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General Meeting

Meetings feature presentations on a variety of topics; discussing and demonstrating products or services. Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month, from 9:30am to 12 Noon at the newly renovated Main Classroom Building (Room 136) on the Cleveland State University campus.

Slide Presentations and Websites mentioned during the meeting are available.

Directions to the meeting are available here.

All our meetings are free and open to the public. We normally make time for questions and answers, and offer other regular features including a raffle at every meeting.

See you there! Bring a friend, neighbor or co-worker and introduce them to the GCPCUG.

Upcoming events

    • 14 Mar 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

    For good and bad, technology drives today's world. Knowing how to code is an important skill to have. Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code IT, will talk about how we can increase diversity in technology. We Can Code IT bridges the gap for those underrepresented in tech, the same groups susceptible to low to moderate incomes, through education via computer workshops and coding bootcamps.


    We Can Code IT provides education and mentorship to those underrepresented in Technology and Engineering. Their focus in on empowering women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans, in technology. These happen to be the same groups who find themselves in low to moderate income levels. They have computer and engineering workshops for kids and adults, and a coding bootcamp for adults looking to join the lucrative IT industry.

    Three of the top five most in-demand occupations are in computer programming. Programming pays extremely well. Women in STEM fields like computer science earn 28% more than their non-STEM counterparts. Likewise, African Americans and Hispanic Americans in STEM earn 29% more than their counterparts. Programming fields have a very low unemployment rate. There’s a problem though, employers can’t find enough programmers. On top of that, they crave diversity in their IT departments. Great companies know that multiple perspectives help their teams perform better, yet less than 18% of IT teams are comprised of women, African American, and Hispanic populations.

    Our Speaker, Mel McGee, is the founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, author, and is a software engineer with nearly 20 years of professional experience, she has worked with clients like Tyco International, DeLorean Motor company, and hundreds of others to develop software. Her programming experience translated to the classroom nearly as soon as she began coding.

    An experienced educator, McGee has taught computer science and engineering subjects to kids, teens, and adults at We Can Code IT, Colleges, and even overseas. Lead educator and curriculum developer of We Can Code IT, she brings creativity into the STEM classroom through unique workshops for kids and adults. Mel's knowledge of full-stack development and over 20 programming languages allows her to adapt curriculum to students in a variety of ways. Her main objectives are to add fun and increase diversity in computer science.

    McGee's love for sharing her creative computing techniques has not gone unnoticed. Her innovative early wearable computer was featured in Howard Rheingold's book Smart Mobs. Her web development expertise was featured in books like Curt Harler's Beyond the Browser. She has been featured on NPR, publications like Motor World, Crain's Cleveland Business, as well as the front page of Cleveland's Plain Dealer as an early Google Glass explorer. Her artificial intelligence bots, Zoe-bot and Skeletor-bot, have been entertaining the masses online and at community events since the early 2000s. She continues to break barriers in innovation with explorations in augmented reality. Her latest contribution, a book about engineering using redstone in Minecraft, is due out on bookstore shelves by mid 2015.

    Click here for parking information and directions to the meeting rooms.



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    • 11 Apr 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    • 09 May 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
    • 13 Jun 2015
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Past events

