GIS Day at Lakeland Community College showcases geographic software

This story originally appeared in The News-Herald and The Morning Journal

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Dakota Benjamin from Cleveland Metroparks shows the E384 unmanned aircraft during a presentation by GIS Manager Stephen V. Mather (left) to guests during GIS Day at Lakeland Community College on Nov. 18. The craft is part of a fleet used by Cleveland Metroparks that includes rotorcraft drones and kites for surveying land and gathering geospatial data.

Since 1999, the third Wednesday of each November has been designated as GIS Day, a grassroots global event developed by Esri — an international supplier of GIS software — that lets users and vendors of the geographic software to showcase their applications to the public.

On Nov. 18, Lakeland Community College hosted a GIS Day event, organized by Lisa Stanich, geospatial technology program assistant, and Mark Guizlo, professor and chair of the department of geography and geospatial technology.

The free and public event took place across two rooms set aside for presentations and demonstations, and a third room for exhibitors.
Lakeland also uses GIS Day to showcase their Geospatial Technology program. Developed in 2011, it is the first program in the state that’s aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model designed to produce a skilled workforce.

“We set ours up based on the needs of the industry,” Guizlo said.

While developing the program, Guizlo attended professional meetings for the industry, noting that there were few academics there at the time. At the meetings, he began building relationships with industry leaders to help shape the program.

“We used the (Labor Department) model to guide what we are doing, and no we have a very professional, skills-based approach.”

GIS program participant Caroline Petersen, who manned the department’s exhibit table, was enthusiastic about her experience.

“It’s an amazing program that’s opened up so many doors for me,” she said.

Fellow student Joe Gragg agreed.

“From what I’ve heard, students coming from Lakeland’s GIS program are a year or two ahead when they go on to four-year programs,” he said.

Starting off the day, GIS instructor Bobby Oliver showed attendees a selection of free and open mobile apps for geospatial data collection. She explained that casual users and consumers can take advantage of app capabilities to gather useful information for things like fitness and health tracking.

One of the apps, Endomondo, can track workouts like running or biking, measuring speed, distance and elevation. Using the data, the app provides feedback on how to meet exercise goals.

“There’s lots of free software out there for your phones,” Oliver said.
Most of these sorts of apps are designed to sync with users’ social media networks, making it easy to share your successes or compare with other enthusiasts.

Sharing large swaths of data across multiple entities is one of the broader uses of GIS data, exemplified by municipal organizations like the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.

Robert Stoerkel and Dennis Quigney, both graduates of Lakeland’s GIS program, presented attendees with a variety of ways NEORSD collects, uses and shares data.

With over 1 million customers in a 355-square-mile service area and over 90 billion gallons of water treated each year, managing geospatial data is vital.

Customized data logged in their Enterprise GIS system is used to aid many other departments, including Homeland Security, in order to coordinate infrastructure projects and ensure safety and stability for both consumers and professionals in the coverage area.

“Everyone in the district is using this app once a day,” Stoerkel said.

Michael Foley, GIS specialist with CT Consultants, a local municipal engineering and planning firm in Mentor, echoed Stoerkel’s sentiments about the importance of geospatial data.

“People don’t care about maps, they care about apps,” he said.
Situated in the exhibit hall, Foley explained the work that went into developing and managing a comprehensive database and map for the city of Euclid’s sewer system using aerial photos and other techniques. The resulting web application allows the city to access and input data as needed.

Aerial photography was also the focus of Cleveland Metroparks presentation, where GIS Manager Stephen V. Mather showed what his department’s fleet of unmanned craft can provide.

Using OpenDroneMap, an open source toolkit, in conjunction with both fixed wing and rotorcraft drones as well as kites, they’re able to reconstruct the world using series of overlapping photos from repeated drone flights.

The highly-detailed maps created allow for precise attention to problems like erosion, stemming invasive species like phragmites and promoting healthy vegetation growth.

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A selection of quilts on display at GIS Day at Lakeland Community College on Nov. 18 created by Debbie Berkebile, owner of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures. Berkbile uses GIS data to create artistic representations of geographic locations, including (from left) the Painted Desert, Eye of Sahara and Sustina Glacier.

