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September 2017

Software-Defined Enterprise Conference (SDxE)

September 25 - September 27
Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin,TX78701United States
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SDxE is focused on helping enterprise IT pros accelerate their organization’s digital transformation.  SDxE will bring together the individuals driving digital transformation in the enterprise, including IT professionals, visionary IT thought leaders, industry leading solutions providers and emerging startups, for three full days of education, networking, product demos and visionary keynotes.

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Front-End Architecture & ReactJS

September 26 @ 6:00 pm
MacMillan Learning, 211 E 7th St
Austin,TX78701United States
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How do you implement your Front-End Architecture?  Before we can answer that question we need to define what is Front-End Architecture. We've all been working on our billion dollar apps with ReactJS and a slew of other libraries. 3/6months later and our app looks like a bowl of spaghetti-JS. But what about your CSS? How's that organized? HTML? How about your folder structure? Picking the right tool for the job is half the battle. ReactJS doesn't enforce a framework so…

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Amazon Alexa Skills Workshop

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Galvanize, 118 Nueces St.
Austin,TX78701United States
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Join a free workshop hosted by Galvanize and Amazon to learn more about building applications for Alexa! Students will learn to create applications for a voice user interface (VUI) and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow in AI, VUI design, and voice computing. In this workshop, you’ll learn: Introduction to Alexa Skills Kit Introduction to basic concepts like intents, utterances, and slots How to build your first skill How to leverage AWS Lambda How to set your skill up for…

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Scikit Learn: Part 1

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
HomeAway – Domain, 11800 Domain Drive
Austin,TX78758United States
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Katrina Riehl will present the first tutorial in a two-part series on Scikit-learn.  This session will be a Jupyter notebook-based tutorial on the basics of using scikit-learn to solve machine learning problems. Check out more information about scikit-learn here: http://scikit-learn.org/stable/

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Two presentations on Ruby on Rails

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Workflow Wonders: Tracking Status History with State Machine Gems by Amanda Chang Crossing the Streams - Benefits & Myths Of Event Sourcing by Nathan Ladd Workflow Wonders: Tracking Status History with State Machine Gems A basic look at the Workflow gem and how it can be used to keep a history of field values on your Rails models. Speaker: Amanda Chang Amanda is a full-stack developer at RigUp, a software platform for the oil & gas industry. She’s a proud graduate…

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Apple ARKit & Google ARCore

September 26 @ 7:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Augmented Reality development is booming! Apple and Google are both advancing strong into the next generation of AR development, and their new tools unlock a huge potential for creating cutting-edge experiences! Join us for a technical overview of developing for ARKit and ARCore!

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3 Lessons from Product Managers for Quality Assurance Teams

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Planview, 12301 Research Blvd., Research Park Plaza V, Ste. 101
Austin,TX78759United States
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There are many factors that lead to a product’s success. We can all agree that quality is one of the most important. QA teams and product managers have to work closely together to build a quality product. Do you want to know more about what is important to product managers and get some key takeaways to improve your collaboration with them? Join us at this interactive session where we will discuss insights I gained from interviewing 15 product leaders for…

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AWS Storage Presentation + CloudEndure

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rackspace, 9001 N I H 35 #150
Austin,TX78753United States
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CloudEndure provides Disaster Recovery and Live Migration for any application, allowing companies to mobilize entire applications with their data to and across clouds with near zero downtime and no data loss. CloudEndure enables truly consistent, block-level, real-time replication using continuous data protection (CDP). CloudEndure’s Cloud Workload Mobility technology creates an exact copy of the entire application at an alternative cloud location while taking care of all the conversions and adjustments for you — at the touch of a button, within minutes,…

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Agile Austin U – Foundations Course

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CA Technologies, 5001 Plaza on the Lake #300
Austin,TX78746United States
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The Agile Austin U Foundations Course is an 8-week course on Wednesday evenings. The intent is to introduce the core concepts of Agile, with an emphasis on Scrum. There will be at least two volunteer instructors for each class and dinner will be provided. A nominal fee of $50 covers all materials and meals for the entire course. There is one registration for the whole course rather than one per session. If you register for this course, the expectation is…

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User Story Mapping – Building them, Using them

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Return Path, 101 W. 6th St. - Suite 800
Austin,TX78701United States
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We know that a well-formed and prioritized backlog helps us understand what to do next, but it can be difficult (sometimes very difficult) to where we should go, whether we’re just diving into a big project that's underway with hundreds of stories and/or issues already created, or most especially a brand-new product, where we need to keep our users and what they’ll be doing with our product front-and-center in our minds and development efforts. User Story Maps are models that…

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Library-Driven Development in Solidity

September 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Joshua Hannan from Majoolr will give a presentation and demo about using Libraries in Solidity to streamline and secure the dApp development process. Slides Library Examples Majoolr's Website

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Live to Code, Don’t Code to Live

