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EP 02 - Let's Grok and Roll!

A Conversation with Chris Merritt

Episode Summary

This week on the Carolina Code Cast, host Barry Jones chats with Chris Merritt, Managing Partner of Atlas Local. During the episode, Barry and Chris talk about Grok, the unconference, making its return to Greenville, SC on October 4th-6th this year. Where did it come from, how much fun will you have and what does Grok even mean!

“We wanted the conference to be about the people that are there and the conversations that we would all have together.”
- Chris Merritt

Episode Notes

Highlights from this week’s conversation include:

  • Mill conversions and Atlas Local history (1:25)

  • Let’s talk about Grok (6:20)

  • Memorable presenters like Jeremy Smith (11:22)

  • What…does Grok mean? (15:01)

  • What are you excited for this year? (19:09)

  • The weirdest thing that ever happened at Grok (25:43)

  • Methodical Coffee is really good (30:19)

  • Heard Media, remote life and coworking (33:11)

  • Yes that is a 1st generation iPhone (38:39)

  • Greenville is growing fast (41:08)

  • Final thoughts on Grok 2023 (42:06)

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Carolina Code Conference™
Carolina Code Cast™
The tech podcast of the Carolina Code Conference, a polyglot conference for all who code that's held every August in Greenville, SC. The podcast features interviews discussing a wide variety of topics from around the programming, DevOps and security community.