My Colorado Tech Guide to Denver Comic Con

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This weekend is Denver Comic Con (DCC)! Woohoo!

DCC is the premier event for all things geek in Colorado. No matter what it is you geek-out about, there’s a good chance you’ll find other people who share your interests there. As much as I like to geek-out about normal geeky things like Stan Lee, some of the cast of Doctor Who, Cary Elwes and Tentacle Kitty, I especially like to geek-out about Colorado technology. So what can you expect if you want to see Colorado Tech at Denver Comic Con?

Tech (and Gaming) Panels

Denver Comic Con made it easy and created a ‘Gaming & Tech’ track for their panels. You can see all the cool ‘Gaming & Tech’ panels here. The ones I am hoping to go to are…

  • (Friday 12:15pm-1:05pm in Room 603) – SPRK your passion: Inspiring new ways to learn through robotos! w/Sphero
  • (Friday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Create a Simple Vidoe Game in 30 minutes w/ Unity Game Engine – Art Institute
  • (Friday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – How to Design Video Games and Get into the Game Design Field
  • (Saturday 12:15pm-1:05pm in room 703) – DIY Tabletop Game Design
  • (Saturday 5:15pm-6:05pm in room 703) – Mobile Game Development – Art Institute
  • (Sunday 1:30[m-2:20pm in room 703) – How to Start Your Own Droid Build
  • (Sunday 4pm-4:50pm in room 703) – Virtual Reality & Interactive Experience, Collaborative Work – Art Instutite

There will also be panels and exhibits in the E.D.G.E. featuring Colorado game developers and makers that are not in the DCC scheduling app so make sure to check in there for cool Colorado tech things. For example, on Saturday, Zhengua “Z” Yang, founder of Boulder-based Serenity Forge and all around good guy, is doing a presentation at 1pm in the 8-bit Lounge that is not listed in the DCC sheduling app.

Colorado Tech Exhibitors

It appears that the exhibitors in the E.D.G.E. are not included in the DCC app. I know that game developers Synaptic Switch and Serenity Forge will be there along with the Denhac maker space but they are not listed in the app so make sure to go check out the E.D.G.E. if you’re going to DCC. The exhibitors that are listed that I’m looking forward to are…

  • Aleph Objects, Inc. (because Colorado-made 3D printers)
  • Arapahoe Library District (because they are doing cool things for Colorado makers)
  • Backflip Studios (because they’re the biggest Colorado game developer)
  • RMCAD (because they are hosting a few of the game panels)
  • Sphero (because Colorado-made robotic spheres including BB-8)

Other Panels and Exhibitors

I can’t just spend 3 days focusing on Colorado tech. There are tons of other fun things to see. Here is my short list of other things to see at DCC.

-Panels

  • (Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Room 601) NASA – Futurama: Learning Science with Fry and the Gang (because Futurama)
  • (Friday 2:15pm-3pm at the Xfinity Stage) Meet the Actors Behind the Voices (because voice actors seem like really cool people. Just watch “I Know That Voice” on Netflix)
  • (Saturday 10:45am-11:30am at the Bellco Theater) Ladies of Doctor Who w/ Alex Kingston and Jenna Coleman (because its Doctor Who. Also Jenna Coleman is cute)
  • (Saturday 1:30pm-2:15pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Stan Lee (because… well if you can’t figure it out, maybe DCC isn’t for you)
  • (Saturday 2:45pm-3:35pm in room 502/503) Steampunk: Beyond Gears and Cogs (because Steampunk is cool in a very un-cool way)
  • (Saturday 4pm-4:45pm at the Bellco Theater) Spotlight on Cary Elwes (because Princess Bride)
  • (Saturday 11am-11:45am at the Bellco Theater) Star Trek 50th Anniversary Celebration (because my daughter shows early signs of being a trekkie)
  • (Sunday 1pm-1:50pm in Room 402) Let’s Draw! Workshop w/ Terryl Whitlatch & Copic Markers (Because I like to draw and want to be better at it)
  • (Sunday 1:30pm-2:20pm) The Best Writing Advice I was Ever Given (because I like to write and I want to be better at it)

