A group where retired folks who had technical careers or have technical interests can get together to extend and/or enhance their knowledge in technical areas, and chat with people of similar interests. The target participant is a retired person with a technical background living in the close-in western suburbs of Philadelphia. However all those who can comfortably attend activities at Main Line venues (e.g., Ardmore Library) are welcome. Technical focus will be engineering and computer topics, but other scientific/technical topics are welcome, based on participant interests.
Participants can learn by attending and/or preparing to lead group meetups with an announced topic or objective. We will meet at a public venue along the Main Line where we can get an appropriate meeting room for free or a modest fee, such as a public library meeting room. Meetings will likely be daytime on weekdays, but early evening and weekend meetups will be considered depending on participant interest and the availability of an appropriate meeting location. Participation for a specific event will be capped at a maximum number of participants, based on meeting room size and the nature of that session.
Illustrative topics for events would include: - The Raspberry Pi single-board computer - Linux variant pros and cons - Linux as the basis for a practical home computer - Cloud/Google services: Google COLAB & Jupyter Notebook - The hyped G5 cellular technology - What does developing smartphone apps entail? - The Python programming language - Social Implications of Machine Learning & Other Technologies - Options for Securing and Backing Up Your PC - 3D Printing
This group is intended as a learning experience for both the participants and topic leaders, and an opportunity to dialog with folks on topics of common interest. Event leaders should prepare a presentation or background material and aim to facilitate an interesting discussion. However, each attendee should participate in the exchange of ideas and knowledge, and assess for themselves the value and correctness of what is discussed. While commercial products and services will inevitably be addressed, neither leaders nor participants should sell or market products or services for commercial purposes during group events. All leaders and participants should act in a respectful way to other members.