What I Learned at DC Tech Meetup

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I keep going to @DCTechMeetup because the venues are so great…and it’s DC (of course). This time, the new venue was The Washington Post (@WashingtonPost), and the theme was tech for good.

I learned

  • The tech universe is more diverse than people realize
  • There are a lot of entrepreneurs doing the things that are not recognized/reimbursed in society (sounds familiar 🙂 )
  • Google Glass is still a thing, which of course I had to investigate, and caused me to miss a few of the demos (wherever you are is always the right place)
  • Online news is still growing up – interesting presentation by Washington Post Engineering (@WapoEngineering) and background about the way a newsroom works and how the social cues can be enabled by technology (also sounds familiar) – see this post Digital News Planning – Developer Blog – The Washington Post

Photos below, until next time, thanks for hosting!

Photo Friday: Vermont Avenue, NW, Gateway to the Future, Washington, DC USA

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“”Whoever you are, wherever you’re from, we stand together as neighbors”- districtoflove.org” 2017.04.12 DC People and Places 02295 (View on Flickr.com)

This week’s photograph was taken at the corner of Vermont Avenue, NW and U Street, in Washington, DC (of course), in front of the African American Civil War Memorial (@AfroAmCivilWar) In 2017. The sign identifies the significance of this location in United States history.

This happened on this corner in 1941:

Rally Against DC Police Brutality on U Street: 1941
Rally Against DC Police Brutality on U Street: 1941 (View on Flickr.com)

…and for the next 76 years several of the most significant civil rights movements of our time were conducted or were born in this vicinity, including the African American and LGBTQ communities. Last year I wrote a blog series about several of them, which you can access here.

As a person fascinated with the total health of a population and optimism for the future, my perspective this street is one of the most special in the United States.

Every year its neighbors (who have previously included Walt Whitman and Abraham Lincoln), get together to keep it beautiful,so that it can continue to host the future.

If you happen to be in Washington, DC and would like to contribute with the spirits and the ancestors, feel free.

More photos of 2017 below.

Thanks for publishing my photos, UrbanTurf, in U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors

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Source: U Street Corridor: Weekday Strollers, Weekend Warriors: A renewed look at a northwest DC neighborhood that is balancing everyday residents with its weekend visitors.

I have always lived in this neighborhood as long as I have been in Washington, DC, and now I live in this and the Shaw neighborhood (right on the border), where it’s clear this is where the future was born.

If there’s any doubt, check out my blog series on historic Vermont Avenue. We walk in the footsteps of giants every day here.

Thanks for using my photographs in this profile of the neighborhood where the people who changed the world walked and still walk every single day, @UrbanTurf_DC.

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Photo Friday: Are Patients Human Beings? (Answer is YES) #TDOV Washington, DC USA

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This photograph, taken in Washington, DC, just steps from the White House, reminded me of this photograph

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Kaiser Wakes the Doctors Book 33949 (View on Flickr.com)

In 1943, this was actually an explicit question – (“Are Patients Human Beings?”). In 2017…. it’s still an explicit one depending on the population, and an implicit one for most practitioners taking care of vulnerable populations. This photograph begs the question of whether this should be a question for anyone in the healing professions.

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV)

The International TDoV is an annual holiday celebrated around the world. The day is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives. The holiday was founded in 2009 as a reaction to the lack of LGBT holidays celebrating transgender people’s successes.

Click here to see the people that my generation of physicians came to health care to serve, because they are human..

Ultimately the world is learning to love better, and why shouldn’t it, diversity is what allows the human species to survive 🙂 .

What I learned at DC Tech Meetup

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2017.03.29 DC Tech Meetup, Washington, DC USA 01978 (View on Flickr.com)

Since this blog is about what I learned yesterday.

Chris Breene (@GoForTopherB), who I had the good fortune of meeting after the bad fortune of Jess Jacob’s unnecessary death, puts a lot of effort with the @DCTechMeetup team into making this happen.

And this time it happened in the historic Howard Theatre (@HowardTheatre), a great space, in a great neighborhood, in the best city in the world.

  • There are more analytics platforms than ever
  • Everyone is making money off of Twitter, except Twitter the company (why is that?)
  • CRMs come in different shapes and sizes, some better than others – and it’s the side comments made during the demos that inform those understandings 🙂 .
  • Whether in tech or not people are drawn to the future, and why wouldn’t they be, this is Washington, DC…

Rest of my photos below (all @CreativeCommons licensed of course), great job Chris and team.

Photo Friday: 6th and I Synagogue, Washington, DC USA

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At sunset, The Sixth and I (@SixthandI) Synagogue featuring the iconic cornerstone laid in 1906:

The congregation holds a cornerstone laying ceremony on November 22, 1906, in the presence of government officials, Christian clergy from nearby churches, Adas Israel officials and members of its building committee. They place a time capsule inside of the cornerstone, containing copies of Jewish newspapers, coins minted in 1906, congregation membership lists, copies of the United States and Adas Israel constitutions, a copy of the April 15, 1865 edition of the New York Herald, giving an account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the fall of Richmond, and other articles. (via History – Sixth & I)

A few more photos in this series are here (testing a new camera lens in the most beautiful capital city).