HACKmemphis targets local developers

As the local entrepreneurial and tech scene continues to expand, so do the events and programs that are being offered to target our growing creative community.

One example is the inaugural HACKmemphis 2013, which takes place Sept. 14-15 at EmergeMemphis, 516 Tennessee, and is aimed at developers and technophiles interested writing code and creating hardware hacks.

The event will feature a day of working on software and hardware projects followed by a demo day when developers will display their technological skills in a program that’s open to the public. There will be plenty of free food and beverages during the two-day showcase and myriad prizes for developers who come up with amazing projects.

But, you’ll need to reserve your space if you want to participate and registration is under way, so make sure to sign up soon. To learn more, visit hackmemphis.com or contact Bryan Robinson at bryan@hackmemphis.com.

If you’re an early riser, then check out Wednesday’s Interactive Expedition, which begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis, 3700 Central. The topic of the day will be “Video Games at Work” and area techies are encouraged to join in on the discussion of gamification in the business world and how video game components are being used for multiple purposes, including training employees and attracting clients. Cost, which includes a breakfast buffet, is $20 per person, or $15 each for you and friend if you bring a first-time guest. Reservations are requested, so visit http://interactiveexpedition.com to save your space.

For aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for free advice on how to launch a startup or improve a company, check out the weekly “Office Hours” offered at The Start Lab on the fourth floor inside Start Co., 66 S. Cooper. The program provides business counseling to help early-stage entrepreneurs prepare to take their companies to the next level and is staffed by some of the area’s top business executive. There’s no fee for the services, but preregistration is required. To set up an appointment, send an email to <a href=”mailto:info@neverstop.co” data-mce-href=”mailto:info@neverstop.co”>info@neverstop.co</a> or call 901-213-7795.

Also on Thursday, the Memphis WordPress crew picks up after a brief summer hiatus and meets at 6 p.m. at the EmergeMemphis building. The organization is aimed at bloggers of every stripe, from those thinking about circulating their thoughts throughout cyberspace to experienced types who want to keep updated on the latest WordPress innovations. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are also encouraged to attend to learn how to use the platform to attract customers and generate sales.

In fact, the theme of the program will be “More Than Blogging: WordPress From the Inside Out.” There’s no charge to attend, but organizers need to know how many folks plan to show up so that appropriate seating will be offered. To sign up, visit www.meetup.com/WordPress-Memphis.

Finally, the Millington Chamber of Commerce will host “Cash Reigns Supreme: Tracking the Financial Results of Your Business” for area small business owners from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 17 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 8838 Highway 51 North in Millington. Seating is limited and preregistration is required, so if you’re thinking of attending then it’s a good idea to sign up today. For more information, contact Teri Flannagan at 901-827-1486.

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