Richard Gnall

Computer User Groups and Resources

Code Camps
The CT .Net Developers group hosts an annual free one day code camp and career fair.
Previously hosted at New Horizons in Bloomfield. Currently looking for a new venue.
Boston Code Camp
"Code Camp brings regional software development professionals together for the opportunity to immerse themselves in seminars, presentations, group exploration, and networking. Participants will be able to engage in their preferred technology, as well as to sample other options, with a focus on extending information exchange and enhancing the cross pollination of ideas."
Hosted at One Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA (NERD).
Drupal Camp
"DrupalCampCT is a full-day, no-cost event, structured around the open-source content management system Drupal."
Hosted at Yale University.
Microsoft MSDN Events
List of upcoming web camps, workshops and user group meetings.
Code Camp Manifesto
From Microsoft - "In order to use the official Code Camp name and banner follow these simple protocols..."
User Groups - Programming
Python (Manchester)
"Welcome to the Greater Hartford Python Group--where you will meet fellow software and Python enthusiasts and professionals--as we work to build and strengthen the community of software architects and developers; Python and Python-based application developers, architects and designers; and other computing technologists in Connecticut.
Join our group as a newcomer to Python or as an accomplished Pythonista. We hope that your participation in our group will help you and others to increase their understanding of what Python can do, the best practices to apply when using Python and Python-based tools, and generally, how to be a more productive, more effective and more knowledgeable software architect and developer."
Java (Darien / East Hartford)
"The Connecticut Java Users Group organizes monthly meetings on new and emerging Java technologies. It aims to help professionals stay abreat of the latest developments in Java and related open source projects. Meetings are free and open to the public."
CTDOTNET - Microsoft (Farmington)
Connecticut .NET Developers group. "Our mission is to help software developers' needs and expectations by providing information, presentations and other events to enhance productivity and enjoyment of Microsoft Technologies. We are a member of Member of INETA - International .NET Association."
Linux (West Hartford / Manchester)
Greater Hartford GNU Linux Users Group. "...discussing all things related to Linux, BSD, and free and open source software." Includes job postings.
ByteArray (Hartford / West Hartford / Manchester)
"...a community of people learning web, mobile and game development skills together in free, or nearly-free workshops put on by experts. No once can take work out of learning software development-- but we certainly can work on the cost. These topical workshops will take place in various convenient locations throughout Connecticut. The rule is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop) and you'll be ready to go!"
SalesForce (Hartford)
Connecticut Salesforce Developer Group - "Connect with developers building on the Salesforce Platform."
SharePoint (Hartford)
"The Connecticut SharePoint Users Group (CTSPUG) is a place for professionals to come together and share their successes, near-successes, and almost-successes with the Microsoft SharePoint Platform. Our goal is to replicate the magic of the Boston Area SharePoint Users Group with the scenic views and quaint New England charm of Hartford Connecticut."
.NET (Fairfield / Westchester)
Subgroup of Fairfield / Westchester User Groups.
SQL Server (Fairfield / Westchester)
Subgroup of Fairfield / Westchester User Groups.
Chris Bowen's List of User Groups (New England) (old)
CT, MA, RI, upstate NY, NH, VT, and MN
User Groups - Mobile App and Web Development
iOS Developers (Hartford/Farmington Valley)
"This group [Farmington Valley] is for developers - beginners to experts - in the Farmington Valley / Hartford, CT, area, interested in creating apps and games for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Developers for Mac (and Android) welcome, too!"
Mobile and App Developers (Hartford)
"This [Hartford] Meetup is a way for all app builders, from new to experienced, to learn, share, and create apps and games with the help of Microsoft and the area's community of developers and designers.
Already have apps or games on Android, iOS, or other platforms? We absolutely welcome you to join in to share your experiences and connect about opportunities for your app and cross-platform development for Windows 8 and Windows Phone."
Web Development Meetup (Storrs)
"This is a group for anyone interested in programming or designing for the web or mobile devices. I started this group to meet other professionals, hobbyists, and students in the area so we can share ideas and learn together. We can meet in small groups to discuss projects or in larger groups to share presentations."
Design & Technology Meetup (New Haven)
"Come meet fellow designers (as well as web developers and social media experts) each month for drinks, networking, and knowledge sharing. We are creative leaning, but engineers and all levels of technology expertise are welcome!"
CT User Experience Professionals Association (Hartford)
"CTUXPA brings over 150+ UX professionals from local Fortune 500 companies and agencies committed to improving and growing their skills. Attendance is open to the public. CTUXPA members get special discounts on the event tickets. Attendance is encouraged for any professional working in the user experience-related disciplines. Any interested individual who is a "friend of user experience" is encouraged to join us."
User Groups - Tech Startups
Hartford Meetup - Technology
A list of computer technology meetups in the Hartford.
Tech Meetup (Hartford)
"A monthly gathering of techies around Hartford. Nerds, creatives, entrepreneurs, and investors welcome! ... We want to bring Hartford students and faculty together with experienced professionals so they can benefit from each other's advice, knowledge, experience, perspective, and energy. Each meeting should have some demos, a group discussion about a particular topic, and some unstructured time for networking and socializing. We'll strive to have a keynote speaker whenever possible. We are also considering having regular group hack nights if we get enough interest from the members."
Startup Cafe (Hartford)
"This [Hartford] meetup seeks to evolve into a startup catalyzer and clearing house for regional business/startup events. Call it a fraternal mecca for new business ideas, conversation, and community. Our goal is simple: a genuine Mastermind of local business entrepreneurs."
