• DigitalOcean Amsterdam: An End of Year Special

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    So this is the last DigitalOcean Amsterdam meetup for 2018 so lets make it a good one! We're going to do something slightly different this month and host the Second Annual DigitalOcean Amsterdam End of Year Quiz Bonanza. The format is pretty simple. There will be questions and you will hopefully know the answers. You can tell me your answers via your phone (or internet connected device). If you know the most answers of everyone there, you will win the Grand Prize, $300 of DO credit! There are also prizes for second and third place. And of course it wouldn't be a DO meetup without speakers. This month we've got Bas from Github talking us through Github actions. As always, There will be plenty of snacks and cold beverages and we'll cap the evening off with pizzas and general chit chat. The talks are suitable for all experience levels so just come along, grab a drink and see where the night takes you. It's all pretty casual. If you can't make it (this is the one you really should come too!), you can join us on the livestream - https://youtu.be/gjZVmLzitmc Bas Peters (GitHub) - GitHub Actions: open source workflow automation In this talk Bas Peters will give an overview and demo of GitHub Actions. GitHub Actions are a new way to automate your workflows as code hosted, shared and executed on GitHub.com. GitHub Actions apply open source principles to workflow automation allowing you to share and discover actions to use in your workflows. You can use them to build and test your code, to package and deploy, to send notifications on specific events like creating a release or to automate welcoming new users to your open source projects. We think GitHub Actions are going to have a big impact on software development and we would love to hear your feedback and ideas. Bas Peters is a Solutions Engineer at GitHub The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Bas Peters (GitHub) - GitHub Actions: open source workflow automation - 7:55 - Short break - 8:00 - End of Year Quiz Bonanza! - 8:50 - Closing thoughts and Pizza What to bring Yourself and a laptop or mobile that connects to the Internets for the quiz Important to know The DigitalOcean Community (https://www.digitalocean.com/community) has all the resources you need to go from development to production, and please read the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing) before attending. Hope to see you there David

  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: An Amsterdam Dance Event Special

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    Amsterdam Dance Event comes but once a year, so we're throwing an ADE inspired event to celebrate. We branch slightly off topic to host an evening focused on Music and Creativity. This year we have Piet back to talk us talk us through his latest project, the internet of drums! Expect live demos and drumming. Imogen Heap (yes, the Imogen Heap) is also dropping by to talk to us about her blockchain project for the music industry If you've been to another one of our meetups, you'll its a pretty relaxed evening with no corporate agendas or recruiting. Theres usually plenty of beers, wine and non alcoholic drinks. Theres snacks and cake to keep you going throughout the night and pizza is after the last talk at around 8:50ish. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and we'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, we also livestream all our events (https://youtu.be/rh9RSIO2Hf4) Piet van Dongen (Luminis) - The Internet of Drums The Internet of Drums is a magical device that translates 1's and 0's to BADUMs and TISHes. IoT has never been so loud and exciting. During this talk, the audience can control the drum machine with their smartphone, while they explore its design and execution in detail. What's in the box? What's in the cloud? How do they communicate? How do I make one myself? Because that's the best part: you can build the whole thing yourself! The Internet of Drums is totally open source: from laser-cut case design to backend software. Instructions included, pull requests welcome. Piet loves to dive deep into stuff. When he's done, he will explain it to you with great enthusiasm and humor. Even if the subject is super dry and boring. HTTP/2 internals? Piet breaks out his hacksaw. IoT architecture? Piet creates a drum computer the audience can play with from the comfort of their seats. Why? Because he thinks it is essential that we share what we do and know. That's the best way to collectively get better at what we do. Imogen Heap (Mycelia) London based recording artist Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, one as Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), and collaborating with Jeff Beck, Mika and Josh Groban amongst others, Heap has penned tracks for movies, TV shows and produced the score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, winning the 'Outstanding Music in a Play' Drama Desk Award. Counting 5 Grammy nominations, winning one for engineering and another for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, Heap also received an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award and an honorary Doctorate of Technology for her MI.MU gloves work: a ground-breaking gestural music making system. In 2014 she envisioned a flourishing music industry ecosystem through Mycelia and released ‘Tiny Human’, the first song to use smart contracts on a blockchain. Creating an artist-led, fair and sustainable decentralised ecosystem, Mycelia’s 'The Creative Passport’ provides an ID for music makers to connect digitally with the music industry.With three world tours, sold out Royal Albert Hall and Greek Theatre shows and thousands of 5* reviews, this September Heap will embark on a year-long music and technology world tour. Imogen made Hide and Seek. You may have heard it - https://youtu.be/UYIAfiVGluk The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Piet van Dongen (Luminis) - The Internet of Drums - 7:55 - Short break - 8:00 - Imogen Heap (Mycelia) - 8:50 - Closing thoughts and Pizza All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: An Unofficial Fronteers Pre Pre Party

