Memphis Tech Talks Recap

Last week, I presented at Memphis Tech Talks, a lighting talk session hosted by The Fedex Institute of Technology (FIT) and Memphis Technology Foundation (MTF) at University of Memphis. "Memphis Tech Talks" is a new take on the "Super User Group" meetings that have taken place in the past. Memphis has a plethora of user groups like the Memphis Python User Group, Memphis Web Workers, Memphis PHP, Memphis WordPress User Group, and many others. Most of the user groups meet up on a monthly basis but skip a month once a year for an all-inclusive meet up. This is a great chance for all of the user groups to get together in the same room and talk tech.

George Spake - Picture by Brad Montgomery

This year was a little different: recently, the FIT, MTF, and Tech901 signed a partnership agreement that included space for the user groups to meet in FIT. Memphis Tech Talks was held in The Zone. There were six 15-minute talks, each on a completely unique topic—but all distinguished by their level of professionalism and technical detail. By the end of the night, I felt like I had attended a two-day conference.

For anyone who thinks Memphis can't be an awesome city for developers and IT professionals, we already have a happening tech scene with user group meetings, lunches, training sessions, get-togethers, and events like Memphis Tech Talks taking place on a weekly basis that you can experience first-hand. It's been a few years since I found the PHP user group and showed up without any real PHP knowledge or any idea what to expect. One user group led to another and, since then, I've learned more from other practicing professionals than I ever would have expected, shared my own knowledge and experience with others at user groups, and made friends and contacts along the way.

I think our local tech community and collective of user groups, often referred to informally and hashtagged as #memtech, is great for Memphis, and I would urge anyone interested in IT and software development to browse through the Memphis Technology User Groups on and check out some meetings.

The call for papers is open for TechCamp Memphis, a free one-day conference coming up in September; there's still time to submit your talk.

Written by George Spake. Photo by Brad Montgomery.

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Memphis Tech Talks hosted by FIT & MTF

Save the date! Thursday, June 16th at 6:30pm Memphis Technology Foundation and FedEx Institute of Technology will be hosting "Memphis Tech Talks"

Join us for an evening of Lightning Talks about what Memphis Tech Professionals are passionate about. Memphis Tech Talks will be a series of short lightning talks to that will give a high level overview or an in depth look at a technology. Speakers include national conference speakers, local User Group leaders, and experts in their field.

Current Scheduled talks

• Bryan Robinson: An Intro to Flexbox and Modern CSS Layout

• Mike Cochran: Modern Windows Shell

• Douglas Starnes: Firebase, a Platform for Mobile Application Development

• Jessica Biggs: Animation on the Web: CSS, SVG & Canvas

• Keith Mattix: Elixir: Functional |> Fast |> Fault-tolerant

• George Spake: Accessibility 101- the technical stuff

• Daniel Lissner: 1s and 0s - the Basics of Assembly and Machine Language

• Jason Charnes : 15 Minutes with React Native

For more information and to RSVP please visit the event.

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New Memphis Technology Foundation Partners

Memphis Technology Foundation is pleased to announce we will be partnering with the FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) to (among many things) help faciliate User Groups in finding meeting space, get the word out to University of Memphis students about our great technology community, and help spread the word about the great events happening at FIT to the #memtech community.

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the signing ceremony for our community partnerships on April 25th at 4:00 in the FedEx Institute. Memphis Technology Foundation will be signing along with Tech901 during this ceremony, with a reception following the ceremony. All community members and partners are invited to attend.

About the FedEx Institute of Technology:

The FedEx Institute of Technology is an advanced technology and research organization that serves as the front door to the research infrastructure and innovation capabilities of the University of Memphis. It functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary research and innovation in emerging technologies by supporting cross-campus research innovation clusters. The Institute is also home to the University's intellectual property and patent repository which is the focal point of technology transfer and licensing operations. The Institute enjoys a unique innovation partnership with FedEx, which sponsors the Institute for advanced research purposes. The Institute is the central hub for efforts to maintain a cutting-edge innovative environment in the Mid-South region.

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