Exhibitor Debbie Berkebile, owner of Mountain Trail Quilt Treasures, puts her GIS training to use for an artistic pursuit.

Using image data from various locations around the globe, she creates quilts and uses topographical information to hand-paint landscape features on them.

“Each one has characteristics of what the colors really mean,” she said.

“I’ve been quilting for over 15 years, but this I just started after graduation. I like mapping.”

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Week in Geek 11.21.14

Week in Geek – a roundup of science, technology and pop culture news with commentary each Friday

*My visit to Boxcast was rescheduled for next week, and in its stead i give you coverage from GIS Day and the prevalence of robots in our world today.

Discovering the world through geographic information systems

Since 1999, the third Wednesday of each November has been designated as GIS Day, a grassroots global event developed by Esri – an international supplier of GIS software – that lets users and vendors of the geographic software to showcase its applications to the public.

In the Cleveland area, GIS Day was celebrated by Lakeland Community College as i mentioned last week, and i had the good fortune of visiting the school Nov. 19 to check it out. Most of the action took place in Lakeland’s geospatial technology lab, where experienced users of GIS technology have demonstrations and exhibitions for visitors, who could also participate at one of the lab’s numerous computer terminals.

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

The lab itself was adorned with GIS maps lining each of the walls that highlighted just a few of the countless applications for the software. As one of the demonstrators – Brian Villers from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District – explained, “90 percent of data has a spatial component to it, and if it has a spatial component, you can use GIS.”

Villers became interested in GIS while a student at the University of Akron, and along with his colleague Jeff Duke gave a very cool presentation on how the NEORSD utilizes ArcGIS software to have a major impact on the efficiency and efficacy of their work. Field crews, equipped with tablets, can pinpoint trouble spots and indicate the severity of problems so the organization can respond quickly and effectively to correct them. Duke also pointed out that tasks which used to take months or weeks could now be completed in days, because ArcGIS allows information from multiple sources, like spreadsheets on various people’s computers and countless files, to be consolidated into a single cloud-based platform that Villers built.

In order to gather the data instrumental to Villers in building the platform, technicians walked over 250 miles of streams and other waterways to provide a comprehensive inventory of the system. Using their tablets, they added info points as well as video and photos that anyone with access to the platform can use to get detailed information about any of the areas. The info points, indicated by colored dots on the map depending on their severity, include the technician’s name, date, observation type and description.

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

Outside of crew tasks such as debris-choked water flow, NEORSD uses ArcGIS software to keep track of and manage all the water flow lines throughout their district, which is a dizzying array when shown on their live ArcGIS map. Technicians can monitor the flow of water and make adjustments as needed, as well as survey areas for potential new lines and coordinate any land development necessary to keep NE Ohio’s water running. The latter is particularly useful to NEORSD’s legal department, because the database displays not only a map of the areas in question, but land and project costs, easements, the progress of jobs and more – all shown live in real-time.

Part of NEORSD’s strategic plan, these comprehensive dashboards are used to track the progress of all strategic objectives and their metrics.

In addition, the ArcGIS data can be quickly and easily shared with other departments like firefighters, police and emergency crews in severe events, which can greatly increase their ability to respond to situations. As Duke said, one of the best things about this technology is how it visualizes data collected from all over clearly and concisely. The momentum behind their use of ArcGIS answers the question, as Duke put it, “How can I provide best services for my customers?”

The ArcGIS information isn’t just for internal use, either. Customers can access GIS maps through NEORSD’s website to find information about fees, stormwater management and more.

In a more general way, the demo from NEORSD’s Jeff Duke and Brian Villers showed just another way that technology makes things more efficient and how huge of an impact it has on our world. Lying beneath the surface of all the things we use each day, like our water systems, is an intricate network of technology where people like Villers play a key role in improving its use.

Earlier in the day, technology specialist Stephen Titchenal led a workshop that focused on Google Earth, a powerful and free application with a huge amount of imagery that also allows for citizen mapping, and showed some of the more advanced things users can do with it on their own.

