New Orleans, LA
Hey all you crazy Net2NO cats,
Your prodigal recap emailer has returned after a month off...
First things first. Announcements:
Videogames Live with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
An event highlighting the music of videogames, with the orchestra performing live some music from classic games. The show will be Friday, February 5 at 8pm. Game competitions and more start at 7pm. The orchestra is offering a 25% discount to Net Squared members, so check that out at lpomusic.com/net2no
Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibrary.tv speaking in Baton Rouge
Our friends in Baton Rouge have helped put together this talk. For those of you who haven’t seen Gary Vaynerchuk speak or gotten his vibe, start over at winelibrary.tv, but also make sure to check out some of his business talks. He’s a really dynamic speaker, and a very passionate and inspiring guy. This event will be on Jan 21st at 7pm. It’s $25 for the general public. You can find out more info at aafbr.org
GNOCode Meetup on Jan 20 at Launch Pad
The regular meetup of programmers of all stripes. At this month’s meeting, Chris van Buskirk of Calliope Digital (producers of the Who Dat App and the new Mardi Gras App) will be leading an “iPhone Development Quick Start Guide.” Check it out!
IgniteNOLA is coming up!
Ignite events feature speakers presenting for 5 minutes on a topic they are passionate about, with 20 slides auto-advancing at 15 second intervals. It promises to be an awesome, intense time, so be sure to come out on February 1 from 7-9 at the Roosevelt Hotel. For more info or to register as a speaker, head over to ignitenola.org
ElectionHub is an iPhone App for our upcoming elections
Brought to you by Neel Sus of Susco Solutions and Zach Kupperman of Policy Pitch, election hub gives you profiles of the candidates for mayor and city council, polls its users once per week, and more! Download it today!
Remember that guy that was giving hugs for charity? That was nice. Good luck to him.
And that is all I have to say about that.
Now to recap the topics & discussion of the last couple of months:
December’s discussion about the Digital Divide led to a lot of questions and discussion about our role in the community and possible further steps. Some people suggested that our primary role was to serve as a clearinghouse, connecting skillsets with needs, and folks to each other. Some people were interested in pursuing the Digital Divide issue, either with enhanced connections to schools or by seeking partners to conduct a survey to scientifically analyze the problem.
We also had some great discussion this past month about seeking out those folks to move forward on incorporating the laying of fiber or conduits for it as the sewers are repaired in the next few years.
We don't expect each conversation we have to be a major group adoption for the entire group, but we do want to facilitate groups interested in pursuing any of those ideas, so if you have a particular interest in following up on any of those ideas, reply to this email, and we will help organize folks around the topics they're interested in.
Thanks so much for all of your continued support, and let's keep these discussions going!
Damien, Jess & Andrew