• Systems of Trust: Framing people and processes as distributed systems

    Andrew Wipf and Brian Berzins were hired into a fortune 200 company as distributed systems engineers with the expressed goal of tech modernization, agile transformation, and to kickstart engineering culture. They quickly found themselves frustrated trying to navigate people and process of the new organization. Technical problems they've solved before were blocked by non-technical barriers time and time again. In frustration, they took a step back and looked at these blockers as symptoms of an underlying distributed systems problem. This talk is about: · Framing the observed distributed systems of people and process within large organizations · Asking why these systems are the way they are · Exploring the unexpected symptoms and outcomes of those systems · Changing these systems to better align with the goals of the business Please bring your ID, beer tickets provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Pizza Luce will be provided for all.

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  • How to Increase Signal in the Technical Interview

    Sisyphus Brewing

    The interview connects talent and opportunity. That's why every software engineering job candidate deserves a technical interview that is predictive, fair, and enjoyable. If you are a software engineer or an engineering hiring manager, join us to learn practical approaches for increasing signal, reducing false negatives, and creating an enjoyable candidate experience in the technical interview. Key learning objectives: - Best practices for in-interview communication - How to ensure consistency and fairness across all interviews - Why consistency increases signal Audience: These events are targeted to and attended by software engineers and hiring managers, though people with a variety of backgrounds and job titles may find this content useful and are welcome to attend! About the Facilitator: Lusen / they / them is Director of Developer Relations at Karat, and splits their time between researching new interview formats and sharing those insights with candidates, interviewers and organizations. Lusen previously worked as an engineering manager at Indiegogo and Rakcspace, and before that worked as an engineer building cloud infrastructure and contributing to computer science research. Lusen enjoys coaching underrepresented engineers and students. Please bring your ID, beer tickets provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Pizza Luce will be provided for all.

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  • Improve Developer Productivity with Build Tools with Gradle CEO Hans Dockter

    Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington

    Short notice on this one! Partnering with gradle and NFJS. no need to RSVP here, please register on Eventbrite to help them get the catering right. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/increase-your-developer-productivity-with-build-tools-tickets-57470885967 Gradle, Inc will be in Minneapolis next weekend for NFJS and we have a few different events that might interest you. First, we’ll be having a free get together/meetup type event Thursday, March 7, at the Hilton in Bloomington. Door open at 6 pm and at 6:30 or so Hans Dockter, CEO of Gradle, will give a talk and hands-on demonstration showing how to Improve Developer Productivity with Build Tools. The talk will cover both Gradle and Maven builds. After the talk, attendees will have the chance to ask Hans and some other members of the Gradle team questions. Gradle will also provide food and beverages and bring some Gradle T-shirts and stickers. The registration link is on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/increase-your-developer-productivity-with-build-tools-tickets-57470885967

  • Josh Aas on Certificate Transparency

    Sisyphus Brewing

    We're welcoming, Josh Aas, Executive Director and founder of ISRG / Let's Encrypt. Josh will talk about Certificate Transparency - what is it, how does it work, what is the real-world impact? He'll also answer any questions people might have about the Let's Encrypt certificate authority. Please bring your ID, beer tickets provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Pizza Luce will be provided for all.

  • Neural Networks: What the hell is going on?

    Sisyphus Brewing

    This talk is geared towards any developer that has copied and pasted neural net code, or taken neural net courses online, has seen it work and still has no idea what’s going on. At the next Skyway Software Symposium, we’ll have a conversation about the fundamentals of neural networks and then apply this skillset to solve big data problems. We discuss how developers can continue their machine learning education post meetup. You don’t have to know anything about neural nets in order to come away with a better understanding of what’s going on under the covers. About the Presenter: Luke Arrigoni is a software architect and machine learning engineer. He majored in Mathematics at Columbia University and has consulted with Creative Artist Agency, Sephora, Thomson Reuters, Stryker, UPS, InVision and others. His experience building successful machine learning programs span a variety of industries and problem sets. He’s a Minneapolis transplant, having moved here from New York City in 2016 and Los Angeles prior to that. When he’s not working, he keeps busy traveling with his wife and three kids, ages 7, 5 and 2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lukearrigoni/ Please bring your ID, beer tickets provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Pizza Luce will be provided for all.

