• ATO 2019 Preview: Virtual Reality, Nithya Ruff, Helm Charts and so much more!

    Every year we use our biggest meetup to preview All Things Open, and this is it! We'll preview the 2019 conference, give away some (new) amazing swag and free passes to the event, and we'll feature several amazing speakers. We couldn't be more excited also to introduce Nithya Ruff to the RTP open source community! Nithya heads up the Open Source Programs Office at Comcast and just relocated from CA. She'll be speaker #1 in the lineup. Speaker #1: Nithya Ruff, Head of the Open Source Programs Office, Comcast Talk title: Getting Past Diversity to Inclusion Abstract: Most companies and communities stop when they recruit diverse people. But many of these people leave soon after as their voices are not heard. When I look back on my own 30 year career as a tech-women, I did my best work when I was valued and included by my manager and organization. As organizations look to innovate faster, cheaper and better, how they recruit, prepare and equip leaders to be inclusive leaders creates the difference. I will cover what an inclusive leader does and what works to recruit, retain and develop a diverse team. Speaker #2: Don Shin, President & CEO, CrossComm, Inc Talk title: Intro to VR/AR Development Abstract: Virtual and Augmented Reality are frontiers for human-computer interaction that offer the promise of truly spatial computing and more immersive experiences. And while these technologies have existed in some form for decades, sophisticated VR/AR experiences can now run on readily available hardware- making them widely accessible for both the consumer as well as enterprise. New forms of interaction call for the development of new apps and experiences; this talk will introduce developers to VR/AR and provide enough of an overview for aspiring VR/AR developers to take their first steps into the world of spatial computing. Attendees of this talk will: • Understand the differences between VR and AR and how they coexist on the XR spectrum. • Get a primer on some of the most effective use cases of VR/AR today • Receive an overview of the available tools, development environments, and technical approaches for building VR/AR experiences • Learn about the available form factors and platforms for VR/AR development from the mobile phone to the headset- and how that impacts development considerations • Get key design principles that should be taken into account when crafting experiences for VR • Have a brief opportunity to experience collaborative VR firsthand after the talk has concluded Speaker #3: Shikha Srivastava, Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) & a Master Inventor at IBM Talk title: More Helm Charts, More Problems. Lets talk bringing sanity Talk abstract: Now that you have an application running in Kubernetes, what will your next steps be? Can you deploy this application to any cloud? If someone else wishes to install your Helm chart would you have all necessary resources to deploy it successfully? Do you have a certification process to ensure your Helm chart is enterprise ready? Creating a Helm chart to deploy your application is just the first step, but now you need a process to ensure that the Helm chart follows guidelines established by your enterprise and future versions of the chart are created efficiently as part of your CI/CD pipeline. In this presentation, you will learn about effective ways to create, organize and maintain enterprise grade Helm charts. We will also discuss how our CI/CD pipeline is implemented using custom linter, verification test cases to make sure only certified charts are promoted into production. Food and beverages will be served, as always, and networking opportunities will be plentiful. Arrive prepared to learn something new and meet new people. The opportunity really is a good one. Meeting address: IBM Software Development Center IBM Building 500, Room G[masked] S Miami Blvd Durham, NC 27703 Contact us directly with questions at [masked].

  • Grant Ingersoll & Saba Shah - a focus on AI and Machine Learning

    We're back after a two month layoff with a bang! We'll kick off the late summer / fall series of meetups with two world-class speakers and a bunch of additional programming. Speaker #1: Grant Ingersoll, CTO and Co-founder of Lucidworks Bio: Grant Ingersoll is the CTO and co-founder of Lucidworks as well as an active member of the Lucene community – a Lucene and Solr committer, co-founder of the Apache Mahout machine learning project, and a long standing member of the Apache Software Foundation. Grant’s prior experience includes work at the Center for Natural Language Processing at Syracuse University in natural language processing and information retrieval. Grant earned his B.S. from Amherst College in Math and Computer Science and his M.S. in Computer Science from Syracuse University. Grant is also the co-author of “Taming Text” from Manning Publications. Title: Next Best Action in Action: Case studies in search & AI powered insights and analytics Abstract: Say “search” and many people think Google and ten blue links. Say “AI” and many people roll their eyes and wonder what’s hype and what’s real. The reality is a modern search engine combined with AI techniques like machine learning, natural language processing and statistical analysis can unlock tremendous value across an organization well beyond ten blue links or log processing. This use case driven talk will highlight 3 examples across several industries where search and AI helped transform revenue, customer service and employee insights by asking the question: what’s my next best action? Speaker #2: Saba Shah, Data Scientist & Machine Learning @ Lenovo Topic: How to turn machine learning prototypes into products in production Bio: Saba Shah is an experienced data scientist and machine learning practitioner. She has worked in fortune 500 companies as senior data scientist and machine learning expert. Starting from all the way with prototypes and building ML production pipelines is her area of expertise. She is currently working with Lenovo as a senior data scientist. Doors "open" at 6:00 pm ET (arrive earlier of you like), programming begins promptly at 6:30 with community announcements. The first speaker is up at 6:45 pm ET. *Please note the address of the meeting is the following: IBM Software Group Building 500, Room G[masked] S Miami Blvd Durham, NC 27703 We'll have people posted at the entrance door beginning at 5:45pm. Parking, which is just across from the building, will be open beginning at 5:40pm onwards. If there is any delay on parking availability please wait just a few minutes. Signs will also be posted in multiple locations to help attendees get to the 500 building. Food and beverages will be served, as always. In addition, great swag and networking opportunities will abound. Contact us directly at [masked] with questions.