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    To mark the start of the this years Fronteers conference, we're throwing a special pre pre event (the official pre party is on Wednesday). As Fronteers is a web conference that focuses on the frontend web technologies, the evening will naturally be frontend focused, but if you don't really do frontend, feel free to come n chill with a beer. Martin is this months speaker. He has flown in from Switzerland, and is Fronteers main man - in charge of hosting the conference on Thursday and Friday. He has a wealth of experience with Javascript and VR and he will be talking us though a tricky subject, Technical SEO for javascript web apps. We'll stick to our tried and tested formula - ice cold drinks on arrival including a selection of beer, wines and soft drinks. There will be finger snacks to keep your energy levels up. Pizza turns up at 8:00 and then you're free to drink more beers while you chat to people and relax. The whole evening is a chilled out affair. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, We will do a livestream (https://youtu.be/WD2Iw1Qxdek) Martin Splitt (Google) - Technical SEO 101 for JS web apps Building web apps is a great way to reach a vast number of people... but to do so, your web content should also be discoverable via search. In this talk we will dive into a few best practices and see how we can make sure our content can be found. Martin is open source contributor and web evangelist by heart from Zurich with a decade experience from the trenches of software engineering in multiple fields. He works as a Webmasters Trends Analyst / Developer Advocate at Google for Search & web ecosystem. He helps people building applications or publishing content on the web to be successful, productive and visible. Martin believes in the web platform and is working with bleeding edge technologies that will allow the web to prosper. More speakers to follow, maybe The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Martin Splitt (Google) - Technical SEO 101 for JS web apps - 8:00 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • A DigitalOcean Amsterdam Special: How the Internet works - Part 2

    After having a great time with the Henk and Kees back in February, we decided to continue the series. This time we're really excited to be hosting Olaf Kolkman, the Chief Internet Technology Officer for the Internet Society, talking about DNS security and routing challenges which underpin the internet on a core level. Jaap Akkerhuis is our second speaker - A man who was instrumental to the setup of the internet in Europe during the 80's. It promises to pretty technical, with lots of insight to areas we, as developers, rarely think about. As always, there will be drinks and snacks from the beginning including beers, wines and soft drinks (with non alcoholic beers for anyone driving). Pizza comes after the final talk so no one misses out. There will be Meaty, Veggie, Vegan and Gluten free pizzas so hopefully everyone can grab a slice and chat (chatting is optional). If you haven't been to a DigitalOcean event before, our evenings are pretty relaxed with no corporate agendas. We will livestream too! - https://youtu.be/BdaCsSDyiQw Olaf Kolkman (Internet Society) - Security of the Public Core In this talk we’ll be talking about the core of the Internet, in what we hope will be an interactive conversation we’ll meander from the make up of the Internet as a network of networks, its properties, to its challenges when it comes to Access and Trust. We may touch upon the challenges in naming and routing securities, the security of IoT, or the role of norms in the context of cyber stability. We’ll choose our own adventure. As Chief Internet Technology Officer, Olaf Kolkman is the executive responsible for the technical aspects of the Internet Society's agenda. For over 2 decades, Olaf has been actively engaged in the intersection of Internet technology, Internet policy and society. Olaf contributed to various global technical Internet initiatives such as the deployment of a global measurement network and the development and global roll out of DNSSEC. He worked at RIPE NCC for almost a decade and directed NLnet Labs for more than half a decade. Under his responsibility, NLnet Labs made a significant contribution to global Internet stability through research and development of open-source DNS software that is globally deployed. Olaf is a commissioner on the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, a board member of Diamond Key Security, and a chair of the advisory council of Bits of Freedom. Olaf lives in the Netherlands and finds pleasure in movies, music, cooking, and creativity. He tweets as @kolkman. Jaap Akkerhuis (NLnet Labs) - Developing a network and naming policies Jaap has been instrumental in the development of the Internet in the Netherlands and Europe since the early 1980s. During his career he has been involved in various aspects of networking. In this talk he will tell about the early development, not only about the technical aspects but how naming policies and governance policies developed over the years. Jaap is currently a senior research engineer at NLnet Labs and has performed various functions in ICANN advisory committees such as the Security and Stability Advisory Committee. In 2017 he got inducted into the ISOC Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Jaap has spent a generous amount of time sharing his knowledge with others and playing key roles in organisations such as the European Unix User Group, Advanced Computing Systems Association (USENIX), the Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet Society, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE) and The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries. The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Olaf Kolkman (Internet Society) - Security of the Public Core - 8:00 - Break - 8:05 - Jaap Akkerhuis (NLnet Labs) - Developing a network and naming policies - 8:50 - Closing Remarks, Pizza and casual chatting

