Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Arkansas Academy of Computing - Arkansas Computes

Each year the Academy has a public event to introduce new members and present important topics in computing in Arkansas.  This year's event occurs in the EIT Building on the UA Little Rock campus at 9am on Oct. 28th. The program will open with an introduction of the 2017 inductees accompanied by a few words from Governor Asa Hutchinson. There will be presentations on a variety of the many computing activities in Arkansas, including a report from the programs at UA Little Rock and UA Fayetteville campuses at Fayetteville,  a short history of Arkansas computing, a look into the Central Arkansas tech scene by the organizer's of LR Tech Fest and others,  new developments in K-12 education, and an update on computing research. For free registration click here.

Academy Inductees have strong connections with Arkansas,  significant career contributions over a period of at least 20 years, and service to the community. This years inductees and the main focus of their careers are, in alphabetical order:

Brent Birch              E-commerce

Chris Cline               Financial Technology 

Justin Farnsworth       Aerospace-Defense

Doug Goodwin        Financial Technology

Andy Mayes              Educational Technology

Raye Jean Montague Aerospace-Defense

Elizabeth Pierce        Information Quality

For more information about the Academy see:  http://araoc.org/

 

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

Blockchain Hackathon

Even University of Arkansas students who don't know a blockchain from a Lego brick can take part in next month's Blockchain Hackathon.

In October, students from different disciplines across the university will form problem-solving hackathon teams to learn the latest blockchain technology and take on business-posed challenges — no experience required. The Sam M. Walton College of Business is holding its first blockchain hackathon Oct. 27-28 at the new Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub just off the Fayetteville square.

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Oct
27
9:00 AM09:00

Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit

Join us at the President Clinton Center for our 2nd Annual Environmental Summit! 

The Environmental Summit will provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from leading experts on the current state of environmental issues. Attendees will learn how recent policy changes will affect our environment, our economy, the lives of Arkansans and what actions they can take to protect and improve our environment.

For the agenda and registration information,  click here.

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Oct
26
5:30 PM17:30

NWA Venture Mashup

NWA Venture MashUp is a bi-monthly event that brings everyone from our entrepreneurial community together for local beer, networking, and an opportunity to learn from one of the fantastic companies started here in Northwest Arkansas. This time we have the chance to learn from Elise Mitchell, who started Mitchell Communications and grew it to an international Public Relations firm.  Click here for more information and to register. 

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Oct
25
8:00 AM08:00

Technology and Culture - a talk at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce

Alese Stroud, CEO of Corporate Insight Strategy, will speak at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on Technology and Culture,  a great Techtober topic! 

Are you struggling to fit technology into your corporate culture? Join us for this special training session featuring Alese Stroud, founder and CEO of Corporate Insight Strategy. Coffee and breakfast will be included. 

Click this link for more information and to register. 

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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Delta I-Fund Fall Cohort Mentor Day

Invitation only,  but wonderful! The Delta I-Fund is an entrepreneurship program and proof of concept fund,  which runs through Techtober!  Teams take on ideas for scaleable businesses,  often research based, and do intense customer discovery to build their plans.  Teams may receive funding in three stages, 5, 20 and 25 thousand dollars as they convince the Delta I-Fund Investment Committee of the value of their progress.  The proof of concept money converts to an investment in a real company if the team reaches a go decision.  Last year's teams included the three top ranked competitors in the Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition graduate division and these teams are now working on their next rounds of funding through angel investment and/or SBIR/STTR grants..

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Arkansas State Science Festival @Astate - Science Expo

The 2017 Arkansas Science Festival culminates with its largest event--Science Expo--a celebration of science, technology, engineering and math at the A-State Student Activity Center on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 2 pm. The Science Expo is the Festival’s largest event, with local businesses, corporations, organizations, and clubs providing interactive, hands-on exhibits and activities to science lovers of all ages. Students, families, passersby are all invited to celebrate with us at the Arkansas Science Festival.

Arkansas State University Student Activity Center 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. FREE

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Oct
21
9:30 AM09:30

Reimagined Pumpkin Carving by The Conductor

RSVP BY 8:00 P.M. ON MONDAY OCT. 16 TO ATTEND THIS PUMPKIN CARVING WORKSHOP.

With the month of October comes the turning of leaves and saying goodbye to the hot Arkansas summer. The fall season is one of our favorites [Of course, It's TECHTOBER] here at the Makerspace, and we want to celebrate with you and the whole family! On Saturday October 21st, the Makerspace will be hosting Reimagined: Pumpkin Carving.

From 9:30-11:30 a.m. we will have our state-of-art wood cutters to help make your pumpkin the best looking one in the neighborhood. In addition to the wood-cutters, there will be paint and other arts and crafts available to bring out your creative side. Kids ages 4 and above are welcome, and you do not have to go to a Maker Training to attend.

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

Hub UB - Design for Real - by South Arkansas University and CAE USA

A Ted-talk like setting for a presentation on how South Arkansas University partnered with CAE USA to give SAU students experience bringing 3D design and virtual reality into real business environments.  

Click here for more information about the Arkansas Innovation Hub and it's other programs.

Click here for information about SAU's programs. 

Click here and here for information about CAE USA.  

