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Mon
Oct 8th
2012
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Enjoy this week's Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, & social media meetings! Meeting topics this week include: Blogging, InDesign, HTML, Startup, Photography, JavaScript., and more.

Mon
Oct 1st
2012
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Tweet! Tweet! Celebrating Three Years!

How did I get started promoting technology meetings and other events in Cleveland? It all started with my announcements at the beginning of my WebSigCleveland.org meetings. Over time, the number of meetings grew and grew, so that there were too many to announce. Then, Jim Evans (@GeekClean) asked, "Have you ever heard of Twitter?" And the rest is history...

Thu
Sep 27th
2012
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Guitarmania 2012 has returned to the Rock Hall!
 

 

Guitarmania 2012 has returned to the Rock Hall! Yes, after having the guitars spread out through the city of Cleveland all summer, they have now returned to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. If you have not been down to the Rock Hall to see them, now is the time! 
 
The United Way of Greater Cleveland Guitarmania Gala Auction will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2012. After that, you will never see the 2012 guitars together in one place again!
Mon
Sep 24th
2012
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Enjoy this week's Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, & social media meetings! Meeting this week include: .NET, C#/VB.Net, SharePoint, R Group, Ruby, Startups and more.

Sun
Sep 23rd
2012
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IngenuityFest: Cleveland's Festival of Art & Technology

Another exciting IngenuityFest took place in Cleveland over the weekend of September 14-16!  In its great, new location at the Port of Cleveland Docks 30 & 32, attendees were treated to, and took part in, innovative examples of visual and performing arts, technology, and entrepreneurship. Throw in great food and spectacular views of our lakefront, and it all added up to a unique and very special event in Cleveland!

Thu
Sep 20th
2012
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Cleveland Museum of Art Chalk Festival 2012

Every fall, the Cleveland Museum of Art's Fine Arts Garden's stone pathways become a colorful canvas for our community. People of all ages are invited to contribute to the creation of a tapestry of Cleveland art. This was my first visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art since they opened the new atrium. What struck me was, how after seeing artists' renditions of the atrium for the past couple of years, seeing it in the real world felt unreal. Join me in enjoying this Cleveland celebration of creativity by viewing my photos and interactive views of the festival.

 

Tue
Sep 18th
2012
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There are so many great Cleveland technology meetings happening this week! Since last week was so busy, I expected things to slow down -- they didn't! Enjoy! 

Meeting topics this week include: Bloggers, Startups, Game Development, Social Media, Drupal, Vim, Cocoa and more.

Sat
Sep 15th
2012
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PechaKucha Night Cleveland Volume 16

What is PechaKucha Night? "Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit chat"), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace."

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, PechaKucha Night Cleveland had the following presenters (in no particular order): Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art (photography); Mike Polk (comedy); Devin Vandermaas, The Factory 2.0 (fashion); Kristen Baumlier, Food Fonts (design); Mark Schatz, Unstable Geographies (sculpture); Kim Jenkins, Rising Star Coffee (coffee); Justin Markert, Cellar Door CLE (music); Margaret Mann, Tuscany Wines (wine); Mary Fagans, City Year CLE (community); Valerie Grossman (ceramics artist); Chris Ronayne, Port of Cleveland; Lennie Stover, Rotary, Trains and Bikes, Oh My! (amazing new public space).

Tue
Sep 11th
2012
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Cleveland Business Connects Magazine’s September 2012 issue has the overall theme of information technology and social media in Cleveland. An article, "Networking 2.0: Techies Harness the Power of Continual Education," was written about WebSigCleveland.org and its partner organizations, the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group and the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group. These groups are headed by Jim Evans and Remington Phillips, respectively.

The article focuses on how these three Cleveland organizations provide face-to-face technology education. I love the title of the article, since I am a big supporter of continual education. This has led me to not only become the administrator of WebSigCleveland.org, but also to create my sosAssociates.com blog, which supports technology education groups in our community.

Mon
Sep 3rd
2012
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As we leave the Labor Day holiday weekend and enter the fall season, it is great to see how many events will be happening in September. This week starts slowly, but watch as this month proceeds for many more meetings and events.

Thu
Aug 23rd
2012
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Here are the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings in Cleveland that I announce each week. 

Sun
Aug 12th
2012
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Here are the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings in Cleveland that I announce each week. 

Mon
Aug 6th
2012
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Here are the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings in Cleveland that I announce each week. I have been using Twitter since October 2009 to announce these meetings. I think it is great that in Cleveland we have so many valuable resources to learn more about the technology and social media fields.

