Web & Application Professionals Meetup – Feb


The Long Beach Web & App Professionals (#WAPRO) group meets monthly to share and learn about the technology that ignites our imagination, builds our skill-set, expands our network, and grows community!


Tech moves too fast to keep up on everything yourself. There’s always someone faster, better, or smarter than you. Come meet them, connect, and lean on community. If you’re a local business or agency, join us and encourage staff to come. It’s a great way to expand your network of folks active and connected, which leads to both new business and potential new recruits. Everyone wins!


The Pros that have worked on/for projects such as Spacex, Riot Games, X-prize, Adobe, Toyota Motor Sports, VMWare, UCLA, CSULB, AARP, and more … have shared amazing talks this year on tech and projects such as Bootstrap, Bower, Browserfy, Headless Drupal, iOS Swift, Jekyll, Meteor, Node.js, SASS, Sculpin, Zapier and more.

Every month we come together to:

  • Demo technologies we use, especially those driving the convergence of websites and mobile apps
  • Showcase our projects built with cool tech
  • Share industry “best practices”
  • Newcomer Q&A’s
  • Network, get to know each other, and otherwise have fun

We have a preference for open-source software, especially server-side. This year we have meetups focused on the life-cycle and technologies related to website and application development. We will especially try to delve into situations where mobile and web technologies converge. The meeting topics we cover will vary monthly and will be tailored to, and by, our community. Want to see something in particual? Let us know by tweeting using the hash #WAPRO.

Future meetup dates: ⛅ 11/10 ⛈ 12/1 ☔ 1/5 ☃

If you have interest or work in Web or Application Development, add our meetup to your calendar now and join us! Our meetups are FREE and open to EVERYONE.

GunnJerkins Offices


DATE: Tue – February 02, 2016
TIME: 7-9p

Gunn Jerkens Marketing Communications
3950 Cover Street
Long Beach, CA 90808

Directions from 405 FWY at Lakewood: Directions
Instructions: Gunn-Jerkins building is on the South-East corner of Cover + Schaufele. Enter driveway on Shaufele (just South of Cover), then first building on left at the SE corner of the building. If you have any trouble finding the office, please call: 562-499-6707.


From Idea to App Store

Ever have an app idea? Wonder what it takes to get that app idea developed and into the hands of the consumer? We at Principal create apps for both startups and established ventures. We’ll walk you through our development process and talk about our experience.

<p>Jeff Algera</p>

Principal.la (@jeffalgera)

Jeff Algera is a software developer turned entrepreneur. Founding Principal in 2014, Jeff has been active in the startup community to deliver new mobile apps to market.

Analytics: Fail Less, Validate Faster (Part II)

Part two of an explanation of quicks ways to validate a business or application idea using quick to deploy forms or landing pages and a small paid advertising budget using PPC to find out if that idea is really worth doing. Find out if your idea has actual interest and initial traction and quickly ascertain your initial cost per acquisition before building the entire product. Intro to product marketing research.

<p>Steve Kochan</p>

Gunn|Jerkens (@COMFREIGHT)

Steve Kochan is the Project Manager at Gunn Jerkens, Founder and CEO of ComFreight.com (a bootstrapped and recently profitable SaaS startup from Long Beach) and former Executive Director of LB Tech.


We have prizes! Want to win? Help us connect with more local tech folk by sharing on your social networks. This has the benefit of growing your own professional network, too! The person with the most social shares promoting the meetup (tweets+retweets, fb likes/shares, etc) this month which include the hash #WAPRO and/or #UNCODED will win their choice of prize offerings. Minimum of six shares over at least three different dates. At the discretion of the crowd in attendance, we may give away multiple prizes if the crowd votes that many people have gone above & beyond to help spread the news. Please share & promote in good taste. ☺


Our sponsors help make our meetups awesome! They feed us, provide a place to gather, share, & learn from eachother, and some even give us cool things to giveaway! Take a moment to thank them, click their logo to visit their twitter/facebook account… and thank them publicly. (Please, use hash #WAPRO)


Come hungry & thirsty! This month food and beverage will be graciously provided by Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill Technologies, the technology specialty division of Beacon Hill Staffing Group, is a national IT staffing organization that operates across industries and provides contract, direct (permanent), consulting and project management services to top companies and their IT departments.


Our venue host this month is courtesy of Gunn|Jerkens. Gunn | Jerkens, we've got a passion for creating new innovative marketing, branding and interactive web based solutions for our growing client base.


Prizes this month are being provided courtesy of Pearson | Peachpit | InformIT. **PEARSON:** Helping to build a better world through education. **PEACHPIT:** Peachpit offers unique learning experiences in photography, graphic design, Web design & development, & more. **InformIT:** is home to the world's leading technology publishers.

Prizes are provided to *WAPRO* free of charge as an opportunity for our members to sample thier quality learning materials and in the process for the publisher to improve their materials. To do this, all they ask in return is for our winners to please share a review. Good examples of reviews can be found [here](http://www.amazon.com/review/R1YE2E39KV55DM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0735683204), [here](http://www.amazon.com/review/R38DIMKQM0HR4A/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0133892387) and [here](http://www.amazon.com/review/R173FKSQ80UWS2/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm). **Note:** Pearson is looking for open, honest and constructive reviews. If you dig the title, cool. If you don't dig it, also cool. Honesty and constructive feedback is what matters. Please send a link of the review using [contact info](/contact/) so it can be documented, possibly shared by uncoded.org, and help us maintain relations to obtain future prizes

Meetup date February 2, 2016