Titchenal introduced guests to his website Rails and Trails that “provides high-resolution digital images of historic maps and documents that can be re-used by students, educators and historians.” All the seats in the lab were filled during Titchenal’s presentation, during which he pointed out several aspects of Google Earth that may go unnoticed by the casual user, like the display of images’ origin, how to use the clock feature to look at how maps change over time, and how to add layers or overlay other maps and then adjust transparency to see how those maps interact with Google Earth. The mixed crowd of men and women of all ages were keen to follow along with his guide through the application, as well as ask questions about its capabilities.

Essentially, what Titchenal brought to the group was insight into just a few of the ways Google Earth can be heavily customized by users not only in its UI but through using information from other sources like the historical map overlays mentioned above. The bulk of the presentation delved into the Layers, and specifically the Earth Gallery option through which users can browse through shared maps to use as layers in Google Earth. In particular, Ohio and Pennsylvania have very good maps, as those two states were the first to use LIDAR (light and radar) over both of the entire states to create elevation maps. He also pointed out that users’ operations are all saved under “My Places” so you can return to them easily later, download onto your computer or share with others.

“You could take your whole life to look at this stuff,” Titchenal said. “It’s really very fascinating.”

And indeed it was, especially considering the application itself is free. Many times, i’ve used Google Earth as a simple distraction for entertainment. “Ooh, look, i can see that place i went to one time!” But it is so much more than that, able to create routes, help with historical and geographical research and a multitude of other tasks. Titchenal’s presentation was worth it alone just for his pointing out the Earth Gallery’s shared maps and overlay ability, which has things like worldwide Climate Change since 1910, voter turnouts and park systems just to name a few drops in the bucket.

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

Lakeland Community College GIS Day, photos courtesy of Jessica Novak, marketing & communications specialist

Mark Guizlo, professor and chair of the department of geography and geospatial technology at Lakeland, was really pleased with the response from both guests and presenters.

“It is especially rewarding to hear from students who have gained a new understanding of how their own field of interest can (be) related to GIS and to a spatial perspective of the environment,” he said. “The presenters were impressed with the questions they got from students, which is great to hear.”

Guizlo estimates that about 500 people participated in GIS Day at Lakeland, with 80 students that completed a GIS workshop during that time and 15 exhibitors from public agencies and private companies.

“We need students who want to add GIS to their skillset or who want to become a GIS technician,” Guizlo added. “The job market is growing, and Lakeland offers a robust program that is grounded in the real world and based on the U.S. Department of Labor Geospatial Technology Competency Model.”

Guizlo went on to say that the most impressive thing about GIS is the interdisciplinary nature, something that Villers echoed when i spoke with him after the NEORSD presentation. He stressed that students are well-served by attending events such as this and other networking events, making the point that “in order for them to build a future, they have to take seriously (these additional steps) since they need every tool available to compete.”

Like the LeanDog meetup, events such as this are plentiful not only in my hometown of Cleveland in Northeast Ohio, but i imagine all over. These free community events are great ways to not only network as Guizlo mentioned, but also to learn new skills and improve existing ones. As i mentioned a couple of weeks ago, there are avenues out there for everyone hoping to move forward with their aspirations whether they’re technology-based or not – you only need to take that first step.

Robots!

Oh, hi.

Oh, hi.

A fair bit of news this week from the robotics field, something i am both fascinated and a little wary of. First up, i saw a video of two robotic arms programmed to conduct an elegant katana swordfight. The extreme precision is flawless and amazing, to be sure. On the other hand…why do robots need to conduct samurai battles again?

On a less violent, but probably more impactful to human life (via roboticizing of jobs) is a robotic pancake maker. Like the katana-fighting robots above, this robotic system comes courtesy of ABB Robotics, a leading supplier of industrial robots and modular manufacturing systems.

In both cases, precision is showcased through these machines’ impressive software that does anything a human can do, only better. Maybe someday i’ll post more deeply about my theory of where humankind is heading in light of AI and robotics advancement, but for now, let’s move on to more current-day robotics news which comes from The Atlantic.

In an article titled “Robots at Work and Play” posted Nov. 19, the terrific magazine shared a gallery of 30 photos showing a wide range of robots like Awabot, which allows absent students to follow as well as participate in classes. Kinda like the time Sheldon built a robot version of himself to extend his lifespan on The Big Bang Theory.

Life imitates art...?

Life imitates art…?

