It's the last week before the big rush of holiday parties and end of the year festivities, and why not enjoy it by attending a few technology events. There are some great events planned like the GeoDC showcase of nonprofits use of maps and the always huge DC Tech meetup. Our roundup of the week's events is below.
I also wanted to give a shout out to CodeNow, a DC nonprofit teaching high school kids how to code. They are raising money to buy netbooks for students for next year. You can find out more about them and donate here.
Tuesday, December 6
8:30 - 10:00 am
Technology Salon: This month's Technology Salon will look at how mobile financial services are impacting international development, with a presentation on mPay Connect and how USAID sees using services like this moving forward.
2:00 - 3:45 pm
Mapping and Technology to Improve Governance of Natural Resources: This panel discussion led by the World Bank will discuss how interactive maps can be used to promote transparency and good governance of natural resources, and will be followed by a hands on barcamp to walk through how to use mapping technologies. Alex will be there discussing mapping in general and showing folks how to use MapBox tools.
DC Tech Meetup: This meetup - always one of the largest of the month - will look at social commerce with talks by folks from companies like Shopsy, Living Social, and Uscoop.
Wednesday, December 7
7:00 - 9:00 pm
GeoDC: Nonprofit Mapping Showcase: This month's GeoDC meetup is all about nonprofits. Four NGOs - InterAction, Population Action International, World Resources Institute, and A Wider Circle will talk about how they use maps to improve efficiencies in their work. Come to see some great, effective maps and to talk to fellow mappers over drinks.
Saturday, December 10
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Nerd Nite: In its second anniversary event, Nerd Nite will take on important topics like animal poo, pseudoscience and the paranormal, and the life of a vet with folks giving presentations on each, interspersed with live music from the local band The Torches.