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Providence Geeks to assemble tonight

Via the Geeks:


Photo Copyright 2008 Nathaniel R. Walker

Wednesday, June 16, 2008, 5:30 – 9pm
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
FREE (buy your own food and drink – it’s cheap)

Summer would seem to be upon us – so come slurp a cold one and scarf a spicy one while we talk tech.

June’s Geek Dinner will feature the return of BatchBlue – they’re back and even better than before! Since we last checked in with the Barrington-based startup (over a year ago), they’ve DEMOed in California, had some great press, discovered some Super Heroes and officially launched their first product, BatchBook, a contact organizer for small businesses. President Pamela O’Hara, President and User Experience Designer Adam Darowski will talk about how they are enjoying the ride and staying focused on customer feedback to drive the development efforts. BatchBlue launched their alpha version at Geeks a year ago and credits the local network for making the user-centric route they are taking work. And we hear they might share more free coffee and t-shirts with us, too.

Update: BatchBlue’s VP of Engineering Sean Ransom has just posted to the RI Nexus blog – Being Customer-Focused Means Actually Listening.

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:

  • The event itself is FREE! Beverages and food are for sale at the adjoining bar and Taqueria Pacifica (delicious and cheap)
  • 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.
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