• Virtual Lightning Talks

    Online event

    2020 has been a wild year. We've been through a lot, and learned a lot along the way! So let's come together one last time this year to learn from each other - lighting talk style! ⚡️⚡️⚡️

    ⚡️ What's A Lightning Talk?⚡️

    Lightning talks are very short presentations lasting only a few minutes. Anyone can give a lightning talk. Even you! Did you spend quarantine learning about a new technology? Are you involved in an exciting project? Do you have a story to tell? This is your opportunity to share with the community!

    ⚡️ How Do I Sign Up? ⚡️

    Sorry, we're all full! The deadline to sign up was December 4th. We've got an incredible lineup. You're gonna love it.

    ⚡️ What Else Do I Need To Know? ⚡️
    - Your lightning talk should tell a story, educate the audience on a topic you are knowledgable about, etc.
    - Your talk should last no more than 5 minutes
    - Your talk should not be an advertisement for your business.
    - Your talk needs to be in compliance with the HV Tech Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/)

    We are accepting submissions until Dec 4th, at which point we will contact you for next steps. There are limited slots so please fill this out as soon as you can! We do not require you have the whole presentation ready in order to sign up, just an idea of what you want to talk about.

    ⚡️ Do I Have To Present? ⚡️
    No! All are welcome to join in, listen, and learn. We look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Resilience in 2020 with HVWiB & HVTech

    Online event

    Hudson Valley Women in Business and HVTech are at it again! Join us in the virtual world as we unite our communities for the third annual crossover meetup.

    We need your help!

    1) RSVP early so we can plan extended breakout rooms and greater connection with everyone in attendance.

    2) Tell us - what’s weighing on your mind? Your answers will directly impact the topic and flow of the meeting: https://forms.gle/xgSGRMSPDmQU1QfJ6

    We need community more than ever to expand our thinking, feel inspired and brainstorm solutions. Expect all of that on October 28!

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  • Race & Representation in Tech

    Online event

    The tech industry has a responsibility to racial justice. Issues of race and representation have plagued our industry for far too long. Join us for our second ever virtual meetup where we'll dissect the systemic challenges that BIPOC face in exposure, access, resources, and opportunities around technology.

    *Be sure to register for the event here to get access to the zoom link.*

    In lieu of our typical speaker format, this meetup will offer a round table discussion featuring people of color who have been working to combat these issues. Together, we'll learn what we can and should be doing to work towards racial justice within our community.

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    MODERATOR:

    Diana DeJesus started out her career in tech thanks to the HV tech meetup, and was a speaker at a meetup in October last year! She’s an Activation Support Lead at a SaaS startup, Hotjar, which is a user behavior and feedback tool that helps websites understand what users are doing on their site and why. Diana is passionate about obsessing over the users, retention and driving product value through human interactions. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 5 year old twins and husband, cooking new recipes and learning Italian

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    PANELISTS:
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    Liz Brown is a proud generalist committed to utilizing her interdisciplinary skills as an urban planner, user experience designer, and technologist to elevate the importance of inclusion within innovation ecosystems. After struggling with joblessness and discrimination within the tech industry, she founded Webjunto, a user experience focused design and software development agency that served 100+ startups and enterprises globally. Within only a couple of years, her company Webjunto was named Philadelphia's Best Tech Workplace for Diversity.

    ...
    Ashley Knox is a local business owner and native of Ulster County is the Executive Director of Go Beyond Greatness, Inc. (GBG). GBG was established in 2014, in the heart of Kingston as a NYS educational consulting firm designed to help students develop the skills and "greatness mindset" needed to succeed in the 21st century with an emphasis on college and career readiness. Ashley is a Public Speaker and Educator with over ten years experience developing educational leadership programs for high school and college students locally and across the globe. Her mission is to empower young people to become great leaders of tomorrow.

    ...
    Stevie Creft is a Technology Integration Coach for the
    Kingston City School district. His role is working with
    students, teachers, and staff to better understand and
    leverage the district's technology, to create innovative
    and engaging learning environments to promote student
    success.

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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).

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  • April Virtual Meetup

    Online event

    We may not be able to gather in person right now, but we recognize the importance of staying connected, especially at a time like this. If the HVTech community is good at one thing, it's using technology to find creative solutions to difficult problems. So we're still planning a meetup this April - right from the comfort of your own home.

