Active Technology Initiatives in Nevada County

An active and engaged professional community makes talent and businesses thrive, thus stimulating the economy of the sector and all industries that align with it. Nevada County is proud to be a host of many initiatives that have sprung up either organically by passionate individuals or organized agencies. All of these initiatives are inclusive in nature – they benefit and welcome not only individuals that are directly involved with technology and digital media but also consumers, hobbyists, students and small businesses.

ACME ROBOTICS:  ACME Robotics is an independent robotics team for 8th through 11th graders from various schools in Nevada County. Students build and program robots, and compete with other robotics teams around the country.

TAHOE SILICON MOUNTAIN: Tahoe Silicon Mountain is the hub for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners, tech and other professionals who live, frequently visit, or own a second home in the Truckee-Tahoe region.

THE CURIOUS FORGE:  “Nerd night” is a public meetup that happens on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Curious Forge, a makerspace in Nevada City.

TRUCKEE ROUNDHOUSE: The Truckee Roundhouse is a a nonprofit makerspace that supports the teaching, learning, and practicing of a wide variety of crafts, skills, technologies, and arts in the Truckee-Tahoe community.

TECHTONIC TUESDAYS: Join local tech talent, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, makers, coders, and other members of the Nevada County tech community at this lively monthly event.

GIRLS WHO CODE: The Girls Who Code Clubs Program, hosted by Nevada City School District, teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls. It is a unique and scalable model that enables girls in the community to access fitting and challenging resources.

NEVADA COUNTY ONLINE: This professional Meetup aims to provide a networking and learning forum for Nevada County’s micro and small businesses. They focus on sharing digital marketing best practices via presentations and round table discussions aligned with todays current market.

NEVADA COUNTY DIGTAL MEDIA CENTER: The Nevada County Digital Media Center is a fully equipped production studio which includes a 20×20 greenscreen, a Creative Lab, Control Room and Various Equipment. They operate 3 local TV channels, various internet-based sites and are the community hub for all things video & film.

VIRTUAL REALITY MEET-UP:  NCVR meets once per month on Wednesday from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. It’s a “hacking” session where they bring ideas and tech related to AR and VR to work on projects and talk about them.

QUIETECH ASSOCIATES: Quietech Associates, Inc. has been providing on-site tech solutions to businesses and individuals throughout Nevada county since 1986, and also offers a storefront (The Geek Boutique) with new and refurbished computers, and a full-time technician. They host frequent digital literacy classes for the community.

NEVADA CITY FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMS: NCFF screens over 60 films, including comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation, and international shorts in a variety of historic locations in downtown Nevada City. They also provide training and internship opportunities for people interested in digital media production.

NEVADA COUNTY HACKERS: Nevada County’s programmers, software developers, and scalable tech business founders are getting together for hackathons, help, support, and fun.

NEVADA COUNTY JAVASCRIPT: An ongoing meetup organized by local developers for NC Hacker peers to come together and work on independent projects in the company of their counterparts who are available to brainstorm and mentor each other

FREE CODE CAMP: Nevada County Free Code Camp an open source community that helps participants learn to code, then practice by building projects for nonprofits. Local professionals run this peer learning group and it is hosted by a different tech business each month.

THE COMPUTER CLUB: A social network for kids and their parents in the Sierra Nevada Foothills area who have an interest in computers, programming, technology and science.

TECHNOLOGY LENDING LIBRARY: A program of the Nevada County Community Library. Teachers and after-school providers who work with youth can check out robotics, coding, hacking, computing, virtual reality, and other technology sets with just their library card for free for a month at a time. The library also hosts free trainings on using the technology, as well as free technology programs for kids.