 
During summers in Cleveland, I also add to my weekly sos_jr tech tweets some special Cleveland cultural events. This week check out the free WOW concert.
Mon
Aug 6th
2012
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Julie Smith, Michael N. Smith, Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - @sos_jr

Cleveland GiveCamp: Coding for Charity

One of the best Cleveland tech events each year is Cleveland GiveCamp. It is so great on so many levels that this blog post can’t truly express the feelings of the attendees. It is a weekend with a lot of very hard work, but this work yields benefits not only for the charities it serves, but also to those who attend. From the fact that it provides major support for Cleveland charities, to the fun environment and talented people, the third year of Cleveland GiveCamp, held on July 20-22, 2012, was an experience we recommend that all participate in and support. We (Michael N. Smith and Stuart O Smith, Jr.) have participated all three years, and are pleased to be able to share our insights about this great new Cleveland tradition.

Tue
Jul 31st
2012
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During summers in Cleveland, I add to my weekly sos_jr tech tweets some special Cleveland cultural events (free concerts, free Shakespeare). As we leave July and enter August, it seems that these have outnumbered the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings that I announce each week. This week, I have also added some upcoming events of interest, and a discount code for a training opportunity.

Mon
Jul 23rd
2012
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Fun, free, outdoor cultural events! Yes, it is summer in Cleveland and I am adding to my weekly promotional sos_jr tweets special Cleveland cultural events (free concerts, free Shakespeare). This is in addition to the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings that I announce each week. Enjoy!

Tue
Jul 17th
2012
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Here are my weekly promotional tweets of Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings, plus the special Cleveland cultural events (free concert, free Shakespeare) that I promote over the summer. Follow me on Twitter at sos_jr for more.

This is Cleveland Give Camp week! Follow on Twitter @CleGiveCamp and Facebook for more announcements about Cleveland nonprofits receiving technical support! The Twitter hash tag of #CleGC will yield some interesting tweets to follow over the weekend.

Mon
Jul 16th
2012
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Ohio Blogging Association Theatre Tour with Playhouse Square Partners

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, we were very fortunate to be able to participate in a private tour of Playhouse Square sponsored by the Ohio Blogging Association - Cleveland and Playhouse Square Partners. We saw parts of several theatres that the public normally does not see. It was a fun and memorable evening!

Tue
Jul 3rd
2012
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Slow week due to the 4th of July holiday, but still has some fun happenings. Did add two more events that I learned about on July 3rd.

Mon
Jun 18th
2012
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For the last two years, I have added some special Cleveland summer cultural events to my weekly promotional tweets of Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings. Well I missed one event last week, but luckily it continues this week!

I also want to make special mention of this week's @ClevelandDotCom @Indians #CleTweetUp on Wednesday, June 20th. 

Meeting topics this week include: Vim, Games, #CLEtweetup, Security, Ruby, Appcelerator, and more!

Tue
Jun 12th
2012
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"Our" Cleveland Guitarmania #CleTweetUp Guitar

On May 26, 2012, I had the good fortune to see the final version of designer Garrett Weider's (@GarrettWeider) guitar at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (RockHall.com - @rock_hall), along with other Cleveland #GuitarMania guitars displayed on Memorial Day Weekend. Garrett's design is special this year for those active on Twitter in Cleveland, since we were able to add our Twitter names to the art piece at a March 21st TweetUp sponsored by Cleveland.com (@ClevelandDotCom) and the United Way of Greater Cleveland (@UnitedWayCLE) at the Cleveland House of Blues (@HOBCleveland). As I said in my earlier blog post, it is "our" #CleTweetUp guitar!

Mon
Jun 11th
2012
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As I mentioned last week, for the last two years, I have added some special Cleveland summer cultural events to my weekly promotional tweets of Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings. One of the main events I have promoted on Twitter starts this week!  

Although it's summer in Cleveland, with lots of other things to do, this week's technology, entrepreneur, and social media meetings are heating up for a very busy week. Most of these meetings are free or low cost, so there are no barriers for all of us to further our tech education and enhance our networking.

Meeting topics this week include: Hadoop, Python, Blogging, .NET, Linux, Java, Security, and more!

Thu
Jun 7th
2012
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Fireworks at West Side Market for centennial celebration

We had a great time at the June 2nd centennial celebration kickoff for the West Side Market, and decided to share these photos of the fireworks with you. Suggestion: Click through the photos really fast and make your own sound effects :-)

Mon
Jun 4th
2012
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In Summer, for the past two years, I have added some Cleveland special cultural events to my weekly promotional tweets on Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings. This week continues the tradition with some of Cleveland's best summer events.