September 27 @ 7:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Coding is much more enjoyable when you're not stressing about the next paycheck. I've worked in small and large companies with various benefits packages and want to share with you what has worked for me in managing my personal finances throughout the "struggle" so you can set your finances on autopilot and focus on what you love doing. This is not a get rich quick scheme or sales pitch for some crappy product financial advisors want to sell you. I…

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Introduction to PyTorch

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
WeWork – Domain, 11801 Domain Blvd 3rd Floor
Austin,TX78758United States
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Pierce Spitler will be talking about PyTorch, a relatively new Deep Learning and general Numpy-like tensor computation package created and maintained by Facebook AI Research. He will discuss the benefits and limitations of this framework, when it should be used, and where it stacks up against previously discussed frameworks in the meetup (specifically TensorFlow and Keras). In addition to a general discussion about the framework, Pierce will show speedup that can be expected when using PyTorch for a traditional computational…

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Weird Swift Peer Lab

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bennu on Congress, 515 South Congress Avenue
Austin,TX78702United States
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Come join us as we work and learn together with other Austinite iOS/macOS/watchOS/tvOS developers. This is a place where you can openly ask questions you're stumped on, and answer questions for those you can help. Please follow and respect our code of conduct (currently using Cocoapods' (https://cocoapods.org/legal). Thank you very much to Bennu Coffee for hosting us! Coffee, snacks, and food are courtesy of IBM.

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First 6 Months in Production with Cassandra

September 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Ben Bromhead from Instaclustr will be giving a talk on what you can expect when first start to run Cassandra in production. Ben definitely knows his stuff, so you should definitely come out and take advantage of his experience. About the talk: At Instaclustr we run Cassandra in the public cloud as a service, we also provide support and consulting to help companies running Cassandra who are not quite ready for the public cloud. In this talk I will run…

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Ember in Salesforce

September 28 @ 7:00 pm
Galvanize, 118 Nueces St.
Austin,TX78701United States
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Salesforce is the world’s largest CRM platform that is used by over 150,000+ companies.  Salesforce follows an 80/20 rule giving companies the ability to tailor 80% of the platform using configuration (clicks vs. code), leaving the additional 20% for customizations through code and integrations.  Despite Salesforce’s success with this model, the “code” side of the platform leaves little to be desired.  This is especially true when dealing with custom client-side UI within the platform. Developing and rendering custom html pages…

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Health and Social Science 101 within Healthcare Informatics Framework

September 28 @ 7:00 pm
IBM Austin Building 908 Room 03-3E027, 11501 Burnet Rd
Austin,TX78758United States
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We will go over The Healthcare Informatics Framework (HCIF) pillars and the interdisciplinary collaboration roadmap that enforces a success on implementing a Healthcare Analytics.   Then a panel of Health and Social Science experts and executives will go over known challenges in their practices and why an Enterprise Healthcare Analytics solution was not successful in their organizations. At the end we will show how HCIF can help to overcome some of the hurtles. This will be followed by an interactive…

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Introduction to SceneKit

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
TechShop Round Rock, 120 Sundance Pkwy #350
Austin,TX78681us
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Our own Patrick Weigel is going to give us an introduction to using SceneKit. Remember that, even if you don’t write games, an understanding of SceneKit is required for writing ARKit apps with 3D content using Apple frameworks.

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Immersive Technology: It’s Going Beyond Games

September 29 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Calavista Software, 3700 N Capital of Texas Hwy #450
Austin,TX78746United States
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The terms being used to label this area today include Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 360 Video, and Mixed Reality. But the goal of it all is to provide an immersive visual experience that enhances a business outcome. Industry leading vendors are investing in a new generation of underlying technologies (e.g. displays, platforms, development kits, network capabilities) and can be expected to make big announcements in the coming months, just as Apple did in their iPhone launch earlier this month, which…

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Law and Technology Symposium

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of Texas School of Law – Eidman Courtroom, 727 E Dean Keeton St.
Austin,TX78705United States
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Experts from a variety of technology and legal backgrounds will be on hand to discuss various topics at the first annual JOLTT Law and Technology Symposium. Topics include: Cyborg Rights and the Third Party Doctrine Autonomous Vehicles Body Cameras and Police Surveillance Russian Hacking and Election Integrity

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Swift Cloud Workshop

September 30 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Altera Parkway at the Domain, 11601 Alterra Pkwy Suite 500
Austin,TX78758United States
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Since Swift was announced in 2014, it's changed the way iOS developers work. In 2015, support for Linux was announced, and Swift runs all over the place now.  This is an event dedicated to how people run Swift everywhere but their iOS devices. Come join us for a day of learning, hacking, and prizes!

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October 2017

What makes a good or bad Agile Architect?

October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Agile Velocity, 8140 N. Mopac Expressway Building 4, Suite 140
Austin,TX78759United States
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Many people do Architect work in Agile, whether they hold the title or not. There's no certification of Architects. Let's discuss good/bad attributes for those that develop architecture.  

