Here are the events listed in Community Megaphone for the next couple of weeks for the Mid-Atlantic area, as well as webcasts of interest:

DC

WebSharper Intro: Exploring HTML5 Visualization in F#
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:30 PM, Washington, DC
View WebSharper Intro: Exploring HTML5 Visualization in F# on Bing Maps What: Today's browsers are capable of executing complicated graphical programs. Let us explore what we can make the browser do in our favorite language, F#!

In this hands-on session we will learn to develop HTML5 apps in F# with WebSharper, with a focus on visualization. We will quickly look at a few examples covering:
• Doing raster graphics with Canvas
• Doing vector graphics with SVG via Raphael JS
• Programming user interaction with visual objects
• Interactive planar graph layout
• Modelling simple physics and writing "fast enough" code
• Creating interactive timelines
• Going 3D with WebGL in the browser

For our main in-depth example we will be programming boids[1], a simple model of bird flocking, showcasing 2D/SVG programming, user interaction and optimizing code by vectorizing computations.

[1]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boids

*Bonus*: CloudSharper Preview
Bring a laptop and a browser for the session - besides Visual Studio, we will have the option of using CloudSharper, the yet-unreleased cloud-based F#/WebSharper IDE from IntelliFactory.

Who: Anton (@t0yv0) has 5 years experience of writing F#, primarily involving developing and maintaining WebSharper.
Together with colleagues from IntelliFactory, Anton has successfully
used SVG-based HTML5 visualization to develop a tool for exploring bacterial genomes for the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Anton's professional interests revolve around typed functional programming (F#, Haskell, OCaml, SML, Racket), and, more recently, type theory (Coq).
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MD

Baltimore GiveCamp
Friday, October 18, 2013 5:00 PM, Baltimore, MD
View Baltimore GiveCamp  on Bing Maps A GiveCamp is a weekend of "coding for charity," where teams of Project Managers, Business Analysts, Team Leads, Developers, DBA's and Designers come together to make technical dreams a reality for local MD non-profits. Most projects are new website builds, website redesigns, and database builds. Technologies used for these projects include: WordPress, .NET, PHP, SQL, Access, Site Finity, and others.

The projects kick off Friday night, and teams are working until Sunday afternoon. While some people stay all weekend, most go home and sleep, and the space and food is provided all weekend.

This is our 3rd GiveCamp event, and in the last 2 years, we've helped over 30 non-profits thus far, saving them over $500,000!

If interested in being a part of our 2013 efforts, please register via the website.  
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PA

IT Con Pittsburgh-Meadow Lands
Saturday, October 26, 2013 8:00 AM, Washington, PA
View IT Con Pittsburgh-Meadow Lands on Bing Maps Half day event with presentations on Windows Server 2012 R2; Windows 8.1; and The Importance of IT Certification.
                       
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VA

Windows Store Game Development Workshop
Saturday, October 19, 2013 10:00 AM, Reston, VA
View Windows Store Game Development Workshop on Bing Maps Important! Please register for this event at http://aka.ms/fallw8game2 so we can have an accurate headcount for the event.
This workshop will introduce higher-level game development tools that produce HTML5 games, including Construct 2 and GameMaker. If time allows, we'll look at additional tools.
The workshop will start with a presentation by Technical Evangelist G. Andrew Duthie, and will also provide hands-on time for you to start working with the technologies covered during the lecture portion.
Note that this is the second of 3 game development workshops, and you can attend just one, or all three.

IMPORTANT
To participate in the hands-on portion of these events you MUST bring a PC with the following installed:
- Windows 8 (any x86 or x64 version will work fine)
- Visual Studio 2012 (for Windows Store apps, you'll need Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8, or higher. For Windows Phone apps, you'll need Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone, or higher)

We will NOT have PCs available for attendee use, so please come prepared if you want to work hands-on. If you need a copy of either Windows 8 or Visual Studio 2012, head over to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/apps/br229516/

For Mac users, there are a variety of boot and virtualization options you can use to run Windows 8 and Visual Studio, which are documented here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj945492.aspx

Please visit http://bit.ly/18E7IRz for more details on this event and the other workshops in the series.

Event venue: Microsoft - Reston
Hosted by: DC/Baltimore Windows App Developers
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Windows App Workshop
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:00 PM, Reston, VA
View Windows App Workshop on Bing Maps IMPORTANT: Please register at http://aka.ms/fallw8app2 so we can have an accurate headcount for attendance.
In this app workshop, attendees will be introduced to the concepts of using a publicly-available API as the basis for a Windows Store or Windows Phone app. We'll walk through one of the APIMASH starter kits (kit TBA).
We'll also discuss the concepts of rapidly building a minimum viable product, getting it published, taking feedback, iterating on the idea, and updating the app. And we'll also discuss the basics of marketing your app, and available resources for that purpose.
This event will include both lecture and hands-on time. This is the second of three events in the series. You may attend any or all of the events, as each will cover a different starter kit.

IMPORTANT
To participate in the hands-on portion of these events you MUST bring a PC with the following installed:
- Windows 8 (any x86 or x64 version will work fine)
- Visual Studio 2012 (for Windows Store apps, you'll need Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8, or higher. For Windows Phone apps, you'll need Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows Phone, or higher)

We will NOT have PCs available for attendee use, so please come prepared if you want to work hands-on. If you need a copy of either Windows 8 or Visual Studio 2012, head over to http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/apps/br229516/

For Mac users, there are a variety of boot and virtualization options you can use to run Windows 8 and Visual Studio, which are documented here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/jj945492.aspx

Please visit http://bit.ly/18E7IRz for more details on this event and the other workshops in the series.

Event venue: Microsoft - Reston
Hosted by: DC/Baltimore Windows App Developers
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