Utilizing Bots & Conversation as a Platform: Microsoft Hosted Lunch & Learn @ Think Big Coworking
Feb 24 @ 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

John Alexander, CTO of AJi Software and Microsoft Regional Director, will be coming in on 2/24/2017 to Think Big Coworking to talk bots! Come learn how bots play into your customer support, FAQ, and user experience. Conversation as a platform is an emerging trend that is blending human language and machine intelligence as the next computing interface. If you have questions on Cognitive Services, Cortana, or bots, this is the lunch and learn to be at! Lunch will be provided. RSVP required.

AR/VR Learning and Hackathon Prep Night @ Google Fiber Space
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm

Speakers experienced in AR/VR development will kick off the night talking about the perks and drawbacks of developing for AR/VR as well as going over the different AR/VR hardware options. After the talks at the beginning of the night, we will have time to set up your development environment to code for AR/VR so bring your laptop. Then if you want to really get your hands dirty with AR/VR development join us on Saturday for the AR/VR Hackathon(all experience levels welcome).

The Nerdery: Overnight Website Challenge @ The Nerdery
Feb 25 – Feb 26 all-day

The Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge is a volunteer-driven program of the Nerdery Foundation, aimed at maximizing the community impact of nonprofit organizations through digital strategy and custom software design and development – all pro bono.

AR/VR Hackathon @ Google Fiber Space
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Come join us Saturday for a day of hacking on the latest AR/VR technology! Teams (2-3 members per team recommended) are welcome to come spend the day hacking away on a new idea or improving on existing app all while enjoying food and drink with fellow coders. HoloLens, VR, and developer assistance will be provided, but participants are welcome and encouraged to bring devices from home and share their knowledge on developing in AR/VR. This is a friendly hackathon focused on building up new skills in an emerging technology; any team that want to demo at the end of the day is more than welcome to share!

There will be a development environment set up Friday evening before we kick off the hackathon to help get everyone’s software and hardware ready to go for the event. We will also have speakers kicking off the night talking about the perks and drawbacks of developing for AR/VR. Developers experienced in .NET/Hololens development will be present to help with setup.

Lunch and dinner will be provided during the hackathon. It is highly encouraged that you complete basic tutorials before the hackathon to get the most out of the day. This event is free and we hope to see you there! Reserve a ticket today to guarantee a spot at the event.

Sponsored by Microsoft, the KVCR Meetup and Windows Holographic User Group Kansas City. A huge thank you to Google Fiber for hosting this event at their location!

Code for KC Hack Night @ Sprint Accelerator
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interested in helping the Kansas City area?  Great! Whether or not you know how to code, you can help by joining us to work on civic hackery to create a better Kansas City and surrounding cities. Bring projects, ideas, designs, laptops, data, and friends.

Meeting Format

6:00 – Social / Introductions
6:10 – New Member Orientation
6:20 – Project Pitches

See if there are any updates on projects
See if anyone has a new project they would like to work on
Pitch existing projects to work on

6:30 – Work on projects
7:00 ~ Pizza arrives
7:45 – Wrap up – get project updates

Location: Community Room on the South side of the building.

“Intentional Collisions” – Actionable Data @ Sprint Accelerator
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s time for another session of Intentional Collisions at the Sprint Accelerator and this time we’ll be diving into Actionable Data!

Intentional Collisions is an ongoing program, where Sprint Accelerator organizes a themed & condensed coworking day; bringing together people interested in similar subjects and/or working to solve common challenges. When we share knowledge and collaborate, we can problem solve together more rapidly!

In our world, we’re surrounded by data. However, as companies and entrepreneurs with access to loads of data, are we efficiently capturing and utilizing this information? It’s time to cut through the noise and make data work for us!

Join us for the conversation!

The event runs from 2 PM to 6 PM, with a guided talk led by our partner Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), relating to specific challenges in Actionable Data. We’ll then break out into sub-conversations and end it with a happy hour to seal the deal!

Dairy Farmers of America has generously offered to provide drinks and snacks for those in attendance, so be sure to thank them! Additionally, they will lead a discussion and panel around the topic of Actionable Data.


