• Build Better APIs with GraphQL

    IDEA Center

    Presented by Jack Smith Have you ever made a request to an API that returns 20 data points to get the one value you needed? Have you built pages that needed to make 10+ HTTP requests just to render correctly? Have you ever resorted to scanning through your backend code to figure out how to call an API because the docs are out of date or non-existent? GraphQL is an insanely powerful technology that can painlessly solve these problems and many more. We will explore how GraphQL works under the hood and see how we can leverage it to reduce headaches and ship on time. Food and drink will _not_ be served at this event. You are welcome to bring drinks for yourself or to share with others (alcohol is permitted).

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  • 🎃 Hacktoberfest 2019 🎃

    IDEA Center

    Hacktoberfest 2019 is here, so let's get together and contribute to the open source community! Bring your laptop and get ready to write some code! DigitalOcean and Dev.to sponsor Hacktoberfest every October to promote meaningful contributions to the open source ecosystem — for beginners and veterans alike. There are so many open source projects that we depend on every day that have issues that need to be resolved. We'll do a quick overview of open source and how it works, and we'll help anyone get started if they've never contributed to a project before. We encourage everyone to come regardless of skill level! If you can't think of a project you want to contribute to right now, that's okay. We'll show you how to easily find issues on GitHub marked as "need help", or "hacktoberfest", or "good first issue". Hacktoberfest is giving away t-shirts to the first 50,000 contributors who have four pull requests merged into a public repository! At the end of the day, we'll spend some time showing the group what we've worked on. We hope to see you there! Find out more at the Hacktoberfest site: https://hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/ Please read our Events Code of Conduct (http://do.co/hacktoberconduct) before attending. Happy Hacking!

  • ⚡ Lightning Talk Night ⚡

    IDEA Center

    Presented by YOU! Let's get together at the IDEA Center to talk about what's on our minds! A lot of us will be fresh from the Central Wisconsin IT Conference, so we should have quite a bit to talk about! Come prepared to start a casual conversation or short presentation about something you've been interested in lately. Here are a few example topics: - A new CSS feature - A framework or SDK you've used in a project - Tips for advancing your career We'll keep topics around 5 or 10 minutes long, so we can get though everyone's topics. A projector will be setup if you would like to use it, but don't feel like you have to prepare something. Food and drink will _not_ be served at this event. You are welcome to bring drinks for yourself or to share with others (alcohol is permitted).

  • Seeing the World in 3D: Realsense, Point Cloud Library, 3D Reconstruction 101

    Intro to 3D depth sensors like the Intel RealSense camera, open source libraries for processing 3D data like Point Cloud Library and Open3D, and live demos

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  • 🛠️ Dev Toolboxes: Linqpad, The .NET Developer's Playground

    Sponsored By: Renaissance Learning Presented by Josiah Bradbury We all have our own toolboxes, that bin of applications, processes, and mindsets that we use on our day to day basis. Josiah will be showing one that he has been using for a few years now, Linqpad. It presents itself as the .NET Developer's playground and it really hits the mark! After the presentation will be an open discussion about the tools we all use! Bring your own machine and show off your tools as well! Pizza and soda will be served at this event. You are welcome to bring alcoholic drinks for yourself or to share with others.

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  • ⚡ Lightning Talk Night ⚡

    IDEA Center

    Presented by YOU! Let's get together at the IDEA Center to talk about what's on our minds! Come prepared to start a casual conversation or short presentation about something you've been interested in lately. Here are a few example topics: - A new CSS feature - A framework or SDK you've used in a project - Tips for advancing your career We'll keep topics around 5 or 10 minutes long, so we can get though everyone's topics. A projector will be setup if you would like to use it, but don't feel like you have to prepare something. Finally, we'd like to challenge you to bring a guest to this event! We're looking to get some new faces involved in our group. Food and drink will _not_ be served at this event. You are welcome to bring drinks for yourself or to share with others (alcohol is permitted).

  • Google + Alexa: Cross-Assistant Apps

    IDEA Center

    Presented by Michael Fazio Twitter: @faziodev Remember when the Echo was made available back in late 2014? It was invite only, then Prime only, then finally available for everyone the next summer. Only, most people didn't really seem to care. What does it even do? Why should I bother? Can't I just use my phone? Quite a lot has changed with voice assistants in the past four-plus years; there now are approximately 7,000 Echo devices, the trio of Google Homes are quickly taking more and more market share, and many third-party manufacturers are creating their own voice-enabled devices. We can interact with these devices just by talking, and now some can even respond with visuals (though not quite in the same way as a phone or tablet.) We're going to talk a bit about where we were, a bit more about where we are now, plus discuss how people's day-to-day is being made easier thanks to their AI assistants. We'll look at both platforms to compare and contrast. We'll even dig into some code to learn how we can build our own fulfillment API We'll be starting the presentation shortly after 6pm.

  • sumobots working night v4

    IDEA Center

    This is a working night for the upcoming (~jun 20) sumobot competition Come by to get your feet wet with arduino, motors, sensors, etc in this hands on work night. Tentative topic for the evening proximity sensors (IR, ultrasonic, laser range, etc)

  • Using Terraform, Vault, Consul, and Nomad to accelerate application delivery

    Developers are facing a lot of challenges adopting cloud and multi cloud. Routing, securing, deploying and running their apps and infrastructure is challenging and becoming more domain specific. Thankfully, HashiCorp has open source tools to alleviate these pain points and get teams focused on what matters: delivering applications. This talk will go over the HashiStack - Terraform, Vault, Consul and Nomad. We'll go over what they are, the problems they solve, and how to get started using them. Sponsored by New Resources Consulting

  • Sumo Bot Working Night #1 - Introduction to Arduino

    The IDEA center is sponsoring a sumo bot competition June 27 * https://github.com/CenWIDev/sumobot-resources In the lead up to the competition, we'll be hosting working nights every other Thursday to help introduce people to the various skills & tools needed to build a robot. In this first part of the series, we'll provide an introduction to Arduino: * what is an arduino (~10min) * how do I use an arduino (~10min) * opportunity to get hands on (rest of the night) If you come prepared with the Arduino IDE installed on a laptop, you will be ready to roll -- there will be access to shared computers, but it may be limited... Download and install the Arduino IDE here * https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software