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: The August Edition - Machine Learning

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    This months theme is Machine Leaning looking at practical uses in regards to flood mapping. Something a little different to the usual machine learning talks. There will be plenty of cool drinks to counter the warm weather, so come along, chat to friends and chill. We'll stick to our tried and tested formula - ice cold drinks on arrival including a selection of beer, wines and soft drinks. There will be finger snacks to keep your energy levels up. Pizza turns up at 8:45 and then you're free to drink more beers while you chat to people and relax. The whole evening is a chilled out affair. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, We will do a livestream (https://youtu.be/_mp1qn-FyBY) Ian Shen (Transight) - A practical use case to predict city flash flood with machine learning Urban flooding occurs at extremely rapid rates and is harmful to people living in the city. However, rainfall which causes urban flooding is extremely concentrated both in time and in space, which makes it difficult to measure with weather stations. We will share our experience working with a partner company to serve the government in predicting flood levels in the city. You will hear data ingestion, transformation and most importantly, a deep learning model (Seq2seq prediction with Encoder-Decoder) we used in the project. Co-founder of Transight and Phd candidate of the Applied Data Science Lab in Utrecht University, working in a European Horizon 2020 program. Specialized in medical analytics, natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning/deep learning The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Ian Shen (Transight) - A practical use case to predict city flash flood with machine learning - 8:00 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: The July Edition - UX

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    This month we're doing a UX themed evening. I've accosted Nadia from Ladies that UX to talk about how _not_ to kill designers your UX colleagues. Nadia is our only speaker this month so it will be a fairly chilled out evening. There's plenty of cool drinks to counter the hot weather, so come along, chat to friends and chill. We'll stick to our tried and tested formula - ice cold drinks on arrival including a selection of beer, wines and soft drinks. There will be finger snacks to keep your energy levels up. Pizza turns up at 8 and then you're free to drink more beers while you chat to people and relax. The whole evening is a chilled out affair. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, We will do a livestream (https://youtu.be/JTvqwR0ecfY) Nadia Udalova (XebiaLabs) - UX & DEV: How to BUILD KILLER FEATURES and not kill each other Developers and designers have very different job profiles. We often hear designers complain about developers ruining their work. Developers avoid designers as they make their job more complicated. Instead, we should learn to work together to make our difficult jobs easier and to create the most efficient process for everyone. Nadia will share some tips that helped her team of UX professionals to work efficiently with developers in a highly development-driven organisation. Nadia is a User Experience evangelist with about 6 years of experience. Currently she is leading a team of UX professionals at XebiaLabs - an enterprise-scale Continuous Delivery & DevOps software provider. One of the biggest challenges on her career path - is to make development driven work environment take user centric direction. Nadia is passionate about promoting female talent in tech. She is a part of Ladies That UX Amsterdam organisers team - biggest female-focused UX community in Netherlands. The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Nadia Udalova (XebiaLabs) - UX & DEV: How to BUILD KILLER FEATURES and not kill each other - 8:00 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: The June Edition