2:30 – 2:45 Check-in
2:45 – 3:20 DFA – How to Turn Data into Action
3:20 – 3:30 Breakout Topics Pitched by Leaders
3:30 – 4:15 Breakouts (2-3 simultaneously)
4:15 – 4:30 Share Out (15 mins)
4:30 – 6:00 Happy Hour & Networking


Bob Bennett, Chief Innovation Officer at KCMO – Preventative Data (for a “crisis”)

Piero Ferrante, Director, Data Science at C2FO – Predictive Data

Matt Habiger, Manager, Data Science and Business Intelligence at Pinsight Media – Discovering & Collecting Relevant Data

This event is for you if:

● You’re curious about actionable data and how your company might utilize this competitive edge
● You’re currently working on a big data solution
● You’d like to hear the challenges a large corporation faces around actionable data
● You enjoy collaboration in an open and motivating work environment
● You’re energized by brainstorming with intelligent people

We look forward to seeing you there!

– Sprint Accelerator Team

1 Million Cups @ Kauffman Foundation
Mar 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

1 Million Cups is a free, weekly national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, 1MC is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

FastTrac TechVenture @ UMKC SBTDC
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

You’re on the cusp of developing a cutting-edge technology or science-based business while Kansas City’s entrepreneurial community is buzzing and moving faster than ever before. You want to be part of it, but you need help with the details including funding and intellectual property protection.

Designed specifically by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® TechVenture™ program is an intensive eight-session course designed to give technology and science-based entrepreneurs a proven framework and network of connections to help grow a great idea into the next viable innovation. Experienced business coaches and successful entrepreneurs work together to facilitate critical teachings, guide lively small group sessions, and share practical experiences to enhance your business. Participants learn with and from their peers, creating a powerful network that continues well after the program is complete.

Topics Include:

Identifying Funding & Investors
Pre- & Post-Money Valuation
Pitching to Investors
Financial Projections & Management
Due Diligence
Deal Sheets
Legal Structures
Business Feasibility & Demand

Class is held Wednesdays from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for 9 weeks from March 1 – April 26.

First Wednesdays Events @ UMKC
Mar 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of each month during the academic year, The Regnier Institute hosts special events designed to bring students and community members together and to inspire Bloch students to launch new ventures. These special events include inspirational stories from inductees of the Entrepreneur Hall of Fame and at the end of each semester culminate in a student venture feasibility plan and pitch competition. The evenings end in pizza and networking.

Join us at a special edition of First Wednesdays and hear from Bobby Burch, editor-in-chief of Startland News and some of Kansas City’s rising entrepreneurial stars.
When: Wednesday March 1, 2017, from 5-6:30 pm
Who: Bobby Burch of Startland News Moderates a Panel of KC’s Rising Entrepreneurial Stars

Reading and Understanding Financial Statements: It’s All About the Bejamins! @ UMKC SBTDC
Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This course is designed for business owners, managers, accountants, bankers and consultants who need to know how to turn financial statements into useful management tools. During this course, you will learn to identify key business information that is captured on the income statement and balance sheet. You will learn to calculate several ratios and understand what those ratios mean in terms of business productivity and success. You will leave this session with a greater understanding of how to read and interpret financial documents and how to use that information to drive business decisions.

Course Objectives

Identify key business information on income statements and balance sheets.
Know what key ratios indicate, why to use them and how they are calculated.
Make better decisions for your business based on sound financial understanding.

The Impact of Smart City Technology & How Your Future Will Change @ City Hall of Olathe
Mar 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hello Fellow TechrIoT-ers!

We hope your year is starting off well. We are back in the swing and want you to join us to hear how your future will change. Speakers from local, county, and our state level, along with national corporations, will tell us what they are doing to make our cities smarter.

5:30-6:00 – Networking

6:00-7:15 – Presentations

7:15-7:30 – Networking


• Doug Hohulin(Leader of Strategic Sales for Nokia): Smart Transportation & Autonomous Vehicles

• Michael Aldridge (CIO Johnson County) and Jennifer Szambecki (State of Kansas): Mobile-First, Citizen-First GovTech

• Kirk Rabius (Director, Jacobs Engineering): Current State of Smart Cities

• Shawn Whitcomb (CIO of Olathe): Smart Cities – Mid-Sized City Focus

Location: Olathe City Hall, Council Chamber Room

KC Roundtable Breakfast @ Eggtc.
Mar 2 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

KC Roundtable is in existence to provide 20 and 30-something Kansas City entrepreneurs with a group of peers to support and collaborate on each others’ businesses. Our mission is to: – Focus on relationship building; not lead generating – Facilitate collaboration, openness, transparency, learning and teaching – Establish an entrepreneurial network – Fill the void of not having the water cooler.

We meet for breakfast and various locations around the city. In addition to our morning meetings, KC Roundtable provides additional opportunities to network with young entrepreneurs such as events like small group Mastermind sessions & After Hour events.

Prospective members are self-motivated, curious, open to learning and currently starting a new business. Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to meeting you soon!

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