A few other noteworthy robots featured in the gallery are one built by an Iranian schoolteacher that instructs children on how to perform daily prayers, the X-37B Orbital test vehicle – a robotic spaceship, and a strength-enhancing exoskeleton. The gallery is really quite fascinating and worth checking out. Several of them stray into the “uncanny valley,” the point at which robots are so lifelike as to cause human revulsion, but nevertheless there are numerous really intriguing examples of robotics.

The dark world of the future

My fascination with science fiction’s depiction of a world that might come to be (and eerily often does) stretches back to when i first became interested in authors like Philip K. Dick and Daniel F. Galouye, who’s 1960’s sci-fi books told of pervasive technologies and mankind’s struggle to find a place in the world we’d created for ourselves. Reading them as i did in a time when much of what they imagined had come to be, and in some cases even more dramatically than they envisioned, fostered in my both a respect and caution towards technology.

In addition to my great love of old timey science fiction, which motivated me to write about the fantastic (and now canceled) Prophets of Science Fiction program, i also love street-level classic comic book superheroes like Daredevil, Hawkeye and Moon Knight – depending on the creative team of course. The latter of those heroes recently enjoyed what i thought was one of the finest comic book runs in recent years, courtesy of the creative team of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. So i was quite dismayed when their collaboration on Moon Knight ended after six issues. Six issues! The title continued, and it might be great, but i was so disappointed and so into the book that i can’t bring myself to continue reading.

However, i was quite joyous to come upon this little news flash – a new title from Ellis and Shalvey coming in 2015 billed as “an all-new ongoing series about the disturbing, unruly future that looms near for society.” The book is called “Injection,” and although i’m a pretty solid Marvel zombie, i will definitely give this the ol’ three-issue chance to see how it goes. If it’s anything like Moon Knight, i’m in for the duration. For me, the most important thing about comics is the art, and Shalvey’s work is so cinematic and evocative. Ellis is hit-or-miss for me, and to be honest i’m much more into the artistry of comics that a great artist and bad writer can still be enjoyable under the right circumstances. Not that Ellis is bad by any means, and a dark sci-fi tale by these two gives me high expectations.

Promo print for the upcoming Injection comic

Promo print for the upcoming Injection comic

i put my money where my keyboard was and picked up the first couple of issues of the new Thor series and i’ve got to say, it’s terrific so far. It’s no secret that i am a great fan of strong female heroes, so i was already excited about this book since day one of hearing about it. Now two issue in, the new Thor has delivered imo. The artwork is fantastic, and although the story isn’t exactly riveting so far, the new version of Thor certainly has my attention. To be honest, i don’t really care who is under the helmet wielding Mjolnir, although it will be interesting to follow the story and find out.

What i enjoy most so far is the feel of the book as a great jumping on point for new readers to comics in general and the Thor character in particular. Thor has never really been all that intriguing to me, but this iteration has my attention because of the duality represented in her character so far. To others, she speaks and acts as traditional Thor would, but internally she is unsure of herself and her abilities. In fact, it seems the hammer Mjolnir has quite a bit more to do with the persona of Thor than being a mighty weapon…

The action in the book is also very exciting so far. As this new Thor learns what she can do and the tests the limits of her abilities, she does a masterful job of battling foes like the frost giants currently plaguing the storyline. What i’m really looking forward to is her first interactions with other established heroes in the Marvel Universe, especially Thor’s teammates in the Avengers. i flipped through a few pages of the new Captain America which has former Falcon, Sam Wilson, wearing the stars-and-stripes and making yield all those who would oppose his mighty shield. The pages i saw had him standing up quite strongly to Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. and i’m curious to see how he’ll react when he meets Thor.

So far, i’m not 100% convinced i’ll stick with this book for the duration, but for now it’s a fun story that i look forward to seeing how it plays out. A great number of people i know, as well as lots of people online, were very critical of Thor’s new direction, and i urged them to pick up the book to see for themselves. That suggestion still stands, especially for those who may not have ever been into comics or used to but drifted away. It’s worth three issues at least.

