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Bluetooth Night: Akbar Dhanaliwala, Chris Mollis, Craig Miller, & Ernst Schmidt

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We've got a fantastic Bluetooth LE double bill planned this month, with Akbar Dhanaliwala of Pocobor presenting CoreBluetooth with custom hardware, and Chris Mollis, Craig Miller, and Ernst Schmidt of Objectlab presenting a live end-to-end demo of iBeacons and CoreLocation.

About the presentations:
Akbar, a embedded systems veteran, will share how he's integrated iOS on some recent projects using Bluetooth LE. Akbar will cover the basics of CoreBluetooth and the Bluetooth LE stack and making iOS apps communicate with his own custom hardware devices. Akbar will have a demo of a mysterious cube built just for this presentation.

A few months back for a party, Chris, Craig, and Ernst from Objectlab built an iOS app, server app, and d3.js web presenation that demonstrates iBeacons and their capabilities. For the meetup, Objectlab will reprise their demo for the evening, planting some home-made iBeacons (running on Raspberry Pi) in the space. Attendees will be invited to install the free demo iPhone app from the App Store and watch their activities were rendered in near-realtime on the presentation screen. Objectlab will cover how the various application components were built, go into detail about some of the features of the new CoreLocation APIs, and lessons learned in the process.

About the presenters:
Akbar Dhanaliwala (@dhanaliwala ( is a co-founder of Pocobor (, a mechatronics design firm. His background is in mechatronics, embedded systems, and autonomous control systems, which he studied at Cornell University, the Technical University of Darmstadt, and Stanford University. His past work experience, both in the US and abroad, includes the Electric Boat Corporation and the GM-subsidiary, Adam Opel Company, where he worked on developing methods for optimizing simulation tire parameters. He also has experience with design for medium volume (1k+ units) manufacturing.

Chris Mollis has over twenty years of experience providing technology solutions for both Fortune 100 and startups alike. Incorporating Objectlab in 1996, he has led digital media distribution strategies for clients such as Napster, Sony Music Entertainment, and others. A recognized leader in the field of Digital Rights Management, Chris spearheaded the development of OpenIPMP, the world's first open-source digital rights management platform supporting standards. For his work and contributions, he was awarded the prestigious '40 under 40 prize' in 2002 by NJ Business News. His recent technology focus has been in the development of highly-available server technologies and mobile application development forming a new mobile-only brand Appsontheside ( in 2009.

Ernst Schmidt is a designer and front end hacker with a focus on rich web applications. Recently Ernst has been working with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group leading the design and implementation of user interface frameworks for digital supply chain applications.

Craig Miller has spent 20 years providing media and entertainment firms with technology vision, leadership, solutions and software. Craig has consulted on strategic, high profile projects for large media companies such as BMG, Universal, Sony Pictures, Bertelsmann, and Sony Music; provided executive technical management to a variety of startups, including idealab, firstlook, Ruckus, and Napster; and was a principal contributor to open source DRM project OpenIPMP (

About our hosts:
We're hosted this month by HuffPost Code (, a new vertical from the HuffPost Labs team. HuffPost Code is dedicated to design, development and data content. Interested in writing or learning more about Code? Email . Follow HuffPost Code on Twitter ( and Facebook ( for updates. Also, we're hiring (!

Please note the new RSVP policy:
If you have a Going RSVP, you'll be guaranteed admission until 6:55 p.m., at which point both Going and Waiting List RSVPs will be admitted until the space is at capacity. Please make sure your RSVP appears with your first and last name that matches your ID. Email with any questions.