    So join us for our first ever virtual meetup: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84833963079

    We look forward to seeing you.
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    *It Wouldn't be HVTech without "Meet Your Neighbor"*

    We recognize that human connection is a significant part of what makes our live events so special. We want to carry that value over into our virtual event, so we will be facilitating a virtual "Meet Your Neighbor." We'll utilize the Zoom "Breakout Room" feature to break the webinar into smaller sessions. We encourage you all to use this time to get to know one another and share your experiences.
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    AGENDA:
    - 6:00 - Start
    - 6:10 - First speaker + QA
    - 6:30 - Second speaker + QA
    - 6:50 - Third speaker + QA
    - 7:10 - Breakout Rooms (Meet Your Neighbor)
    - 7:30 - End!
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    FIRST TALK: Andy Willner - Post Carbon Transportation Technologies
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    Andy's work focuses on (s)Low Tech solutions for transport in a carbon constrained future. He works with The Center For Post Carbon Logistics, researching and assisting in the implementation of appropriate post-carbon maritime technology, keeping commerce and transportation viable.

    Andy has been a city planner, furniture designer, sculptor, boat builder, photographer, author, story teller, blogger, environmentalist, and permaculture transition advocate.

    Learn more about his work:
    https://postcarbonlogistics.org/
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    SECOND TALK: Kathy Puffer - Regenerative Technologies
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    Kathy's mission is to empower people towards engaging regenerative technologies incorporated into their homes, schools, places of work and beyond. Her focus is on teaching people to divert methane-belching household waste from landfills and turn it into fuel and fertilizer.

    Learn about her homestead:
    https://upstatehouse.com/homestead-tillson-vertical-farming/
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    THIRD TALK: Hadrien Royo - Storytelling Through Podcasting
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    Hadrien is passionate about podcasting as a medium for storytelling and connectivity. His new podcasting company, Euphonie, is developing audio drama ("movies for your ears"), which they will release freely. He will discuss the idea of storytelling through podcasting as well as offer insight into business revenue models being explored in podcasting.

    Euphonie's first production, Crypto-Z is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller and will be released in April.

    Learn about Crypto-Z:
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crypto-z/id1503388186
    https://youtu.be/oDinMJFP2DQ
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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).

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  • First Meetup of the DECADE!

    Senate Garage

    Was your new years resolution to get more involved in your community? Meet new people? Get out more? Then kick off a whole new decade with the HVtech crew!

    Join us for the first meetup of the year! We will kick off 2020 with some insightful conversation lead by some incredible local individuals.

    We're also excited to welcome back Studio Stu & The Rhythm Method featuring Paul Duffy & Brian Melick (https://studiostu.com/music) for musical accompaniment. Come enjoy their musical stylings while you make friends & connections.

    There will be local food and beverage, nonprofits, and some great conversation. We look forward to seeing familiar faces and new friends alike.
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    FIRST TALK:

    *Eliza Edge & Stephanie Erwin*
    Cahoots Co.
    ...
    Cahoots Co. Founders Eliza Edge and Stephanie Erwin will discuss the opportunities (and challenges) of starting a circular economy inspired business. Through their own experiences piloting a children’s outfit rental service based in Kingston, Eliza and Stephanie continue to navigate the limitations of available technology to create a lean model that encourages renting seasonal outfits over wardrobe ownership, artfully mends and repairs garments over throwing them out, and does not sacrifice sustainability for convenience.
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    SECOND TALK:

    *Kianga Daverington*
    Bitcoin & The Future History of Money
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    Bitcoin is the newest technology to serve the function of money. It is an invention for the digital age designed to solve a problem that has persisted for all of humanity’s existence: how to move economic value across time and space. Drawing upon research presented in Saifedean Ammous’ book, The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking, Kianga will discuss the history of money and share thoughts on Bitcoin from her perspective as an attorney and cryptoasset investment advisor.
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    THIRD TALK:

    *Dan Stone*
    From Concept To Product: A Guide To Rapid App Development
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    We are sad to announce that Noelle Morris will not be joining us for this event due to a family emergency. Fortunately, our friend Dan Stone has volunteered to step in as our third speaker for this event. We look forward to learning from his experience and expertise on rapid app development!
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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).
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    COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    If you have something you want to share at the meetup, please submit your slide on our Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/S3IaxZrOXmczbkUc2) (1920 x 1080px) before 12:00 PM on the day of the meetup. Please only submit a slide if you plan to come to the meetup or have someone coming on your behalf.

    We reserve the right to limit the number of slides we show to be respectful of everyone's time. Slides are added on a first come, first serve basis. We reserve the right to choose to select or reject any slide submission.

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  • End of year Meetup!