  • Serverless Computing/Knative | Web Accessibility

    The Frontier - Building 800

    The May meetup will feature two trending and important topics, in addition to the first speaker in our brand-new First-Time Speaker Series. Topic #1 Serverless Computing in Action with Knative Speaker: Doug Tidwell, Red Hat Abstract: Serverless computing has been around for several years, but the Knative project (knative.dev) has changed the game. As its name implies, Knative is a Kubernetes-native environment that delivers everything you'd expect from a serverless environment and more. In this presentation, you'll see code deployed to Kubernetes, Knative, and Istio simultaneously. While you're breathless with excitement from this demonstration, we'll investigate all of the infrastructure generated for you, only to see Knative scale it to zero as time goes by. Worry not: The service can still be invoked, as Knative reactivates it as needed. As a bonus, you'll see a Raspberry Pi version of the photo booth, featuring a Lego-attached camera mounted to the back of the RPi touchscreen. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll have the opportunity to go home with a souvenir photo. Hope to see you there! Topic #2 Web Accessibility Speaker: Maria Lamardo, Systems Engineer @ Nutanix Abstract: Want to learn the basics of Web Accessibility? A Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst turned Web Developer gives you a different take on accessibility and why it is important. Web Accessibility is a way to make everyone - regardless of hardware, software, language, location, or ability - have access to the web and internet in whole. Let's discuss how everyone can create accessible web apps. Food and beverages will be served, along with great swag. Doors open at 6:00, programming begins at 6:30 pm sharp.

  • Changing Role of Data/Data Management Technologies + When Open Source Fails

    A slight change to the lineup, but we'll still feature two extremely important topics and two world-class presentations.. The first topic/talk is "The Changing Role of Data and Data Management Technologies". The second is the previously scheduled "When Open Source Fails". The latter is a very truthful look at when things don't go as planned when using open source, something we don't talk enough about in our opinion. Speakers and topics include: 1. Brian Platz - Founder & Co-CEO, Fluree, PBC Title: The Changing Role of Data and Data Technologies Abstract: The talk will focus on the changing role of data and data management technologies (including blockchain) and will feature examples of where these changes show up (noSQL change feeds, Amazon's new QLDB, etc.). Topics will include: - Evolution of data management needs - Data sharing - Data collaboration - Immutability - The semantic web 2. Todd Moses, Director of Engineering, Imaginovation Title: When Open Source Fails Abstract: We have all been there, needing to build an application using Open Source Software only to discover that the most needed element is not working correctly. Not being our code, it presents a problem. Is there a work around? How about a scheduled bug fix? This talk covers novel ways to overcome this issue with multiple case studies from my own experience. Doors will open at 6:00 pm ET, programing starts at 6:30 pm. Food and beverages will be served, as always. Contact us with questions at [masked]

