This year, we are proud to host the Capital Region DevFest (DevFestCR18) at the University at Albany uptown campus.
Capital Region GDG would like to thank all confirmed speakers and sponsors. Check out our event page (https://devfest.gdgcapitalregion.com) for all the details.
We look forward to seeing you on October 27th at UAlbany!
Remember...signing up to attend here on Meetup.com is required, but you will also need to register through EventBrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capital-region-google-developer-group-devfest-2018-devfestcr18-tickets-49862324555).
Want to come learn about all of the cool technologies that were announced at the Google I/O Conference this year?
The Google Developer Group of the Capital Region is proud to announce we will be holding an event, called I/O Extended, to recap technology announced at the 2018 Google I/O. Please see the Google I/O YouTube channel at:
This year we will have content on: Flutter, Tensorflow, Actions on Google, and more.
Here is the agenda:
10:30am-10:45am: Opening remarks
10:45am-11:00am: I/O Keynote (condensed)
11:00am-12:00pm: Flutter presentation / codelab (for those interested in Android/iOS development)
12:00pm-12:30pm: Lunch (provided)
12:30pm-1:15pm: Node App Engine Codelab
1:15pm-2:15pm: Go App Engine Codelab
2:15pm-3:15pm: Actions on Google Codelab
3:15pm: Wrapup and farewell
Please join us at Commercehub for this signature event. Count on talks, demos and codelabs!
See you there!
Blain and Jason
Please join the Capital Region GDG community for this inclusive event (every member of the community is invited). The event theme is: "Building a New Horizon".
The goal of the event is to inspire you to envision how your involvement in the tech industry does, or could, impact the world, or even a small corner of it.
We'll bring you two inspirational and motivating keynotes from Pamela Pavliscak and Janet Carmosky, as well as networking periods and lightning talks.
Pamela is an author, founder and speaker who focuses on human / technology interaction.
Janet is the Executive Director of Albany Can Code, where she is focused on equipping aspiring software developers with the tools to enter this field and excel.
Both Pamela and Janet are engaging speakers and each have a wealth of experience in and around the tech industry.
In addition to Pamela and Janet, we will have networking and lightning talks as well! Our venue host, CommerceHub will be providing the space and food/drink. Great thanks to CommerceHub!
So, if you would like to gather to share experiences and build each other's confidence in how the technology industry can be impacted with our collective skills, please do join us!
10:00am - 10:30am: networking and refreshments
10:30am - 11:15am: Keynote #1
11:15am - 11:45am: Lightning talks
11:45am - 12:30pm: Networking and group interaction
12:30pm - 1:15pm: Keynote #2
1:15pm - end: Networking
How to Create a Human Future with Machines
Depending on how you look, you can see two futures for our lives with technology. Put on your rose-colored VR headset and you’ll see the promise of unparalleled ease. Scroll, bleary-eyed through your social media feed and you’ll spot all manner of dystopian futures. Yet, the goal of designers, developers, and anyone creating tech futures is to make the world tangibly better. How do we design a human future with machines? In this session, we'll try out 3 ways to shift our perspective and move beyond boom and doom.
Software Across our Society and Culture
We're all aware of how many aspects of our functioning in the economy and society are intermediated - in fact shaped - by software. We're also aware that our dependence on apps and devices is increasing, and the aspects of our lives that do not yet involve software are vanishing rapidly. These facts should call into question what role technology companies and software developers play in our culture as a whole. For those of us who are economically secure, stable, and well educated, technology presents opportunities for greater productivity. What does the seemingly irreversible ascendancy of software mean for those of us who are not economically secure, stable, and well educated? Who is being left out, and what do all of us lose when the makers of technology do not represent the full diversity of our society? How can we view a drive to increase diversity in the developer community, and code literacy across the board, as an imperative rather than an option?
Come for these great talks and our lightning talk session also.
If you are interested in sharing a tech talk in the future, please reach out to: [masked]
• What we'll do
This meetup is for anyone in the Capital Region GDG who wants to join any of the following special interest groups (SIGs):
1. IoT SIG - As we will interface with the world with the RPis!
2. Golang SIG - As we will run Go on the RPis!
3. Machine Learning (ML) SIG - as we will be using Pachyderm.io and the Intel Neural Compute Stick
4. Cloud Native SIG - As we will. Be. Using. KUBERNETES (k8s)!
We will get the PRi3 clusters configured and running Docker and kubernetes in accordance with the links sent out previously (repeated below for convenience):
1. Hypriot blog: https://blog.hypriot.com/getting-started-with-docker-on-your-arm-device
2. Alex Ellis' blog (GH Gist): https://gist.github.com/alexellis/fdbc90de7691a1b9edb545c17da2d975
Mike Hennessy has offered his very maker-friendly space for this purpose. Though the picture above shows the lab space available, we will not be soldering right away! We will also have access to the conference room area for teaming on getting the k8s clusters up and running!