CTDEVSTARTUP - Connecticut Software Startups
"'Big Data' is here to stay and Hartford is the Insurance Capital of the World - if you can see the connection between the two then this group is for you.
This group is for software entrepreneurs who are interested in launching or growing their startup company. Our events are about the best entrepreneurial practices and business networking that will benefit your venture. These include customer development, business planning, lean startup methodology, marketing and financing your venture."
User Groups - Other
Hartford VMUG
VMUG Communities
The new VMUG community is a place to interact with other VMUG members.
Participate in discussions, view upcoming events, ask questions, join local Communities and more!
User Groups - Massachusetts
Boston User Groups
Calendar of upcoming user group meetings.
Boston-area User Group Calendar
Daily listing of various user group meetings in the Boston area.
Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group
"The Western Mass Microsoft Technology Users Group brings together people interested in Development technologies. We are Microsoft and Open Source Programmers, Sharepoint Gurus, Mobile Developers, IT Staffers, Enterprise Database experts, Entrepreneurs, Rookies, Professionals and Novices."
Meetings the third Thursday of each month from 5:30pm - 8pm at Financial Partners Inc, 67 Hunt Street, Agawam, MA.
New England Microsoft Developers
"The New England Microsoft Developers meet monthly to discus software development with the Microsoft tools and products. We discuss .Net and Web and SQL topics. This group was formerly know as The New England Visual Basic Professionals. We've broadened the focus beyond VB to include other languages and technologies."
Meets the first Thursday of the month at 201 Jones Rd. in Waltham, MA at 6:30-8:30.
New England SQL Server User Group
Meets the second Wednesday of the month at the Microsoft offices at One Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.
National Information Security Group
"We are the Boston chapter of NAISG, a national organization that provides and coordinates security-focused meetings, demonstrations and seminars; as well as an online communications forum with a global audience.
Meets quarterly at the Microsoft office at 1 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA.
Microsoft DevBoston
User group for Microsoft development technologies such as Visual Studio, SQL Server, ASP.NET, Silverlight, Team Foundation Server, and Windows Azure.
Meets at in Cambridge and Waltham, MA.
Boston Mobile C# Developers' Group
"...focuses on the use of C# in the exciting area of mobile development. The group's main topics are Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android and Windows Phone."
Meets at Microsoft, One Cambridge Center in Cambridge, MA.
Boston Linux & Unix User Group
Meets on the MIT campus.
Microsoft USA's Northeast District
Microsoft maintains three [four] offices in it's Northeast district:
280 Trumbull Street, 21st floor, Hartford, CT 06103
255 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
100 Corporate Woods, Suite 240, Rochester, NY 14623
54 State Street, 7th Floor Suite 701, Albany NY 12207
Professional Societies
IEEE Computer Society
ACM - Association for Computing Machinery
The Greater Hartford ACM Chapter
The Greater Hartford ACM Chapter is dedicated to providing a forum for dialog and exchange for IT and business professionals, provide mentorship opportunities for students, networking and hosting dinner speakers on a variety of technological subjects. You do not need to be an ACM member to join. We hold monthly planning meetings and dinner speaker engagements.
Online Technology News Sources
Ars Technica
The PC enthusiast's resource. Power users and the tools they love, without computing religion. Many of the site's writers are postgraduates and some work for research institutions.
In-depth reviews of computer hardware such as motherboards, graphic cards, and CPUs with exhaustive benchmarking.
Top technology news headlines.
Reviews of PC and consumer-electronics related devices.
The Wirecutter (and The Sweethome) is a list of the best gadgets and gear for people who quickly want to know what to get.
Connecticut ACCESS User Group. "Connecticut-based independent organization which strives to educate and support developers and users of Microsoft's Access database product.
Some of our meetings are "broadcast" over the internet. In these cases we invite you to participate on-line."
Currently on hiatus pending finding a new meeting location in the Hartford area.
Web Innovators Group (Hartford)
"CT Web Innovators is a group of developers, designers, content developers, system administrators, project managers, application developers, entrepreneurs, business owners and users who come together to share their interests, insights, expertise, experience and ideas on building innovative and effective websites."
Does not seem to be very active. Meetup web page mostly contains links to DrupalCampCT.
Last meeting August 2014.
Build Guild
"BUILD GUILD is a monthly gathering for web folks that enjoy chatting over drinks."
Last meeting May 2014.
Hartford Ruby Brigade
"Hartford area Ruby developers discussing meta programming, utility programming, web development, and generally infatuating over Ruby."
Last Meeting November 2013.
Chris Bowen Blog
Microsoft Principal Developer Evangelist Chris Bowen maintains a blog promoting a variety of code camps (including the New England Code Camp in Waltham), user groups and Microsoft events.
Last post July 2013.
"Agile CT is a lively user group focused on advancing the spread of Agile knowledge and applied practices in the Connecticut region. Connected with the Agile Boston group."
Last meeting May 2013.
CTSPDG - SharePoint Developers Group
Connecticut SharePoint Developers Group. "Currently, the Connecticut SharePoint Developers Group (CTSPDG) runs their events in conjunction with CTDOTNET.."
Last meeting March 2013.
IEEE-CT Joint Chapter of Computer; Systems, Man and Cybernetics; and Social Implications of Technology
With nearly 85,000 members, the 64-year-old IEEE Computer Society is the world's premier organization of computing professionals, with rich offerings in publications, standards, certifications, conferences, and more.
The CT section of the IEEE Computer Society serves nearly 500 members.
Last post September 2011.
Hartford Google Technology Users Group
Last post December 2010.
Eastern Connecticut Linux Users Group.
Last post February 2005.
Connecticut Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) special interest group in Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI).
Last post April 2003.