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    After a little break in May, we're back for another DigitalOcean Amsterdam meetup. This month I have stolen two great speakers from the Devops Days conference. We'll stick to our tried and tested formula - ice cold drinks on arrival including a selection of beer, wines and soft drinks. There will be finger snacks to keep your energy levels up. After the final talk (at around 8:45/9 ish) there will be pizza to munch on more beers to sip on while you chat to people and relax. The whole evening is a chilled out affair. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, We will do a livestream at https://youtu.be/5EqVovAqs4o Luca Maraschi (NearForm) - Ooops my Node.js is on fire! At 10am on Black Friday, your phone rings: the new JS application you deployed came under too much load, and the site has gone down! Your employer is losing sales opportunities... your employer is losing money! But you don’t lose your cool. You log into your cloud provider and tweak your autoscaling settings. Now the deployment can handle the load spike but with four times the number of servers, which is four times the cost. The next day, you try to analyse what happened and begin to optimize your application to prepare for future load spikes. This talk is a journey into the world of Node.js performance, taking a look at the available tools and optimization techniques inspired by insight gained from glimpsing under the hood of Node and V8. Luca’s passion for the tech industry started at the young age of just 6 years old when he began coding. His passion and thirst for knowledge led him to graduate with a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from MIT. Since then Luca founded and successfully exited 3 companies. While managing large teams, he has designed and delivered large scale real-time systems for some of the industry leaders in gaming, banking and mobile technologies. Luca’s focus remains on building his career through cloud technology, big data and AI systems. Andrew Martin (ControlPlane) - From Kubelet to Istio: Kubernetes Network Security Demystified Kubernetes provides multiple layers of network security including the control plane, etcd, the CNI network, network policies, and - with Istio on top - the requests between applications themselves. In this talk we explore the underlying technologies on which these layers are built using approachable examples and demonstrations. Attendees can expect to gain an understanding of these implementations and the principles behind encryption, identity, and trust in Kubernetes. - What are TLS, X.509, and mutual authentication? - Why cloud native communication should be encrypted by default - Kubernetes component intercommunication - CNI and network policy for applications - Bootstrapping identity with SPIFFE - Mutual TLS, route rules, and destination policies in Istio Andrew has a strong test-first engineering background gained developing and deploying high volume web applications. Proficient in application development and systems architecture and maintenance, he is comfortable profiling and securing every tier of a bare metal or virtualised web stack, and has battle-hardened experience delivering containerised solutions to enterprise clients. He is a co-founder at https://control-plane.io The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Andrew Martin (ControlPlane) - From Kubelet to Istio: Kubernetes Network Security Demystified - 7:55 - A small interlude - Chance to grab another drink and toilet break - 8:00 - Luca Maraschi (NearForm) - Ooops my Node.js is on fire! - 8:45 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: The April Edition - Kubernetes

