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GoNOLA Guide to NOLA Tech Week

Photo Courtesy: NOLA Tech Week

Techies, rejoice. NOLA Tech week is back and tech enthusiasts can convene across the city from Monday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 12. NOLA Tech Week will feature 150+ events from coding workshops to programming meetups to happy hours. Curious about coding? Have an idea that you’ve been toying with for a while? You might find the inspiration you’ve been looking for here. The best part is that all of the events are FREE. We rounded up some of the highlights ahead of NOLA Tech Week.

Monday, October 8

Elixir Meetup, Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St., 7-10 p.m.

Are you a programmer in the making? Are you interested in the newest language? This is your chance to meet other like-minded tech lovers interested in learning about the Elixir programming language too. Elixir is a functional, concurrent, general-purpose programming language that runs on the Erlang virtual machine. Do you even know what that means? We don’t either, but we want to find out.

Tuesday, October 9

Loyola University
Photo: Cheryl Gerber

Web Development Essentials, Loyola University 6363 St Charles Ave., Monroe Hall, Room 610, 3:30-6 p.m.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create a beautiful and simple website? Well, listen up. This session will go over the essentials of website building. Here’s a hint – coding is a lot easier than you think. In this beginner-focused three-hour workshop, attendees will learn about the fundamental tools of front-end development (HTML, CSS & Bootstrap) and build out their first website. Sounds like fun.

Tacos, Technology, and Tulane, La Casita on the Patio, 845 Carondelet St., 5:30 -7p.m.

What do Tacos, Technology, and Tulane University all have in common? Nothing – but but if you want to learn more about the implications of IoT in everything we do, this is where you should be. Think business, healthcare, government, military, emergency operations, and nearly every sector in between. Join Tulane SoPA professors and professionals from the fields of Applied Computing, Cybersecurity, Homeland Security, and Virtual Reality, for an audience discussion on the balance of benefits versus cost for freedom, privacy, and impact. Did we mention there are free tacos? Oh, and door prizes too.

Photo Courtesy: The Shop at the CAC

Silicon Bayou Startup Showcase, The Shop at the CAC, 900 Camp St., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where’s our startup junkies at? This science fair-style event is designed to highlight startups in the New Orleans area with innovative ideas and products. Join a gathering of entrepreneurs hosted at the spectacular space that is The Shop At The CAC, the most comprehensive co-working space in New Orleans. Come to find out what’s new and emerging on the startup scene in the Crescent City.

Hack Night, The Ace Hotel, 600 Carondelet St. 7:15 p.m. -10 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be Julian Assange? Okay, that’s a bit dramatic. But NOLA Hack Night might be the closest you’ll get. Join this weekly meetup for programmers, hackers, and nerds of all stripes. Formerly known as Ruby Bayou, the Hack Night group now welcomes hackers of all kinds and meets every week at the Ace Hotel. Asylum not included. Visit the Hack Night website for more information.

Wednesday, October 10

The Wild, Wild West of Programming– Loyola University 6363 St Charles Ave., Monroe Hall, Room 610, 2-5 p.m.

We’ve all seen those Javascript pop-ups on our computers, but do you know what Javascript really is? Neither do we… Some folks like to call JavaScript the more popular, younger sister of the web development world. In this beginner, three-hour workshop, attendees will learn the fundamentals of JavaScript and have the chance to build out an interactive browser game. Ready to play?

Crypto Current Meetup, Autocrat Social 1725 Saint Bernard Ave., 6:15-7:30 p.m.

Cryptowhat? We’ve been dodging all of the crypto conversations we can, but it’s finally time to tackle it. The Crypto Current MeetUp is meant for all cryptocurrency and blockchain enthusiasts. Whether you know nothing about crypto (like us), or know enough to hold a conversation (unlike us), or consider yourself an expert, this meetup is for you. Meet folks in the know and discuss the latest crypto occurrences at this meetup over a full bar. Is that a cash or crypto bar?

Thursday, October 11

Ruby 101: Coding Made Easy, 5-8 p.m. Loyola University 6363 St Charles Ave,, Monroe Hall, Room 610

Ready to Ruby? Join Tech Talent South as they teach the fundamentals of coding using their favorite coding language – Ruby. In this beginner focused three-hour workshop, attendees will learn the basics behind Ruby, and build out some games. So, shall we?

SEO Tips for Small Businesses + Happy Hour 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Launch Pad 400 Poydras St.

Are you ready to take your website to the next level, but not sure how? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) might be the key. SEO is a full blown marketing strategy, but you don’t need to be an expert to improve your search engine rankings. Join SEO extraordinaire Adele Tiblier, as she explains simple practices to boost your SEO. You could probably just Google it, but it’s much more fun to talk to actual humans.

Friday, October 12

Barpreneurs– SoBou, 12-1 p.m., 310 Chartres St.

This is one of our personal favorite entrepreneur meetups. Every Friday at noon, local entrepreneurs meet to chat about a new topic ranging anywhere from patent law to social media marketing. Enjoy free advice from experts while you sip on .25 cent martinis. If you’re like us and always on the hunt for free WIFI, stick around and work from the bar at SoBou. Easy on the martinis though.

A Brainstorm: Building the Next Social Platform, 5-7 p.m. 3811 St. Charles Avenue

Do you wonder about what the next Instagram will be? Then join this gathering for coders and non-coders to discuss the pros and cons of current platforms, and what the next big platform will add to our field of already over-saturated and overwhelming social media.

NOLAVATE Black Meet-up, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
Looking for a tech community to plug into? NOLAVATE Black strives to bridge the digital gap by connecting disenfranchised communities to the technology industry through education, engagement and collaboration. This year, NOLAVATE is hosting a special meetup during NOLA Tech Week. This event is free and open to the public.

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