Here's a peek at our upcoming events. We'll update this post as new things are added, but these are all listed on our events calendar as well. Most descriptions are from the events' respective sites.

Speaking Engagements:
Aja @ MountainWest Ruby Conference - Mar. 20-21
Aja will be presenting at MountainWest Ruby Conference 2014, giving a talk entitled "A World Without Assignment."

In OO, assignment is one of our main tools. Most developers learn how to store values in variables shortly after learning “Hello World”. By contrast, functional programming makes much less use of assignment and mutation. Instead techniques like function composition, recursion, and anonymous functions are used to produce the same results that OO programmers produce with side effects.

Despite being object oriented, Ruby easily accommodates pure functional approaches. This talk will demonstrate how common programming tasks can be accomplished without assignment or mutation. Ruby and Scheme (a Lisp dialect) will be used for examples. I’ll also discuss some of the great resources available for those interested in digging deeper into functional programming.

Marcy @ Refresh Seattle - Mar. 26
Marcy will be giving a talk entitled "We Build Stuff For People."

Have you ever tried navigating the Web with only a keyboard and given up when the experience didn't allow, because you could? Have you ever tried to use a fitness app using a screen reader? Have you ever implemented cutting-edge technology on a project and asked yourself, who will actually be able to use this? This month at Refresh, Substantial developer Marcy Sutton will get us thinking about Web Accessibility in new ways–bleeding-edge, mobile, highly-designed, and interactive–to illustrate that "accessible" doesn’t have to equal boring or old-school.

Conferences of Note:
SXSW - Mar. 7-17
SXSW's original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or interactive technologies. And Austin continues to be the perfect location.

MountainWest Hackweek - Mar. 17-21
MountainWest Hackweek is three single-track conferences on JavaScript, DevOps, and Ruby in Salt Lake City on March 17-21, 2014.

Other Meetups:
Seattle.rb Monthly Meetup - Mar. 4
Seattle.rb was the first Ruby and Rails user group in North America and has met regularly for over a decade. We convene every Tuesday night to contribute to open source, work on personal projects, and teach and learn from one another. All skill levels are welcome!

Beer&&Code - Mar. 5 & 19
Beer&&Code is a coder's meetup in Seattle. A typical Beer&&Coder likes to use any programming language for work or for fun, enjoy a tasty drink, meet other Beer&&Coders and be a part of a community, and be challenged and learn from others. Whether you are new developer, a veteran, a designer, or none of those, you can hang out at Beer&&Code.

Hive Meetup - Mar. 10
Exploring the value of design in technology, Hive is starting a series of meetups in the runup to the conference later this year. This month Aaron Shurts, Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Digital, will discuss Wagilé, how his studio maximizes value from waterfall and agile processes.

Health 2.0 Seattle - Mar. 18
Health 2.0 Seattle is the local chapter of the global Health 2.0 movement for advancing healthcare with technology. Our mission is to establish Seattle as a leader in healthcare innovation by facilitating dialogue among professionals from the local technology, life sciences, and global health industries.

Refresh Seattle - Mar. 26
Refresh Seattle is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavors in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Promoting design, technology, usability, and standards, Refresh Seattle is a part of Refresh and the associated Refreshing Cities.

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