In Real Life: Feb 26th — March 4th

Welcome to the inaugural In Real Life, a weekly post highlighting community events happening this week in the Twin Cities metro. This is the first post in a series so I want to explain how I’m currently approaching content. The Twin Cities has a strong community with many events each week and certainly more than anyone can attend regularly, so in these posts, I’ll highlight a few each week.

If you are looking for a more general listing of local meetups and events, Daniel Feldman runs, which is a great resource (and he accepts pull requests!). For timely information about recurring meetings, has a lot to offer. You can also check out @MPLSTechEvents on twitter for a stream of local events.

What’s happening this week?

Wednesday, February 28th
JavaScriptMN — JSMN focuses on programming JavaScript in the browser, on the server, on mobile devices, and everything in between. People from hobbyists to experts are welcomed and encouraged to attend this meetup.

This month JSMN features networking, lightning talks, and the main presentation:

>_ “How to Identify Bad Third-Parties on Your Page” Charles Vazac

Being a developer of a third-party script means not only that you battle browser discrepancies and bugs, but also non-conforming code that exists on the page. We have spent countless hours debugging issues, only to learn that the culprit was an overwritten method or property that behaves differently than its original native. I will share with you the tools and methods we use to identify and workaround these party crashers.


Thursday, March 1st
Girl Develop It — Girl Develop It’s mission is to provide opportunities for women to learn web and software development in a judgment-free environment. GDI events are not women-only and are open to all who are willing to follow their Code of Conduct. This month’s event features two talks:

>_“Internet Connected Clothing” — Kristina Durivage
 >_“How to Cope When It All Hits the Fan” — Eryn O’Neil

Having seen both Kristina and Eryn’s work and prior talks, this event isn’t one to miss. Girl Develop It’s mission is to provide opportunities for women to learn web and software development, but their events are open to all.


There are many events every week, so if I missed an event that’s important to you, feel free to send me a DM or post a comment below. If you have an event coming up please send us a message @pingdotmn on twitter, especially if it is a one-off event, is in need of volunteers, or talks about community issues.