    Senate Garage

    Join us for the last meetup of the year! We will close out 2019 focusing on some incredible local initiatives run by some incredible local individuals. There will be lots of end-of-year cheer, warmth, and joy.

    To make the event extra special, we'll be joined by the evocative jazz duo, 'The Rhythm Method'; Studio Stu & Peter Head. Come mingle with friends and enjoy the show!
    https://studiostu.com/music
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    FIRST TALK:

    Greta Byrum - Community Tech New York

    Greta will talk about the evolution of community wireless, digital stewardship, and data justice over the last decade through the history of collectively built collaborative community-owned internet projects in Detroit and NYC. Then we'll turn to a discussion of plans to build equitable community internet in Kingston: what's it going to take, how to get involved -- and how to define our goals and intentions for the tech we want to see in our communities.

    Additionally, Greta and her partner Raul Enriquez will be setting up a demo of a Portable Network Kit! Be sure to arrive nice and early for a chance to play with some very cool technology.
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    SECOND TALK:

    Annmarie Lanesey - AlbanyCanCode

    Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of Albany Can Code, and President of Agile software development shop Greane Tree Technology will be on hand to discuss the story of Albany Can Code, and its critical work developing a tech talent pipeline in the Capital Region and New York State. And the plan for a 2020 program in the Hudson Valley Region!
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    THIRD TALK:

    Dr. Greg Simpson & Hugo Jule - Climate Change App

    Gregory and Hugo will provide the first ever presentation in the Hudson Valley about the 411ClimateChange platform and app dedicated to putting climate change front and center in your life. Through this app, everything becomes about climate change. Every business you shop at. Every dollar you spend. Every person you connect with. Every news story you read. All of it relates to climate change and plays a role in the fight against it. You’re not just making climate change a priority in your life—you’re shaping your life around fighting it.
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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).
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    COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    If you have something you want to share at the meetup, please submit your slide on our Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/S3IaxZrOXmczbkUc2) (1920 x 1080px) before 12:00 PM on the day of the meetup. Please only submit a slide if you plan to come to the meetup or have someone coming on your behalf.

    We reserve the right to limit the number of slides we show to be respectful of everyone's time. Slides are added on a first come, first serve basis.

  • HVTech - Halloween Meetup!

    Senate Garage

    Join us for a Halloween meetup in Kingston! We have some great speakers lined up, none of whom are ghosts or goblins (that we know of). As always, refreshments will be provided by a local business. Costumes are encouraged!
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    FIRST TALK:

    Diana DeJesus - Going beyond a traditional analytics tool to understand user behavior on your website.

    Diana started out her career in tech thanks to the HV tech meetup! She’s an Activation Support Lead at a SaaS startup, Hotjar, which is a user behavior and feedback tool that helps websites understand what users are doing on their site and why. Diana is passionate about obsessing over the users, retention and driving product value through human interactions. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 5 year old twins and husband, cooking new recipes and learning Italian
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    SECOND TALK:

    Alex Waters - The social impact of blockchain, and the combination of blockchain technology and useful AI

    Alex specializes in system design and software architecture. Having built many products and systems in the blockchain space, his industry experience is unmatched when assessing and designing complex technical structures.

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    THIRD TALK:

    David Silva - Techqueria.

    David Silva is a web developer from Colombia, now living in NYC, he's a co-founder of Techqueria, the largest network for latinx in tech.

    Techqueria strives to provide Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to attain, thrive, and remain in a career within the technology industry. They do this by building Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, upcoming events/conferences, speaking opportunities, and open-source.
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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).
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    COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    If you have something you want to share at the meetup, please submit your slide on our Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/S3IaxZrOXmczbkUc2) (1920 x 1080px) before 12:00 PM on the day of the meetup. Please only submit a slide if you plan to come to the meetup or have someone coming on your behalf.

    We reserve the right to limit the number of slides we show to be respectful of everyone's time. Slides are added on a first come, first serve basis.

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  • July — Third Thursdays in Poughkeepsie 🍻💻🥤🤖

    King's Court Brewing Company

    The weather is warm, the beverages are cold, and the outdoor seating is shady!

    Third Thursdays, HV Tech's monthly social event in Poughkeepsie. Come for the interesting people and great tech conversations. There are no speakers and no agenda — just a bunch of people who love tech and the Hudson Valley getting together to hang out. All are welcome, whether you're an industry veteran or just mildly curious about tech! 👩‍💻👩‍🎤👨‍🚀🤖👩‍🔬

    **Where is it?**

    We'll be meeting at King's Court Brewing in downtown Poughkeepsie. They have a fantastic selection of craft house beers, as well as nonalcoholic drinks. The bar serves snacks and is also fine with us bringing or ordering food (we usually order some pizza). Even better, they have outdoor seating and Giant Jenga.

