Happy Martin Luther King day! We hope you’re enjoying either a day off, a quiet day of work, or a day of service to celebrate it. Things will get back to normal tomorrow, and that includes a full week of interesting technology events happening here in Washington, DC. Below are ones that caught our eye, and you can find a full schedule over at DC Tech Events.
Tuesday, January 18
NetSquared DC: Sharing is the New Tell-a-Friend : Word of mouth is a successful way to reach new people, whether you’re a local restaurant or a national nonprofit. This month’s NetSquared meetup will focus on strategies you can deploy to increase your word of mouth reach by effectively using online sharing tools.
Wednesday, January 19
Django-District social nigh : Into Django? Come out for this meetup to talk django with other developers over beers at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont.
Thursday, January 20
Tech + Data Behind The Washington Post’s “Top Secret America” : The Hacks/Hackers DC and ONA groups are teaming up this month to host a presentation by The Washington Post explaining how its team organized, visualized, and mapped the massive amount of data compiled for the Top Secret America investigation. This data set powered a visualization showing connections between government and contractors, alongside a map of U.S. organizations working on counter-terrorism. Come out to here about the technology behind the project.
Refresh DC: Frameworks Shootout : This month’s Refresh DC meetup will be a web application cage match, pitting Django, Ruby on Rails, and Zend frameworks against each other. Folks from the three projects will be on hand to run through strengths and weaknesses and to answer questions, helping people figure out which is the best option for their needs.
Saturday, January 22
10:00 am — 4:45 pm
WikiXDC : Can you believe it’s already been 10 years since Wikipedia hit the internet? Can you believe it’s only been 10 years? The National Archives and Records Administration is celebrating this weekend with cupcakes, a tour of their records, and a discussion on how records are currently kept and what’s changing.