Centresource has long prided itself on being an active and invested member of Nashville. Whether we’re out on the town or welcoming the tech community into our house, we love any opportunity to see familiar faces and make new friends.
Here are just some of the events and organizations you can find us at throughout 2016.
Meetups are a great opportunity for people to learn, network and enjoy some healthy, professional commiseration. We co-organize, speak and (enthusiastically) attend several meetups around town. Tomiko Peirano is heavily invested in the two meetups, below. If you attend either, be on the lookout for her red glasses!
- The Nashville UX Meetup — This is a great place to find fellow UX practitioners (both seasoned and just getting started) to discuss everything from designing for a global audience to dissecting popular UX resources. You can always expect lively conversation, informative speakers…and tasty snacks and beer.
- The Nashville Product Meetup — This meetup covers a lot of territory due to most folks’ broad definition of ‘product owner’…but that just means it’s always interesting. 2015 saw a great array of speakers and topics. We got a chance to talk with the team behind Artiphon (Kickstarter’s most successful musical instrument campaigns) and had the founders of Juice walk us through big data visualization. 2016 is already shaping up to be yet another great year of events.
The Nashville American Marketing Association
NAMA is a powerful networking engine for Nashville professionals, with a terrific roster of events. NAMA also has some amazing Centresource talent working behind the scenes. Ann Howard is the Programming Chair, in charge of developing the speakers and content for the monthly NAMA Meetings. Rami Perry is the Volunteer Chair. She works with NAMA members to plug them into the greater NAMA organization, finding ways to deepen their involvement and relationships with NAMA.
The NAMA calendar is packed with events such as evening mixers and power lunches, so be sure to check out what’s coming up — and say “Hello” to Ann and Rami!
Nashville Software School
Centresource and the NSS go way back. Our Managing Development Partner, Brandon Valentine, is a founding board member and mentor. Centresource’s development team has mentored several NSS students and hired many graduates, with great success. Something we’re extremely proud of is the work acceleration of the junior-level developers we’ve hired out of NSS, helping them get professionally established and ready for the next stage of their careers.
Nashville Technology Council
Ann Howard serves on a small committee for NTC to help improve communication between tech people and non-tech people — something most of us can agree is very important. The NTC is always hosting fantastic workshops and events, be sure to check out their calendar to see what might interest you in 2016!
This is the big one. The Centresource mixers have been recognized again and again as one of the top networking events for Nashville’s tech community…and we think the honor is very well-deserved. We put a lot of attention and energy into making these near-quarterly events big successes. Great food, live music, free-flowing beverages, and general shenanigans make our mixers one of Nashville’s favorite events…and definitely our most-beloved.
Centresource has sponsored, spoken at and attended a lot of great conferences over the years, both here in Nashville and around the country. Robby Clements, one of our fearless Rails developers, spoke at about creating a visual programming language and rules engine. We relish any opportunity to connect with other professionals, learn something new or share a little bit of our technical smarts. We’re already looking ahead to what 2016 will hold for us this front. Be sure to check out our blog to find updates on conferences we’ll be participating in or attending.
Personal Community Outreach
Apart from the industry activities folks at Centresource take part in, there are also a lot of personal commitments to community outreach. We are lucky to work with truly dedicated folks with very big hearts.
- Corner to Corner — Corner to Corner is a wonderful non-profit focused on breaking “the cycle of despair often caused by high-rates of incarceration”. Founded by Centresource’s Will Acuff and his wife, Tiffany, Corner to Corner gets a lot of volunteer support from Rami Perry and Janet Timmons. We’ve also occasionally collected donations for Corner to Corner’s reading program at McCarren Park Community Center at our mixers.
- Room in the Inn — Ann Howard volunteers for Room in the Inn, a local non-profit “serving Nashville’s homeless community with an experience of spirituality, love, hospitality, respect, hope, community, and non-violence.”
- Reboot Combat Recovery — Founded by former Centresourcer Evan Owens, Reboot Combat Recovery is dedicated to trauma healing for US veterans and their families. Our own Robbie Hall does a lot of volunteer work for Reboot, helping with web design and event support.
As you can see, we like to keep our schedules full! The dedication of time and energy to these outputs is a small investment compared to the satisfaction and education that is returned to us. Come on out and find us in 2016!