We're a community of data practitioners, software developers, researchers, creative technologists and just plain thinkers. We get together to discuss the technical, practical, innovative and whimsical aspects of how technology and humanity - data plus creativity - can happily interact to generate new, exciting ideas and make them real.
We plan to keep things interesting by providing a diverse calendar of events that rotate through 4 different categories, exploring data and creativity from a number of different angles:
1. Getting Technical: These will be in-depth technical sessions. We might look at particular data-visualization techniques, or data-science algorithms, or investigate data architectures that promote insight, but the common thread in this category will be getting into the implementation details and helping developers and designers think about development and design in new ways.
2. The Human Component: In these sessions we'll focus on the role of people in the intersection between data and creativity. This might include an investigation into the neurology of insight, or looking at the latest research about what happens in the brain when jazz musicians improvise. Or it might involve looking at large groups of people - the cities they live in, the data they generate, and the ways they interact.
3. Exaptation in Action: Exaptation is when something that started out for one purpose gets co-opted for something completely different and thrives there. We'll devote these sessions to looking at real-life examples where this has occurred in the data domain. This might include thermal equations that were exapted to play the stock market, storm-tracking applied to hallucinating fish, or the latest creative exaptation from one of our members.
4. Nerdy Movie Night: Yummy Food + Thought-Provoking Movie + Interesting People = Great Fun. On nerdy movie night we'll pick a movie that in some way embodies the intersection of data and creativity. It might be a documentary on Lego, or an exploration of generative art, or the story of a deaf drummer that makes you rethink what music is. We'll serve some food and wine, and hope that people will stay after the movie to discuss what they just saw and share whatever thoughts it might have generated for them.
Dale and Carrie Spoonemore learned to code specifically to share urban gardening tips via a free app. They started gardening because organic fresh produce was so unaffordable. They also knew from Dale's personal experience and Carrie's experience as a nurse how much fresh food impacts anxiety and depression.
The Spoonemores designed the app to include planting advice for suburban and urban homes, including advice on what to plant if you want to eat foods that help with depression, insomnia, weight loss, etc.
Dale and Carrie also started a video blog about their experience on YouTube. Seed to Spoon now has thousands of downloads and thousands of YouTube subscribers.
Dale will share their story and their software development experience with us.