• Automating Privacy Compliance

    312 S Barstow St

    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. Automating Privacy Compliance About 7 years ago, Todd Gardner presented the concepts behind a product that became TrackJS for tracking JavaScript, Network and Console errors in a simple and effective way. In my new role at CBS Interactive, we recently had several weeks of meetings discussing how labor intensive some privacy operations are for the company and the different website properties we manage. After working with vendors and finding no solutions, I mentioned a product I am developing for my Master’s thesis. A few days later I was asked: “what do you need to have this done?” What started as a theoretical exercise, was now becoming a requirement for ensuring compliance standards for 12,000 different sites. Though still in the early development and proof-of-concept phase, this presentation will go over the product my thesis is describing, how it addresses several problems CBS is facing, and the Data Science behind one of its features. Most components will be free and open source. Ben Anderson Ben 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. This meeting is sponsored by Gopher Guides. https://gopherguides.com/

  • Don't Make Me Think!

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    NOTE: For this event, we'll be meeting at the Lazy Monk. Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the presentation starts at 6 PM. Don't Make Me Think! When was the last time you had to create an account on a website just to see how much shipping would be? Ever try to find a simple piece of information on a website without success? Don't worry, you're not alone. In his book, "Don't make me think!", Steve Krug outlines how poor design is the cause of so many hair-pulling experiences by end-users, which in turn can make or break a website or web app. In his talk, Justin will outline the principles he's taken from the book and used over the years to make the user's experience #1, resulting in more hair on the heads of his users and better conversion rates. Justin Vajko (vay-koh) is a seasoned graphic designer who loves creating seamless, delightful experiences that make for happy users and improve sales. This meeting is sponsored by PESI https://www.pesi.com/careers

  • Approaches for Building Cross-Platform Apps

    Lazy Monk Brewery

    NOTE: For this event, we'll be meeting at the Lazy Monk. Networking and pizza start around 5:15 PM and the presentation starts at 6 PM. Where do FireMonkey, WiseJ, Xamarian, Progressive Web Apps (PWA) RESTful APIs in ASP.NET all fit into the story of building Web and Mobile Apps? In this presentation, Andrew Niese, founder of Fresh Sofware will talk about his personal journey over the past three in creating Fixity a website to allow folks in the community to directly and quickly report any issues around where they live or work. He'll cover the different technologies he tried using and will talk about what worked for him and what didn't. Andrew Niese is a self-proclaimed nerd and founder of Fresh Software. Originally, a Windows-only developer he started solving problems at the age of 15 through coding with the creation of AnitGen the first “BackOrifice” trojan cleaning program before moving on to other security-related projects and earning a IS degree at UWEC. Since then, his focus has shifted to app and web development including a hybrid app for Fixity.io that was released to the Microsoft, Apple, and Google Play stores earlier this year. This meeting is sponsored by Applied Data Consultants https://www.adc4gis.com/

  • The Spirit of Agile: Looking Beyond the Methodology

    312 S Barstow St

    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. Agile has never been as popular, or as confusing as it is right now. Let's take a look beyond the "rules" of Agile and instead talk about the spirit of it. We'll explore what Agility really means, how to embrace an Agile mindset and how to overcome many of the pitfalls that make up our Agile experiences. Agile was meant to make the lives of Engineering teams easier, but as it has grown into its own monster it has caused much confusion and suffering. It doesn’t have to be that way. If we look past all of the “rules” that have been established in the Agile world we begin to see the intent, and the intent of Agile is still as helpful as it has ever been. We’ll take some time to chew up the meat and spit out the bones. We'll discuss: - The Agile Manifesto and Principles - Embracing an agile mindset - The roadblocks that stymie success with Agile - How to overcome those roadblocks - How to distinguish the spirit of Agile rather than the rules" Carlton spent over a decade managing people in various roles and decided being a Scrum Master allowed him to do the things he loved about management without most of the things he disliked. When he’s not scrumming around, Carlton is an attentive husband and father, and a wannabe oil painter who needs many more years before he’s ready to drop the wannabe. He’s also been known the don a leotard or two and step into the amateur squared circle for some ‘rasslin fun. This meeting is sponsored by Gopher Guides https://www.gopherguides.com/

  • 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.