Meeting topics this week include: Blogging, MVC, SQL Server, Adobe Creative Suite, Startups, RStudio, Game Developers, Cloud, Hadoop, and more!

Mon
May 28th
2012
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This week, in addition to my weekly tweets on Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings I track, I have added one national event and continued my promotion of the Open Mic Shakespeare events. The national event is the American Hiking Society (@AmericanHiking) National Trails Day, which here in Cleveland takes place in our own Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 
 
Meeting topics this week include: MySQL, Blogging, Twitter, MVC, and more! As we go into the new month, I will update my calendar with more meetings, so watch for more on Twitter and on this blog. 
Thu
May 24th
2012
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CDPUG Presentation Skills for the Graphic Designer

When attending the April 26, 2012, Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group meeting led by Spike Radway on Presentation Skills for the Graphic Designer, who would have thought I would be truly surprised . . . but I am getting ahead of myself . . .

The purpose of this meeting was to have Spike provide the tools to those attending to be prepared to do an Ignite presentation. CDPUG has a great practice of starting their meetings with a member sharing their design work using the Ignite presentation method at their monthly meetings, but for this meeting, the focus was the upcoming 8th Annual CDPUG Showcase on May 31, 2012.

Mon
May 21st
2012
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Cleveland Clinic’s First Usability Study NEOUPA Meeting with Kaitlan Chu

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the  April 25, 2012, NEOUPA meeting on Clinical Trial: Challenges Faced & Lessons Learned Conducting Cleveland Clinic's First UX Study with Kaitlan Chu. This is the same presentation that Kaitlan will be presenting at the Usability Professionals Association International 21st Annual Conference.

Before Kaitlan Chu started her presentation, we were given a quick tour of The Cleveland Clinic, which I share information about in this blog post. 

Thank you to Kaitlan Chu for sharing her vast knowledge at this NEOUPA meeting. Be sure to look for her presentation at the Usability Professionals Association International Conference at 11:00 am on Thursday, June 07, 2012.

Mon
May 21st
2012
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Due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, this will be a slow week for the Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings I track. I shared twelve technology and community events this week. Meeting topics include: LinkedIn, SharePoint, PHP, Blogging, and more!

Mon
May 14th
2012
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This week is very busy for Cleveland tech, entrepreneur, and social media meetings. Meeting topics this week include: GIMP, Bloggers, Bootstrap, Python, WordPress, Silverlight, Games, Node.js, Haskell, Facebook, Entrepreneurs, Joomla!, and more!

Please read this week's blog on meetings I track to learn more about all these Cleveland happenings this week.

Mon
May 7th
2012
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Meeting topics this week include:  GIMP, WordPress, Cloud, SEO, Security, Facebook, Python, Ruby, Bloggers, Bootstrap, and more!

In addtion to this week's social media and tech meetings, I also promote Open Mic Shakespeare and PechaKucha Night Cleveland.

I want to also remind everyone that Cleveland GiveCamp started taking applications from Cleveland charities last week! 

Please read this week's meetings I track blog to learn more about all these Cleveland happenings this week.

Wed
Apr 25th
2012
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Please look over this list of 17 tech meetings happening in Cleveland this week, and feel free to share with others. You can send others link to this blog or, if on Twitter re-tweet those tweets listed that you find interesting. Thank you for sharing the #HappyInCle experience!

Meeting topics this week include: Security, SharePoint, UX, F#, ExtJS, Sencha Touch, WordPress, Startups, and more!

Mon
Apr 16th
2012
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Twenty-nine meetings/events that I track in Cleveland are happening this week. Please share these with others by sending them a link to this blog or, if on Twitter, by re-tweeting those tweets listed that you find interesting. Thank you for sharing the #HappyInCle experience!

Meeting topics this week include:  NEOSA Tech Week events, Windows Phone, bloggers, Arts Network, WordPress, TEDxCLE 2012, Game Developers, Shakespeare birthday party, and more!

Sun
Apr 15th
2012
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Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG)
WEB / FONT / DESIGN You Don’t Have To Be Angry Any More: Part 2
Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should
March 29, 2012

Highlights of Jan Dregalia's presentation about web fonts including:

Sat
Apr 7th
2012
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Cleveland.com TweetUp with United Way

Cleveland.com TweetUp with United Way

This #CleTweetUp was such a #HappyInCle event that I just had to share the experience on my blog! Members of the #Cleveland Twitterverse became part of GuitarMania by adding their names to a guitar. 

