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Tropo*,Strato*,Meso*,Thermo*:Smartphones in SPACE & Building a Backend w/JS fast

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The objective for the quarterly Industry Innovation event is to provide our East Bay GTUG members a chance to immerse into a specific industry, see what lies ahead, and perhaps design a great future by riding on that wave. June 2012 marks our second quarterly Industry Innovation event, read on to see this not-to-be missed event.

Note: East Bay GTUG is not using inappropriate language in event tile, please do not worry. I have reduced "Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere" to "Tropo*,Strato*,Meso*,Thermo*" to make room for both presentations' titles. "Troposphere, Stratosphere, Mesosphere, Thermosphere" are the Principal layers of the Earth's atmosphere to each the International Space Station, which is about 199-215 miles above the Earth's surface.

Many of you may hear of the recent SpaceX news. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station opened the hatch and floated inside a Space Exploration (SpaceX) Technologies' Dragon capsule on Saturday, May 26, 2012, the first privately owned spaceship to reach the orbital outpost, reported by NASA. The capsule has returned to the earth on May 31, 2012. East Bay GTUG members got a comprehensive coverage of Healthcare IT in March 2012 by Dr. Yan Chow of Kaiser Permanente. We have gotten result that a clean bill of health for space travel was issued and we are preparing to bring selected few to take off into the space. Will you be one of them? Would you know which smartphone(s) to bring with you to the space?

But as every trained astronaut knows, the backend is just as important. Sidney Maestre will share his insights of how to build a backend with JavaScript in minutes. Now that you are ready to launch!

East Bay GTUG appreciates the support from the city of Dublin, California. Regional Meeting Room is a first-class location for business and social events.


6:00pm Check in, drinks (Thank you, Sidney Maestre and StackMob) and networking

6:15pm Building a Backend with JavaScript in Minutes (

Sidney Maestre, StackMob)

7:25pm Break between sessions

7:35pm Smartphones in SPACE!!! (Mark Micire, NASA)

7:45pm Raffles, clean up and networking


Building a Backend with JavaScript in Minutes, Sidney Maestre, StackMob

HTML5 and JavaScript are accelerating how quickly applications can be developed and deployed across platforms. Many people associate JavaScript with new front-end features, but it doesn’t end there. JavaScript also plays a huge part in enabling developers to build backend services quickly and easily. StackMob built its open source JavaScript SDK to provide server-side backend services for your web app. You can now create a database table in just two lines of JavaScript code. It enables people to save and fetch data to a backend or call your custom server side API in just minutes. We'll explore the implementation of StackMob’s open source library and how JavaScript technologies allow developers to integrate a robust backend into their web apps. You’ll leave the talk knowing how to build a backend service in minutes, not weeks.

Smartphones in SPACE!!!, Mark Micire, NASA

Future human missions to the moon, Mars, and other destinations offer many new opportunities for exploration. Crew time will always be limited, and some work will not be feasible for astronauts to do manually. Robots can complement human explorers, performing work under remote control from a crew vehicle or even from Earth. Therefore, a central challenge is to understand how human and robot activities can be coordinated to maximize crew safety, mission success, and scientific return. This talk will discuss the use of small, free-flying, 6 degree of freedom robots on the International Space Station (ISS) to assist in such human-robot activities. Our group is using Android smart-phones to control the MIT SPHERES robots. The phones will provide the needed sensing, navigation, and planning required for remote operation from the ground. The phones were sent to ISS on the STS-135 Shuttle Mission last year, and we hope to be operating the robots by the end of the year.

Other Background --

Presenters' BIOs:

Sidney Maestre is eating, sleeping and breathing all things mobile as StackMob's Platform Evangelist. Prior to joining StackMob, Sidney immersed himself in the world of payments as the primary Developer Evangelist for PayPal. He spent the last two years working with jQuery to build mobile apps and sharing his knowledge with others. These efforts included speaking at Adobe MAX, SenchaCon, HTML5DevConf, and Silicon Valley Code Camp, creating a jQuery Mobile course at and organizing the Bay Area Mobile meetup. When Sidney is not coding or talking about coding, you'll find him at home strumming on his acoustic guitar.

Mark Micire has worked for over a decade to bring robots and other technologies to emergency response and search and rescue. He is certified in multiple aspects of search and rescue including technical search, technical rescue, hazardous material response, and is a nationally certified fire fighter. He is active in the search and rescue community and formerly a technical search specialist for the Massachusetts FEMA search and rescue team. Mark was a technical search robot operator during the World Trade Center Disaster and was a technical search specialist for Florida Task Force Three during the Hurricane Katrina response in Biloxi, Mississippi. His recent research leverages multi-touch tabletop, cell phone, and robot technology to bridge the gap between responders in the field and the incident command structure that supports them.

Mark received his Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Department of Computer Science, Lowell, MA. December 2010.

Nationally Certified Fire Fighter. Hillsborough Community College, Fire Fighter Academy, Tampa, FL. December 2004.

M. S. in Computer Science. University of South Florida, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Tampa, FL. July 2002.

B. S. in Computer Science. University of South Florida, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Tampa, FL. December 1999.

Come join us and nominate great presenters candidates for future Innovation sessions!