• Community, Networking, and Career Approach

    Madison College

    A talk on Madison's web/design/tech/startup community, networking, and career tips suitable for aspiring design professionals by Ben Seigel. If you're a student, shifting into a design career, or just want to avoid getting burned on projects, this talk is worth your while. Community • Meetups • Co-working • Professional development Networking: a necessary evil • Presenting yourself • Becoming a connector • Problem solving vs. pitching your skills Approach to your career • "It's all about the deliverables" (the newest hip hop jam) • Standing firm against the horror of scope creep • The beauty and magic of follow up Speaker Veteran web professional Ben Seigel has designed, developed, coded, and project managed. He remembers Photoshop when it was just a baby. Occasionally clients let him do cool stuff. He is currently marketing manager at Machinery Row Bicycles, where he plots world bike domination and longs for spring. In his spare time, Ben enjoys music, travel, spirited conversation and pretending to do Parkour. His best Halloween costumes are "Your OKCupid Nightmare" and Mr. Clean. Location and Parking Info: To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: http://madisoncollege.edu/files/users/CLWalker4/truaxparkingmap.pdf ). To enter the Visitor's Parking lot, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.

  • DISCUSSION: Networking and Non-tech Career Skills

    Madison College

    Join us for a discussion on what the community can do for your career, how to network, and what non-tech skills can help your career. Location and Parking Info: To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: http://madisoncollege.edu/files/users/CLWalker4/truaxparkingmap.pdf ). The parking code is: #(Parking Code will be added soon) (you need to enter the "#" before the code). If you forget or don't get the code, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.

  • End of the Year Bash

    AltBrew

    Let's get together and celebrate! Families, SO's, etc. are all invited. Please include them when you RSVP (you can add additional guests when you RSVP) so we have enough food for everyone. We'll be in the side room of Alt Brew just like we were last year. Alt Brew is across the parking lot from the building where we normally meet on the Madison College campus. We will be providing snacks. Drinks are buy-your-own. There are alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available from Alt Brew. (Alt Brew specializes in gluten-free beer and gluten-free food and has several guest beers on tap as well.)

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  • Choose-Your-Own-Adventure and Planning for Next Year

    Madison College

    We have a lot of planning to do for next year, and we'd love to get your input and ideas! We'll have a short discussion on plans for next year followed up with whatever talk you want from Beth's list of talks. Take a look at the talks at http://www.TreelineDesign.com/slides and pick which one you would like to hear. Beth will give the talk with the most votes. If you already know which talk you'd like to hear, vote in the comments below. Hope to see you all there!

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  • Madison PHP Conference 2018

    Madison Marriott West Hotel & Conference Center

    Join us on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 for a full day of tutorials followed by three tracks of talks on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. Madison PHP Conference in Madison, Wisconsin focuses on PHP and related web technologies. This event is organized by Madison PHP and is designed to offer something for attendees at all skill levels. It will be two days of networking, learning, sharing, and great fun! RSVP'ing on Meetup.com does not get you into the conference. You must purchase a ticket at: http://www.madisonphpconference.com

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  • Your Choice!

    Madison College

  • Taming Your Data With Elasticsearch

    Madison College

    Are you searching unstructured data or text fields? Do you need to aggregate and summarize your geo, financial, or other numeric data? Do you want to query your structured data in new and exciting ways? If so, Elasticsearch may be right for you. Let’s explore the many ways you can ask questions of your data and have it make sense to you and your users. We’ll sort through millions of rows in milliseconds and give you the tools to take your data analysis to the next level. You will learn how to use basic RESTful API calls to store, search, and aggregate your data. Speaker Derek Binkley is a Senior Engineer at TurnTo Networks where he creates shopping assistance tools using Groovy, Grails, Angular, and ElasticSearch. While getting his start fixing the Y2K date problem in Cobol, Derek quickly moved on to spend over fifteen years using PHP, Java, JavaScript, MySQL, and Oracle. He enjoys teaching others through speaking, mentoring, and writing articles. Derek works to encourage developers to write clean and testable code. When not in front of a computer he spends time with family, travels, makes pizza, and drinks beer. Location and Parking Info: To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: http://madisoncollege.edu/files/users/CLWalker4/truaxparkingmap.pdf ). The parking code is: #(Parking Code will be added soon) (you need to enter the "#" before the code). If you forget or don't get the code, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.

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  • Updated Location: Snacks and Pinball at AltBrew

    Unfortunately, the speaker for tonight had to cancel, but we will work on getting this topic rescheduled. In the meantime, still join us tonight at Alt Brew for snacks, pinball, and a discussion on what topics you'd like to learn about at future meetings. We hope to see you all there! Location and Parking Info: You can enter the parking lot for Alt Brew off of Hoffman St. or Wright St. It is right behind our normal meeting space (across the parking lot and culvert) at Madison College.

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  • The Job Interview

    Madison College

    Finding a job has always had its challenges, but the interview can be the most nerve wracking. The talk is to address some common pitfalls that may seem innocent, but could cross a line. You want to be cordial but that can lead to conversation that treads upon protected class and into discrimination law. If you aren’t aware of these subtleties it can put you in an awkward position and distract you from doing well in an interview. You also wonder what the interviewer will ask and what they are looking for when they do pose specific questions, making it hard to determine a ‘good answer’. In my talk I will highlight the purpose of the interview, outline what protected class is, provide examples how probing questions could cross the line be inappropriate for a job interview, help you come across as friendly, yet avoid divulging details that could lead to a negative experience. Interviews are something we do not do very often. To perform well, you have to be comfortable speaking with strangers, understand how you can convey your background, experience and skils while avoiding a path that will lead down a path that makes you feel uneasy. Speaker: Sean Kelley takes great pride in being a geek and nerd. He plays Dungeons & Dragons, and owned a Commodore64. He has worked as an information technology professional, but ultimately found his calling doing technical recruiting - both in corporate human resources as well as the staffing world for the last 10 years. He lives in Madison with his wife, three cats and their dog. Location and Parking Info: To park, enter the Visitor's Parking lot off of Hoffman St. (The Visitor's Parking Lot is labeled with a V on this map: http://madisoncollege.edu/files/users/CLWalker4/truaxparkingmap.pdf ). The parking code is: #3784 (you need to enter the "#" before the code). If you forget or don't get the code, just push the buzzer and let the attendant know you are attending the Madison PHP meeting). We will meet in the Health Education Building, which is the blue building labeled "C" on the map. We will be on the third floor in Room 309.

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  • Speaking at a Conference (Workshop - East side)

    Talk Description Have you ever thought about giving a talk at a user group or at a conference but weren't sure what to talk about? Weren't sure how to format your slides? Weren't sure where to even start? Learn some tips for finding a topic, creating your talk, and engaging your audience. After the talk, Beth will be on-hand to work with you to develop your talk ideas, write your abstract, and find a call for papers or user group to submit your ideas to. Speaker Beth Tucker Long has spoken over 50 times at various conferences and user groups in 7 different countries. She would love to help everyone with an interest in speaking to give it a try!

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