More detailed directions to M-Tech labs: 1. Turn from NY-67 into the Curtis Industrial Park (where M-Tech Labs is located)
2. Follow the gravel access road past many businesses in the Park, and M-Tech Labs will be a white building with multiple garage doors reached by continuing to follow the access road without making any turns until a bear-left at the very end.
3. I will park my car (Gray Nissan Murano SUV) along the access road to guide you to the destination. 4. My phone # is[masked] in case you need to reach me.
See you there! Looking forward to getting everyone up and running!
• What to bring
• Important to know
We're excited to kick off 2018 with GDG Capital Region's IoT Special Interest Group (SIG) activities!
Join us for an IoT focussed discussion, learning and brainstorming session:
1. Plan out this cool combined IoT, Cloud, ML project using Raspberry PIs: https://www.meetup.com/Google-Developer-Group-of-the-Capital-Region/messages/boards/thread/51313842. We still have 2 slots open for those who would like a RPi3 and uUSB cable to power it both provided by GDGCR, so respond to [masked] if you are interested!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Mike Hennesey of M-Tech Labs has graciously offered his lab and conference space for us to gather and work ON THIS PROJECT. Please see the pics of Mike's space in the album for this meetup at https://www.meetup.com/Google-Developer-Group-of-the-Capital-Region/photos/28514685 /. Thanks Mike!
2. Show 'n' Tell: If you're working on any exciting IoT projects and would like to share with the rest of the group, we'd surely love to learn more! Bring in the hardware, if possible, or any other supporting materials.
3. Brainstorm on other IoT projects you'd want to work on alone, or together as a group.
4. Set some actionable goals and get started!
We're planning a holiday party,
please say you'll be here.
Let's celebrate the season
with good friends and good cheer!
Join us for a festive social mixer celebrating a brilliant & productive 2017!
- This is a FREE event, lunch included! :)
- Seating is limited to 50 people
- Only open to GDG members + their 2 guests! Kindly RSVP and confirm before Thursday, December 14 to help us plan for the food and arrangements.
Wishing you all a very happy holiday season!
Tanya & Jason
Early bird registration for the 2017 Capital Region DevFest is open from now until 10/11. The registration link is here:
It's DevFest season again and we are bringing you an excellent lineup of talks demos and workshops in cloud, mobile, conversational AI, machine learning, etc. We are confirming new speakers daily for you!
We will be posting more information about the event as it takes final shape via communications right here on meetup.com. But don't wait. Mark your calendars. Definitely express your interest in attending right here on meetup.com and we will let you know when the official registration site is ready for you.
See you there Capital Region tech community!
Jason, Tanya and Kris
Update: Google provided kubernetes swag for the event! Thanks Google!
7/21/2017 marks the 2nd Birthday of Kubernetes! To commemorate, we are holding an event at the headquarters of a very strong Kubernetes community contributor, Apprenda! See CNCF.io (http://cncf.io/) and kubernetes.io (http://kubernetes.io/) for more information about the Kubernetes project and complimentary projects.
We have two great talks/demos lined up:
First up is Apprenda's own Steve Wade. Steve is a Principal Kubernetes Consultant from London. Steve will talk about some monitoring and alerting best practices learned from working with Kubernetes customers and demo how Prometheus, Grafana and Slack can be used to monitor, visualize and alert on both the Kubernetes platform as well as application workloads.
After Steve, the Capital Region's own Aaron Brown, a Site Reliability Engineer at Github, will dive into why GitHub started using Kubernetes, how they approached migrating their most visible services without downtime, and the challenges they encountered along the way.
These are two high quality presentations that we want to make sure you do not miss, so make sure to sign up and we will see you there.
6:00pm - 6:30pm: networking, food and drinks (thanks Apprenda! for sponsoring)
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Steve Wade's talk/demo including Q&A
7:15pm - 7:30pm: Intermission and networking
7:30pm - 8:15pm: Aaron Brown's talk including Q&A
8:15pm - 8:30: wrapup and final networking, more food and drink for the road
See you there!
