• The New Science of Winning

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    The New Science of Winning Data Science! Data Science… Data Science? With the amount of electronic data exceeding 2.7 zettabytes (1 with 27 zeros) and cloud computing; we can now efficiently process large amounts of data and transform it into information for competitive gain. So, what is Data Science exactly? Who are Data Scientists? How can it be applied to my company? In this talk we’ll explore the Data Science field, utilize statistical approaches to analyze data from a loan company, define a model, and train the model with a subset of the information provided – supervised learning. Ben Anderson builds things, virtual and physical; then teaches people about the things he’s built. He also once plugged in a usb on his first try. You can follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BJS_Anderson This meeting is sponsored by the Chippewa Valley Technical College https://cvtc.edu Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the presentation starts at 6 PM.

  • Lean Coffee: Bring Your Own Topic

    Lazy Monk Brewery (new location!)

    Note: Meet & greet begins starts a little later tonight around 5:45 with the presentation around 6 PM. This month, we'll meet back at the Lazy Monk for a Lean Coffee session. About Lean Coffee Lean Coffee is a way of approaching meetings that do not have an agenda created before the meeting starts. This approach allows attendees to select, vote and discuss the topics of most interest to the group. This meeting is sponsored by Applied Data Consultants (http://www.adc4gis.com/)

  • Experiences building a push notification platform

    312 S Barstow St

    Push notifications have been around for a while and serves many purposes. In this talk, we’ll go through how push notifications work, insight on how to build a push notification platform, the ecosystem behind one, and use cases for push notifications. Blia Xiong is a senior engineer working on marketing software to reach the masses with smart emails using Spring Boot, Scala, and Spark. Previously built a push notification platform targeting Cartwheel guests using Spring Boot micro services, Kafka, and MongoDB. NOTE: For this event, we are *NOT* meeting at our regular location. Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the presentation starts at 6 PM.

  • 3D Modeling with glTF

    312 S Barstow St

    Due to illness, we are rescheduling Blia's talk on Push Notifications to another month later this year. glTF™ (GL Transmission Format) https://www.khronos.org/gltf/ is a royalty-free file format for 3D scenes and models using the JSON standard. It can be used for 3D printing, gaming, simulations and product design. This talk will cover - Basic concepts of 3D modeling (mesh, image, animation) - Why glTF - Take the glTF example http://www.nate-otto.net/gltf_demo.html, and modify it. - Where to find additional resources and info For some additional examples of what can be done with glTF, check out the demos at https://sketchfab.com/features/gltf Nate Otto I am a full-stack developer with five years JavaScript experience, six years of 3D modeling and about a year of WebVR. I currently teach HTML and basic event-driven programming at my workplace, and am a newly-accepted member of the CVTC IT adjunct faculty pool. Coding is a great job. And sometimes it’s boring. Very boring. That’s why I enjoy teaching it. When I’m not designing ASP.NET web applications, I spend a few hours a week teaching my non-coder work buddies computer programming. As they learn, they discover interesting things you can do with code. That makes me remember why I like coding to begin with, and those SQL connectionstrings don’t seem so bad after all. I’ve been a front-and back-end coder for five years and look forward to many more. Outside of work, I enjoy designing and building full-sized wooden kayaks and sailboats (ottosboatyard.wordpress.com), running Eau Claire Marathon events with my friends, and raising two nutball kids. You can find me at http://www.nate-otto.net/. NOTE: For this event, we are meeting at CoLab the new co-working space for startups and entrepreneurs. This meeting is sponsored by PESI (https://www.pesi.com/Home/Careers). Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the meeting will kick off at 6 PM.

  • Discussion: Technical Debt

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    Another month into the new year, and we'll be having another open discussion. This time around, we'll be focusing on technical debt. Technical debt (also known as design debt[1] or code debt) is a concept in software development that reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_debt How do you and your company approach technical debt vs. working on new features driving market adoption? Do you take a sprint or two every once and a while to focus on just technical debt, or do you distribute it over a a longer period of time? Let's get together and discuss the different experiences we've all been through, and the approaches that have worked and the ones that failed. This meeting is sponsored by Applied Data Consultants (https://http://www.adc4gis.com/). Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the meeting will kick off at 6 PM.

  • Round Table Discussion

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    In lieu of a presenter, in this meetup we’ll have a round table discussion on topics related to software development. Have something that you’re interested in chatting about, or learning more about? Here’s your chance to ask. A big thanks goes out to John Lutz who agreed to help facilitate due to a scheduling conflict. This meeting is sponsored by Gopher Guides (https://gopherguides.com/). Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the meeting will kick off at 6 PM.

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  • Metaprogramming in Ruby

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    Note: Meet & greet begins around 5:15 with the presentation around 6 PM. Abstract Metaprogramming is a great way to get reusable code. Unlike generated code and annotations, metaprogramming requires no modification of source to add new methods. In this talk, we’ll go though a quick “what’s what” in meta programming, outline a number of use cases and will also cover which languages support the semantic examples we’ll be seeing during this talk. Presenter Brandon Roehl is a Computer Science major from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, where he is currently working as an intern at Jamf and will be starting full-time next month. Recently on a team from UWEC, he competed in MadHacks (https://www.madhacks.io/) where they took first place with babelON (https://devpost.com/software/babelon) a chat application that seamlessly translates messages on the fly. He’s also published an app to the Mac App Store called “Day & Night” that changes your wallpaper based on the time of day (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/day-night/id1350609762?mt=12). This meeting is sponsored by Chippewa Valley Technical College (http://www.cvtc.edu/)

  • From Corn Tortillas to APIs: Microservices as Taco Bell Ingredients

    Note: Meet & greet begins around 5:15 with the presentation around 6 PM. Abstract Let’s dive deep into the guacamole rabbit hole of why we should be thinking about Taco Bell as our inspiration when building our microservices. Who else does such gastronomical acrobatics with such few ingredients? As we continue down the route of microservices, containers, serverless and more, we need to remember and build on the premise that our microservices need to be just that: services that perform a small and specific function. They need to be easily called, used, interacted with, and integrated into new and unique implementations with minimal overhead. When we think about how we combine all of these ingredients to create new and innovative products, our limits can be endless. Presenter Minneapolis based maker, hacker, DevOps cat herder, SRE evangelist Nick Tenbrick https://twitter.com/nick_tenbrink spends just as much time delving into antiquated tech as much as the modern. This meeting is sponsored by Applied Data Consultants (http://www.adc4gis.com/)