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Raquel Velez: Robots...and JavaScript?!

Once upon a time, there was a roboticist named Raquel Vèlez...

So what does one do with JavaScript-enabled robots? How does one get started? What does it all even mean?!

Come Xplore
• Robots of the past, present, and future;
• How to build a NodeBot (using easy-to-find hardware and Node.js); and
• The NodeBot revolution, and what it means for all of us

Raquel's Previous Talk


6:17 PM: Delicious Food, Craft Beer Tasting, Music & Mingling

7:07 PM: NodeBots

7:42 PM: Q&A

Fun Dress Code: anything with black or orange :)

Meet Raquel

Raquel "@rockbot" Vèlez received her BS in mechanical engineering from Caltech and then (played with | built | programmed | psychoanalyzed) robots for 8 years, at places like NASA JPL, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and various universities in Europe. She left the lab in 2012 to start a new life online as a web developer, and is now a software developer at npm, Inc. in Oakland.
In her off time, you can find Raquel baking, hacking on Node.js, and speaking. Also, hanging out with her hilarious husband and two cats dressed in dog suits. She's online at

How to find us: TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street.

Public Transit Info: PayPal Town Hall is directly across the street from the Karina Station of VTA/Light Rail in San Jose, CA.

Parking Info: All unmarked spots at PayPal HQ are up for grabs. When you pull into the campus, look for Town Hall (large building says "Town Hall" above doors, faces North First) and then park where you'd like.

Please encourage your guests to register and RSVP themselves for a more fluid check-in.

Please bring a photo ID.

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  • Sami

    PayPal is the great hopefully we'll all be driving a tesla electric car, built in the bay area . Built in America !
    Good bye terrorist oil.

    1 · April 23, 2014

  • Mikael

    Awesome meetup. Paypal is the best venue! This meetup made me build my first robot with a bunch of lego technik, a pi and microduino ☺

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Gero S.

    Another successful meetup. Interesting to see how easy you can get started with your own robot using just an Arduino, some electronics and JavaScript. Learned about Nodebots, Node.js and the Johnny-Five framework. And there are even more JavaScript robotics frameworks out there like Cylon.js ( which I saw in action on the AppsWorld conference in SF in February. It's time to order an Arduino and get going...

    4 · April 10, 2014

  • Dickson T.

    Paypal puts on the best Tech events in town, and this time was no exception. The open atmosphere, food, entertainment, and diverse array of technical topics make these a very unique set of experiences for the community. I am thankful for the speakers and organizers. I hope to be doing more with robots and Javascript in the future!

    4 · April 9, 2014

    • Chang (Chloe) L.

      Hi Dickson, It's so awesome to hear your feedback. We wanted to make sure all Xplorers had a great experience! Your support is why we are where we at today! Thanks a ton, bring your friends next time!

      1 · April 10, 2014

  • Bob O.

    Can't make the trip tonight, have to try to watch the stream. I'll bet it's a great one.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Jonathan

    Great talk, healthy food, delicious beer.

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting to see robot technologies made more available to the public

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Min Z.

    Great and inspiring presentation! Really like it.

    2 · April 8, 2014

    • Chang (Chloe) L.

      Thanks Min, bring some friends next time! All are welcome!

      April 9, 2014

  • Alex ^.

    content very relevant

    2 · April 8, 2014

  • Samuel C.


    April 9, 2014

  • Chris S.

    Awesome speaker and a really nice intro to nodebots.

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • mike s.

    Very good show. It will save me about a week's worth of work.

    2 · April 9, 2014

  • Ali K.

    Will there be a video of the event posted? Thx.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Ajay R.

    Will doors be open if I come at 7PM when the event actually starts?

    1 · April 8, 2014

  • Ben H.

    Here's an Uber promo code for new riders. jj3oqn

    3 · April 8, 2014

  • Anuj


    1 · March 22, 2014

  • Swapnajit M.

    Hi, Are kids allowed in this event to watch the robots (and perhaps get some first look into what programming is)?

    3 · April 7, 2014

  • Sami

    I've been to pay pal Hq before and all the presentation has been great.. Always learning something new.. Keep it going Pay pal.

    3 · April 7, 2014

    • Chang (Chloe) L.

      Thanks for your support Sami ! It means a lot to us!

      April 8, 2014

  • Ali K.

    Looking forward to this event !

    2 · April 4, 2014

  • Chang (Chloe) L.

    Hi there! Hope to meet you all soon!

    2 · April 4, 2014

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