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Inaugural Meetup & Mixer

This first meeting will mostly be a bit of a "mixer" where we just gather together and get to know one another. I'll facilitate the process by proposing a few topics for our next meetup, trying to round up some volunteers, and collecting enough feedback that we can put together a schedule/plan for the rest of the year.

For now, I'm tentatively scheduling this first meetup for early July at Digital Reasoning (where I work and can score us some office space.) If more people signup than we can accommodate or not enough people respond, I'll probably switch the time/location accordingly.

Tasteful beverages (beer and sodas) and light snacks (popcorn and pretzels) will be provided. Feel free to BYOB of anything you'd like to share!

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  • Joseph P.

    I talked to several people working on the Coursera machine learning course(s) - is anyone interested in group study or help sessions? Let me know.

    3 · July 17, 2014

    • James

      I can attend this Thursday night if you host it. Very cool.

      July 21, 2014

    • Alan L.

      Thanks Joseph, count me in!

      July 21, 2014

  • Matthew A. R.

    I was completely overwhelmed by not just the turnout but also by the quality of the turnout. It's beyond obvious to me that this community has tremendous potential and is filled with hackers of the highest caliber. Thanks to everyone who showed up. (And if you weren't able to make it, you really do need to make the next one.)

    I'm working right now to get the next 2-3 meetup dates scheduled so that folks can block off the time. Locations, topics, and specific agendas will likely be TBD, but I want to at least take the initiative in getting dates locked down. Locations will likely rotate (Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville), and I can assure you that the topics will be of the highest caliber. If I don't already have an active dialogue going with any of you who'd like to present and/or lead discussions and/or providing space for a meeting, please send me a note so we can coordinate. For this to become a flourishing community, it's imperative that we maximize everyone's involvement :)

    July 21, 2014

  • John L.

    Great kickoff. Perhaps people could volunteer to take turns discussing lessons learned from their current machine learning projects or interests (e.g., algo selection, feature engineering, distributed learning, data sparsity)?

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Damian M.

    Great meetup. It is great to see machine learning applied locally across a variety of industry/interest.

    July 16, 2014

  • James

    It was good. Hopefully it is the start of more to come.

    July 16, 2014

  • Joseph P.

    That was a great meeting - thanks, everyone!

    July 15, 2014

  • Ian L.

    Lots of fun. Met some new faces with like interests. Success!

    July 15, 2014

  • Jesse S.

    Great conversations, interesting people

    July 15, 2014

  • Ian L.

    Did you see the new ML service for Azure announced last week?

    http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/services/machine-learning/

    July 14, 2014

    • Matthew A. R.

      Nice find! Very curious to see how this plays out. Let's chat about it tomorrow evening.

      July 14, 2014

  • Andrew T.

    Super stoked about this!

    June 30, 2014

  • Brian J.

    Perfect timing. The day before my summer vacation.

    3 · May 20, 2014

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