First Fridays (24th edition)

Where in Tucson can you network with other local professionals while enjoying live performances, art, dancing, music, drinks and hors d’ oeuvres—plus an unforgettable fondue bar? It’s the latest edition of First Fridays, this March 5, 2009, from 8 to 12pm, celebrating ‘60s pop art icon Andy Warhol’s work, which will be featured this month at the Tucson Museum of Art. Recently voted as 2010’s “Best People and Organization” by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine, First Fridays’ “Andy Warhol—POP Art” at the Tucson Museum of Art is your chance to get your own 15 minutes of fame with Tucson’s most important movers and shakers!

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Help update the TDAC website

The TDAC website needs an overhaul and we’re looking for designers and WordPress developers to help.  The site is built on the WordPress MU platform with BuddyPress modules installed.  It’s pretty simple though, and if you have any WordPress or CSS knowledge you can definitely help.

Where: 115 E Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701 (map it)
When: Wednesday, December 9th from 7pm to 9pm
What: Bring a laptop and your coding skills.  We’ll share theme files and give access to the server as needed.
Who: Tim Bowen and Lance Willett will definitely be there.  Hopefully we’ll have at least 5-10 others to help make things go quickly and offer suggestions.
Why: To improve the TDAC website.  If done well it should help us all!

Please RSVP by leaving a comment below.

Here’s a brief outline of what we’ll be trying to accomplish.  Your suggestions are welcomed, please add them in the comments below!

EVENTS

  • Simple to add (edit?)
  • Official TDAC vs Regular Submitted
  • Register for events
  • Help to decide on future events. Interest List?

JOB BOARD

  • grid should be easy to explore and filter through
  • Gravity Forms submission to specific WPMU blog (and category)
  • Internships?
  • Jobs need to expire
  • Login to respond to a job and see contact info
  • “I’m looking for ___ work” ?

USER PROFILES (directory focused)

  • Separate directory for members and companies
  • For company profiles choose status: hiring, outsourcing, full
  • More fields
  • Images of work
  • Select type of work they do (top 3 categories)
  • Combine mailing list (google group) with member profile. Manage subscriptions. Built in Newsletter (Subscribe2 plugin?)
  • Directory of members by tag/category
  • Twitter feed shows activity
  • Relationship status for jobs (busy, open, eager)
  • Facebook Connect

ASK TDAC

  • FAQ’s
  • Get points/recognition for answering questions?
  • Pricing info for typical services (discussion?)

PODCASTING

  • Weekly/Monthly?
  • Panels discussing a topic
  • Interview members (quick, short, interesting)

VIDEO

  • Of Past Events
  • Live streaming (ustream.com)
  • Tutorials?
  • Learning Area

SPONSORS ADS

  • the deck (http://decknetwork.net/)
  • google ads?
  • member sponsorships?
  • local business sponsorships?
  • TDAC “Points” for giving presentations or answering questions. Top point members featured.

CO-WORKING

FORUMS / GROUPS

  • Separate forum for easy navigation of all discussions.

Do an IGNITE Tucson!

Do an IGNITE Tucson! presentation on a topic of your interest.
October 29th, at The Screening Room.
Always fun. Put together a 5 minute powerpoint presentation, using 20 images, set at 15 seconds per image.

Topics can be anything that has your interest, and that the community is dying to know all about, for 5 whole minutes.

See previous IGNITE presentations on youtube:
search “ignite tucson”.

Turn in your Powerpoint presentation via email by October 26th.

Tucson Startup Drinks – September

This month we might have a round-table on lawyers, but if not we can have a lively discussion about what you should know (or already know) about your market.

  • Have you thought about your idea?
  • Who is your competition?
  • Who are your customers?
  • Who are your end-users?

Startup Drinks is a simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other.

The Tucson version of this group meets on the last Tuesday of every month (generally, this is a special meeting, and we will do another at the end of August most likely).

When: Tuesday, September 29th beginning at 7 pm

Where: 115 Creative Space (115 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701) map it

BYOB/Snacks

When you’re a hammer: Choosing Between Drupal and WordPress

It’s easy to keep using the same familiar tools to build websites — it’s faster and easier, and it’s a lot more predictable. But is WordPress really an appropriate solution for every website? Is Drupal? Ian Johnson will spend an hour comparing these two open source CMSs and the relative merits of each with case studies and live examples. Experts with strong opinions are welcome!

During this TDAC event Ian Johnson of Moia Group will be doing a short presentation on choosing content management systems, specifically Drupal vs WordPress.

When: Wednesday, October 14th at 7pm (presentation will start at 7:30pm)

Where: 115 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701

BYOB

Ignite Tucson – July 2009

IGNITE Tucson, Thursday July 30th from 7 to 10pm

At The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress, Tucson, AZ 85701

What is Ignite Tucson?

You start with an idea; a concept; a solution to a problem; an “Ah Ha!” experience.What if you had an opportunity to present your idea, on a stage, in front of an audience of 150 people.

What if you only had a 5 minute Powerpoint, 20 images, at 15 seconds per image? Would you grab that opportunity? Are you willing to challenge yourself?

Tucson Startup Drinks – Andrew Barton (eBlox)

Tue, Aug. 4th Andrew Barton of eBlox (http://eblox.com) will come to speak.

  • Initial motivation / why I became an entrepreneur
  • Inital startup and how it morphed into eBlox
  • 2000 Tech Bust vs current downturn
  • Lessons learned

Startup Drinks is a simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other.

The Tucson version of this group meets on the last Tuesday of every month (generally, this is a special meeting, and we will do another at the end of August most likely).

When: Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 7 pm

Where: Creative Slice (115 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701) map it

BYOB/Snacks

Monsoon Mixer: Social Meet-up at Interface Guru’s Offices

On Wednesday, August 19th from 6-9pm, Interface Guru will host the monthly TDAC meet-up at our offices Downtown. We’ll provide some snacks and drinks (and a killer 9th-floor view), please feel free to BYOB!

Where: # 177 N. Church Ave. Suite 919# (9th floor) Tucson, AZ 85701
When
: Wednesday, August 19th from 6-9pm
What: TDAC monthly meet-up for socializing and networking plus one-time-only free access to our usability lab to do your own testing!

Throughout the night, we will be conducting live user tests in our lab so attendees can view usability in action. The user tests will be conducted in a separate and soundproof room. The main offices will be open for attendees to socialize and network.

If you are interested in being a test subject, please email us at kyle@interfaceguru.com. Please include your full name, profession, and the name of the Web site you would like to critique/perform a task on. We will conduct these tests in 15-minute intervals and have limited slots available, so opportunities are limited.

Green Drinks Tucson – June 24th

Please join us at La Cocina on June 24th at 6 pm for Happy Hour and, as always, bring a friend. Introductions and announcements will take place at 7, with a Mexican buffet available afterward. See www.oldtownartisans.com for directions and please enter the courtyard from Washington Street.

Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up for a drink at informal sessions around the world known as Green Drinks.

We have a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government and business. Come along and you’ll be made welcome. It’s a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there’s always a different crowd.

These events are very simple and unstructured. Come and visit with people interested in all things green.

Tucson Startup Drinks, June Edition

startup-drinksStartup Drinks is a simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other.

The Tucson version of this group meets on the last Tuesday of every month.

When: Tuesday, June 30th beginning at 7 pm

Where: Creative Slice (115 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85701) map it

BYOB/Snacks