Monthly Archives: February 2008

Feb. Geek Dinner – Wed. 20th 5:30-9pm @ AS220 featuring Location Inc./

ProvGeek-February 2008

Photo Credit: Bret Ancowitz, M.D.

Wednesday, February 20, 2007, 5:30 – 9pm
115 Empire Street, Providence, RI

Hey, it’s that time of the month again! Time to come out of our broadband-enabled ice caves. Let’s get our geek on!

A number of us have been looking forward to this presentation for awhile now – we hope you can make it.

neighborhoodscoutA neighborhood like Beverly Hills right here in Providence? You’ll never guess where it is… Beacon Hill in the shiny-new Sunbelt city of Dallas? There is a neighborhood just like it!

Andrew Schiller, founder of Woonsocket-based Location Inc./, a nationwide neighborhood search engine for home buyers and movers with 1.8 million unique visitors last year, will be talking about their patented search technology that answers the first question most home buyers have: “where should I focus my house hunt?”. The audience will try the algorithm by ‘building their ideal neighborhood’ on the site, and finding the local neighborhood that best matches the ideal imaginary one. A sneak peek at NeighborhoodScout v2 will reveal flash-based maps, data mining that has produced new levels of granularity for neighborhood crime, appreciation rate, and school ratings, and ‘smart search’ taken to a new level. Andrew will be joined by Andy Couture, VP of Business Development for the company.

Update: Andrew has just authored a blog post at RI Nexus about their forthcoming new site – Building a 250,000 page website.

Please RSVP in the comments section of this post so that we can give the good folks at AS220 an estimated headcount. And while you’re at it, subscribe to Providence Geeks’ RSS feed (see sidebar) and/or join our very-low-volume email announcement list (for the announcement list, send an email to Jack Templin, jtemplin over at Gmail with your name and affiliation).

As always, for first-timers here are the details on the Geek Dinners:

  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and vamoose whenever… And don’t worry about eating or not – come famished or full – eating is optional, and frankly, the least of the festivities (that’s not say the food isn’t good—it’s actually great)
  • Topics of conversation will vary as they will at any gathering of geeks, but many of us will be talking about AJAX, mash-ups, start-ups, new devices, innovative business models, interaction design, social computing, digital art, web services, etc. etc. etc.
  • Food and beverages are for sale at the adjoining Taqueria Pacifica and bar
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

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