Week in DC Tech: February 7 Edition

By Bonnie Bogle on Feb 07 2011 . Posted in Washington DC.

Week in DC Tech

It's time to recover from the Super Bowl (and last night's parties) because there is a lot happening this week in the local tech scene. Tech@State is hosting several events - including an unconference and some happy hours - to bring open source and government folks together to talk tech and collaboration opportunities. There are also some great meetups lined up on Drupal, jQuery, documentation writing, and more this week around Washington, DC. Below are the events we're hoping to attend, and you can find a full schedule over at DC Tech Events. Have a great week!

Monday, February 7

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Drupal Meetup: Want to find out more about the open source CMS and meet local developers? Then come out for this meetup. Jeff will be there to talk about the portal we recently built for the Department of Education on Open Atrium, an intranet project built on Drupal.

Tuesday, February 8

5:00 pm

Write More, Write Less: The Society for Technical Communication is hosting this presentation on how to improve documentation by writing better and using an agile writing process. And if you get there early, you can tour the Crime and Punishment museum.

Thursday, February 10

7:00 pm

DCJQ Meetup: Like jQuery? Come out to this casual meetup to talk jQuery, find out how to get started with it (and why you should), and meet other frontend developers.

Thursday, February 10

5:00 pm

Tech@State Drupal-Up: Before Friday's Tech@State event, folks who use Drupal in the government will be gathering for happy hour and to get to know each other ahead of the full day event.

Friday, February 11

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tech@State Open Source: The State Department is bringing together technology and government folks to talk about how open source technology is currently being used in the government and what else can be implemented to support U.S. diplomacy and international aid, specifically around areas like mapping, transparency, health care, and education. Eric will be there to talk about our mapping tools and will give a sneak peak of the soon to be released TileMill, an open source tool that makes it easy to create custom map tiles.

Saturday, February 12

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tech@State Unconference: On the heels of Friday's event, folks can continue conversations and dig more into the details of how open source technology can be used to do things like improve mapping capabilities and access in the field and better respond to disasters at this unconference. There will also be a focus on the practicality of how to get open source projects approved for government projects. Tom, Will, and AJ will be there talking about mapping tools, and specifically TileMill.

6:30 - 9:30 pm

Nerd Nite: After a full week of technology events, relax with some beers, local DJing, and rather nerdy talks on the history of chess, how to prepare a motorcycle for racing, and the hidden tales of the periodic table.

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