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SFRails Meetup - Machine Learning + Better Rails Asset Management


7:00 Food/Beer/Networking 
7:30 Intros/Sharing of Tips and Tools 
7:45 Talk 1: Machine Learning Isn't [that] Hard (Ben McRedmond, Intercom)  
8:10 Tech Talk: Improved Rails Asset Management (James Rosen, Zendesk)
8:25 Talk 2: Easier Ways to Manage Content (Rudy Rigot, 
9:00 End

Talk 1: Machine Learning Isn't [That] Hard

Ben McRedmond will share his experiences with machine learning and go over some simple concepts (and practical details) which most web developers will benefit from knowing.

About the Speaker

Ben McRedmond is the Head of Labs at Intercom. He is working on experimental projects and cool algorithms.

Tech Talk: Improved Rails Asset Management 

James Rosen will talk about ways to make it simple for web developers to access front-end libraries at the HTTP layer for a faster and more automated development process. He'll use his project to explain ways to creating better efficiency around uploading, storing, and delivering JS, CSS, images, and other assets through consistent library management

About the Speaker

James Rosen has been User Happiness Engineer at Zendesk for three years and a card-carrying Rubyist for 7, having previously lost his soul to Java. He holds a degree in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon, as well as degrees in Music and Italian Culinary Arts. He prefers his spaghetti all 'arrabbiata and his code non-spaghetti-like.

Talk 2: Easier Ways to Manage Content in Your App

Even on the most mastered quality products, things can become a bit panicky when someone walks in the room and says "we have to manage content in there!"Rudy Rigot, from, will share his painful past experiences around manageable content, and will share his critical look on the various ways developers handle it today in their applications. Some questions that will be covered:

Why more manageable content is key, even in a product app
• What makes content painful in a general way
• Why going "static" or "hard-coded" is a big anti-pattern
• How to implement various solutions
• What each option easy and what makes them hard

About the Speaker 

Rudy Rigot's mission in life is to solve people's content issues in simple ways. He's the developer evangelist at, working on new ways to approach the issue, and getting feedback from communities about these new approaches. He was previously also a regular speaker and writer in Europe, and is brand new to San Francisco!

About the Host

Zendesk is built on the premise that you should love your help desk software. Their web-based help desk software used by 20000+ organizations worldwide. If you have customers, then you need Zendesk.

Other Sponsors is the maker of IronMQ, a scalable cloud-based message queue, and IronWorker, an elastic task queue/worker service.'s services are designed for doing things asynchronously and operating at scale. (@getiron)

DevBeat is hosted by VentureBeat on November 12-13 in San Francisco and is a can’t-miss event for those bright, motivated, mid-career developers. Hear talks from hackers like DHH, Stallman, Lerdorf, and many others. Dive into workshops on security, design, and dev team leadership, and gain insights about what to learn, do, and be in the years to come.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    New relic is hiring, intercom is hiring, zen desk is hiring! Jobs jobs jobs! developers developers developers! List your company if you haven't already!

    November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hey lily send me a ping at [masked]

      November 20, 2013

    • Hakka Labs Bay A.

      Are the slides for this presentation going be posted through this meet up page?

      January 10, 2014

  • Dan B.


    I just finished a tech-tip about using Logistic Regression Machine Learning to predict short-term moves of the stock market:

    I did not have this ready for the Meetup but,
    if you have questions about my tech-tip,

    dan.bikle at gmail

    December 3, 2013

  • Jia P.

    Is there a video rec for this event?

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the meetup yesterday. Especially the animated talk on content. Checkwise is looking for one or two ROR developers to join our early stage startup. We provide a food safety solution for restaurants and grocery stores. We've got a working product, paying customers, and several pilots with large chains. If you interested to talk, email me at [masked].

    November 15, 2013

  • Ian R.

    ROR developers!
    I run an urban design firm in Oakland.
    We're looking for a Ruby developer or team of developers to build a web app with GIS based database, ROR, and front end web interface.

    Please get in touch
    ian [at] citydesigncollec­tive [dot] com

    November 14, 2013

    • Dan H.

      Whoa, that sounds awesome; GIS is something I've been interested in for a while. Well be in touch!

      November 14, 2013

    • Ian R.

      Dan, send an email to
      ian [at] citydesigncollec­tive [dot] com

      November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Friday afternoon talk content with @rudyrigot @workshopcafe

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Indeed, I'll be there this afternoon!
      If you feel like having a blast messing with content stuff, well, let's just say that's what I'll be doing while you'll be doing some certainly waaaaaay less fascinating stuff! ;)
      So come over! :D

      November 15, 2013

  • John G.

    Great to meet many of you tonight! If I didn't get to say hello and you're looking for a job, take note. My team at @newrelic is hiring: you'll be responsible for the Ruby/Rails code that processes millions of dollars in revenue. Email me [masked] if you're interested.

    November 15, 2013

  • Steven

    Great talks, thanks to the presenters and hosts!

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Willem A.

    @BookFresh is hiring, if you're interested in helping small service-based businesses become better-faster-stronger, drop me a line, willem [at]

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Workers Workers and Queues and beer, and hackathons!
    Hit me up at [masked]

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    #SFRAILS @getiron @zendesk @intercom @prismicio

    November 14, 2013

  • Fanya Y.

    I'll be heading over a later after earlier commitment.

    November 14, 2013

  • Elaine R.

    Looking forward to it!

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In case to missed last weeks presentations here are the slides!

    How Keen uses Storm • Josh Dzielak VP Engineering • Keen IO
    Simple Delegator • John Gesimondo • builder/newrelic

    I'm still waiting on the presentation on AngularJS and Rails, I'll post it up when we get it in.

    November 5, 2013

  • Vlad L.

    Hello, I would like to suggest a speaking session.
    Who do I talk to about this? :)
    Would you consider to include a talk by one of the contributors to Cloud Foundry and Bosh projects ( ) into to the upcoming meetup program? The speaker runs PaaS practice at Altoros. He is currently working on a multi-cloud deployment tool for Cloud Foundry (the leading open source PaaS).
    Email: [masked]

    October 29, 2013

  • Ruben A.

    Card Against Humanity FANs:
    check out from HACK REACTOR folks in SF.

    October 28, 2013

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