 

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Oct
20
11:00 AM11:00

Arkansas Science Festival @Astate - Crazy Science

Crazy Science will include hands-on activities that will “wow” participants; extracting iron from Life cereal using a magnet; Steve Spangler’s, “Newton’s Bottle,” etcetera. Our goal is for every Crazy Science visitor to walk away with fun scientific facts and the interest to learn more.

ASU Museum from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. FREE

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Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Arkansas Science Festival @Astate Kevin Delaney

Arkansas resident Kevin Delaney is known for his love of science, and his ability to make it fun for all. He developed his unique brand of “awesome science” at the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, AR, where he worked from late 2011 until mid-2017. At the museum he performed demonstrations for visitors of all ages and helped to develop the popular Science After Dark program for adults. Kevin’s talent for science communication landed him a recurring role on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” as the resident science presenter, performing demonstrations with Jimmy and celebrity guests as lab assistants. The results have always delivered large-scale eruptions, explosions, and more. Delaney took his love of... science to cable TV, where he had his own TV show called “Street Science” on the Science Channel. Prior to joining the museum staff, Delaney worked as a playwright, performer, and educator. Developing and presenting educational programs at a zoo, and working with the staff and animals there, sparked a professional interest in combining his storytelling skills with his scientific curiosity.

“Our mission is to help folks get excited about science, technology, engineering and math in a really unique and dynamic environment,” Delaney said. “And with ‘Street Science,’ we took that environment and kind of spilled it out everywhere.”

Shows are at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tickets range from $6-$10. Contact the A-State Central Box Office at 870-972-2781.

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Oct
19
5:30 PM17:30

Arkansas Science Festival at AState - Mindfulness Through Body Awareness

Hosted by Dr. Irina Khramtsova, this workshop will teach you how to relax and tame your busy mind by keeping it the “here and now” through connecting to your body. During the first hour we will alternate explanations and discussions with short easy exercises, for example, counting your breath or tensing/relaxing muscles. The exercises will be conducted as you sit in a chair. Comfortable clothing is recommended. If you desire to increase the awareness of your breathing with the help of a biofeedback device and you can stay after the first hour, we will instruct you in the use of Inner Balance by HeartMath Institute.

Arkansas State University’s Student Union, Pine Tree Room at 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. FREE but pre-registration is recommended. Contact ikhramtsova@astate.edu

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Oct
18
8:15 AM08:15

Tech Take Over at UA Pine Bluff 9th-12th Graders and Virtual Reality

This is informational  only, but it is a big deal for Tech and Virtual Reality in Arkansas!

TechStart, a Facebook education initiative in collaboration with high schools, helps underrepresented students explore computer science through technology.

TechStart has been supporting schools in Arkansas since January 2017. Recently, Governor Hutchinson announced the further expansion of the TechStart partnership to serve all 9th to 12th graders.  This fall, TechStart is partnering with FIVE Arkansas universities, Code Interactive, and the Arkansas Department of Education to invite you and 10 of your students to one of the following 5 events in the fall.

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Little Rock Java User Group

Registration URL: https://www.meetup.com/preview/Little-Rock-Java-Meetup

Fee: $0

About / Description: This user group is meant for local developers, architects, and designers focused on Java SE, Java EE, and Java ME technologies, and all things within and connected to the world of Java. This is a great opportunity for professionals in the area to network and discuss code, architecture, and new innovations to apply to your own projects! No dues required and refreshments are provided. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6pm at The Arkansas Venture Center in the Mary Good room, The Venture Center is at 417 Main St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Beginners and pros are both welcome.

Twitter Handle: LRJavaUserGroup

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LRJavaUserGroup/

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Trash to Robots Workshop - Harrison, Arkansas

"In this workshop, teachers start to learn the basic of electronics and block-based computer science and use their new knowledge to make robots. They will learn how to use the Arduino Hummingbird circuit board. The robots will be made out of recycled material such as cardboard boxes, popsicle sticks, newspaper, decoration material, etc. An example of a robot that a participant could expect to be able to create is an owl that flaps its wings when a human gets close to it. No prior knowledge of computer science, electronics, or robotics is required."

Signup information is not yet available.  The following link is to a similar program in Camden in January.  

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Oct
17
8:00 AM08:00

Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit

2017 Theme – Connected Devices, Connected World

Location – John Q. Hammons Convention Center, Rogers, Arkansas

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit brings together small businesses, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, retail and suppliers, technology, academia and communication and social media professionals to celebrate technology, innovation and the power of digital in shaping our future. Forward-thinking and practitioner-driven general session speakers and high value breakout sessions deliver ways to effectively collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges and learn how technology is powering change and leveling the playing field.

For more information click here.

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Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Business Breakthrough U - NW Arkansas Technology Summit

John Q. Hammons Convention Center Rogers, AR

Network with business leaders, entrepreneurs and educators at a conference devoted to building your business skills and knowledge. Training sessions focus on business basics: professional development, how to improve your business, HR 101, marketing, accounting and others. Choose from three tracks and 12 sessions. Earn Certificates of Completion and Continuing Education credits, provided from the University of Arkansas Global Campus.

For added information and registration click here

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Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Women in Technology Conference - NW Arkansas Technology Summit

Womenin Technology Conference - October 16, 2017

Participants will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discussion on thought leadership, innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s technology workforce. Includes breakfast, lunch, panel discussion, keynote speaker and breakout sessions.  For more information click here.

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