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BDPA Detroit - Becoming a developer --May 19 2016 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Info Exchange Meeting

May 19, 2016

6:30 -8:30 pm

at Techtown

440 Burroughs Detroit ,MI  48202


      Everyone  Can Be a Developer -

Diversifying Detroit's Tech  Industry

by Ian Washington and Josh Sheppard


Come out and learn about how to boost you career in the tech industry at a special BDPA Info Exchange meeting.  Ian Washington and Josh Sheppard will inform you on the opportunities available at Grand Circus.



Grand Circus, we vet and train Detroiters in the skills businesses need to grow, and then we introduce them to companies needing talent. Our bootcamps are intensive learning experiences that emphasize workplace needs like teamwork, paired programming, and cutting-edge technical skills.




We’re passionate about training people for amazing careers and helping local businesses grow by hiring local tech superstars. Our bootcamps serve both purposes: we give people critical skills for tech jobs while introducing them to businesses looking for talent. More than that, we’re here for the broader Detroit community through co-workingclasses and events.



Finding amazing IT talent is hard. At Grand Circus, we vet and train Detroiters in the skills businesses need to grow, and then we introduce them to companies needing talent.



 Light Refreshments will be served


Josh Sheppard Josh Sheppard

Raised in New England, Josh came to the tech startup world from a background in retail and hospitality management. At Grand Circus, his primary role is forging partnerships with companies in Southeast Michigan to introduce them to newly minted developers right here in Detroit. Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, visiting museums and airshows, and spending time outdoors. 

Ian Washington Headshot  Ian Washington

Ian Washington was born and raised in downtown Detroit. He has been involved in various professional roles from banking to beverage sales and manufacturing. Joining the Grand Circus team in late 2014, Ian is responsible for the initial recruitment and admission of students into the coding bootcamp. He is integral to guiding future developers as they successfully transition into a bootcamp and ultimately into the tech industry.  In his off time he enjoys spending quality time with family, photography and reading.

Giving Your Small Business Big Business Tools and Visibility

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BDPA Detroit Info Exchange Meeting


  April 21, 2016


6:30 - 8:30 pm


440 Burroughs   Techtown



 Giving Your Small Business Big Business Tools and Visibility



BDPA business



This presentation for entrepreneurs and small business owners offers insight into how you can select affordable options for leveraging your marketing and communications strategy. A series of demonstrations will walk through the steps of maximizing your investment in technology tools and services, including Office 365 and business websites that you can update yourself without any programming experience.


Your Speakers:

Les Lance and Hermine Turner, of The Answer People, provide consulting, training and technology services to small business and organizations. Their clients include winners of small business awards and grants, and educational, community and non-profit organizations.


Les and Hermine


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BDPA Detroit - 3D Printing Disruptive Technology --March 17, 2016 Info Exchange Meeting

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BDPA Detroit Info Exchange Meeting

  March 17, 2016

6:30 - 8:30 pm

440 Burroughs   Techtown

3D Printing; Disruptive Technology


The doors are wide open for all who are passionate about all things technical. Our meetups encourage fun, socializing and high level talks on a variety of technology topics. IT recruiters and IT job seekers are both welcome!

What is 3D Printing?  Why is it such a hot product?  Why has 3D Printing been on the lips of technologists for years and now it’s on the lips of the general consume?  Why is 3D Technology or additive manufacturing, poised for explosive growth and why is it so important to BDPA members? 



By ‘printing’ and shaping materials such as plastic layer upon layer in various geometries, we can now create three-dimensional physical objects at a fraction of the unit cost.  This advance in technology has opened the door for numerous applications that are revolutionizing businesses across all industries.  Everyday people are also joining in on the fun and coming up with ever more creative uses for 3D printing.


Our guest speaker for this month is Mike Moceri  founder of 3D printing technology company, Manulith located at Techtown. He entered the 3D printing industry during his sophomore year in 2011 when he built his first machine and interned with MakerBot. Mike became an influential member of the DIY 3D printing community online and in Chicago with many of his projects such as establishing a standardized process from 3D scanning to printing and being featured in world renowned exhibitions including the Inside 3D Printing Conference in Chicago and New York. He later co-founded the world's first 3D printing retail and service bureau hybrid in April 2013 in downtown Chicago (3DPX).

In early 2014, he moved back to Detroit to start Manulith and MakerOS. Within one year, he grew Manulith into being the premier 3D printing service provider in Detroit with MakerOS as its backbone. Mike's mission is now to implement MakerOS to become the standard system in which maker businesses operate so that they may benefit the same as Manulith has.


BDPA Detroit is pleased that Mike will share his expertise and wisdom with BDPA members.

            Anyone, regardless of race or color, is welcome to attend!

Register for Event HERE

No Info Exchange meeting in January 2016

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Due to scheduling conflicts, the Info Exchange meeting for January 21, 2016 is canceled.


The next Info Exchange meeting is schedule for March 17, 2016 at Techtown.

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