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    We're back for another DigitalOcean Amsterdam meetup. This month we have two speakers focusing on Kubernetes. Up first, Pietro will give us a introduction to the basic concepts for those who are new to Kubernetes. After the break We've got Dimitar and Chandrika talking about how these use Kubernetes to manage and deploy microservices at Picnic. We'll stick to our tried and tested formula - ice cold drinks on arrival including a selection of beer, wines and softdrinks. There will be finger snacks to keep your energy levels up. After the final talk (at around 8:45/9 ish) there will be pizza to munch on more beers to sip on while you chat to peoples and relax. The whole evening is a chilled out affair. We try to cater for everyone, so there will be meaty, vegetarian and gluten free pizza but if you have any special dietary requirements, send me an email and I'll try to accommodate them. If you can't make it, We will do a livestream at https://youtu.be/ePqaoyl2GWg Pietro Bongiovanni (Fixico) - An introduction to the basic concepts of Kubernetes An introduction to the basic concepts of Kubernetes: all you need to know to navigate pods, services, ingresses on your own, to understand why it is one of the fastest growing open source projects on GitHub, and to help you build, test and deploy applications from a simple local minikube instance to a multi-node fully distributed cluster using your favourite cloud service provider. Pietro is a software engineer at Fixico where he does back-end development and DevOps, and is an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering at Politecnico di Torino where I am struggling to get my degree. Dimitar Nedev & Chandrika Parimoo (Picnic) - Best practices for orchestrating a multi-site deployment with Kubernetes Getting microservices up and running can be a daunting task for some. There are a million things that could go wrong. While there is no definitive guideline for deploying and managing the microservices, containerisation and popular container orchestration platforms like kubernetes have transformed the play field for running microservices. In this talk we will cast some light on some patterns that can be followed for deploying services in Kubernetes for speedy and stable delivery of services which we found while building the container platform at Picnic. For those interested in the technologies we are going to talk about, Picnic uses AWS, Java, Terraform, Docker, Kubernetes, New Relic, Scalyr, Vault and Travis among others. Dimitar is the Lead Data Infrastructure Engineer and Chandrika is the Lead DevOps Engineer at Picnic. They have been developing the backend and data infrastructure and undertook the containerisation initiative to support the expansion of Picnic services to multiple markets. The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Pietro Bongiovanni (Fixico) - An introduction to the basic concepts of Kubernetes - 7:55 - A small interlude - Chance to grab another drink and toilet break - 8:00 - Dimitar Nedev & Chandrika Parimoo (Picnic) - Best practices for orchestrating a multi-site deployment with Kubernetes - 8:45 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • DigitalOcean Amsterdam: The March Edition - Machine Learning

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    We're back for yet another DigitalOcean Amsterdam Meetup! This month we've got 2 speakers focusing on Machine Learning. Firstly Bas will show us how he used machine learning to automate finding every traffic sign in the Netherlands and then Daniel is giving us a behind the scenes sneak peak into Picnic, looking specifically at their deep-learning based behavioural analytics and prediction engine. The evening will be a usually a casual affair. There will be plenty of snacks and cold beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) to keep you well fed and watered throughout the evening and we'll cap it all off with some food (probably pizzas) and general chit chat. The talks are suitable for all experience levels so just come along, grab a drink and see where the night takes you. We try to cater for everyone, having food for meaty people, vegetarians and Gluten free people but If you have any special food requirements (like "I can only eat in the dark"), please get in touch and we'll try to make it happen If you can't make it, We will do a livestream (https://youtu.be/Yu_ksajRCuI) Bas Boom (Cyclomedia) - Finding every traffic sign in the Netherlands Finding every traffic sign in the Netherlands Cyclomedia developed a automatic system to map traffic signs using streetview images. They support all the traffic signs defined by the Dutch government. Machine learning is applied to perform the computationally expensive search through all streetview images. Afterwards, a 3D position of the traffic sign is determined using stereo vision technology, which is followed by a more precise recognition of the individual traffic signs. Human annotators check the results of the machine learning. Within this talk, Bas will mainly discuss the machine learning technology involved in this project, showing some of the challenges they had with the unique streetview images. Daniel Gebler (Picnic) - Deep learning for online retail - from convenient mobile to smart IoT shopping Picnic is the world’s fastest growing online supermarket that makes grocery shopping simple, fun, and affordable for everyone. In this talk we provide a view behind the scenes of our deep-learning based behavioural analytics and prediction engine. We will talk you through the ups-and-downs of product, category and promotional recommendations of FMCGs and do not shy away from demoing also the failures. Now we are able to predict with >95% likelihood the top 12 articles of the next order of each customer. In the second half of this talk we will make a deep-dive into the main challenge of e-commerce fulfilment: deliver under uncertainty (real-world physical operation) with ultra-high accuracy (99% on-time) in narrow time windows (20 min). We will demonstrate how our fleet of real-time connected vehicles, smart planning algorithms, precise monitoring tools and predictive distribution models create an unprecedented distribution logistic system for groceries. Then we provide a look behind the scenes of our smart planning algorithm that broke world records of the famous travelling salesman problem (TSP). Finally, we deliver insights into the architecture and design of our distribution eco-system (planning, monitoring, execution, control components) and explain how we made them ready for autonomous distribution and self-driving vehicles. The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Bas Boom (Cyclomedia) - Finding every traffic sign in the Netherlands - 7:55 - Brief interlude - Chance to grab another drink and toilet break - 8:00 - Daniel Gebler - Deep learning for online retail - from convenient mobile to smart IoT shopping - 8:45 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising All attendees are subject to the Events Code of Conduct (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NEGQNUz8-36SAnOoW8GR_1iNyd4m1aT2CV1IZIlotKA/edit?usp=sharing). Please read before attending. Hope to see you there, David

