February 2013

Get your tech on at Sierra Commons

Wednesday, Feb. 13th, 6-8pm,

Tech Talk: Applied Cryptography, with Martin Kosina

Thursday, Mar, 7th  5-8:30pm: 

Inaugural Hack Night – Knock out Background Projects and Meet other Devs

Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 6-8pm,

Tech Talk: Rich Javascript visualizations: D3 and Maps, with Nelson Minar

These events are made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Ensemble Designs





Gung Hay Fat Choy.

We are pleased to support this year's Chinese New Year Festival February 17, 2013. 

For more information click here.

CNY 2013


Tech Talk

Wednesday, Mar. 13th, 6-8pm

Rich Javascript visualizations: D3 and Maps

Javascript and HTML5 have turned web browsers in to capable platforms for visualizing data. Join Nelson for a technical exploration of D3, a Javascript library that uses SVG to create powerful interactive visualizations. We'll explore various complex applications built using D3, then look in detail at Javascript source code for simpler examples to learn some of the basic concepts of using D3. Particular attention will be paid to d3.geo and integrating with Leaflet, two ways of working with map-based data.
To see examples of what D3 can do, please visit http://d3js.org/
Nelson MinarNelson Minar is a software engineer and recent newcomer to Nevada County. From the Santa Fe Institute to the MIT Media Lab to Google, Nelson's interest is complex and beautiful software systems. Recent themes include rich browser applications, geographic data, and presenting unexplored information in interesting ways. He keeps a weblog at http://www.somebits.com/weblog/
Attendance is by donation, public welcome.

Please RSVP here.

Tech Talks take place at Sierra Commons second Wednesday of every month, 6-8pm

This monthly series, moderated by Robert Trent, was created to inspire the Nevada County technology community and act as a catalyst for collaboration. Informal networking takes place at 6pm, followed by lecture at 7pm (with an incentive for early arrival).

After the success of the first hackathon, we're putting together a regular series of Hack Nights. Come to Sierra Commons – bring a computer – and work on whatever project you're excited about in a social, but productive atmosphere. There will be no awards or prizes, just a place to work on a project, meet and catch up with other developers, find project partners, and have an evening out.

The new Sierra Commons location (792 A Searls Ave, Nevada City CA 95959) is even more accommodating to software development with redundant Internet connections (thanks Spiral Internet for donating rock solid DSL to us), ethernet wiring throughout the building, and high speed wireless. It also has multiple rooms for those who prefer some quiet time to work.

Attendance is by donation (suggested for this first time: 5-10 dollars) as Sierra Commons continues to be very excited about hosting us. We are also looking for sponsors for some light refreshments, to help support the facility, and to provide some other options for what to have at future hack nights – maybe some speakers, etc. If you or a business you know is interested, please get in touch with Nick Santos via nick at nicksantos dot com.

Finally, a potential future hackathon is in the works, drop by the hack night to find out more.

To register, please go to our meetup group here

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Robert Trent, Sierra Commons and now Nevada County Economic Resource Council Executive DirectorWe at Sierra Commons are proud of today’s news that Robert Trent has been appointed Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council. Robert has held this role at Sierra Commons since we opened our doors in August of 2009. His appointment to the post at the ERC is a validation that Sierra Commons’ ground-up focus on micro-enterprise and small business has become a key building block for economic rejuvenation in Nevada County, as well as a testament to his personal capacity and expertise in economic development.

Robert will continue to serve Sierra Commons as Executive Director in a part-time capacity as he takes up his responsibilities as ERC ED.  We’re very happy that our long-time office manager, Kim Albanese, has agreed to assume additional operational responsibilities. We are moving forward with the next Business Ignitor course, starting March 6th, and offering co-working memberships in our beautiful new facility at 792 Searls Avenue in Nevada City.

Sierra Commons is committed to strengthening our community and our local economy. We wish Robert the best as he works towards this goal with the ERC, and are excited to broaden the partnership between the two organizations.

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