Monthly Archives: December 2010

Providence Geeks video podcast: Jen MacLean of 38 Studios

Providence Geeks closed out 2010 with a bang. Our December Geek Dinner featured the first public presentation by soon-to-be-Providence-based interactive entertainment company – 38 Studios. We caught up with CEO Jen MacLean after her talk to learn more about what they are doing. [Video link]


December Geeks Dinner, Wed. 15th 5:30 – 8:30pm featuring 38 Studios and "Geeks for Good" Food Drive!

Photo Credit: Chris Meringolo

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010, 5:30 – 8:30pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)

Providence Geeks is closing out 2010, with a bang. Our December Geek Dinner features the first public presentation by soon-to-be-Providence-based interactive entertainment company – 38 Studios. Also, with BatchBlue’s leadership, we’ll be having our 3rd annual “Geeks for Good” Food Drive (i.e. bring food! details here).

In one of the most talked-about local events of the year, the company founded by world-champion baseball player Curt Schilling, closed a $75 million bond offering and announced its relocation to Rhode Island. Join CEO Jen MacLean and Studio General Manager Gavian Whishaw as they discuss the company’s games and strategy, approach to complex project development, and plans for how the new studio can support the knowledge economy in Rhode Island.

Note: Baseball fans, Curt will only be present in spirit, not body.

Please RSVP at Facebook – and while you’re there please join our Facebook group. And if you want to join our very-low-volume email announcement send an email to Jack Templin, with your name and affiliation.

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

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at AS220’s excellent bar and restaurant.
  • It’s totally casual. Wear whatever, bring whoever, arrive and take off 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.
  • There is Wi-Fi so bring your connected device of choice.

Providence Geeks video podcast: Andres Douglas of Bakodo

Founded by Brown CS ‘09 graduate Andres Douglas, Bakodo is a Providence-based startup that’s all about doing awesome things with barcodes. At the November 2010 Providence Geeks, Andres told the Bakodo story, showed off their impressive services, and revealed some of his secrets for making hugely popular mobile apps. I caught up with him after his talk and we made this video. [Video link]