 

Sun
Apr 1st
2012
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Windows 8, SQL Server, YouTube, WordPress, Drupal, GIMP, Blogger, Python and more!

Don't think this is a joke on the first day of April 2012. There really are 15 meetings/events that I track this week! Meeting topics this week include: Windows 8, SQL Server, YouTube, WordPress, Drupal, GIMP, Blogger, Python and more!

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Mar 29th
2012
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Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG)
Web F​ont Design: You Don't Have To Be Angry Anymore
March 29, 2012

In December 2011, Jan Dregalla and I were asked to do a presentation on how to use web fonts. This font design meeting was an outgrowth of a talk that two other CDPUG members and I did on January 27, 2011, called "Web Design, HTML and Beyond." At the end of the January 2011 meeting, there were many questions about the lack of control of fonts on websites, so CDPUG Program Director Spike Radway (@SpikeRadway) solicited our assistance to present: Web F​ont Design: You Don't Have To Be Angry Anymore

Mon
Mar 26th
2012
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WebSigCleveland.org Javascript/Stylesheet Toolkits

At the March 17, 2012, WebSigCleveland.org meeting, Richard Schulte, a co-founder of the local tech worker co-op Flywheel Tech Collective, did a presentation on “Javascript/Stylesheet UI Toolkits - Why, Which and How?” He introduced attendees to the more popular and/or useful tools for developing Javascript and Cascading Stylesheets for website design, and Richard did not disappoint his audience.

 
Sun
Mar 18th
2012
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Are you interested in: iOS Security, Tedxcle 2012 tickets, Hadoop, Windows Presentation Foundation, InDesign, game development, Cleveland tweetup, entrepreneurs, WordPress, Robocode, and more?

Are you interested in: iOS Security, Tedxcle 2012 tickets, Hadoop, Windows Presentation Foundation, InDesign, game development, Cleveland tweetup, entrepreneurs, WordPress, Robocode, and more?

There are approximately 19 tech, social media, and entrepreneur group meetings that I track taking place in Greater Cleveland this week!

Thu
Mar 15th
2012
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Social Media You Should Be Doing Now

On March 10, 2012, we attended the meeting of the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) on “The Most Important Social Media You Should Be Doing Now” with speaker Sage Lewis of SageRock.

Sage gave a dynamic presentation on the uses and purposes of social media. It has been said that people have become isolated by the use of computers and other technology, but Sage put social media in a different perspective by showing how it actually brings people together and fits in with people as “social creatures.” 

Tue
Mar 13th
2012
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Meetings I track this week

In addition to my WebSigCleveland.org meeting, there are approximately 20 other tech, social media, and entrepreneur group meetings taking place this week.  If you are on Twitter or Facebook, please share with your followers/friends those meetings you think would be of interest to them. We are very lucky to have so much going on in Cleveland. 

This is the second week of my new blog, where I post these weekly meetings.  People interested in Cleveland events who missed my Sunday or Monday night weekly technology/social media/entrepreneur tweets will be able to see them here. I hope you find this useful! 

Some of the topics this week: Hadoop,  tedxcle tickets, bloggers, Javascript, startups, Drupal, WordPress, and more...

Fri
Mar 9th
2012
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Cleveland NASA Tweetup

On March 2, 2012, people came from all over the USA to Cleveland, Ohio, to honor Senator John Glenn on the 50th anniversary of his orbital flight. To help in the celebration, the NASA Glenn Research Center organized a NASA Tweetup. The 75 Tweetup attendees enjoyed a day of NASA tours, and learned to appreciate the NASA program here in Cleveland.

Thu
Mar 8th
2012
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Meetings I track this week

In addition to my volunteer work running the WebSigCleveland.org meetings since 2006, I have been promoting tech meetings, social media events, and some entrepreneur group meetings weekly via Twitter since 2009 at: sos_jr

This week brings the premiere of my new blog, where I plan to post weekly meetings.  People interested in Cleveland events who missed my Sunday or Monday night weekly technology/social media/entrepreneur tweets will be able to see them here. I hope you find this useful! 

This week's list of 17 events includes these topics: TheStartupBus, SQL, internet marketing, WordPress, Security, SharePoint, JavaScript, Startups, Social Media, Game Development, Blogging and more...

Thu
Mar 8th
2012
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Hello, World! My First Blog Post!

While the sosAssociates.com newly designed website is not totally complete, it is at the point where it is ready for public viewing. I have a plan for adding more features, and dreams to do even more in the future, but for today, let me share with you my short-term vision.

Stuart O. Smith, Jr. 

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