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Jenkins X Double Header: Security and Stability
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Jenkins X Double Header: Security and Stability

  • Mosaic, 3rd floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FIRST PRESENTATION
Stability for Jenkins X with jx boot
Kurt Madel
CloudBees

ABSTRACT
Anyone that has been practicing CI/CD over the last year or more has certainly heard of Jenkins X. But many still haven’t actually used Jenkins X or don’t know exactly how Jenkins X is different from Jenkins or other CI/CD tools for that matter, or what is meant by Cloud Native CD. This talk will provide answers to all of the above and we will also take a look at the stability of Jenkins X, as one of the biggest challenges for those that have been using Jenkins X has been a constant stream of new features that have impacted the day to day stability of Jenkins X. This talk will provide a high-level overview of the differences between Jenkins X and Jenkins, explore what is meant by Cloud Native CD, and take a look at the new Jenkins X Boot feature that provides a consistent way to install, configure and upgrade Jenkins X. Finally, we will take a look at the CloudBees Jenkins X Distribution - a deliberately released version of Jenkins X that is similar to what Jenkins did with LTS releases - thoroughly tested and released on a specific cadence - bringing even more stability to Jenkins X and making it a Cloud Native CD platform that all organizations can depend on.

SPEAKER INFO
Kurt Madel is Director, Global Solution Architecture for CloudBees and works out of their office in Richmond, VA. He has over 20 years of software engineering and architecture experience, including DevOps in real world scenarios. Prior to joining CloudBees he was a software engineer at Capital One where he developed APIs for Apple Pay and helped lead their REST API initiative to include leading the development of a micro-service framework used by thousands of developers and streamlining of CI / CD processes. Based on his DevOps experience, Kurt provides a realistic, practical approach to help CloudBees customers realize continuous delivery.

Blog: https://cb-technologists.github.io/posts/

SECOND PRESENTATION
Stranger Danger: Finding Security Vulnerabilities Before They Find You!
Simon Maple
Snyk

ABSTRACT
Open source modules are undoubtedly awesome. However, they also represent an undeniable and massive risk. You’re introducing someone else’s code into your system, often with little or no scrutiny. The wrong package can introduce severe vulnerabilities into your application, exposing your application and your user's data. This talk will use a sample application, Goof, which uses various vulnerable dependencies, which we will exploit as an attacker would. For each issue, we'll explain why it happened, show its impact, and – most importantly – see how to avoid or fix it in a CI/CD pipeline showing integrations with Jenkins X. We'll live hack exploits like the classic struts vulnerability that recently made it famous, along with several others.

SPEAKER INFO
Simon Maple is the Director of Developer Relations at Snyk, a Java Champion since 2014, JavaOne Rockstar speaker in 2014, Duke’s Choice award winner, Virtual JUG founder and organiser, and London Java Community co-leader. He is an experienced speaker, having presented at JavaOne, JavaZone, Jfokus, DevoxxUK, DevoxxFR, JavaLand, JMaghreb and many more including many JUG tours. His passion is around user groups and communities. When not traveling, Simon enjoys spending quality time with his family, cooking and eating great food.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sjmaple

Snyk (https://snyk.io/?utm_medium=Referral&utm_source=JAM-Meetup&utm_campaign=CloudBees-JenkinsX-JAMMeetup) is a developer-first security company that helps organizations use open source and stay secure. Snyk is the only solution that seamlessly and proactively finds and fixes vulnerabilities and license violations in open source dependencies and container images. Founded in 2015, Snyk is based in London, England.

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US Digital Service Roundtable
Aug
14
5:30 PM17:30

US Digital Service Roundtable

  • Venture Cafe, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Hey Boston! Join the United States Digital Service, in collaboration with the Cambridge Innovation Center, for a roundtable discussion at CIC-Cambridge on August 14th.

Just who are we? The United States Digital Service is a nonpartisan tech startup in The White House that pairs the country's top tech talent with the best public servants to deliver better citizen services through design and technology.

Hear from senior technologists about how we're applying modern practices to transform critical, public-facing services that affect the American public. We'll also share how you could join us, and make a difference.

We hope to see you there.

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Robot and STEM--- iRobot and AARD
Aug
6
5:00 PM17:00

Robot and STEM--- iRobot and AARD

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To enhance AARD’s unique A6-to-One mission, every year we specially invite leading industries and companies to join us for career education. Inspirational workshops, lectures, and demos are given. Come to join us for exciting learning opportunities from the iRobot STEM team and our AARD advisors. Find out about our unique training programs for different level students.

