ONA Austin events


ONA Austin: Social and SXSW/NICAR wrapup

(It would help us with the count if you could RSVP either on the ONA Austin meetup or on the Hacks/Hackers meetup, but not both ;-)

It’s been a long time since ONA-Austin and Hacks/Hackers had a meeting, and it’s time to fix that. Let’s start fresh with a social meeting where we can catch up on each other’s lives and work, and talk about some things that excited us coming out of the recent SXSW and NICAR conferences. This can be an opportunity to share with us what you would like out of future ONA and Hacks/Hackers meetings.

We’ll meet at the Vortex/Butterfly Bar, which is at 2307 Manor Road, 1/2-mile east of I-35, across the street from Haymaker. It has a large outdoor space if the weather is nice, and some indoor space at the bar if not. We’ll be there during Happy Hour, with bar food at the Butterfly and Italian food at Patrizi’s food trailer.

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ONA Austin: Austin Web Bash 2013

Feel that chill in the air? It certainly can’t be winter in Austin, so it must be time for our annual Austin Web Bash (#awbash). Join us Tuesday, December 10, for Austin’s biggest year-end gathering of web folks. Last year we had more than 800 attendees! This year, we have a bigger space and expect an even bigger turnout. Hang out with members of dozens of tech and web meetups from around town. Catch up with old friends, and make some new ones.

Admission: Donate online or in person. Suggested donation is $5. 100% of proceeds go to the Caporal Assistance Network, a nonprofit focusing on fertility preservation for young adults in Central Texas who have been diagnosed with cancer.

NEW THIS YEAR: To make this year’s event even better, we’ve streamlined our charitable donation process and are accepting only cash donations. RSVP on Ticketbud to donate in advance, then simply check-in for your drink wristband when you arrive.

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ONA Austin: Tableau Public

Ben Jones of Tableau will join us for this month’s Hacks/Hackers and ONA-Austin meetup to demonstrate their free data visualization tool, Tableau Public, and show how journalists and others can use it to explore data and make visualizations that help tell stories.

You can learn more about Tableau Public here.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres and socializing, with the presentation at 7 p.m. Tableau will host a social afterward at a nearby bar venue to be determined.

The meeting will be in the first floor conference room of the Austin American-Statesman office building at 305 S. Congress Ave.

(For those interested in a more in-depth look at Tableau, they are hosting a 4-hour workshop during Data Day Texas on March 30th. Austin Hacks/Hackers can get a 20% discount by using the code “hacks-hackers-20″ at http://datadaytexas.com.)

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Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III

Are you headed down to Austin for SXSWi? Join us at the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III. from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9. We’re getting together with journalists and tech folks at Palm Door, 401 Sabine St., just two blocks from the Convention Center and featuring awesome Austin food, awesome Texas beer and an awesome photobooth from SnapFiesta.

Say hi to ONA’s Jeanne Brooks and Jen Mizgata at the party and while you’re at SXSWi. Network with SXSW attendees and meet the awesome ONA Austin folks.

RSVP for the Awesomest Journalism Party. Ever. III.

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ONA Austin: Innovation in Media

ONA Austin: Innovation in Media

Join us on Monday, January 28 as we discuss Innovation in Media. Tim Lott is vice president for disruptive innovation at Cox Media Group, parent company of the Austin American-Statesman.

He oversees a small skunkworks operation based in Capital Factory, the tech incubator in downtown Austin. The team is responsible for developing new products and spinoff businesses for the media giant. Their first product, still in beta, is a news and information aggregator called “12″. You can download it on your iPad at www.twelveapp.com.

Tim will address strategy and development and provide a demonstration of the app. This will be an interesting look at how new ideas are generated by media companies.

Tell your friends and share on social media. Looking forward to kicking off a great 2013!

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ONA Austin: Web Bash

ONA Austin: Web Bash

Join us for some holiday fun. We’re teaming up with more than 20 Austin organizations to host this event. Details at www.refreshaustin.org/bash. There will be an open bar, while it lasts. Admission is one can of food to be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

Hope to see you there!

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ONA Austin: Intro to Programming for Communicators

ONA Austin: Intro to Programming for Communicators

We’ve been talking a lot about programming, data and communication in conjunction with our partner group Hacks/Hackers (this meetup is being sponsored by both ONA and HH). We’ve seen some interesting projects and collaborations. But now might be a good time to cover some basic programming skills, just to get everyone on track. This will be the first of several workshops that we can host over the next year to familiarize people with programming and Web development.

You don’t need any prior experience with programming or Web design to attend.

In this 2 hour workshop, we’ll cover:

Why do I need to learn to program?

  • Programming languages
  • Strings and numbers
  • What’s a variable?
  • Math and concatenation
  • Alerts and prompts
  • Booleans – true or false
  • If Statements and Loops
  • Functions, Objects and Methods

You won’t be an experienced programmer at the end of this session, but you will gain a better understanding of programming concepts and terms. We’ll be using Javascript, but we will discuss how these concepts apply to any programming language that you might use.

