Past Meetup

Papers We Love: Lean Coffee Edition

This Meetup is past

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Every 2 months on the 4th Wednesday

Excella Consulting Arlington Tech Exchange ATX

2300 Wilson Blvd · Arlington, VA

How to find us

We'll be on the 6th floor; follow the signs. Check with the front desk for help with the elevator.

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Welcome to the DC/NoVA Papers We Love meetup!

Papers We Love is an international organization centered around the appreciation of computer science research papers. There's so much we can learn from the landmark research that shaped the field and the current studies that are shaping our future. Our goal is to create a community of tech professionals passionate about learning and sharing knowledge. Come join us!

New to research papers? Watch The Refreshingly Rewarding Realm of Research Papers ( by Sean Cribbs.

Ideas and suggestions are welcome–fill our our interest survey here ( and let us know what motivates you!

// Tentative Schedule (see "Papers" for more details)

• 7:00-7:25–Pizza and topic suggestions

• 7:25-7:30–Topic voting

• 7:30-7:35–Introduction and announcements

• 7:35-8:40–Topic discussion

• 8:40-9:00–Informal paper discussion

// Directions

Excella Consulting Arlington Tech Exchange (
2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

This month, Excella Consulting is hosting us at the Arlington Tech Exchange. It's located conveniently off Wilson Blvd in Arlington. There's parking available, and it's just a quick walk from the Courthouse Metro Station. We'll be on the 6th floor; follow the signs.

If you're late, we totally understand–please still come! Just be sure to slip in quietly if a speaker is presenting.

// Papers

This month, we're trying something new. Instead of our usual presentation-and-discussion format, we're going to try the Lean Coffee format (, "a structured, but agenda-less meeting." If you missed an interesting meetup, you'd like to revisit a previous discussion, or something new has caught your eye, this is a great opportunity to bring it up!

Lean Coffee has three basic steps:

1. We'll start off by writing down topics/papers we're interested in (ex. "Spectre", "training CNNs", or "functional data structures").

2. Vote on topics.

3. Start talking! We'll start with the most popular topic and vote periodically whether to continue the current discussion or move on to the next topic.

We hope this'll be a good way to cover a lot of ground in one meeting. Maybe it will inspire some future presentations as well!