April Newsletter – Amarillo Tech Meetup

Mind the Gap Hackathon

The West Texas A&M College of Engineering is hosting Mind The Gap, A 100% Virtual hack-a-thon, March 25th and 26th. Registration is free and they are also looking for people to help out.

For more information, please contact:
Sophia Barnett or Dr. Vinitha Subburaj

Amarillo Connected

The City of Amarillo’s CIO, Rich Gagnon, presented plans to provide, free, municipal WiFi service. This will build on work already begun by AISD as part of the COVID response, but ithis is part of an initiative that has been in the works for almost a year. Dell, LG, Intel, JAM and Addison Healthcare were in attendance, but final partners should be announced soon.

The plan is for a very rapid rollout with local partnerships helping to reduce cost and extend reach, but funding is already available, including some potential federal funds.

A video of the presentation should be posted publicly soon with more details to come.

We Are Moving!

Hello all!

As you may know, Salesforce has purchased Slack and plans to shut it down. Meanwhile, Meetup.com has changed its pricing to require a $2 fee just to RSVP to attend a meetup.

Just another chapter in the ongoing saga of the dangers of trusting a product over a protocol.

Email still works fine, so we’re moving to a mailing list for announcements and meeting notices. Please sign-up right away at https://amarillotechmeetup.github.io if you would like to continue to be a part of the Amarillo Tech Meetup.

Also, we’ve had some interest in having a virtual meetup, so look for more info via the newsletter as that develops.


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Our Fall Meetup – On The Road Again

It’s that time again (well past time actually) and we’re having another Tech Meetup.

Please join us for what should be a very interesting program.

-= Hanns-Christian Hanebeck =-

Marketing & Logistics Faculty, Adjunct Professor at University of North Texas

Formerly with Mastercard, IBM, and GlobeRanger.

Chris has spent years on the front lines of RFID, Logistics and asset tracking, so when Chris decided there was a real need for Blockchain in logistics, the industry paid attention. Chis is the Founder and CEO of Truckl.io.

-= Esports Panel =-

In North America, Baseball was the game of the 19th century.

Football exploded onto the scene in the 20th.

The 21st century is shaping-up to be the age of Esports. Our panel brings together representatives from Buff Gaming, Badger Esports and some very special guests. This is your chance to learn more and ask questions.

Be sure to bring a friend if you know someone who’s into gadgets, software, gaming or engineering. If you do bring someone be sure to include your guests when you RSVP so we can plan refreshments accordingly.

Special thanks to the Amarillo College CIS Community for our venue and refreshments.

Our feature photo is a screenshot from “Desert Bus” a game by Teller of Penn & Teller. Arguably the most uneventful game ever created. Now there’s even a VR Version!

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September Tech Meetup Social

We’re grabbing a slice at Moondoggy’s Pizza and Pub! Come join us for tech talk, networking, and delicious pizza on September 28th, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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August Tech Meetup Social

Namaste! We’re having our August social at Indian Oven from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, August 31st. Come enjoy a delicious dinner with like-minded locals! Share stories, jokes, and knowledge with your fellow techs! We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee With Barek

One of our founding members, Barek Bentley, will be in town after having left to pursue higher education. We invite you to come to give him an Amarillo Tech Welcome and join us for coffee at Palace Coffee Co. on 34th! You can find us in the group office starting at 5:30 pm. Even if you have not met Barek, you are welcome to join us for coffee, conversation, and Amarillo Tech camaraderie!

Join Us For Our First Tech Meetup Social

Come join us for our very first Tech Meetup social.

Saturday, July 27th at 6 pm
At La Bella’s Pizza on Olsen

No presentations, no agenda, just a chance to meet and chat.

Now if you happen to chat about some interesting technical issue at work and someone happens to have an answer, then just buy your benefactor a beverage or appetizer. Affordable consulting!

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Amarillo Tech Meetup: Summer Reboot

It’s been entirely too long since Amarillo Tech Meetup gathered. That is about to change! Tuesday, June 25th, 6PM at Amarillo College, Byrd Business Building, 4th Floor. (Look for the signs pointing you to the correct room.)

What’s on the agenda? Glad you asked.

  1. Bill Glover will discuss how to set up blue-green deployment;
  2. Dwayne Higgs will talk about the exciting new Code Academy in development at Amarillo college; and
  3. We will be sharing ideas for a new profile site for Tech Meetup Members.

What could be better than all that programming? FREE FOOD! Pizza, salad, drinks, and dessert.

Invite your techie friends and don’t forget to RSVP. We don’t want to run out of food.

Amarillo Tech Meetup: Meeting and Potluck

Hello Techies,

It’s time for our next meetup. If you haven’t been in a while, be sure to come to this one. We’re going to be doing something different.

Please bring something tasty to share and a pen. We’re going to do a potluck, and a fun exercise to crowdsource where we want to go from here. This is your chance to help decide not just what happens in the meetup, but potentially what happens in the world. We have a lot of talent in this region and a lot of good ideas.

We’re out to answer one question: If you could turn this meetup into anything, cost and difficulty aside, what would it be?

When: Tuesday, March 5th – 6:00pm

Where: Amarillo Central Branch Library (across from the Civic Center).

Don’t know what dish to bring? Sign-up on our handy Potluck Planner: https://bit.ly/2t5R4OG

Amarillo Tech Meetup: the 2018 Year-end Review!

Hello Techies,

Years come and years go, and 2018 is no different. Let’s talk about our successes and accomplishments, and look ahead to 2019!

When: Tuesday, December 4th – 6:00pm

Where: Amarillo Central Branch Library (across from the Civic Center).


  • Dewayne Higgs – Welcome and introductions
  • Alejandro Magalenes – His company, Easy Math, and how it did throughout 2018, and as a local tech entrepreneur, his thoughts on how the local tech community performed and how it could be better in 2019.
  • Richard Burk – discussion on freelancing as a tech specialist in Amarillo.
  • Jay Barrett – The FIRST Robotics District Conference and introduction of the proposed STEAM Campus.
  • Dewayne Higgs – Closing remarks.

As with all of our gatherings, come and enjoy the presentations, the networking and of course, the free food!

I look forward to seeing you there!