There is a lot going on this week in Oakland tech. Come out and support this growing community by attending one or all of these events. Who knows? You might just learn something new.

Saturday, March 22

MS Project Foundations: Many PMs are stuck at the “out-of-the-box” level, while knowing MS Project could provide them much greater power—and now it has a new interface of ribbons instead of menus. Certification in MS Project can be a significant differentiator in job interviews and the skills necessary, such as those covered in this workshop, can significantly increase the success of your projects, hence your value, job retention, and thus your income. PMI SF-BAC brings you a rare opportunity to learn this tool hands-on from the experts at a price that anyone can afford.This course is part 1 of 2 towards that preparing the professional for MCTS certification 70-178.

Getting Customers Through Social Media: A Facebook Workshop: Getting a Facebook up for your business is easy. But what do you do after that to actually get customers through Facebook? This workshop is geared to help you create a Facebook marketing strategy with practical daily and monthly steps. We’ll help you set goals for your page, understand why these goals better, and how you can achieve them.

Business Success with Ease, Book Launch Party and Lunch:  You are cordially invited to join us for an all-day extravaganza including: lunch, prizes, an autographed copy of “Business Success with Ease” and “TED talk” style presentations from expert authors who will reveal the Blueprint to Success. Presenters include: Gloria L. Brown from East Bay Women’s Network, Caterina Rando, Linda Sturivant, and Mary Botham.

Nine-Week Business Plan Writing Workshop: These business plan writing workshops are a collaboration between two women-owned Oakland-based businesses- Make Green Go and MeetGeraldine and represents our shared passion for supporting entrepreneurs through the various stages of their business’ growth. The 9-week Business Plan Writing  Workshops are designed to impart a deeper understanding of your industry, your company and yourself. It allows you to think about the challenges that could come up in the entrepreneurial process and make informed decisions that will maximize successful outcomes. In addition to a finished business plan, you will leave the course with refined pitch skills, a deepened understanding of technology and how to use it to improve efficiency in your organization, as well as the peace of mind of having received input from business professionals from across industries.

Data Analysis for Genomics: Data Analysis for Genomics is a free HarvardX course that begins on April 7. This group is forming to prepare for the course, study together during the course and to create hands-on genomic analysis projects during and after the course. For the month of March, we will be installing and covering basics for the stats programming language R and BioConductor. This group will be led by Brett Bowman, a bioinformatician at Pacific Biosciences and has led similar courses at BioCurious.

Lynn Ames Reading in Oakland (Lesbian Author Reading at Lesbian-Owned Bookstore): Come on out and see award-winning lesbian author Lynn Ames who will be in town to read at Laurel Bookstore in Oakland (which is lesbian owned). It’s her first time coming to read in Oakland! Please support the Laurel Bookstore by pre-ordering your book through them: http://www.laurelbookstore.com/event/lynn-ames – That link also has a bunch of information about the event and about Lynn, so click through.

 

Sunday, March 23

3D Printing Intro Class for Kids: This class is for kids ages 9 and up (younger exceptions may be considered on case by case basis*), and will give them a great overview of the possibilities and magic of 3D printing in a fun and interactive setting! Class sizes are kept small so that everyone gets their own workstation, and everyone gets time on a 3D printer.  Kids who attend this class will exit with an understanding that the world around us is made up of wonderful complexity that can be created with combining and subtracting simple shapes and that they can take those mental tools into other areas of their life.

East Bay Black Professionals: Oakland Running Festival: East Bay Black Professionals is a diverse and dynamic group of professional people living in the East Bay but we welcome black professionals from all over the Bay Area. Join us! It’s is a great way to network with professionals in a social setting. We’ll do everything from rock climbing and concerts to seminars and casual networking. We hold social networking events such as dinners, dancing, lounges, bowling, outdoor events, wine trips, and much more!

 

Monday, March 24

Online Business Builders Meet and Greet: This is a group of passionate entrepreneurs who want to start an online businesses, already have an online business or want to get an existing offline business online. Come meet with like-minded individuals to get tips, suggestions and support with your endeavor.  It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or do this for a living, everyone is welcome.

Hack Night/Crafting Night—Decolonize Technology!: We are a developing community that believes that knowledge and skills are best learned and developed by pairing, collaboration, and having fun. Although this started as a hack night, it has also started to become a craft night as well. So you will find some people hacking away on computers together while others might be working away on sewing machines or with scissors. We welcome newbies! If you don’t know something and would love to learn, this is the right place!

Shop Talk: Brainstorming with Business and Marketing Experts: Tired of meetups where you get the same 10 tired old tips for business success? Shop Talk is where you get just the practical, immediate answers you need. Business expert, Allison Bliss, and Tech Liminal founder, Anca Mosoiu, facilitate a brainstorming session for CEO’s, company owners, leaders, or entrepreneurs to get feedback on pressing concerns like how to ramp up a business the smart way, choose the right product to monetize, improve your websites to make your product more visible, craft a winning promotion strategy, and create estimates that get your company hired.

Video Support Group: Curious about YouTube? Want to make a Kickstarter video? Want to videotape your pitch? Want to video blog for your business? Need a fresh set of eyes on your final edit? Come to Video Support Group! Facilitated by an experienced video coach, this is a space where you can bring your questions and problems with video and the group will work through them together. Presented by award-winning video maker C.B. Smith Dahl of Community Bridge Video and Tech Liminal, Oakland’s Technology Salon.

 

Tuesday, March 25

Bay Area Entrepreneurs Happy Hour and Mixer: This event is free all night.  We have food and drink specials for 5 pm – 8 pm, plus the Bay Area’s best mode setters with DJ Rotation and DJ Sake One.  Keys and Locks networking mixer start at 7 pm sharp.  You are sure to have a great time during this event.  Please invite your friends.

