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Learn How to Apply Cognitive Services to Your Agency's Mission

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Vishwas L. and Karina H.


Offering myriad possibilities, cognitive services teach computers to understand the world as humans do. This emerging technology can provide exciting and powerful capabilities for government agencies to better meet their unique missions and improve citizen services and engagement.

To hear how cognitive services can advance government, RSVP and join ( us for this Meetup, Learning How to Apply Cognitive Services to Your Agency's Mission.

We are excited to have Justin "Doc" Herman (, program lead of Emerging Citizen Technology, Technology Transformation Service, General Services Administration, ( sharing how government is advancing the use of emerging technologies.

There will also be compelling presentation and demos on Microsoft Cognitive Services ( Steve Michelotti (, senior program manager, Azure Government; and Ken Hausman (, data platform solution architect of Microsoft.

Check out the agenda and join us for an evening of fantastic presentations, demos, networking, food and beverages. This Meetup is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Please RSVP today (!

Agenda & Directions

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Networking & Refreshments

6:35 – 6:40 p.m. – Welcome & Introductions

• Meetup Organizers: Vishwas Lele, CTO, AIS, & Microsoft Azure MVP; and Karina Homme, Azure Government Product Market Lead, Microsoft

6:40 - 7:20 p.m. – Developing Apps on Azure Government Using Cognitive Services (Level 200)

• Steve Michelotti, Senior Program Manager, Azure Government, & Ken Hausman, Data Platform Solution Architect, Microsoft

Tap into high-quality vision, speech, language, and knowledge technologies, developed with decades of Microsoft research to build intelligent apps. Hear about Microsoft Cognitive Services API offerings and learn how to build your own smart apps on Azure Government. See compelling demos on how you can immediately start using the APIs to perform facial recognition, voice recognition, live translation of languages, image analysis, and face redaction from video feeds - all on the secure Azure Government platform.

7:20 – 8:00 p.m. – Advancing the Use of Emerging Technology in Government (Level 100)

• Justin "Doc" Herman, Emerging Citizen Technology Program Lead, Technology Transformation Service, General Services Administration

Justin will discuss what GSA and partner agencies are doing to seed advanced cloud services such as cognitive services and artificial intelligence in government. Justin is part of GSA TTS which applies modern methodologies and technologies to improve the public’s experience with government by helping agencies make their services more accessible, efficient, and effective, and by itself providing services that exemplify these values.

8:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Wrap-up & Post-Event Networking

Directions to 1776 ( -- Washington, DC

(Check in on 1st floor / Meetup on 12th floor)

1776 is located only a few blocks from both Logan Circle and the White House. The building is across the street from the Washington Post and is home to Strayer University on the first floor. A sign is visible on the exterior of the building.

Parking: There’s a parking garage to the building. Rate is $6 after 5 p.m.

Metro: Closest metro stops are McPherson Square (blue and orange lines) and Farragut North (red line). 1776 is about a 5- to 7-minute walk from each station.
1776 D.C.
1133 15th St NW · Washington, DC
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Check in on 1st floor / Meetup on 12th floor

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