Memphis is ‘tech central’ this week

Christmas is around the corner and that means lots of folks probably have been trying to convince Santa that they’ve been nice rather than naughty this past year and therefore deserve stockings full of the latest gadgets and gizmos and geeked-out gifts.

So while the week ahead is somewhat light on traditional entrepreneurial fare, the last digital drive before the jolly ol’ elf hits town is well under way.

As evidence that the tech tide is indeed rising in Memphis, a number of such offerings are scheduled for area coders, designers and business professionals.

On Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Mid-South Tech Corner will host the local Python group in the Macon Academic Building — Room MAC 271 — at Southwest Tennessee Community College, 5983 Macon Cove. Organizers ask participants to come prepared to share examples of code that make you go hmmm. Obviously Python is preferred, but anything else is open for discussion and attendees will use their collective knowledge and experience to come up with solutions to persnickety problems.

The program is free, but registration is requested. To save your seat, sign up at

Tuesday brings the year-end gathering of Memphis Startup, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Launchpad inside EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee.

The casual forum allows area entrepreneurs, coders, designers and others to get together to discuss startups, technology and other items pertinent to the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Feel free to develop a topic to pitch to the group, but make sure to register beforehand. After the program, participants plan to head out for a little Dutch treat merrymaking.

The program is free, but organizers need to get an accurate head count for setup purposes. To get your name on the list, visit

Need more tech talk? Interested in open source? Then be sure to check out the Memphis PHP group that meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Featured presenter will be David Haskins, who will discuss web security, including SQL injection, Command injection, hashing and salting, and public-key infrastructure.

Additional details, including meeting location, may be found at

On Wednesday, networking group for female entrepreneurs and women who work from home will be held at 11 a.m. at Starbucks at 2698 Germantown Parkway in Cordova. Cost to join is $1 per meeting and participants are responsible for buying their own lattes. Registration is requested, so to find out more visit

The local chapter of SCORE, in conjunction with the national organization, will offer one more live webinar before the holidays for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.

“CrowdFunding: An Alternative Source of Financing” will be broadcast online from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday. The free program will offer information on raising from $500 to $1 million via crowdfunding and how this method of financing may be easier for some small businesses than traditional bank loans. Featured presenter will be Candace Klein, CEO of SoMoLend.

To register, visit

And from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday the MidsouthMakers group will gather at Republic Coffee, 2924 Walnut Grove. This coalition of artists, builders, entrepreneurs and others gathers regularly to promote a common space to share ideas and explore technologies. There’s no cost to attend, but please be sure to contact organizers so that they’ll have enough seats at the table.

To learn more, visit

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