‘Speed Dating’ for Businesses in Need of Mobile Developer Talent Headed For Ann Arbor March 13: The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan will offer “Mobile Matchup,” an event designed to match mobile development experts with businesses seeking their expertise. Businesses and developerse will have the opportunity to meet for five-minute conversations, and then connect afterward in open networking with those they want to explore in more detail. The event takes place on Wednesday, March 13 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Ann Arbor. Free appetizers will be provided by MTAM and co-sponsor, the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and there will be a cash bar. The event is free with advance registration at http://MobileMatchupA2.eventbrite.com by March 8, but space is limited and filling up fast. On-site registration for the event will be available for $10 if space is still open. The event begins with a class at 4 p.m., “How to Work with a Mobile Developer to Take Your Mobile App from   Idea to Reality.” Doors open for the Mobile Matchup at 5 p.m. at 5:30 p.m., there’s a keynote from John Ellis, Global Head of the Ford Developer Program at Ford Motor Co., and the matchup begins at 6 p.m. MTAM and MEDC have partnered on this event which is planned to be the first in a series of Mobile Matchup events throughout the state. This MTAM program aligns with MEDC state-wide initiatives focused on addressing the IT talent shortage issue in the state. Also supporting this program is the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. More at  http://GoMobileMichigan.org.

AimWest to hear about Navy crisis communications: AimWest, the networking organization for technology professionals in West Michigan, will hold its next meeting Wednesday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m. on Navy crisis communications. Last year, the group learned from the Pentagon’s top brass about communication with media and itself during a crisis. This year the Navy returns to discuss how the 321,000 person organization manages PR while stuff is hitting the fan. This special event is co-sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America. More at www.aimwest.org.

Merit To Sponsor Tech Learning Meeting: Merit Network Inc.’s Merit Joint Technical Staff will hold its next meeting at four locations across Michigan on Wednesday, April 10. The session begins at 9:30 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. The agenda will include presentations from Merit member organizations on important issues in networking and IT. You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the meeting. You can attend the meeting at your choice of four locations: Alpena, Escanaba, Lansing or Traverse City, with the locations joined by video. The multiple locations will help you take part in the interactions that are an important part of MJTS regardless of where you live and work. Location details: Alpena: Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, Education Room, 500 W. Fletcher. Escanaba: Bay College, Student Center, Room 525, 2001 N. Lincoln Road. Lansing: Lansing Community College, West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive in the executive amphitheater. Traverse City: Northwestern Michigan College, University Center, Room UC-11 in the lower level, 2200 Dendrinos Drive. More at www.merit.edu/events/mjts.

Michigan Earth Day Preview Meeting Set: Whether you are registered for the Michigan Earth Day Fest or any of its special events, or just interested in learning more about one of the largest Earth Day celebrations on the planet, we invite you to join us for a fun and fast-paced preview near the festival site. The Michigan Earth Day Fest Preview Participant and Prospect Meeting will take place Thursday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rochester Mills Beer Co., 400 Water Street, Rochester. Get the latest Michigan Earth Day Fest news, updates and materials from event managers, and network with other green/wellness business and community leaders, at the event. More at info@migreenteam.com.

Red Cedar Technology Offers Adams, HEEDS Webinar: The development process of military vehicles differs significantly from that of passenger and commercial vehicles, including different ride and handling requirements that must be satisfied. For example, the ride specification includes passes over half-rounds at various heights during which no occupant can be exposed to more than 2.5G vertical acceleration. For stochastic roads the absorbed power must be less than 6W. For each of these events, a threshold and an objective speed is specified. Handling requirements includes a range for the understeer gradient and a maximum roll gradient. Besides these explicit specifications, a good ride and handling balance is desired. With tougher requirements for each year, it gets progressively harder to tune the vehicle suspension. With decreased development times and longer lead times for components such as springs and complex damper systems, the need for multi-event or multi-disciplinary optimization is increasing. By coupling Adams and Adams/Car with HEEDS MDO to perform the multidisciplinary optimizations, Pratt & Miller designed, developed, and built a new vehicle design in 12 weeks, with the suspension element taking less than six weeks. Join this webinar to learn more on military vehicle requirements for ride and handling, how to couple Adams/Car with HEEDS and perform multi-event optimizations, and the power of HEEDS SHERPA algorithm. The Webinar will take place at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Eastern time March 12. More at www.redcedartech.com.


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