A Call for Volunteers for the next DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp!

The next DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp, April 30th, 2016, is fast
approaching and we count on volunteers to help facilitate, organize,
promote, run the event, and make the event more awesome each year.

Can we count on you?

you have NEVER helped with DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp, we want you
to be there! Helping to organize this annual event is valuable
experience for all involved. It is a great opportunity to learn new
skills, meet cool people, network with others in our area, and help some
of your friends organize a good time for the rest of your friends!
Volunteers can also earn sponsorship for their represented organizations
worth $250 which includes your organization’s logo on our website, not
to mention a cool ‘STAFF’ T-Shirt and our undying gratitude!

If you would like to help, here are lists of some of the positions we need filled:

   Site Supervisor (planning and day of)
   Volunteer Coordinator (planning and day of)
   Public Relations
   Content Wrangler
   Video Mastermind (planning and day of)
   Raffle Maestro
   Material Engineers (aka Swag Bag Stuffers)

Day of volunteer positions (several for each):

   Set up
   Board Rush/Management
   Tech Assistants for Rooms
   Break down

Our schedule for volunteer meetings is as follows:

3/12/2016 – Saturday 2pm-6pm

3/22/2016 – Tuesday 5pm-9pm

4/11/2016 – Monday 5pm-9pm

4/23/2016 – Saturday 2pm-6pm

us an email to barcamp@bscrq.com if you are interested and prepare to
bring your laptop and your ideas! (Meetings might include punch and pie.
Or beer.)

Additionally if you feel you have a special skillset that we do not have listed, don’t hesitate to contact us and suggest it.

you can’t volunteer this year, consider a sponsorship to show your love
for DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp, our community, and the businesses
and organizations that care about community: http://bit.ly/1p5CliF;­

Details about our sponsorship packages can be found here: http://bit.ly/1p5CliF;­

Yours in Awesomeness,
The BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton Team

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BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton – April 11 & 12 (Sat & Sun)….

BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton – April 11 & 12 (Sat
& Sun). Join us for “DaVinci’s Faire” – a weekend of learning,
wonder, and amazement! Besides our traditional BarCamp “unConference”
experience where YOU are the expert, we will have Makers, Inventors, Robots, Gamers, a Quick-pitch competition for entrepreneurs, and tons of fun. For 2015, we’re adding a Science & Technology mini-festival, and a wing of technology tracks. If you thought past BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton events were great – you haven’t seen anything yet!

Best of all – BarCamp Sarasota-Bradenton is FREE when you pre-register.

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DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp 2015! Save the DATES: Saturday,…

DaVinci’s Faire and BarCamp 2015! Save the DATES: Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12 at the Manatee Technical College on SR 70.

A place where life-long learners of any age across technology, business, education and funding have the opportunity to interact. Where robotics teams and makers and inventors and entrepreneurs and game enthusiasts ALL share in the midst of this open space un-conference called BarCamp. 

After eight “conferences” and 15 days of BarCamp, we are looking forward to our second year of BarCamp DaVinci’s Faire – a better space for the incredible talent and interests of our community to be more thoroughly represented.

Register here: http://goo.gl/ubIUMy

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thisistheverge: Plastc wants to replace your entire wallet with…


Plastc wants to replace your entire wallet with a single card

You can put your wallet on top of an included charging mat to charge up Plastc overnight. (But if you don’t, it lasts 30 days on a charge.) And like Coin, Plastc includes various security measures, like a PIN code you must enter on its E-ink screen, and a requirement that you can only add cards with your name on them, which makes it more difficult to use for card skimming. And then there’s Plastc’s “remote wipe” mode, which can wipe your card when it’s lost, and the ability to show live card balances on its E-ink screen so you can check before you pay. 

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Discovering The Brain’s GPS Earns Three A Nobel



by Michael Keller

Three neuroscientists who uncovered how the brain understands where the body is in space have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, judges announced today. 

“How do we know where we are? How can we find the way from one place to another?” wrote the Nobel Assembly in making the announcement. “This year´s Nobel Laureates have discovered a positioning system, an ‘inner GPS’ in the brain that makes it possible to orient ourselves.”

Half of the prize went to John O’Keefe, an American and British citizen who is now the head of University College London’s Sainsbury Wellcome Center in Neural Circuits and Behavior. In 1971, O’Keefe found that certain neurons in a rat’s brain activated when the animal was in one location. When it moved somewhere else, other cells lit up. O’Keefe proposed that this activity engendered a sense of place and develop into a map of the external world. Furthermore, the collection of different “place cell” activations for a particular environment could be saved to remember a particular place later.

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“Pinpointing specific genetic variants — areas of the genetic code that vary from person to person —…”

“Pinpointing specific genetic variants — areas of the genetic code that vary from person to person — wasn’t always possible, so it was hard to tell whether caffeine was the most important factor in coffee drinking behaviors. Now that scientists can decipher the genetic components of behaviors, we’re that much closer to figuring out why coffee affects us the way it does.”

Here’s why you’re bouncing off the walls: the genetics of coffee consumption
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October After Hours

October After Hours:

Join us where it all started … at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar.

We have taken our after hours events on the road.

As always great people, great conversations, no agendas.
And if you get hungry, awesome food.

As always no agenda, just awesome people and interesting conversations.

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