Balisp Revival 3! lightning talks on emergent design @ 500 Startups

NOTE: THIS MEETUP IS AT THE 500 STARTUPS OFFICE IN MOUNTAIN VIEW, NOT BLACKBOX MANSION IN ATHERTON

Hello Lady & Gentleman Hackers!

It's almost the last Saturday of the month, which of course means time for another lisp meetup!

The format will be the new usual "Educational Lightning Talks" (5 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for QA), with everyone invited to present if they feel like it (until we run out of time). Then beer.

The "suggested" topic for this months event will be Emergent Design:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergent_Design#Emergent_Design_in_Agile_Software_Development

(You know, when you start working on something and then figure out what you are actually working on later...) As newly usual, topic adherence will not be enforced.

This month's lighting talks will include:

  • Dan Oblinger -- IBM's Jeopardy Playing Computer, DARPA's Machine Reading Program, and the use of convergent knowledge in Natural Language Processing.
  • Richard Billington -- Learning, Math Modeling, and Why Lisp
  • Ric Szopa -- Consistent Hashing
  • Ethan Herdrick -- Doing a startup powered by Scheme
  • Anne Ogborn -- An Installer in Prolog

Email me if you'd like to reserve a presentation slot so I can put you on the schedule.

This event is at the normal time (2pm, last Saturday of the month), but at a new venue: the 500 Startups office in Mountain View. 500 Startups is easy to find (12th floor of the tallest building on Castro Street) and way more very convenient than some of our previous venues (it's close to both free parking and the Mountain View Caltrain Station).

See you there!

Take care

Nick

PS

It would be really helpful if a couple people can come a bit early and volunteer to help share shifts letting people in at the front door and pointing them to the elevator up to the 12th floor office.

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  • Robert (Bob) L. Kirby

    Extremely interesting talks. The lighting talk format encourages participation. However, for most of what was presented, wished for a way to ignore the time limits, if everyone, including the speaker, agreed. Perhaps the moderator could forget to pay attention to the timer occasionally.

    May 18, 2012

  • Ethan Herdrick

    Nick: you are much too kind. I would love to see Nathan Marz of BackType give a counterpoint to my "Don't do a startup with Scheme or any other Lisp" talk. They used Clojure and were very successful. Would he do anything differently? How important was Clojure to their success? Etc.

    April 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nick does a great job of managing the talks and discussion. Kudos.

    April 30, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    Does the full link work: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7669309...­

    April 30, 2012

  • Annie

    your url shortener seems to be bouncing

    April 30, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    I can see the T-Shirt now: "balisp: fight myopia" ;-)

    April 30, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    Here are the slides to Ethan's talk: http://db.tt/Xa5gAxBb­
    Ethan: It was an honor to try to absorb lessons learned from your experience and discuss. Thanks very much for doing your talk. I think it's the most important lightning talk we have had so far.

    April 30, 2012

  • Arthur A. Gleckler

    This was an excellent meeting! Several of the talks were fascinating. I especially liked the talk on DARPA natural language processing research and the talk on using Scheme in a startup.

    April 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great meetup with very interesting talks. For somebody looking to get back into lisp, it was a good mix of practical and profound. The venue was spacious, had a layout supporting collaboration and easily accessible. Thank you 500 startups!

    April 29, 2012

  • Andy Fingerhut

    The lightning talk format was interesting, and allowed for a good variety of topics. Several interesting speakers talked on subjects I don't normally think about, which is good.

    April 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meet-ups are running smoother now. Folks seem to be getting used to the 5 minute talk format, which makes for a better experience. I wonder if we could expand the question time with a little open discussion added to the poke-the-speaker model.

    April 29, 2012

  • Brian Guarraci

    Good talks and good venue

    April 29, 2012

  • Arthur A. Gleckler

    Thanks very much to the folks at 500 Startups for hosting us.

    April 29, 2012

  • Arthur A. Gleckler

    This was an excellent meeting! Several of the talks were fascinating, and the venue was terrific, too -- comfortable and with plenty of room.

    April 29, 2012

  • Frank Siebenlist

    Slides of my 5min Clojure Browser tool at:
    https://github.com/franks42/clj-...­
    Project at: https://github.com/franks42/clj-...­
    Thanks for all the feedback!

    April 28, 2012

  • Frank Siebenlist

    The lightning talks are a great formula to learn about other projects/languages/techniques - friendly diverse crowd

    April 28, 2012

  • John Fremlin

    Any chance of being let in? I'm downstairs at the Castro entrance

    April 28, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    Parade ending. Parking is fine now :-)

    April 28, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    Btw there is available parking in the lot behind 444 Castro (Bryant street)

    April 28, 2012

  • Nick Allen

    I'm here, unloading the car, just come whenever you're ready

    April 28, 2012

  • Annie

    Nick, how early do you want me to show?

    April 28, 2012

  • Annie

    Also, everyone allow a bit extra time to find parking in the area. There's a parade going on, it's forming up now.

    April 28, 2012

  • Annie

    Nick, I'll come by a bit early and help.
    Also, anybody who wants to hang out and be functional I'm on the 2nd floor of the Red Rock now til the meetup.

    April 28, 2012

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