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Automated Office Entrance Theme Music with Python

Python + OpenCV + Sonos API = Office Entrance Theme Music

Scott Lobdell will present a hobbyist project that was integrated at Hearsay Social's headquarters by using existing resources and some freely available libraries in Python.  Every engineer at Hearsay has the freedom to choose a theme song that will play across the building's Sonos speakers upon their illustrious entrance to the office based on an automated facial recognition system.  This project leverages the SoCo Sonos API, the OpenCV library, gPhoto2 API, and Boost.Python.

Speaker Bio:

Scott Lobdell transitioned from the Army to Hearsay Social in May of 2013 and is also scheduled to talk at PyCon 2014 for a robotics project.  Hearsay Social is a SaaS company and the leader in social business for the financial services industry.


5:30pm - Check in and socialize. There will be some food and drinks provided by Hearsay Social!

6:15pm - Lightning talks if we have any

6:30pm - Scott's talk

7:15pm - QA with Scott

7:30pm - Time to head home

Notes from Hearsay Social:

• Doors will open at 5:30pm to allow enough time for the check-in process.

• Please update the name on your account to reflect your FIRST NAME and LAST NAME. Hearsay Social Security will be checking IDs at the door. *Please note: You WILL ONLY be allowed into the event if we have your first and last name (that matches the name on your ID) prior to the event.

• Hearsay Social is generously providing us with their venue space. Let's make sure we treat it with respect and clean up after ourselves.

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  • Scott "Deepwoods" L.

    Hey all, thank you very much to everyone for coming out. It's quite humbling to have such an audience. I've posted the slides from the talk at

    I hope that you might find them to be a useful reference!

    February 18, 2014

  • Chris C.

    Thanks Scott and Rudy for a great meetup! I did the lightning talk - if anyone wants to checkout SQl Explorer it is here (pull requests welcome):

    And use promo code 'frails' at and save 25% off all your household supplies. Never run out of toilet paper again! Thanks!

    2 · February 18, 2014

  • Winston C.

    Nice meetup :) Could you please share the slides? Thanks

    February 18, 2014

  • Chris C.

    Looking forward to it! I'm up for giving a lightning talk on my project, Django SQL Explorer. I was going to do it last time, but got sick. I'll come prepared and if there's a slot, great - if not no worries. Thanks Rudy!

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Brian B.

    Sounds Fun!

    February 18, 2014

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