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  • Meetup of Meetups

    Target Plaza Commons

    We're bringing together all your favorite MSP meetup groups to share and explore. We hope you find a new meetup group and get to chat with all your friends about the great year it's been to be in the tech community of MSP. Agenda: - introductions / foods - Lightening talks from each meetup! - Information from organizers about groups! Groups Signed Up Already: - AnsibleMN (Confirmed) - Penguins Unbound (Confirmed) - Chaos Engineering MN (Confirmed) - React MN (Confirmed) - Cloud Native MN (Confirmed) - Women Who Code MN (Confirmed) - Minneapolis GoLang - AI/Bots MN - Blockchain in the real world If you have a meetup or want to start one and want to get on the board, please reach out to me: [masked]

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  • Joel Lord from Auth0: Forgot Your Password? Yes I did

    Target Plaza Commons

    Every month, we hear about a new data breach and billions of user passwords are being shared as we speak. How can we stop this? There is a simple solution, let’s stop using passwords! From email links to biometrics, more and more technologies are available to help developers handle different types of credentials. During this presentation, the attendees will learn about some of the alternatives and how to implement them in the context of an OAuth flow. Joel Lord is passionate about web and technology in general. In his spare time, Joel shares his findings via his blog Javascript Everything (http://www.javascripteverything.com). He is currently a developer evangelist at Auth0, is a part-time teacher at the Algonquin College in programming and is involved in various developer communities of the Ottawa-Gatineau area. In his free time, he works on his robots and automates some stuff around the house. Come join us for free discussion, networking, food and drink. Please bring your ID, beer and wine provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Food will be provided for all.

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  • The Founder of Kafka on the Rise of the Streaming Platform

    Target Plaza Commons

    This talk will give an overview of Apache Kafka and its role in building an ecosystem around event streams--from capturing database changes, to building event-driven microservices, to stream processing. Jay Kreps is the co-founder and CEO of Confluent, the company behind the popular Apache Kafka streaming platform. Prior to founding Confluent, he was the lead architect for data infrastructure at LinkedIn. He is among the original authors of several open source projects including Project Voldemort (a key-value store), Apache Kafka (a distributed streaming platform) and Apache Samza (a stream processing system). Come join us for free discussion, networking, food and drink. Please bring your ID, beer and wine provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Food will be provided for all.

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  • Talk with T.D. Smith, programmer & author of kid's book Goodnight Server Room

    Come join us for free discussion, networking, food and drink. Please bring your ID, beer and wine provided for those 21+ with government issued ID. Food will be provided for all. Goodnight Server Room is a children's book for kids age one to five about computers and computer parts. It follows anthropomorphized data as they travel through a server room, describing components they encounter along the way. Author Tyler "T.D. Smith" will read the book and talk briefly about the publishing process. Goodnight Server Room will be released in the fall of 2017 and is available for preorder (https://www.etsy.com/listing/526112993/preorder-goodnig%20ht-server-room-board). T.D. Smith is a writer, software engineer, and heavy metal enthusiast from Minneapolis, Minnesota

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  • Modern JVM development with Ratpack

    Target Plaza Commons

    Join Kyle Boon, Lead Engineer at Smart Things, as he give an intro to Ratpack. Ratpack is a modern API for building HTTP based services. Ratpack is well suited for building microservices that run in a cloud based environment. Come learn how and why to use Ratpack. This talk is based on a series of Kyle’s blog posts (http://kyleboon.org/blog/2015/08/05/zero-to-ratpack/) on building a reverse proxy using Ratpack. He’ll discuss introductory concepts and Ratpack best practices, drawing on experience running many Ratpack services in production at SmartThings as well as a personal project (cellarhq.com (https://www.cellarhq.com/)) Please bring your ID, Beer and wine provided for those 21+ with government issued ID.

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