[digital@UB] Douglas Rushkoff to speak at UB on 12/4/2013 @ 5:30pm


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[EDUCATION] 7 Great ways to learn how to code

Chart showing the difference between a dreamer, a coder, and a hacker

Image courtesy of Paul Downey via Flickr

One of the most common pitches endured by freelance programmers comes from the enthusiastic, wanna-be entrepreneur who thinks that he or she has come up with the greatest idea for a web site (or app or technology) that the world’s ever seen. There’s just one problem: they don’t have the skills to create even a working prototype. So what do they do? They reach out to any coders who will listen to them for more than 5 seconds or who made the mistake of responding to their emails. And the pitch is always the same:


Budding Entrepreneur: “Hey! Listen! I’ve got this idea that’s gonna be the next Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Google! All I need is for someone to do the code! I don’t have any funding right now so I can’t pay you (though confidentially I’ve been working on a few angel investors and might have some funding coming through soon), but I’m willing to offer you an equity stake in my new company if you’ll do the coding for me! It’s the chance of a lifetime!”
Freelance Coder: “Uh…no.”

The problem is that everyone’s got ideas… but few people have the skills (or are willing to learn the skills) necessary to turn their ideas into something tangible enough to convince other people just how great their idea is. Those who have these skills — coders, designers, engineers, architects, Makers, etc.– acquired them with a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and hard work. Remember, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. The real key to success  having the creativity to innovate combined with the skills to create what you dream.

That being said, most people can learn how to code. Granted, you might not be cranking out new operating systems or single-handedly writing console games after a few months of practice, but you’d be surprised at what you can do once you know the basics and apply a little creativity. Better yet, these days there are a number of fabulous and free (or very low cost) ways to learn how to code online.

Interested? Check out 7 best ways to learn how to code on VentureBeat.

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[EVENTS] Dialogue on Scholarship: Examining the Climate for Research at UB

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UB students participate in the Jones Falls Project

When: Tuesday, November 12, 4pm-5pm

Where: UB, Business Center Room 003 (BC003)


In spring 2012, the Council on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, a committee of UB’s University Faculty Senate, developed a survey to assess the research climate at University of Baltimore. Join members of the Research Council in a discussion of the findings related to the nature of faculty scholarship at UB, the engagement of students in research and creative activity, barriers and supports, and recommendations to enhance the climate for scholarship at UB.

RSVP by Friday, November 8th to Sunni Solomon in the Office of Academic Innovation.

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[EVENT] Trends in Mobile featuring Sid Meier & DJ Spooky coming to UB Wednesday, September 25th

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Sid Meier to kick off “Trends in Mobile” @ UB

Legendary game designer Sid Meier? Check!

Just as legendary turntablist DJ Spooky? Check!

4 minute “lightning presentations” about the future of mobile technology from Baltimore’s best digital gurus? Check!


What more could you ask for? Short of these guys arriving on unicorns riding rainbows, it’s hard to imagine a more interesting event. And it’s happening right here from 6 to 9PM in the Wright Theater. Seating is limited, so RSVP ASAP!

Learn more here…

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WordCamp 2013 @ UB September 21

WordCamp 2013 – Mount Vernon & Midtown 

Saturday, September 21 at 9:00am to 5:00pm



WordCamp 2013Baltimore hosts it’s second official WordCamp at the University of Baltimore as WordPress developers, designers, and users gather from across the mid-atlantic.
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Panel Series: “The Impact of Technology”

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Impact of Technology Series

This fall, the University of Baltimore’s Ampersand Institute for Words & Images will host a series of enlightening and empowering discussions about these phenomena. “The Impact of Technology” will consider this global evolution from a variety of perspectives, inviting UB faculty and special guests to engage in dialogue about this important-indeed, life-changing-development. The following events, all scheduled to take place in the M. Scot Kaufman Auditorium in the William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center (home of the Merrick School of Business), 11 W. Mt. Royal Ave., are free and open to the public:

“What Is Design, and Why Does It Matter?”
Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.

“Is the World a Better or More Dangerous Place Because of Social Media?”
Oct. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

“Can the Economy Survive the Democratic System?”
Oct. 30, 5:30-7 p.m.

“Has the New Technology Improved the Practice of Law?”
Nov. 20, 2-3:30 p.m.

“What Have We Learned from the Past Four Discussions?”
Dec. 4, 2-3:30 p.m.

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