Marvel NOW's Thor

Marvel NOW’s Thor

Lastly, and briefly because i’m short on time, i want to give huge praise to the current Silver Surfer run by Dan Slott and Michael and Laura Allred. There’s several books from 2014 that i really love like She-Hulk and Superior Foes of Spider-Man, but above them all is this book, which is just pure fun. For anyone familiar with the Allred’s work, i don’t need to mention that the art is spectacular, and the story is right up there, too. It’s no secret that i’m not really into the slugfest-of-the-month or big crossover stuff, so this book’s tale of cosmic journeys is just a joy to read. Seeing the blossoming relationship between the Surfer and his traveling companion Dawn is really sweet, and the development of the Surfer’s board as a real character is a treat as well. If you love offbeat comic stories and have a place in your heart for classic characters, i strongly urge you to pick up this book. In the comics biz, it’s all about the sales to keep titles alive, and i would be supremely sad to see this one go away because it doesn’t have Surfer zapping Thanos every month or whatever.

GO GET THIS BOOK!

Seriously. There’s probably a collected edition out of the first six issues. Start there. The Power Cosmic demands it.

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Thanks for reading the fourth Week in Geek in addition to visiting The Long Shot. Of course, there were many more exciting things that happened in the world of science, technology and pop culture this week…but these were the ones that most caught my attention. If you have any news you’d like to share, drop me a line and let me know – i try to keep up with stuff but i can’t read everything!

Follow @longshotist on Twitter for frequent shares of related articles and (hopefully) humorous nonsequiters.

Week in Geek will be back next Friday, Nov. 28 and i’d love to see you here! Week in Geek also be appears alongside other great blogs at The News-Herald Blogs (click the logo at the top right of the page for the main site).

Thanks for reading!

Week in Geek 11.14.14

Week in Geek – a roundup of science, technology and pop culture news with commentary each Friday

The most exciting news of the week has been all over the Internet, and i’m sure no one has missed it.

That’s right, a racy photo spread featuring Kim Kardashian is the most intriguing thing that happened in the last seven days. But seriously…

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More impressive than the news of Kim’s moon were a number of things related to the sun

Despite some landing difficulties when the Philae craft double bounced, the robotic probe did successfully land on the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. However, it settled into a shadowed area that blocks the module’s solar panel array from getting enough sunlight to keep its battery going. Scientists are concerned that the battery’s power may not even last through this weekend, but in true human ingenuity fashion they are working on several things to possibly correct the situation. Since you can’t throw a rock without hitting news of this space rock (which itself dwarfs the greater Los Angles area), let’s move on to something that may have slipped under your radar.

That's one big ol' comet!

That’s one big ol’ comet!

The Dutch love their bicycles…and solar energy

Something that has no problem collecting solar energy is the world’s first solar bike lane, which became available for use Nov. 12 in the Netherlands’ suburbs of Krommenie and Wormerveer. This stretch of road runs 230 ft. and cost $3.75 million, and the country plans to lengthen it to 320 ft. by 2016 in an ambitious plan to one day power everything, like traffic lights and electric cars, entirely using solar panels.

The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) has dubbed the lane as the SolaRoad, and citizens there are excited to use it, considering it a very useful and very cool thing with roughly 2,000 cyclists expected to make their commute on it each day. Hopefully, their appointed spokesperson will eventually get back to me with answers to some of the questions i lobbed their way. If so, you can be sure i’ll share the update.

Installation of SolaRoad in the Netherlands.

Installation of SolaRoad in the Netherlands.

Constructed of crystalline silicon solar cells embedded into concrete and covered by translucent tempered glass, SolaRoad is another piece of the energy puzzle aimed at turning road surfaces into energy harvesters.

Not to be outdone by the SolaRoad is another solar-powered path in the Netherlands. The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path was created by artist Daan Roosegaarde and inspired by Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bike path.

The Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bike path.

This pathway is constructed of sunlight-absorbing stones that glow at night. It’s part of a larger Van Gogh Cycle Route running 208 miles that connect areas in the Netherlands where Van Gogh was born and raised. The Starry Night path is just over a half-mile long and, like the SolaRoad is part of a big picture effort towards sustainable infrastructure.

“I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that’s what techno-poetry means to me,” Roosegaarde said in a statement.

But what about in ‘Murica?

Here in the U.S., a similar project called Solar Roadways aims for a first public installation in spring of 2015. This amazing innovation was aided by an Indeigogo campaign that ended in June and had surpassed it’s $1 million goal by more than double.