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Pre – Unite Mixer!

October 2 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street
Austin,US
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Austin has been selected as the location for Unite 2017!, the annual developer conference for Unity.  Unity is a platform for creating video games, simulations and other interactive 3D, 2D and VR/AR content.   Let's get the party started with a mixer on the night before the conference gets started! Join us for some great food/drinks at Capital Factory, and check out an awesome showcase of some cool games made with Unity!

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Unite Conference 2017

October 3 - October 5
Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin,TX78701United States
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Join us at the annual developer conference for Unity–the market leading platform for creating video games, simulations and other interactive 3D, 2D and VR/AR content. Artists, developers, educators, filmmakers, researchers, storytellers–anyone interested in or creating with Unity will gain valuable insight and inspiration at Unite Austin. The conference takes place at the Austin Convention Center located in downtown Austin, TX with the expo floor opening from 12-5pm on October 3rd followed by the Opening Keynote happening at 6pm. Two full…

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Startup Secrets with Dean Drako – Founder, Barracuda Networks

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
TechSpace, 98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin,TX78701United States
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Join Callan Capital and Dean Drako, Founder and Chairman of Barracuda Networks, and Founder and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks, IC Manage and Drako Motors for networking and a presentation on Startup Secrets. Dean will cover elements of starting, running and exiting a business including funding, management, technology and more. You won't want to miss this event if you are a tech founder or executive or work in the industry! Schedule 5:30pm - 6:00pm - Networking, tasty bites and drinks…

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UX Book Club – Sense and Respond

October 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
USAA, 201 West 5th Street
Austin,TX78701United States
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Come out and meet some fellow UXers and join in some interesting UX centric conversation! Reading the book is encouraged, but not required. For October we will be reading Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously byJeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden. Schedule of Events: 7pm - 7:15pm: Show up early and visit 7:15pm - 8:30pm: Book discussion

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Docker double demo: Harbor Docker Registry and Ambonare AutoDev Studio

October 5 @ 6:00 pm
Rackspace, 9001 N I H 35 #150
Austin,TX78753United States
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Demo 1: Harbor Docker Registry  Harbor is an open source, enterprise-class registry server that stores and distributes Docker images. Harbor extends the open source Docker Distribution by adding the functionalities usually required by an enterprise, such as security, identity and management. This will be a live demo and walk-through of a deployment of Harbor. Demo 2: Ambonare AutoDev Studio AutoDev Studio is a product from Ambonare.

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Weird Swift Peer Lab

October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bennu on Congress, 515 South Congress Avenue
Austin,TX78702United States
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Come join us as we work and learn together with other Austinite iOS/macOS/watchOS/tvOS developers. This is a place where you can openly ask questions you're stumped on, and answer questions for those you can help. Please follow and respect our code of conduct (currently using Cocoapods' (https://cocoapods.org/legal). Thank you very much to Bennu Coffee for hosting us! Coffee, snacks, and food are courtesy of IBM.

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Launch a team with an Agile culture

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Kasasa, 4516 Seton Center Pkwy
Austin,TX78759United States
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In this session, we will explore an approach to start a new team with an agile culture from the beginning. David Hawks will lead the group through some exercises and discussion to help you layout the vision, values, methods, and obstacles. We will explore areas like chartering, team agreements, team building and process definition. You will take away some tools and techniques to get your team started on the right foot. Speaker: David Hawks David Hawks is a Certified Scrum…

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How to Drive Traffic to Your WordPress Site

October 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Drive
Austin,TX78750United States
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One of the biggest challenges for a WordPress beginner is getting traffic to their site.  Sandi and Nick Batik will take a closer look at those tools in the WordPress ecosystem that help new WordPress users automate many of the marketing processes we need to expand our customer base. This presentation will conclude with a discussion how 'Permission Marketing (permission— engagement — call to action) can help you build your loyal tribe of followers, supporters, and clients.  We look forward to…

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November 2017

Austin Design Week

November 6 - November 10
Multiple locations Austin,TXUnited States + Google Map

Celebrate Austin design through a week of workshops, talks, studio tours and events this November as the city celebrates its creative economy in the second annual Austin Design Week. We’re inviting the community to propose and showcase the best in visual, interactive, product, industrial, architectural and civic design. The introduction of Design Week provides the opportunity to bring together the Austin design community like never before. From the spaces we’re inspired by, to the images that leap from the page,…

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There Is a CheckList For That!

November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Austin Baptist Church, 7016 Ribelin Ranch Drive
Austin,TX78750United States
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Sandi Batik will examine the importance of checklists in the design and development  of successful WordPress sites.  Most WordPress professionals have checklists they use at various stages of a site's life cycle. Checklists can help make you more productive and lower stress levels during critical aspects of a site launch or expansion. Checklists help dispel the dreaded 'Hinky Feeling' that you might have forgotten an important step in a complex process. During our discussion we will not only share favorite…

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