• NEPA Tech: Networking Event for Tech and the Arts

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    Please RSVP at the primary meetup page here: https://www.meetup.com/NEPATechMeetup/events/245882708/ This month will be a casual (this includes dress!) social gathering for technology and art-minded people of Northeast Pennsylvania. Enjoy technology? Work with technology? Want to learn more? Please join us! If you have business cards or a resume, bring them along! And if you like, there will be an opportunity for you to do a "Spark Talk" (1-5 minutes) about you, a project your working on, and/or plans that you have. Think "Lightning Talk" but less pressure and more improvisable. There will be light refreshments, and perhaps later in the evening we might mosey on over to our favorite post-gathering location, Ale Mary's.

  • Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Democratizing How We Exchange Value

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Democratizing How We Exchange Value It's human nature to find new ways to decrease uncertainty. Ironically, it's the technology underlying one of the most uncertain and volatile markets that will help us be more certain of our interactions with one another. We've grown accustomed to putting our trust in institutions like banks and escrow services due to our mutual distrust of one another. The problem with such centralized services is that manipulation can go unseen due to the closed-door nature of most institutions. Now we have technology at our fingertips that turns our mutual distrust to our advantage. Everyone can watch; everyone can enforce the rules; and if someone tries to cheat, everyone can see it. The Blockchain. Update: There will be a special surprise for all attendees of the meetup. See you there!

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  • Intro to Bluetooth Beacons (iBeacon and Eddystone)

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    This is an introductory lecture on what BTLE beacons are and the basics of how they work. We will look at the two protocols, Apple's iBeacon and Google's Eddystone, and how they differ with each other. Sample code will be made available to students for download.

  • A Whirlwind Tour of Modern Web APIs

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    Web browsers have implemented dozens of powerful new APIs over the past few years. Come for a tour and find out what amazing things you can do on a web page in JavaScript! Ted Mielczarek has worked for Mozilla for 10 years and has firsthand experience with how Web APIs get designed and implemented in web browsers. He proposed the initial idea of the Gamepad API (https://www.w3.org/TR/gamepad/), now implemented by all major browsers, co-authoring the W3C specification for it and writing Firefox's implementation.

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  • Automation: Save time and headaches by creating your own efficiency

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    Hello NEPA.js-ers! How many menial tasks do you perform every day while building (or preparing to build) a project? Think about everything you do when starting something new. What if you could set aside a few minutes every day to save hours every week? Colin Devroe and Tucker Hottes of Condron Media will lead us through some of the methods they are using with libraries like Grunt and Gulp, as well as strategies to work smarter and save time in the long run. From compiling SASS and minimizing files to deploying new environments, there are many ways to automate your workflow. We will also have an open discussion of the pros and cons of various systems and methods, working with cross-platform teams, and more! Feel free to join the group afterward at Ale Mary's for networking and drinks.

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  • Build Your Next Great App in React

    Scranton Enterprise Center

    "One Code-base; Any Platform" Hello NEPA.js-ers! Learn more about the JavaScript library that's taken the world by storm. Do you want to build the next big social app? Are you worried that you can't afford both an iOS team and an Android team? Are you struggling with an existing "spaghetti" code-base that happens to have tons of user interaction? Then Facebook's React library may just be the answer you're looking for. Den Temple will walk us through what React's key features are, where it stands within the ecosystem, and why you should consider it for your next project. We will also have a sneak peak at both its mobile (React Native) and virtual reality (React VR) libraries. Feel free to join the group afterward at Ale Mary's for networking and drinks.

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  • NEPA.js: Group Planning and Dev Q&A

    Location visible to members

    Hello NEPA.js-ers! Agenda: For this meeting, I'd like to get interested group members together to briefly discuss the structure of the group and to find out what members want going forward. Ideally, I'd like to get a roadmap of the types of presentations people are looking for, as well as a list of presenters and presentation topics and/ or ideas. Hopefully this portion takes no more than 45 minutes. The remaining time, we can either stay and do a little Q&A at the Scranton Enterprise Center or we can head over to Ale Mary's and chat. Location: The meeting will be held at the Scranton Enterprise Center. Parking can be found directly behind the Center. The entrance is on Lackawanna Ave (sometimes the door from behind is open). The meeting is on the second floor and there should be several signs directing you to the correct location.

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  • Introduction to Angular2

    Location visible to members

    Hello NEPA.js-ers! What we'll do: John George will walk us through the key features and attributes of Angular2. Included in the presentation will be both a conceptional exploration as well as a live demonstration! Feel free to bring your laptops and try to follow along! As always, after the event, we'll head over to Ale Mary's for drinks and extended conversation! Location: The meeting will be held at the Scranton Enterprise Center. Detailed instructions will be provided via email prior to the meeting. I will also update this description and such with more details as they become available.

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  • NEPANodeBot & NEPA.js Website Hackathon

    Location visible to members

    Hey NEPA.jsers! LOCATION: TBD Since we had to cancel the event for this evening, a few members have expressed their disappointment. Well I agree! So in a first for this group, and something we have previously talked about doing, we're having a hackathon! I'd really like to see us get something done for the NEPANodeBot and the NEPAjs.com website, but if you just want to come and hang or work on your own side project, this is going to be very open ended. I also want to emphasize that contributions of any kind are welcome and encouraged! We need people making designs, we need people who want to write CSS and HTML... Everyone is welcome. If you don't feel like you know anything, an eager attitude is really all you need. I'd be happy to get people set up on tasks, answer questions or generally walk people through things as they request! If you have any questions, don't hesistate to reach out to me directly. I'd love to see a bunch of people with a bunch of laptops present and pushing some code to our public repo! Hope to see you all there! Mark

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  • Introduction to Angular2

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