The co-inventors and co-founders of Solar Roadways even have a link to my home state of Ohio. Scott Brusaw, an electrical engineer, spent over a decade as director of R&D for a manufacturing facility here in the Heart of it All as well as receiving his education from the University of Dayton. Scott has been dreaming of “electric roads” since early childhood, and after serving in the Marine Corps, working in the oil exploration business and learning a great deal of engineering on his own as well as through college, he’s gained the knowledge and experience in electrical skills to make his boyhood dreams into reality. He and his wife and partner Julie have dedicated their lives to the success of the Solar Roadways project and work diligently to make the world a better place to live.

Solar Roadways website has a wealth of information both technical and general about the development of the project as well as where it’s headed. Thankfully, they also have a snappy video for those of us who prefer to get our information verbally and visually. They have a couple of dozen other videos on their channel as well, and perhaps the coolest thing about them is seeing Scott and Julie digging in and doing the work themselves. They’re not philanthropic investors – just a couple doing the best they can to improve their world.

Engineering breakthroughs in my neck of the woods

Students from my alma mater Cleveland State University took first place in the 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Student Design Competition. This contest challenges students to solve chemical engineering design problems, and team members won for their work coming up with an alterative way of making influenza vaccine.

The team of Zakaria Benmerzouga, Jeremy Miller and Andrew Zak put forth a cost-effective way to make the vaccine based on a cell-based method rather than the usual egg-based method.

The 120 nationwide programs invited to join the competition had just over a month to complete their submissions. The CSU team was advised by faculty member Dr. Dhananjai Shah, with members who all graduated in May (with me!) from Washkewicz College of Engineering. The award which includes a cash prize will be presented to the team at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta Nov. 16-21.

Go Vikes!

Go Vikes!

Another former school of mine, Lakeland Community College, is holding a free event next week called GIS Day on Nov. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Presented by the Geospatial Technology program, this celebratory event aims to educate visitors about the program and generate interest in the field of geographic information systems – a growing field according to the school’s press release.

According to Lakeland’s geography and geospatial technology department website, GIS captures, analyzes and displays information used for marketing, logistics, risk analysis and more and is used in all levels of government. Environmentalists also make use of the technology to understand things like animal habitats and land changes. It is utilized in natural resource exploration as well as by utilities for emergency response and basically it’s quite a handy informational tool from a geographical perspective.

During GIS Day, visitors can check out exhibits and demonstrations from local professionals who work in this field, visit the school’s geospatial tech lab, get hands-on use of the ArcGIS platform to build their own smart maps and at the very least enjoy free food and refreshments.

Lakeland’s first GIS day in November 2012 saw more than 300 visitors and Katie Kerr, an event instructor who works for a GIS business intelligence company, said she thought the event was phenomenal and looked forward to the next one. By all accounts, it sounds like a pretty cool thing so if you have the time go check it out.

Events such as this and the LeanDog meetup that was the focus of the last Week in Geek are great examples of the sorts of open-to-the-public tech events accessible to anyone with an interest in learning more about emerging technologies or keeping up to date with existing ones. They offer great opportunities to network, pick up new skills or hone the ones you already have and they’re happening quite often in Cleveland and i presume other cities around the country and world. Finding out about them is only a few clicks away!

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Thanks for reading the third Week in Geek addition to visiting The Long Shot. Of course, there were many more exciting things that happened in the world of science, technology and pop culture this week…but these were the ones that most caught my attention. If you have any news you’d like to share, drop me a line and let me know – i try to keep up with stuff but i can’t read everything!

Next week i’ll be visiting another innovative Cleveland tech company to get an inside look at how their breakthrough technology put them in the national spotlight after teaming up with ESPN, and hopefully getting a chance to chat with two brothers and local film fanatics about their quest to give you all you need to know about the movies.

Follow @longshotist on Twitter for frequent shares of related articles and (hopefully) humorous nonsequiters.

Week in Geek will be back next Friday, Nov. 21 and i’d love to see you here! Week in Geek will also be appearing alongside other great blogs at The News-Herald Blogs (click the logo at the top right of the page for the blogroll).

Thanks for reading!