Webcast: what Lean Brings to Product Marketing: Product marketing management continuously monitors and communicates the competitive space, threats and opportunities for product development, defines the product image, narrative and product positioning in the market, interfaces directly with customers, lost customers, non-customers and competitors’ customers, controls the product “promise” while feeding sales, marketing, customer service, tech support, strategic partners and channel. The product marketing manager is uniquely positioned to gauge reactions to the product and provide valuable feedback for future requirements, revisions and major releases.

Civic Hack Night: Join us for our weekly civic hack sessions inside City Hall. Brigade members and others interested in civic hacking welcome. We provide space, wifi, great peeps, beverages and pizza. You’re welcome to work on any of our formal civic apps or campaign projects. Or come to share your idea, maybe start a new collaboration. We also explore new projects as they pop up!

 

Wednesday, March 26

Getting Customers Through Social Media: A Facebook Workshop: Getting a Facebook up for your business is easy. But what do you do after that to actually get customers through Facebook? This workshop is geared to help you create a Facebook marketing strategy with practical daily and monthly steps. We’ll help you set goals for your page, understand why these goals better, and how you can achieve them.

Wednesday is for WordPress Beginners: Now by popular demand! WordPress Support Group is now also on Wednesday. This group is for beginners, and focuses on WordPress.com, editing content, setting up your image galleries, and generally getting to know WordPress.There are only 8 participants admitted to this meetup. To guarantee a seat, RSVP on Meetup. People who do not RSVP will be admitted at 12:45 if space is available.

Design Thinking for an Inclusive Economy: Learn about design thinking and how to ask the right questions, so you can create a scalable technology business that can achieve your specific financial, social, environmental and economic impact goals. Panelists include: Francesca Barrientos, Ph.D., User Interface Designer and Strategist at Cisco Systems, James McBryan & Anca Mosoiu, Co-Founders of OurVolts, Anna Banks, Sr. Director Category Marketing, Walmart.com, and Seyed Amiry, President & CEO at Cooperative Education Ventures.

Accelerated Business Connections, Alameda: Each week we network with our members and guests, hear about intriguing new ways to conduct business, pass business cards and referrals, learn about each other’s businesses and get informed of other networking opportunities in the East Bay.

Best of the Bay Business Referral Exchange: We are seeking business owners and professionals in specific business categories, not already represented in our group, to whom we will refer customers as we now do for fellow group members. Word of mouth is the most cost effective form of advertising. Recognizing that, we came together five years ago as a dedicated group of business owners and professionals, cooperating without competition within the group, working together to accelerate the growth of our businesses.

CoWork Alameda: Do your own remote work with others! Bring your laptop and paperwork Julie’s Coffee and Tea Garden. Donations requested.

Hidden Gems in ScalaTest 2.0: ScalaTest 2.0 is a vast enough forest that it is hard to see all the useful trees. In this talk, Bill Venners will guide you through ScalaTest 2.0 by pointing out lesser-known features of the testing toolkit that can help you get stuff done. You’ll gain insight into what ScalaTest offers, why ScalaTest is designed the way it is, and how you can get more out of it.  This talk is a continuation (Part II) of the “Hidden Gems in ScalaTest 2.0” keynote Bill gave at the ScalaExchange conference in London in December. He will show different “gems” in Oakland than he showed in London.

Thursday, March 27

Alameda East Bay Successful Thinkers Lunch and Learn: Each week Alameda East Bay Successful Thinkers unites small businesses from all across the Bay Area by providing a unique atmosphere to meet potential customers, create a referral base and mastermind with others to find solutions to business challenges. There is no charge for the mixer. We only ask that you support the local economy by buying your lunch. We have arranged for a special $12 menu that includes taxes and tip. We encourage you to bring a guest to this exciting new networking opportunity in Alameda.

JavaScrpt Study Group: The East Bay Javascript study group will meet from now on THURSDAYS at Sudo Room from 6:30-9:30 pm. The study group is co-ed, all levels and informal. Bring what you’re working on for a dedicated three-hour code dive.

Friday, March 28

Counter Culture Labs: General Meeting: Meet fellow biohackers and get the skinny on what projects are coming up next!

Oakland Data Visualization: Combined event with the Oakland Data Visualization Group and the Data Visualization Group in the Bay Area. There will be food, drinks, presentations, and meeting others interested in how to present data.

Saturday, March 29

Getting Customers Through Social Media: A Facebook Workshop: Getting a Facebook up for your business is easy. But what do you do after that to actually get customers through Facebook?

This workshop is geared to help you create a Facebook marketing strategy with practical daily and monthly steps. We’ll help you set goals for your page, understand why these goals better, and how you can achieve them.

Startup Product Open-Oakland! Innovative Unconference: Startup Product OPEN blows open the doors for everyone to contribute, question, and interact with each others’ ideas, prototypes, products, problems and process using Open Space Technology. Open Space Technology is a natural communication process that recognizes that people take responsibility to pursue what they are passionate about, and it ensures that what is important to each participant will be discussed. Everyone is invited to participate – there are no limits to who is welcome to attend, what industry is represented, what ages, professions, products, or experience – bring it all! (Services, mobile apps, SMBs, consultants also invited!)

Data Analysis for Genomics: Data Analysis for Genomics is a free HarvardX course that begins on April 7. This group is forming to prepare for the course, study together during the course and to create hands-on genomic analysis projects during and after the course. For the month of March, we will be installing and covering basics for the stats programming language R and BioConductor. This group will be led by Brett Bowman, a bioinformatician at Pacific Biosciences and has led similar courses at BioCurious.