Please join us for a Summer meetup at Informz in beautiful Saratoga Springs!
6:30-7:00pm: Networking, food and drinks
7:15pm-7:30pm: Lightning talk, Collin Bolles, SaratogaGo 1st place winner
7:35pm-8:15pm: Firebase-backed personal website, Joe Morales, Musician and developer
Jason and Tanya
19 Railroad Place, Suite 301 · Saratoga Springs, NY
If you want to learn about or get your hands on some of the latest Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services discussed at Cloud Next, such as BigQuery, Container Engine, Cloud Functions, Cloud Dataflow, or Cloud Machine Learning, this is an event that you simply cannot afford to miss. We are bringing a sampling of Google Cloud Next directly to you.
Google Cloud Next was held in San Francisco from 3/8 - 3/10, and the content was extremely interesting on all fronts. Consider previewing the videos of the event at:
These videos are a wealth of information. Be sure to let us know your favorite session!
We will kick off the event by seeing all of the amazing services announced at Cloud Next.
Next, we will hear from RPI Professor, Jason Kuruzovich about how to leverage kubernetes for data analytics in his talk, entitled Kubernetes and Jupyter as a Platform for Analytics.
Abstract: The Jupyter notebook and server-based Jupyterhub help to solve the division between concepts and computation, providing a single platform in which information and the associated computational examples can be demonstrated. Jupyter supports multiple different languages (R, Python, Spark, Scala, Haskell, Ruby, etc.), integrates presentations, written content including sophisticated encodings such as LaTeX, supports a cloud deployment, and can be paired with an autograder. Externally, Jupyter notebooks are being used in Google's DataLab Project (https://cloud.google.com/datalab/), IBM's Data Science Experience (http://datascience.ibm.com/), and Microsoft's Azure ML Studio (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/machinelearning/2015/07/24/introducing-jupyter-notebooks-in-azure-ml-studio/).
I’ll demonstrate a few examples of using Google API’s (Translate, Vision) from Jupyter notebooks.
Jason Kuruzovich is Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor of Business Analytics at RPI
Jason is an academic entrepreneur who works on problems in which analytics can have a meaningful impact. Through his role as Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, Jason manages a wide variety of programs to encourage entrepreneurship through contexts, communities, and mentorship opportunities. Jason has been directly involved in the launch of numerous entrepreneurship programs including Foundry-RPI, Startup Tech Valley meetup, NSF Funded NYS Capital Region I-Corp Site Program (PI for grant). He has been recognized as one of the Albany Business Review’s 40 under 40 in the Capital Region and received the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) Technology Innovation Award. He also received the 2016 Upstate Venture Connect Campus Connector Award. Jason also teaches the Technology Foundations and the Capstone course for the RPI MS Business Analytics program, which was ranked 3rd in the world by TFE Times (https://tfetimes.com/best-business-analytics-program-rankings/). His latest project the AnalyticsDojo.com (http://analyticsdojo.com/) is aimed at providing high quality analytics Education to students and enterprises.
We are pleased and honored to have Jason Kuruzovich share his experiences to kick off this event.
Make sure to bring your laptops to this event, as we will have a generous supply of free tokens to allow us to get hands-on with the GCP codelabs (check them out here (https://codelabs.developers.google.com/next17)). In addition to the credits we will have for the event, we will also be giving away codelab credits during the event, so you can do even more with GCP after you leave. Don't miss out! We will be focusing on Node.js during this event, due to its popularity, and since many accessible codelabs coverign Node.js are available to explore.
We will be covering some of the most intriguing technical and partnership announcements from Cloud Next '17 ... and this is going to be a MAJOR CHALLENGE, since there are so many announcements to point to, from Cloud Spanner GA to Cloud Function Beta to partnerships with Improbable (SpatialIO) to ... (well, you get the idea)
At this Cloud Next Extended event, you will, in particular:
• get an overview of the most exciting developments taking place on GCP
• get hands-on with CodeLabs featuring Node.js, including:
• web apps powered by Node.js
• Slack bot integration with Node.js
• a GRPC codelab
• Learn about leveraging data analytics and using the Google Brain APIs
... and much more.
We are looking forward to bringing you an engaging and valuable event.
See you there! Oh yeah, this is all FREE of charge!
Jason, Kris and Tanya