Bring a laptop. All you’ll need is a browser and an html editor (a free one like Komodo Edit or Text Wrangler is fine) or text editor (Notepad or TextEdit). Or, it’s fine if you just want to sit in and observe.

Note for TextEdit – before coming to the meetup, please go to Preferences and change the following:

Under New Document Tab, choose Plain Text
Under Open and Save, make sure the first two items are checked under “When Opening a File:”

Cindy Royal (cindyroyal.com) will instruct the group. She’s been teaching Web design for the past 12 years, first as a phd student at UT and now as an Associate Professor at Texas State.

And, stay tuned for a message about the Web Dev Holiday Bash coming up in a few weeks.

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ONA Austin: Covering the Circuit of the Americas

Covering the Circuit of the Americas

Next month, the marvels of the auto racing world will speed down a newly constructed track that his risen in the countryside near the Texas 130 toll road. The caviar crowd from around the world will fly private jets and helicopters to get here. Fans from all over the world have booked flights – and hotel rooms across Central Texas. The Formula One faithful, and the local public, will watch it all with intense interest as the Circuit of The Americas makes it debut.

The Austin American-Statesman and theaustingrandprix.com have been covering this mammoth sports event since the time it was announced, and they will be there when the engines fire up. David Doolittle, the person behind the popular @statesmanF1 Twitter account and the editor for the Statesman’s Formula One coverage, will join Kerri and Kevin Olsen, who are behind theaustingrandprix.com, to talk about their challenges of covering such a huge event using digital platforms and how they plan to take on race week while bumping elbows with the international media.

Please join us on Oct. 22 at the Statesman to see how social media, blogging, video and more go into covering a worldwide spectacle.

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ONA Austin: The Online Music Startup

The Online Music Startup: How vivogig, Red River Noise/Austin Vida cover music

What does it take to start your own website or app that covers music through photos, videos, blog posts and more? Daniel Senyard and Shannon Delaney of vivogig and Ian Morales and AJ Miranda of Austin Vida/Red River Noise will share their thoughts and expertise on how they began their startups in our September meeting.

Daniel Senyard, CEO of vivogig, is the team’s visionary and meeting man. Daniel uses his years of marketing, project management, journalism and web marketing experience to build and foster communities, grow relationships and raise funds. The first show Daniel went to was UB40.

Shannon Delaney, content manager for vivogig, created a social media plan for vivogig and works to implement the plan on a daily basis. In addition to handling the social media accounts, she is in charge of vivogig’s music blog, which provides readers with music news, reviews, previews, giveaways, opinions and more. Shannon graduated with a master’s degree in mass communication from Texas State University.

Ian Morales, editor in chief of Austin Vida and Red River Noise, has attended small shows and big concerts in Austin since his high school days, when there were more all-ages venues in town. After a few years in the corporate world, Ian left to work as the marketing manager and events coordinator for a tattoo parlor on Austin’s famed Sixth Street. Since 2008, Ian has been interviewing bands and writing reviews for Double Stereo (formerly CD Fuse), Austin Vida and his personal music blog. If he speaks loudly, it’s because his ears are still ringing from that Rage Against The Machine concert in ’99.

AJ Miranda, managing editor and multimedia editor for Austin Vida and Red River Noise, grew up in California but has lived in Texas since 2002. Launching ‘NITES, a Blog for Austinites, in 2008, he created an outlet for his interest in videography, photography and writing, while at the same time shining a much-needed spotlight on the plethora of unknown talent in his city. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and has written about business and city life for The Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post and Laredo Morning Times.

Note: ONA Austin is seeking sponsorships. Please let us know if you or your company or organization are interested by leaving a comment on the meetup.com page or emailing Maira Garcia (mairalgarcia@gmail.com).

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ONA Austin: Innovation at Texas Tribune

Please join Hacks/Hackers ATX and the Online News Association Austin Local for Innovation at Texas Tribune. Rodney Gibbs, the Chief Innovation Officer, will discuss some of their innovative apps, including the new Public Schools Explorer. It’ll be a great opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes at Texas Tribune and to find out how they integrate technology with engaging content. Perhaps Rodney can share some of their plans for the future, too.

Appropriately, we’ll be at the Texas Tribune this time (823 Congress Ave, 2nd floor – around the corner from the museum), starting at 6:30pm. We’re cross-posting on both Hacks/Hackers ATX and the ONA meetup group, so feel free to RSVP on either meetup group.

Refreshments for this meeting will be sponsored by Lewis Knight of the Paintbrush Ranch in Wimberley. Lewis is also a TXST alum and a current Ph.D. student at UT. Thanks Lewis!

Please arrive before 7pm, as the guard won’t be available after that to let people in. Hope to see you on Mon., Aug 6 at 6:30pm for this event.

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