Past Meetup

Raquel Velez: Robots...and JavaScript?!

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PayPal Town Hall

2161 North 1st Street · San Jose, CA

How to find us

TechXploration takes place at PayPal HQ at Town Hall, which is facing North First Street.

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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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