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At The Innovation Hub, this ain’t your grandma’s Rock ’em, Sock ’em robots

Jan. 11, 2017

It’s still only January, but things are already warming up IN the Hub!

We have a heated robot battle you won’t want to miss, plus great opportunities for students and teachers to gain coding knowledge. Read about those and other hot happenings at the Hub below.

Bots to battle for title in February

Who’s ready to rumble? It’s time once again for our annual robot wrestling spectacular!

Tickets are on sale now for Beer, Brats and Bots, our one-day, throw-down, robot challenge. This is what you’ll need to compete:

  • 3-5 individuals with the right skill set to eliminate the robotic competition!
  • An appetite for beer (or root beer) and brats.
  • A flair for the dramatic.
  • A friendly, play-fair attitude (snicker, snicker).

We’ll provide your basic bot (and beer and brats) and everything you need to turn it into an adorable little annihilating automaton.

It all takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Hub. Buy your tickets and register your teams today! One member from each team must attend the competition preparation day on Feb. 11, to gain insight about the robots and competition rules.

Spectator sports more your style? Buy a ticket to join us for beer and brats at noon, watch the bot battle as it happens and find out who will emerge as robot champion.

Tickets are only $10 — find all the details on our Beer, Brats and Bots page.

Workshop introduces students to computer science careers

Enroll your kids in a fun, interactive computer science experience for African-American and Latino youth!

The Hub is once again offering its Code for the Future workshop Saturday, Feb. 25. Code for the Future, made possible by a grant from the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, will introduce 11- to 14-year-olds to computer science.

Students will receive an overview of programming, website and game construction, Scratch/JavaScript and career spotlights.

This free workshop will take place in the Hub’s STEAM Lab from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit Code for the Future online to register.

Event acquaints teachers with Apple’s Swift programming


Educators: you’re invited to code.

Apple has created a new approach to coding that gives everyone the opportunity to learn this important skill. Everyone Can Code will show you how to learn, write and teach code.

In this workshop, you will:
  • Explore the Swift Playgrounds iPad app for beginning coders.
  • Become familiar with the Swift Playgrounds Teacher Guide for middle school and above.
  • Acquaint yourself with App Development with Swift, a high school and college curriculum for Mac.
  • Hear why Swift facilitates the teaching and learning of coding.
It all happens 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Hub. For more information, visit Everyone Can Code online. You  may register for this event through the apple.com website.

Wake up with 1 Million Cups this morning

Time to perk up: The Hub hosts 1 Million Cups Little Rock at 9 a.m. today. Join us for this local version of a national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs.

We’ll hear presentations this morning from:

  • Local First Delta Spark, an online instructional program for small business owners.
  • Citadel Systems, a cybersecurity consulting and services business.

Big thanks to Leiva’s Coffee for helping us wake up with free coffee during the program.

Party Friday offers show previews, cosplay, giveaways and more

Party at the Hub 6-10 p.m. Friday – it’s the CW Arkansas Mid-Season Preview Party!Join The CW Arkansas, in partnership with River City Comic Expo, for a sneak peek of The CW’s new show, Riverdale. Plus, find out what to expect from CW superhero shows this spring, take home cool giveaways and enter the cosplay contest!

You’ll also get to enjoy great food and drink, a photo booth, a panel discussion, vendors and Brain Trust with Michael Brown live!

Don’t miss it! Visit the 2017 Mid-Season Preview Party event on Facebook for additional information.

Cybersecurity seminar to help small businesses prevent attacks

Do you use a computer and the internet to conduct business? Then you’ll want to attend Arkansas Economic Development Commission Manufacturing Solutions’ Business Cybersecurity and Fraud Seminar.

Most cyberattacks in the past year targeted small and mid-sized businesses. Find out what you can do to prevent your business from becoming a victim.

This seminar takes place 1-5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock. Visit the AEDC Manufacturing Solutions website to register online by Feb. 14.

 
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Jan. 13: CW Arkansas Preview Party  

Party at the Hub 6-10 p.m. with the CW Arkansas, in partnership with River City Comic Expo, for a sneak peek of their new show, Riverdale.

Plus, find out what to expect from the CW superhero shows this spring, take home cool giveaways and enter the cosplay contest!

Jan. 18: 1 Million Cups Little Rock

The Innovation Hub will host 1 Million Cups Little Rock, the local version of a national program designed to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs.

Come to the Hub at 9 a.m. for a presentation from C Surgeries. As always, enjoy delicious free coffee from Leiva’s Coffee!  

Jan. 23: Star Trek Fan Club   

Join members of the USS Blackstone at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 1 of the Co-Work space at the Hub. USS Blackstone is a Starfleet International Chapter based in Central Arkansas.

No matter which series you prefer, there’s always plenty to talk about!
Jan. 24: Everyone Can Code 

Find out how to learn — and teach — this essential skill. The Hub hosts Apple’s Swift programming workshop 9 a.m. to noon.

Discover a new approach to learning how to code. Register online through the apple.com website
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