14 Feb 2015 General Meeting - Internet Security 2015
10 Jan 2015 General Meeting - Linux Is Like Cars
06 Dec 2014 General Meeting - Annual Holiday Tech Gadgets Meeting
08 Nov 2014 General Meeting - Windows 10 Preview
11 Oct 2014 General Meeting - iOS 8: Tips, Tricks & Traps Plus OS X Yosemite Preview
13 Sep 2014 General Meeting - Protecting Yourself, Your Computer, and Your Identity
09 Aug 2014 General Meeting - Summer Vacation - No Meeting
12 Jul 2014 General Meeting - Summer Vacation - No Meeting
14 Jun 2014 General Meeting - Windows Phone, the Other SmartPhone
10 May 2014 General Meeting - Is There an App For that?
12 Apr 2014 General Meeting - Securing Your Mobile Device
08 Mar 2014 General Meeting - Fixing Your Mobile Device
08 Feb 2014 General Meeting - TechCentral MakerSpace
11 Jan 2014 General Meeting - Identity Theft & Credit Card Fraud
07 Dec 2013 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets VI
09 Nov 2013 General Meeting - Photoshop Elements
12 Oct 2013 General Meeting - Social Networking - The Big Three: Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
14 Sep 2013 General Meeting - Cloud 101
10 Aug 2013 General Meeting - Cleveland Consumer Camp
13 Jul 2013 General Meeting - What's a Solid State Drive (SSD) & Why You Want One
08 Jun 2013 General Meeting - Anatomy of a Malware Attack
11 May 2013 General Meeting - Microsoft Office 365
13 Apr 2013 General Meeting - Cyber Warfare
09 Mar 2013 General Meeting - When Your Tech Goes Bonkers
09 Feb 2013 General Meeting - Not The Same Old Art Museum
12 Jan 2013 General Meeting - 3D Printing & Cleveland Public Library TechCentral
08 Dec 2012 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets V
10 Nov 2012 General Meeting - WordPress, It's Not Just For Bloggers
13 Oct 2012 General Meeting - Are We Losing This Generation’s Photos?
08 Sep 2012 General Meeting - Your Hard Drive is Going to Fail, Sooner or Later
15 Aug 2012 Simplex-IT Picnic
14 Jul 2012 General Meeting - Media, From Analog to Digital
09 Jun 2012 General Meeting - Be in the Cloud & Make Your Life Easier
12 May 2012 General Meeting - Do You Know Your SATA From Your PCI? Don't Know TWAIN?
14 Apr 2012 General Meeting - Windows 8 Preview
10 Mar 2012 General Meeting - The Most Important Social Media You Should Be Doing Now
11 Feb 2012 General Meeting - Ergonomics, It's Not Just The Chair
14 Jan 2012 General Meeting - Facebook Timeline & Security
10 Dec 2011 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets IV
12 Nov 2011 General Meeting - eBooks, Music & Movies - Free from the Library? Yes!
08 Oct 2011 General Meeting - When Bad Things Happen to Good Computers - Part II
10 Sep 2011 General Meeting - Windows Live & More
17 Aug 2011 Simplex-IT Picnic
09 Jul 2011 General Meeting - Take It to the Cloud!
11 Jun 2011 General Meeting - The Home Digital Entertainment Revolution
14 May 2011 General Meeting - Data Mining, It's Your Data
09 Apr 2011 General Meeting - A Photo Isn't Worth a 1,000 Words If No One Can See It
12 Mar 2011 General Meeting - LinkedIn: It's Not Who You Know . . . It's Who Who You Know Knows!
12 Feb 2011 General Meeting - When Bad Things Happen to Good Computers
08 Jan 2011 General Meeting - Hackers are Today's Terrorists, Mobsters & Spies - The Current State of Cybercrime
11 Dec 2010 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets
13 Nov 2010 General Meeting - Digital Photography
09 Oct 2010 General Meeting - Microsoft Windows Home Server
11 Sep 2010 General Meeting - Disaster Recovery & Planning
14 Aug 2010 General Meeting - Alpha House Field Trip
24 Jul 2010 Techn!c 2010 Picnic
10 Jul 2010 General Meeting - Genealogy in the Internet Age
12 Jun 2010 General Meeting - Dispatches From Virus and Spyware Front Lines
03 Jun 2010 Microsoft Office 2010 Launch
08 May 2010 General Meeting - Microsoft Office 2010
10 Apr 2010 General Meeting - Backup Your Hard Drive using Acronis True Image
13 Mar 2010 General Meeting - Facebook
13 Feb 2010 General Meeting - Top 5 Internet Threats
09 Jan 2010 General Meeting - Google Chronicles
12 Dec 2009 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gadgets
14 Nov 2009 General Meeting - Conducting your personal business on the net in a secure way
10 Oct 2009 General Meeting - Windows 7 - Worth the Upgrade?
12 Sep 2009 General Meeting - Twtter, It's Not Just About What You Had for Breakfast
08 Aug 2009 Annual Picnic @ Shaker Lakes
11 Jul 2009 General Meeting - LinkedIn Social Networking
13 Jun 2009 General Meeting - Career Eye for the IT Guy & Gal – 2009 Edition
09 May 2009 General Meeting - What Are You Searching For & Why Do You Get These Results?
11 Apr 2009 General Meeting - Photoshop Elements
14 Mar 2009 General Meeting - Switching to a Mac & Windows on a Mac
14 Feb 2009 General Meeting - Identity Theft Prevention
10 Jan 2009 General Meeting - Remote Access
13 Dec 2008 General Meeting - Holiday Tech Gifts
08 Nov 2008 General Meeting - Small Business Server & Managed Services
11 Oct 2008 General Meeting - Protecting Your Computer: Internet Security & Backups
13 Sep 2008 General Meeting - Computers & Kids
16 Aug 2008 General Meeting - Annual Picnic
12 Jul 2008 General Meeting - No Meeting
14 Jun 2008 General Meeting - It’s a Wonderful (Second) Life
10 May 2008 General Meeting - Going Wireless-less: Enabling the Cabling in your Home Network
12 Apr 2008 General Meeting - XP vs. Vista - The Great Debate (Rescheduled from March)
08 Mar 2008 General Meeting - XP vs. Vista - The Great Debate (Cancelled)
09 Feb 2008 General Meeting - You (yes, YOU), the Computer Consultant
12 Jan 2008 General Meeting - A fresh look at PC security software
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