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  • A DigitalOcean Amsterdam Special: How the Internet Works

    Your Majesty Amsterdam

    We're kicking 2018 off with something special. This month we're looking into how the internet works at an network infrastructure level. If you've ever wondered how your code makes it way from your server to a user on the otherside of the world and who decides the path it takes, this might be the meetup for you. We've got Henk Steenman, the CTO of one of the largest exchanges in the world talking about how the internet works and the players that make it happen, including the history of AMS-IX. We also have Kees Neggers, A Dutch Internet Pioneer, who will bring more historic overview of the internet but also give some attention to the need of a "next generation Internet". As always, The evening will be a casual affair. There will be plenty of snacks and cold beverages (beer, wine and soft drinks) to keep you well fed and watered throughout the evening and we'll cap it all off with some kind of food thing (probably pizzas) and general chit chat. The talks are suitable for all experience levels so just come along, grab a drink and see where the night takes you. We try to cater for everyone, having food for meaty people, vegetarians and Gluten free people but If you have any special food requirements, please get in touch and we'll try to make it happen If you can't make it, We will do a livestream (https://youtu.be/swDFj8hK8lU) Henk Steenman (Chief Technical Officer @ Amsterdam Internet Exchange) The presentation discusses the large scale infrastructure of the internet, essentially how the internet is built through various forms of interconnection between all the different players that make up the internet. The focus of the presentation will be on what is called “peering”, one of the forms that of interconnection and more specifically peering over Internet Exchanges (IXP). As an example implementation of an IXP a more detailed discussion on AMS-IX will presented. The presentation will go into some of the AMS-IX history and very specific organisation structure as well as into the basic implementation of the physical network that enables peering. Henk joined AMS-IX in 2001 when the AMS-IX Association decided to insource the technical management of the Exchange to the AMS-IX B.V. Before he joined AMS-IX as CTO, he had already been involved with AMS-IX as board member and chair of the AMS-IX Association. Prior to working at AMS-IX, Henk was Director Internetworking Center of Expertise (ICoE) at AT&T. In this role he was responsible for the ICoE budget, 9 team members and a lab environment. Prior to his function as Director ICoE, he worked as a Senior Network Architect for AT&T. Before working at AT&T, Henk worked at the Network Operations Center of SARA (1990 -1997 and as Manager Network Services at SURFnet BV. Henk studied Astrophysics, Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam and holds a bachelor degree in Marine Engineering. Kees Neggers Kees Neggers is one of the key figures in the development of international research and education networking and the internet. He co-founded and developed organisations such as RARE-TERENA-GÉANT, CCIRN, Ebone, AMS-IX, RIPE NCC, the Internet Society and GLIF. He served as Managing Director of SURFnet from its start in 1988 until his retirement mid-2012, and was CEO of SURF from July 2014 until May 2015. In 2002, he became ‘ICT Personality of the Year’ in the Netherlands. In 2012 he was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau and in 2013 he was inducted as a Pioneer in the Internet Hall of Fame. The provisional structure is as follows: - 6:30 - Doors open - Grab a drink and get a seat - 7:00 - Brief introduction - 7:10 - Henk Steenman - 7:55 - Brief interlude - Chance to grab another drink and toilet break - 8:00 - Kees Neggers - 8:45 - Closing remarks then pizza and socialising Hope to see you there, David

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