-Exhibitors

  • Jay Peteranetz (because he did the art on the DCC passes)
  • Red Tempest Studios (because mobile apps + comics sounds cool)
  • Rothic (because I really like looking at their comics)
  • Tabletop Fables (because tabletop gaming is cool)
  • TeeTurtle (because they have cute/fun shirts)
  • Tentacle Kitty (because Ninja Kitty is now household lore)
  • The 1UP Arcarde Bar (because pinball)

For more information about all things Denver Comic Con, go to denvercomiccon.com. If you’re there, send me a tweet on teh Twitterz. I hope to see you there!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #79: 10 Different Areas of Tech

Colorado Tech Weekly Binary FlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10  technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local tech events every Monday morning!

Sometimes I try to write headlines that summarize the 10 articles I feature. Most of the time, that’s really hard to do. This week is no different. Everything from video games to satellite surveillance, cloud computing to education and beyond. It’s amazing how many things technology touches and how much of that happens here in Colorado.

I just finished 2 courses at Regis. That doesn’t mean I stop learning now that class is over, I just get to choose what it is I learn. Trying to narrow it down is tough. Have a happy Monday!

Top Colorado Technology News

  • Embark on exploration in open-world game ‘Seabeard’ from Boulder-based Backflip Studios [USAToday]
  • Longmont’s AllSource joins effort to monitor North Korea’s political prisons [BizWest]
  • Denver-based Wayin appoints software sales veteran Mike Rosol to be VP of sales [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s SuiteHop completes $1M equity funding round, adds more than $5M in suite inventory [InnovatioNews]
  • Westminster-based SpotXchange reports ‘incredible’ year of revenue growth and network expansion in 2014 [InnovatioNews]
  • Denver’s Zayo Group acquires Kansas-based IdeaTek Systems, adds new route between Omaha and Dallas [InnovatioNews]
  • Boulder-based Quick Left closes $500K funding round with Lighter Capital [QuickLeft]
  • General: Aerospace industry Colorado’s best-kept secret [BizWest]
  • Denver’s MapQuest professors host “Hour of Code” Academy [CTA]
  • Denver-based Cloud Elements releases CRM & marketing automation API “Hub” [ProgrammableWeb]

Upcoming Events

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If you know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!

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Colorado Tech Weekly #5, July 15, 2013: An event every day!

BinaryColoradoFlagColorado Tech Weekly brings you the top 10 information technology stories of the past week and the best upcoming local events every Monday morning!

I found out about a cool new place called Galvanize, so I found a lot more events to include. It looks like a good way to scratch my entrepreneurial and techie itches at the same time. I’m going to have to go check that place out soon. If you know about Galvanize, I’d love to hear for you.

Local News

  • Innovation Pavilion building in the Denver Tech Center to get bigger, stronger, faster [Denver Post]
  • Online job-wanted posts increase in Denver, but decrease state-wide [DBJ]
  • Hasbro acquires Boulder-based game maker Backflip Studios [DBJ]
  • Boulder startup FlixMaster launches mobile video editing app [TechKnowBytes]
  • Tossing electronics in the trash is now banned. Electronic Recyclers Intl. to open up shop in Aurora in September [DBJ]
  • Boulder Digital Arts Scholarship available [New Tech Boulder]

National News

  • An Apple 1 from 1976 is auctioned for $387,750 [Denver Post]
  • Facebook’s new Graph Search pushed out to more users [Denver Post]
  • Microsoft tries to get some mojo back with a big reorganization [Denver Post]
  • Tech firms speak up on immigration reform [Denver Post]

Upcoming Events

Thank you for reading!

If know of any other good news stories or sources about tech in Colorado, please let me know! Also if you attend any of the events listed, I would love to hear from you!