- Itâ€™s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and vamoose wheneverâ€¦ And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities.
- 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, business models, interaction design, digital art, and web services.
- Food and beverages are for sale at the adjoining Taqueria Pacifica and bar.
- There is WiFi so bring your connected device of choice.
- We have AS220â€™s performance space from 5:30pm to approximately 7pm. After that the geekery moves to AS220â€™s adjoining cafe.
AS220′s Foo Fest is a free block party that “will fill up Empire Street with a variety of live music and performances from around the world, plus creative games, locally-grown food yumminess, and all types of fun for all types of people!”
Providence Geeks will be setting up a small booth to let people play some retro games and maybe even hold a few mini-tournaments. If you’d like to help out, either by staffing the booth for part of the day or loaning a classic gaming system or television, talk to Brian Jepson at the upcoming Geek Dinner (Wednesday July 12th, 5:30pm at AS220) or leave a note in the comments here.