Past Meetup

Our July 12th -- 2nd Wednesday of the Month Talk Format Meeting

This Meetup is past

143 people went


6:00 PM Open/Mingling

6:30 PM Announcements

6:40 PM 1st Speaker

7:10 PM Break

7:40 PM Lightning Talks

8:10 PM 2nd Speaker

8:30 PM To Teku's patio for after-party

Deako is generously sponsoring food and beverages. You may know PuPPy members Brennan Asthon and Sage Elliott. Both work at Deako.

Code Fellows is hosting us at their campus located at their north Belltown location just south of the Space Needle.

James Feore is committed to give his lightning talk, "Turing Trump - Building a user-validated Trump Twitter bot."

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Heather Luna (

Heather Luna (Twitter @h34th3r329) recently made the big move across country from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the suburbs of Seattle. She continues to work remotely for The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania as a Systems Administrator. Her love for Alexa skills development stemmed from her love for the supportive Python/Django communities. Never thinking she’d be able to develop code of any kind, the communities have inspired and convinced her that yes, you can develop, you can do anything.

Presenting a preview of Heather's DjangoCon talk --

As the universe of IoT continues to grow at a rapid pace, our abilities to interact with these devices can be useful. As an added bonus, developing these skills can be fun too!

I’ll take you through my journey of developing my first Alexa skill in Python for Amazon Echo devices aptly named Happy Days. It is a random quote generator that delivers positive quotes. I’ll go over the skills of how to get Python to talk to Alexa and how to dump that code into Lambda for a seamless delivery between Amazon Web Services and the Alexa Skills Kit in just a little over 200 lines! Never developed an Alexa skill before? Don’t worry, I hadn’t either. I’ll provide plenty of resources to help get you started on a path you’ll never want to leave as an Alexa developer.

Building an Alexa skill helps:

Further develop your own skills in Python.

Gain familiarity with Amazon Web Services’ Lambda service which allows you to run code without provisioning or managing servers.

BYOC - Bring your own code! (Python, Node.js, Java, and C#).
Gain familiarity with Amazon Web Services CloudWatch service which helps monitor and log activities with your Amazon Web Services resources which is helpful for troubleshooting.

Gain familiarity with the Alexa Skills Kit which is the platform behind Alexa development.

Learn about tools and resources you can take advantage of to ensure you have a meaningful development experience.

Learn how to “talk” to the Alexa Skills Kit through your Python code.

Helpful reminder that user experience is key!
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Sam Briesemeister

Sam loves data, and all innovation that makes it flow faster, more accurately and more accessibly. As a consultant, Sam has spanned the fields of software development, business intelligence and analytics. His services integrate the disciplines of DevOps with business intelligence workflows and patterns, to accelerate the development and acquisition of data sources among software teams, to help organizations learn and adapt more quickly to their ever-changing markets.

Sam will present his talk,

"DevOps for the Data Warehouse."
We’re only beginning to see the opportunities that cloud services offer for business intelligence and analytics. With ever-expanding volumes of data and ever-evolving analytical needs, organizations are starting to build data pipelines and data warehouses that can scale infinitely; but they often still struggle to adapt with diverse and evolving data models.

Sam will present findings and learnings from recent projects, focused on cloud data warehousing, with continuous deployment of versioned schemata, and some refactoring of traditional business intelligence paradigms, for fun and profit.