Monday January 21st: MLK DAY! (Take the day off or go visit some museums and memorials)
Tuesday January 22nd: App Goldrush: Making a Living as an App Creator at 6pm at 804RVA
Have you ever dreamed of quitting the daily grind to earn your living building your own apps? Our panel of local developers will share their experiences about the ups and downs of life as an app creator. Take advantage of their hard-earned wisdom and bring your questions!
Panel members will include:
- Charlie Park, creator of PearBudget budgeting service and Monotask. You can also find him writing at the Attention Management Blog.
- Kevin Hamilton, creator of Home Inventory and Adam Learns Shapes and Colors. He and his wife Diane run Binary Formations.
- Scott Davis, creator of apps for minor league baseball teams, including the Richmond Flying Squirrels
- Abe Gillespie, creator of Tendr.me, a payments startup that was covered last year in Richmond Biz Sense.
- Joey Beinghove, co-creator of CloudSwipe, a Wordpress e-commerce platform, and Mijireh Checkout, a flexible hosted checkout solution.
The discussion will be moderated by Arnold Kim, creator of MacRumors.com, TouchArcade.com, and AppShopper.com
Wednesday January 23rd: Learn how to start a Wordpress blog
RVA WordPress Wednesday Meetups are the 4th Wednesday of every month. This group is for anyone who uses WordPress, whether you're a blogger, designer, developer, coder, themer, or anything else you can imagine. Meetup events are open to both advanced and beginner users and are free!
This month, we have Matthew Rosenberg from the Richmond Times-Dispatch talking about how to start a Wordpress blog. The first meetup of the year focuses on getting started. Wordpress is an easy system to use, but if you have never worked with hosting or databases before, it can be a bit daunting. This Wednesday we will help you get over the hump.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, this is essential learning for anyone that wishes to work with WordPress on a normal basis. On behalf of RVA WordPress, we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd!
Friday January 25th- Sunday January 27th: Global Game Jam Hackathon
Kellee Santiago, the co-founder and former president of thatgamecompany will be joining us to give a talk/Q&A before the Global Game Jam. She is an award-winning developer, TED fellow, Smithsonian Institute Fellow, and has worked on some major games for Play Station 3 including Flower, FlOw (one of the first 14 video games to be inducted into the collection at MoMA), and Journey (the first video game ever to be nominated for a Grammy). Kellee will also be giving a lecture at the University of Richmond on Monday January 28th.
The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games… while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. Although the event is heavily focused on programming, there are many other areas where people who don’t code can contribute to a game.