    **What should I expect?**

    We usually have a smallish group of people from a variety of disciplines and interests — designers and programmers, students and business folks. Some people have been in tech for decades, and others aren't in tech but are interested in learning more.

    The first people tend to arrive around 6, but others filter in and out for a couple of hours. We usually hang out in the outdoor seating area with drinks (both non-alcoholic and alcoholic), and order some pizza.

    Conversation tends to be casual, and everyone's friendly. We aim to be welcoming to people of every background, skill level, and tech interest!

    **What will I get out of it?**

    You'll meet people working in tech from throughout Dutchess County and beyond! We're part of the larger Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, so you'll likely run into people from the larger local tech events, too.

    There are often people looking to hire, or looking for work, too. So if you're searching for a job or an employee, you may be in luck!

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  • "Leading With Love" HVWiB x HV Tech

    Senate Garage

    Join us for HVTech's second event in partnership with Hudson Valley Women in Business (HVWiB)! If you missed our last crossover event in November, be sure to save the date for this one. We will be hosting an all femme identifying lineup of speakers focusing on the theme "leading with love". People of all gender identities are welcome.
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    SPEAKERS:
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    FIRST SPEAKER:
    Cynthia Lowen
    https://www.netizensfilm.com/
    Cynthia Lowen is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. She's the director of NETIZENS, a feature documentary about women and online harassment, making its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. She is also the producer and writer of BULLY, a feature documentary following five kids and families through “a year in the life” of America’s bullying crisis. Lauded by reviewers, BULLY was nominated for two Emmy-awards, screened at the White House, and received a prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in journalism. Cynthia is also winner of the National Poetry Series for her collection “The Cloud That Contained the Lightning,” about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the making of the atomic bomb. She lives in the Hudson Valley.

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    SECOND SPEAKER:
    Nayla Bahri
    https://www.naylabahri.com/
    A coach, facilitator, professor and researcher helping humans do their greatest work in the world. Nayla works with individual leaders and organizations to develop leadership capability, promote career growth and satisfaction, improve employee and community engagement, and establish learning communities. Her clients are business and non-profit
    leaders, university deans and faculty, artist and entrepreneurs, across industries and levels.

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    THIRD SPEAKER:
    Dana Jones
    https://www.accessadoor.com
    Founder and CEO of Accessadoor. When Dana started college she was inspired to create an easier way to enter buildings for those who face physical challenges after the standard technology did not work for her. This inspiration led to Accessadoor. She is passionate about making the world more accessible for those with disabilities and making life easier for those who face daily challenges.

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    ABOUT HVWiB

    Hudson Valley Women in Business (HVWiB) was founded in December 2014 as an inclusive space where women, trans women and nonbinary business owners are vital members of our community. The organization believes that together, we can succeed faster and with more confidence. This community of high-achieving business owners is encouraging more entrepreneurship in the Hudson Valley, across the country and around the world. Learn more on the website and join the conversation at https://hudsonvalleywomeninbusiness.com/ .
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    LOCAL FOOD & BEVERAGE

    Food and beverage, as usual, will be provided by some of our favorite local businesses. More details TBA.
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    COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

    If you have something you want to share at the meetup, please submit your slide on our Google Form (https://goo.gl/forms/S3IaxZrOXmczbkUc2) (1920 x 1080px) before 12:00 PM on the day of the meetup. Please only submit a slide if you plan to come to the meetup or have someone coming on your behalf.
    We reserve the right to limit the number of slides we show to be respectful of everyone's time. Slides are added on a first come, first serve basis.
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    By signing up to participate in this meetup, you are agreeing to our Code of Conduct (https://www.meetup.com/hvtech/pages/23582997/Code_of_Conduct/).

  • Third Thursdays in Poughkeepsie

    King's Court Brewing Company

    One of the best things about HV Tech is simply connecting with other people in the area who are working with technology.

    This year we are organizing up a monthly Poughkeepsie social meetup on every third Thursday. Anyone who is involved in tech or would like to be is welcome to join us.

    This month's social meetup will be at Hudson Valley's newest brewery, King's Court. They have a fantastic selection of craft house beers, as well as nonalcoholic drinks. The bar serves snacks and is also fine with us bringing or ordering food.

    Come hang out, bring work to show off, or ideas to share. We look forward to seeing you there!

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