The latest Guild news, events, and developer community announcements for September 2014: AngularJS-beyond basics, Blend Conference, and Blue Diamond Awards.

Developer Community News

September 2014 Edition

AngularJS-beyond basics

Join us and Logical Advantage on Tuesday, September 23, at 6:00 PM in the Mt. Kilimanjaro/Mt. Everest rooms of the Charlotte Microsoft Campus. AngularJS is an amazing JavaScript library with a high learning curve for the uninitiated. Everyone with MVC experience knows about Controllers in that world, but what is an Angular controller? How is it the same and how is it different? Directives are the building blocks of the DOM components of your Angular app. It's important to know when to use them and how they interact with your app controllers and with their own controllers. You will learn how to create controllers, add directives, and how they interact with each other in a real application. Learn more at

Blend Conference

If Creative Loafing and the CBJ can't convince you to go, we'll give it a try. At Blend Conference, attendees 'talk tech' without tech – there's a no-device policy. The emphasis is on diversity and personal connections with industry leaders. One such industry leader is Scott Hanselman. On Friday, Scott will be presenting one of the conference keynotes and one session. Managers, send your employees! Developers, don't miss out! To save 10%, use Discount Code "shanselman".

Blue Diamond Awards

The Blue Diamond Awards have celebrated the best in technology in the Greater Charlotte region for 20 years. In 2015, the celebration begins again. Nominations in Human Capital, IT Entrepreneur, Community Outreach, Cool Innovator, Student Innovator, Business Value - Small/Medium, Business Value - Corporate, and Business Value - Non-Profit close September 30th. Learn more at

Community Calendar

Share and Polish

Monday, September 8, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte Game Dev
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

This meeting is dedicated to showing what you have been working on and getting some help, ideas, or testers to get the polish on your game. Also, come if you have an idea for a game and run it by the group for feedback and suggestions.

Blend Conference

September 11 – 13, 2014
Cost: $249-$749
Venue: Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Join us for Blend Conference in Charlotte, NC on September 11 – 13. Blend Conference is a 3-day generalist conference with a diverse speaker lineup and a no-device policy. We'll feature 60+ speakers covering topics in 8 workshops, 4 keynotes, and 48 sessions. On Friday, Scott Hanselman will be presenting one of the conference keynotes and one session. There's a lot to choose from whether you're interested in user experience, design, front-end and/or back-end development. Overall it’s going to be a blast and we hope to see you there. To save 10%, use Discount Code "shanselman".

Cyber Saturday at BlendConf

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Cost: Free
Host: IT-oLogy
Venue: Charlotte Sheraton Hotel

Calling all Middle and High School students to attend Cyber Saturday on September 13th! We have a cool hands-on session planned for you. IT-oLogy is also leveraging some of the Blend Conference ‘best of the best’ tech talent. Middle School students will hear from guest speaker Scott Hanselman. And our College Panel will let High School students hear about college from the people who know it best. The goal of this program is to give students the opportunity to explore and experience technology in new ways, learn about careers in technology, and inspire students to continue to learn through critical thinking so that they increase their skills in STEM.

ICMA Hackstock!

September 13 – 14, 2014
Cost: Free
Host: Code For Charlotte
Venue: Charlotte Convention Center

Do You Have a Great Idea for a Local Government App? Bring your most useful and innovative idea for a local government app to Hackstock for #LocalGov in Charlotte, NC. Work alone, with your team, or join a team at the hackathon. Government leaders from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) will give insights on the apps governments really need. Top four winners will be awarded up to $2000!

Introduction to the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Host: Charlotte ALT.NET
Venue: Charlotte Microsoft Office

The Raspberry PI is a fascinating single board computer that is small, affordable and flexible. This little computer has been very popular in education and maker communities. This presentation will cover the basics of a Raspberry PI and highlight some interesting projects that makers have done with it. If you have a project you would like to showcase please bring it along and share with the group.


Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: Free
Host: CharlotteJS
Venue: Skookum Digital Works

Gregory Avery-Weir will be introducing us to TypeScript. More details to come!

Building an Arduino Pedal Shield

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Cost: Free
Host: Logical Advantage Charlotte Tech Talks
Venue: Logical Advantage

Don't miss our September Meetup with software developer, Andrew Barker, and learn about Building an Arduino Pedal Shield! In his talk, Andrew will discuss Pedal Shield, an Arduino-Based audio signal processing platform. Andrew will also discuss some concepts and applications of Digital Signal Processing.


Gigabit Rally
September 9, 2014
Charlotte, NC
NCDevCon 2014
September 13 – 14, 2014
Raleigh, NC
Ignite! Charlotte
September 16, 2014
Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Chamber Technology Summit
September 19, 2014
Charlotte, NC
SQL Saturday BI Edition
October 4, 2014
Charlotte, NC
GeekGirl Charlotte TechCon
October 4, 2014
Charlotte, NC
Xamarin Evolve 2014
October 6 – 10, 2014
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Code Camp 2014
October 11, 2014
Marietta, GA
All Things Open
October 22 – 23, 2014
Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Code Camp 2014
November 8, 2014
Raleigh, NC
November 10 – 13, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Internet Summit
November 11 – 13, 2014
Raleigh, NC
AWS re:Invent
November 11 – 14, 2014
Las Begas, NV


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