  • Serverless + Kubernetes: Two highly relevant topics | Two world-class speakers

    We'll start 2019 by featuring two topics that are highly relevant and extremely popular with technologists around the world - serverless computing and Kubernetes. Serverless: Speaker: Mark Hinkle, Co-founder, Triggermesh Mark has a long history in emerging technologies and open source. Before co-founding TriggerMesh he was the Executive Director of the Node.js Foundation with membership including Microsoft, IBM, Google, Intel, PayPal, and other industry leaders. Previously he was the VP of Marketing at The Linux Foundation. Mark joined the Linux Foundation from Citrix were he was the Head of the Citrix Open Source Business Office with participation in numerous trade organizations including the Xen Project, Apache CloudStack, Open Daylight, and the Open Stack Foundation. Mark joined Citrix as a result of the acquisition of Cloud.com where he was Vice President of Community. Previously he held the position Vice President of Zenoss, an open source enterprise management company and Director of Technical Support for MindSpring/Earthlink. Talk: Serverless is FaaS-tastic Serverless can be misleading as a descriptor. Serverless infrastructure actually runs on servers. However, the “server-less” reference comes from the fact that serverless abstracts the complexity of running servers away from the software developer which enables them to develop software without having to worry about the scaling, redundancy and overall infrastructure design. This is called Function-as-a-Service or Faas for short. For the purposes of this talk, we’ll discuss serverless technologies where someone else is providing serverless infrastructure. Popular serverless platforms include Amazon Web Services Lambda, Google Cloud Functions, and Microsoft Azure Functions. The presentation will also discuss the software that can be used to deliver Functions-as-a-Service (FaaS) that enables serverless, including serverless frameworks like Knative, Kubeless, OpenFaaS, and Oracle’s fn. Finally, we’ll cover what a cloud-native application might look like including the use cases and design patterns that serverless is geared towards providing. Kubernetes Functionality: Speaker: Dr. Brad Topol, Distinguished Engineer @ IBM Brad is a Kubernetes contributor, serves as a member of the Kubernetes Conformance Workgroup, and is a Kubernetes Documentation Maintainer. He is a former member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors an OpenStack core contributor and was the project lead for the OpenStack Interoperability Challenge effort. Title: An Introduction to Kubernetes Functionality and an Update on the Kubernetes Conformance Certification Program Abstract: Kubernetes continues to experience explosive growth as it becomes the de facto platform of choice for the creation of cloud native computing applications. Key to the value proposition of this open source infrastructure is that Kubernetes environments be interoperable across different vendors’ environments. This ensures that Kubernetes applications are portable and customers feel confident that vendor lock-in is not occurring. The Kubernetes development community recently formed a Kubernetes Certification Program and Kubernetes Conformance Workgroup to define requirements and test suites that are suitable for certifying Kubernetes environments as meeting conformance/interoperability requirements. In this talk I will begin with an introduction to Kubernetes that covers its functionality and capabilities. I will then I provide an overview of the Kubernetes Certification Program and the Kubernetes Conformance workgroup and give updates from our most recent meeting held at KubeCon. I will also discuss how the Kubernetes open source code test suite is annotated to identify and describe conformance tests and also explain how to get involved and contribute to this critical initiative.

  • Open Source Databases + book signing - final meetup of 2018!

    End the year right by joining us for the final meetup of 2018! Programming will be tremendous, we'll be making a couple of major announcements, and we'll be giving away some amazing swag as a "thank you" to our community. This is a meeting we've wanted to host for a long, long time. In short, it will attempt to answer a question that SHOULD be central to most every developer and technologist - "What open source database should we use, or are currently using?". Our guest will be one of the top experts in the world on the topic - Peter Zaitzev, CEO of Percona and the very well known author of multiple books and articles on the topic of MySQL, MariaDB, and other database related topics. Doors open at 6:00 pm for early networking, programming begins at 6:30 pm sharp. Food and beverages will be available. *JUST ADDED* Peter will be signing copies of his book High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication. Peter's bio: Peter Zaitsev co-founded Percona and assumed the role of CEO in 2006. As one of the foremost experts on MySQL strategy and optimization, Peter leveraged both his technical vision and entrepreneurial skills to grow Percona from a two-person shop to one of the most respected open source companies in the business. With over 140 professionals in 30 plus countries, Peter’s venture now serves over 3000 customers – including the “who’s who” of internet giants, large enterprises and many exciting startups. Percona was named to the Inc. 5000 in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science. Peter is a co-author of High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter frequently speaks as an expert lecturer at MySQL and related conferences, and regularly posts on the Percona Database Performance Blog. He has also been tapped as a contributor to Fortune and DZone, and his recent ebook Practical MySQL Performance Optimization Volume 1 is one of percona.com’s most popular downloads. Talk title: Choosing the Right Open Source Database Abstract: The world of open source databases is overwhelming. There are dozens of types of databases - relational DBMS, time-series, graph, document. Not to mention the dozens of software options within each of those categories. Open source database companies worldwide are competing for our attention. In this talk, we will distill the madness. I will give an overview of the types of open source databases, use-cases, and key players in the ecosystem.

  • Holiday Party in the RTP! With Modern Web and many others

    We'll be attending the Triangle Modern Web holiday party. This is a great event and will be held in partnership with many other user groups, including TriangleJS, Triangle Node, Angular RTP, Triangle Ember, Triangle React, Elixir, Code Craftsmanship Saturdays, and others! Info can be found here - https://www.meetup.com/trianglemodernweb/events/254888908 Programming starts at 6:30 pm ET!

