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Geeky get-togethers in Madison

Whether you prefer the term "nerd" or "lifelong learner," Madison has something to offer curious minds nearly every day of the week. Here are a few events to get you started, all open to the public. >More
 Forward Fest 2014 grows to encompass food, music

Computer programmers and engineers, meet foodies and hopeful music-industry innovators. No longer limited to high-tech or biotech topics, this year's Forward Festival, taking place Aug. 21-28 in and around Madison, has evolved to make room for the growing cuisine and music startup movements. >More
 UW-Madison scholars offer a map to the net neutrality debate

Maybe you've spotted it in your daily news feed in the last few weeks. Net neutrality " the idea that the Internet should remain an open, democratic, free-market medium for all people, regardless of how much they pay " is getting mainstream attention. >More
 Madison College and the Literacy Network team up to help a wide range of students with ESL

They are Syrian immigrants and Bhutanese refugees. Spouses of visiting professors from Pakistan and au pairs from Ecuador. Studious mothers of 12 from Somalia whose turn it is, finally, to attend class. Some, highly educated in their home country, arrive with advanced degrees. Others have never set foot inside a school and struggle to read and write in their native language. >More
 Business accelerator gener8tor moves -- temporarily -- to 30 on the Square

It has everything to do with more open space and natural light, and not a thing to do with abandoning StartingBlock Madison, the proposed coworking space for startups. Gener8tor co-founder Troy Vosseller clarified this right away, discussing the business accelerator's Jan. 6 relocation across the Capitol Square -- from 1 E. Main St., over Starbucks, to 30 W. Mifflin St., on the fifth floor above the Veterans Museum. >More
 Madison takes steps to improve its digital infrastructure

The city of Madison is recruiting applicants for a new Digital Technology Committee, tasked with advising Mayor Paul Soglin and the Common Council on ways to make high-speed Internet more accessible to residents and businesses, with a focus on low-income areas. >More
 Madison tech evangelist Kevin Jones reminds developers to design for the blind

For most of us, smartphones make life more convenient and fun. We route trips, game, buy things and share ideas on the go. But for blind users, smartphones can be survival tools. An app or web page that's not accessible is more than an annoyance " it disconnects and disorients. Kevin Jones is one such user. >More
 Little Green Pencil makes the golf course a smaller, more convivial place

The group golf outing: the networking habitué's summertime habitat. A chance to swing clubs, sip cocktails, bolster professional ties and maybe even fundraise. Madison Magnet is one community organization that hosts "an afternoon of golf, networking and fun" each year in Madison. >More
 The Humanities Hackathon leads the UW's entry into digital humanities

If a paperback on your summer reading list was published anonymously, you'd probably notice. But if this article lacked a byline, or tonight's episode of Wilfred didn't credit a writer, you might not bat an eyelash. Mark Vareschi, assistant professor of English at UW-Madison, wants to know why, and also how anonymous publication affects the way we interpret published or performed works. To help him get closer to the answers, he turned to computers. >More
 Four Lakes Wildlife Center helps wild animals and their would-be rescuers

Last May, the girls next door found a baby bunny hopping near their tomato garden, scooped her up and placed her in a box in their garage. "What should we do with her?" they asked me, the neighborhood's token animal rescuer. >More
 The Doyenne Group offers support for female entrepreneurs

Next time you're at an entrepreneurial event, count the number of women in the room. Wondering why there are so few? Heather Wentler and Amy Gannon have some ideas. Founders of the Doyenne Group, which aims to support female entrepreneurs, Wentler and Gannon questioned women about their conspicuous absence from networking and business-building events. >More
 An easier 3D printing experience: Radiant Fabrication focuses on accessibility

If you're an inventor or crafter, perhaps you've used a 3D printer to bring your ideas or artwork to life. For the rest of us, the concept might sound kind of far out. But a world where 3D printing is as commonplace as laser printing is close enough to touch. >More
 Actually, it is rocket science: Madison's Orbitec defies gravity

When you think of technology in Madison, perhaps a software startup or app developer comes to mind. "Defying Gravity: An Evening with the Rocket Scientists from Orbitec," held last month at the Fluno Center, offered a refreshing diversion. >More
 Ronin uses gaming as a business training technique

If someone blindfolded you, spun you around and plopped you down on the third floor of the historic Madison train depot on West Washington Avenue, you might think you've landed in Seattle, Portland or San Francisco. But you'd still be in Madison, in the office of Ronin Studios & Consulting, a startup that designs and develops mobile and web-based learning games, simulations and applications for adult learners. >More
 Alnisa Allgood's MadTech educates nonprofits in Madison

Alnisa Allgood is horrible with dates. Ask her when she graduated from Penn State, started any of her various nonprofits, moved to Madison, left for the West Coast, or returned to the Midwest, and invariably she'll laugh. "I want to say four years ago?" she guesses, describing the genesis of MadTech, a 501(c)(3) consultancy she established here to help local "changemakers" stay at technology's leading edge. Allgood settles on 2009, and goes on to recount its history, which in every way is intertwined with hers. >More
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