Intro and Meetups
Alex and Drew open the show talking about the themes of their past weeks, including communication, interrupting programmers breaking their concentration, project management meetings and red-tape, design sessions, improving processes, when to outsource versus build in-house.
Alex is currently reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss, and talks about a chapter in it where he interviews Marc Andreesen who says about retrospectives that he suggests never looking back, but rather always look forward.
As for the meetup picks of the week, Alex is planning on getting some R&R and Drew recommends checkout out the HackerNest Vancouver Tech Social and the OpenDataBC Vancouver Hackathon.
Special Guest Chad Leaman, Neilsquire.ca
Our special guest this week is Chad Leaman, of the Neil Squire Society. We talk about how technology helped Neil Squire back in the early 1980s, with a device that he could interface with using sip and puff gestures to produce morse code, and communicate. Sip-and-puff technology worked great on computers running MS-DOS, interfacing through morse code. With the introduction of graphical and mouse interfaces, a type of joystick also became relevant. The Joust retailing for about USD $1500.00 is one such device.
Over the last 10 or so years, touch screens, tablets, and smart-phones have become normal, and with that there are new accessibility barriers to overcome. In BC, The Neil Squire Society runs a program called Technology at Work which helps make and fund recommendations for better accommodating persons with disabilities in the workplace.
A lot of innovation, such as possibly text-messaging and TTY devices, originally began as technology for helping the disabled, but have become mainstream.
Google.org awared the Neil Squire Society an $800,000 grant to build a device called the LipSync that they are releasing as open-source. It can be built for about $250.00 for the parts. The shell is 3D printed.
Make sure to check out the Monday Makeathon at the BC Tech Summuit, which is a free event that gives an opportunity for teams to work toegeher to build a LypSync.
Drew's Pick of the Week
Monday, February 27th
- YVR Startups (2400 745 Thurlow) 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Vancouver User Experience Designers (322 Water St. 4th Floor), 6:00 PM
- Workshop Brainstation (1110 Hamilton St, 4th Floor), 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM $45.00
- HackerNest Vancouver (300 311 W Pender), 8:00 PM
Tuesday, February 28th
- VPC Open Coffee (315 Carrall), 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
- Tech Vancouver (510 West Georgia Street 14 Floor)
- Workshop Red Academy Vancouver (200 - 1490 West Broadway) (6:00 PM)
Wednesday, March 1st
- yvrTesting (580 granville) 5:30 PM
- Women Who Code Vancouver (11th floor 1111 W. Georgia) 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
- Vancouver Pluralsight Study Group (1st floor 100 - 425 Carrall) 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
- Learn Data Science (rm 1200 555 W Hastings St) 6:00 PM
- Protohack Vancouver (4th floor 68 Water street) 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- workshop Red Academy Vancouver (200 - 1490 West Broadway) 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
- OpenStreetMap Vancouver (110-750 Hamilton ), 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Thursday, March 2st
- DDD/CQRS/ES Practitioners
- PolyglotVancouver (163 West Hastings) 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- Data Science (Suite #400 - 401 W. Georgia) 6:00 PM
- Vancouver Google Kubernetes Meetup (5 East 8th Ave) 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
- Red Academy (200 - 1490 West Broadway) 6:00 PM
- Vancouver Clojure (142 W Hastings) 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
- BrainStation Vancouver (1110 Hamilton St, 4th Floor) 6:30 PM
- Vancouver Elearning Group (100 West 49th Ave) 6:30 PM
Saturday, March 4th
- OpenDataBC 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM
The Vancouver Tech Podcast is a weekly show focusing on the growing tech industry in the city of Vancouver. Get caught up on the events and meetups around town, startups, new businesses, developers, designers, community programs, and news. Each episode includes an interview with an outstanding member of our community.