  • 2018 All Things Open Preview! 5 great speakers + swag

    The Frontier @ RTP

    We're back with the biggest meetup of the year! We'll preview All Things Open 2018 by featuring multiple speakers delivering 5-8 minute shortened versions of the talks they'll be delivering at the conference in October. This meeting was extremely popular in 2017 with 100+ attending. 5 world-class speakers are confirmed to participate: 6:45 - Jonell Taylor (https://allthingsopen.org/speakers/jonell-taylor/), Container and Open Source Platforms team @ Metlife 7:00 - Hammid Funsho (https://allthingsopen.org/speakers/hammid-funsho/), Senior QA Engineer @ Coveros 7:15 - Garth Henson (https://allthingsopen.org/speakers/garth-henson/), Lead Engineer @ The Walt Disney Company 7:30 - Rochelle Newton - Senior Systems and User Services Manager, IT @ Duke University 7:45 - Jason Hibbets (https://allthingsopen.org/speakers/jason-hibbets/), Senior Community Architect @ Opensource.com Drinks and beverages will be served and great swag will be available, as always. Doors open at 6:00 pm for networking, programming begins at 6:30.

  • Open Data & Open Government: Leading state, local and developer experts

    With data increasingly being viewed by government as an asset the issue and topics of open data and open government have never been more relevant and in our opinion, more important. Transparency, accountability and innovation should be something every citizen desires of their government, but it is only possible if data and government are "open". This special edition of the ATO RTP meetup will take a close look at the topic and will feature some of the leading decision makers and technologists in the Triangle and across the region. Doors open at 6:00pm, programming starts at 6:30. Food and beverages will be served. Limited swag will be available, as always.. The lineup will feature 4 big speakers, including: 1. Bill Greeves, Chief Information & Innovation Officer, Wake County (20 minutes) Wake Innovates: A one-of-a-kind innovation lab and program Wake County recently created Wake Innovates – a one-of-a-kind innovation lab and program that combines dedicated staffing, innovation funding, creative space and community/partner involvement focused on leading Wake County through innovations that improve the quality of life for all our residents. 2. Bonnie Danahy, Enterprise Data Manager, City of Raleigh Information Technology (20 minutes) The City of Raleigh's Open Data offering: Past | Present | Future The City of Raleigh has recently taken a new direction in their Open Data offering. Learn about what has happened in phase 1 (technology shift) and all about the plan going forward including where you can provide influence. 3. Phillip Lamb, Development Team Lead, Digital Solutions, NC DIT (20 minutes) Ripping off the band-aid: Guiding the adoption of modern development practices in the public sector As part of a State agency, the Digital Solutions unit’s Digital Commons initiative is tasked with changing the way the State and its Citizens have traditionally interacted. Each State agency’s information should be easy to find, easy to parse, and easy to share. Achieving that goal is made more feasible through the use of modern development practices, but culture change never comes easy. 4. Jason Hare, Open Data Principal, Jason M. Hare Associates (30 minutes) How Developers Can Get Started with Open Data

  • Blockchain 101 - What every technologist must know

    Cannon Room @ HQCapitalClub

    The March meeting will feature a topic that will impact nearly every facet of life moving forward - Blockchain. We feel everyone should understand and be familiar with it, especially given the number of open source blockchain projects and platforms in existence today. Bottom line, open source is at the very heart of blockchain. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, programming starts at 6:30 with community announcements. Food and beverages will be served and swag will be available to attendees, as always! Our speaker is Anna Derbakova (https://allthingsopen.org/speakers/anna-derbakova/), a Principal Developer at BlueCross BlueShield NC. Prior to that she worked as a Software Engineer on the IBM Blockchain team. She also made notable contributions to Hyperledger Fabric, a blockchain framework implementation and one of the Hyperledger projects hosted by The Linux Foundation. She was responsible for the development and maintenance of the REST API, CLI, and Node.js SDK portions of the code. The topic - Blockchain 101 Blockchain technology enables the daily exchange of millions of dollars in transactions on the Bitcoin network without a centralized control system. But decentralized currency exchange is only one application of blockchain technology. Blockchain has shown potential to revolutionize how established businesses handle everything from international trade to legal contract automation. However, most technologists have yet to gain a solid foundational understanding of the technology in order to apply it to solutions in their industries. This talk aims at providing a ground level understanding of blockchain and its value proposition to various market segments from finance to insurance and supply chain. Various existing blockchain frameworks will be discussed and contrasted to give the attendees a better understanding of currently available options. Update - March 14... We've added a second, shorter session following Anna's Blockchain 101. The ConsenSys blockchain team will deliver a 10-15 minute session to wrap things up on Enterprise Ethereum (Quorum protocol, Go Ethereum with POA).