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February 2020 Michigan Tech Events

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Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids Tech Events February 2020

It’s already that time again, our monthly Cronicle tech events post for Ann Arbor, Detroit, and several notable tech events going on around the rest of the state of Michigan including Grand Rapids and Traverse City. We can’t cover them all, so this month we’re highlighting a few we haven’t before, such as Nerd Nite–science + beer! Also, coding + beer. We’ll get through the winter with beer.

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Nerd Nite @ LIVE w/ the Ann Arbor Public Library

We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 90 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Imagine learning about everything from the science of the Simpsons to the genealogy of Godzilla, or debunking beer myths.

Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!” We’ve been hosting an Ann Arbor edition for the last few years, and we’d love to have you come or present!

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Nerd Nite #72, Feb 20, 7-9:30 pm, @ LIVE, Hosted by AADL: Engineers vs. Vampires, Graphic Nonconformity, and Why Alligators are a Bad Idea for Your Bathtub

Featuring: Laura Haynes – Fangs for Nothing: Engineering and a Vampire’s Worst Nightmare
Julie Cruz – Exploring Nonconformity through Graphic Novels
The Creature Conservancy – Why People Shouldn’t Own Alligators

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Defense Essentials in Grand Rapids

Defense Essentials, Wed, Feb 5-6th, @ the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology in Grand Rapids, MI $$$ (registration required)

Join us to learn how to harden and defend your networks against common computer hacking attempts!

For those starting out in the field, learning and using popular open source tools is a great opportunity to get introduced to the basics of cybersecurity. Defense Essentials is a hands-on lab that provides understanding and insight on how to harden and secure weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems. Building on the knowledge from Hacking Essentials, this lab-based training class teaches you the fundamental skills required to defend your networks against most computer hacking attempts.

This live + online 2-day class helps you learn basic cyber skills and is taught with a combination of lecture, demonstration, and access to an individual Secure Sandbox. The Secure Sandbox includes nine (9) lab exercises with your own set of VMs that are safe for exploring new tools. This training provides the student with a hands-on, realistic, and immersive experience to learn the latest open source ethical hacking techniques.

Defense Essentials takes place in Alphaville — the Michigan Cyber Range’s virtual training environment — which mimics a real city and offers five different locations, each representing a different security level and containing systems similar to their real-world counterparts. The environment features SCADA, security appliances, email, file sharing, active directory, and DNS.

There is no exam at conclusion of this lab; however, a Certificate of Completion is provided at the end of training.

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AI With Black Girls CODE Detroit

Black Girls CODE Detroit Chapter Presents: Teach, Play, and Learn with Artificial Intelligence, Sat, Feb 29, 10:00 am, @ Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI $ (starts at $35.00)

University of Michigan Tech Events

New Mobility: A Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Update, Wed, Feb 26, 9:00 am, @ University of Michigan North Campus Research Complex, Building 18 Entrance in Ann Arbor, MI

World Information Architecture Day 2020 Ann ArborWorld Information Architecture Day 2020 Ann Arbor, Sat Feb 22, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, @ the Michigan Union in Ann Arbor, MI

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Featured Free Tech Events

Thu, Feb 20, 3:00 pm, Beers with Engineers: Building a Robust Security Posture- Detroit/Ann ArborBeers with Engineers: Building a Robust Security Posture- Detroit/Ann Arbor @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, MI

Sold Out Sun, Feb 2, 2:30 pm, 3D Printing Workshop3D Printing Workshop @ Detroit Main Library in Detroit, MI

Tue, Feb 11, 6:00 pm, Detroit Civic Hackathon: February EditionDetroit Civic Hackathon: February Edition @ WeWork in Detroit, MI

Thu, Feb 20, 5:30 pm, Best practices for healthy code, products, and teams (tccodes) @ 20Fathoms in Traverse City, MI

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Featured Conventions & Paid Events

Wed, Feb 5, 8:30 am, Certified ScrumMaster Course (CSM) – Detroit Area @ Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, MI (Starts at $895.00)

Thu, Feb 20, 8:00 am, Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan Convention-2020, @ Student Center in Ypsilanti, Michigan (Starts at $30.00

Sat, Feb 29, 9:00 am, Hacking With The Homies Developers Conference (Starts at $75.00)

Sat, Feb 29, 9:00 am, UX Design Hands-On Workshop @ Grand Circus Detroit in Detroit, MI (Starts at $120.00)

January 27, 2020

About Author

laurakcowan Laura K. Cowan is a tech and wellness editor and narrative journalist with 15 years’ experience promoting sustainability initiatives for automotive, green tech, and conscious living media outlets. A deep study of consciousness, narrative storytelling, and sustainable technology allows Ms. Cowan to draw out the meaningful stories of diverse professionals from wellness thought leaders to technology executives in an exploration of the culture and trends in emerging industries. She is currently co-founder and editor of Midwest tech news blog Cronicle Press, columnist and editor for Ann Arbor’s Crazy Wisdom Journal, and a contributor to local and national magazines such as The Ann Arbor Observer and Reiki News Magazine. Ms. Cowan’s writing and speaking have appeared with Automobile Quarterly, Writer Unboxed, Inhabitat, CNBC, and The National Society of Newspaper Columnists.


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