NewHaven.IO goes to the White House

President Obama has launched an initiative called TechHire.

You can read the official version, but here’s my summary: there are lots of well-paying technology jobs, and not enough people to fill them. Those jobs could bring lower-income families firmly into the middle class, if only they could get the right skills. The jobs don’t necessarily require a four-year degree; programs like The Flatiron School and General Assembly teach people to program in months, and it seems to work: nearly all graduates are quickly hired. How can we get more people trained like this?

Part of the TechHire plan is to support “local tech community gatherings who can welcome these new students to their tech meet-ups.” They’ve partnered with Meetup.com, and Meetup reached out to growing tech-oriented Meetups – including NewHaven.IO.

Tomorrow, they’re holding a Tech Meetup at the White House, for the organizers of about 30 tech meetups to share stories, and learn from each other – and NewHaven.IO will be there. If you’d like, you can watch a livestream of the event.

As one of NewHaven.IO’s founders and organizers, I’m happy that we’ve gained enough traction to be noticed. As the current organizer of the NewHaven.io Meetup.com group, I’m excited to attend the White House tech meetup. This is my first time running such a successful volunteer organization, so, while I’m ready to share the lessons we’ve learned, I’m eager to learn from the other organizers, to hear what’s worked for them, and how they’ve served their community, so we can make NewHaven.IO even better.

New Haven Ruby: First Thursday, Third Wednesday

The New Haven ruby group is gonna start building some rhythm, meeting twice every month, on the first Thursday and the third Wednesday. Even months (June, August, October) are hack-nights; odd months are social nights.

We had our first one last Thursday, at the SeeClickFix offices, and had a great turn out – about 15 people! Even Denis came out to join us. We were hacking on web apps for coordinating tasks, on ruby for reformatting other ruby, and some of us were just discovering programming for the first time.

Our next one is Wednesday, June 20th, and will again be at SeeClickFix, where free parking is just around the corner, and good pizza delivers. New Haven’s newest hackerspace, MakeHaven, is also around the corner, and there’s talk of doing a visit at some point. I’ll be there, probably hacking on an app for printing fliers for user groups, or an IRC bot for the group, or a regular expression parser, or some Project Euler problems.

Hope to see you there!