I'm busy. I have a job that starts at 9, relentlessly every morning. I plan ahead, as best I can, to be ready for how the day will unfold, and make the most of the opportunities that are all around me. As a technologist, and parent, and hobbyist living in Portland, OR, I'm granted access to an unbelievably diverse and active community of people who self organize each and every day to pursue common interests. Its rare to get to the end of a workday and not have to make a decision between 2, or 3, or even 4 events happening around town I'd like to attend. How to choose, and how to even know about them all?
"Alexa and Calagator together help bring us together."
Fortunately, there is Alexa, and she can talk to me in the morning as I get ready for my day. Fortunately, too, there is Calagator.org, a community maintained calendar of all the meet ups, events, talks, and hackathons happening around Portland. If Alexa could tell me about those events as I put on my shoes I'd be better prepared. Finally, I"d be able to plan ahead, filling my less dense prep time in the morning with more meaningful social engagement.
"the platform is extensible, and open source"
Out of that desire, I've brought Calagator to Alexa. Its just recently launched in the Alexa App store for all in Portland to more effectively engage with our community. Just install the Calagator app on Alexa, and ask her what's going on. Better yet, the platform is extensible, and open source. Other communities can use the same code to make Alexa aware of events happening in their communities. Alexa and Calagator together help bring us together.