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Aiforia Inc. Deep Learning Neuroscience and Hands on Workshop
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

Aiforia Inc. Deep Learning Neuroscience and Hands on Workshop

Join us for an evening of networking, deep learning with light snacks and some local drinks.   Where we will start the evening with a  customer talk focused on Neuroscience.  Anna-Maija Penttinen, from Université de Montréal will present “Implementation of deep learning neural networks to count dopamine neurons in an experimental model of Parkinson’s disease”

We will then transition over to pathology for the second part of the workshop will help you to understand and deploy live in real time your own Deep Learning Neural Network with ‘Aiforia Create’.   With this hands-on experience, you can be sure you walk away knowing how to achieve precise active annotations and understanding how different annotation mistakes affect your results.

The hands-on part is run as a friendly competition and the lowest error rate walks away with a prize and bragging rights.

Takeaways

  • A road map for implementation of Deep Learning solutions for your Digital Pathology workflow.

  • A deep understanding of the importance of ‘high quality, not high quantity’ of training data.

  • Understand how to structure algorithms,

  • Train your own Deep Learning Neural Network, Live, On the Premises.

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Maritime Innovation Showcase
Apr
30
5:30 PM17:30

Maritime Innovation Showcase

On April 30th, SeaAhead will host an intimate gathering bringing together key leaders from across the maritime industry. As part of this event, we will be joining with Venture Café to open up at the end of the day for an engaging session with some of the brightest minds in Boston’s tech community — including flash talks from innovative new companies as well as reverse pitches from industry. RSVP to join us at this event.

Early-stage companies relevant to the shipping, ports and offshore wind industries that would like to present as part of this showcase can click here to submit their information for consideration.

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BOSTON - DevOps and Hops
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

BOSTON - DevOps and Hops

  • Venture Cafe, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You are invited to attend North American DevOps Group’s next event in the Boston Metro area!

NADOG Presents – DevOps and Hops

Guest Speaker - Brian Fox, CTO Sonatype

"Open Source Developers Are Security’s New Front Line" (abstract below)

  • Open discussion

  • Networking with your local peers

  • Beer, soft drinks, food

  • Free, courtesy of our sponsors!

Read more about NADOG here: www.nadevops.com

NOTE, NADOG events are designed for IT practitioners and their leadership only. Sales reps, recruiters, etc., please contact NADOG regarding sponsorship opportunities, jim@nadevops.com.

Abstract:

"Open Source Developers Are Security’s New Front Line"

Over the last five years, a shifting battlefield of attacks based on OSS consumption has emerged. Attackers effectively have a first-mover advantage based on responsible disclosures.

It’s become clear that we are in the middle of a systematic attack on the social trust and infrastructure used to distribute open source. In just a few years, we’ve gone from attacks on pre-existing vulnerabilities occurring months after a disclosure down to two days - and now, we are at the point where attackers are directly hijacking publisher credentials and distributing malicious components.

Open source developers are the front line of the new battle. We must not let them ruin the reputation of the things we’ve built. In this session, Brian Fox, 20 year open source developer, core contributor to Maven and CTO ofSonatype will:

  • Analyze, and detail, the events leading to today’s “all-out” attack on the OSS industry

  • Define what the future of open source looks like in today’s new normal

  • Outline how developers can step into the role of security, to protect themselves, and the millions of people depending on them

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The Art of the Possible: Innovation for Life Sciences
Nov
26
4:30 PM16:30

The Art of the Possible: Innovation for Life Sciences

RSVP here!

Innovative technologies, groundbreaking therapies, and the consumerization of healthcare are just a few of the factors impacting organizations today. With the multitude of rapid changes affecting the industry, the opportunity exists to rethink traditional business models within the life sciences ecosystem and create new value.

Please join us for an engaging discussion that explores these disruptors and focuses on how the life sciences community in Massachusetts is paving the way for local and global change.

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AutoML 101: Introduction & Case Study
Oct
25
5:30 PM17:30

AutoML 101: Introduction & Case Study

As per Wikipedia:
"Automated machine learning (AutoML) is the process of automating the end-to-end process of applying machine learning to real-world problems. In a typical machine learning application, practitioners must apply the appropriate data pre-processing, feature engineering, feature extraction, and feature selection methods that make the dataset amenable for machine learning. Following those preprocessing steps, practitioners must then perform algorithm selection and hyperparameter optimization to maximize the predictive performance of their final machine learning model. As many of these steps are often beyond the abilities of non-experts, AutoML was proposed as an artificial intelligence-based solution to the ever-growing challenge of applying machine learning. Automating the end-to-end process of applying machine learning offers the advantages of producing simpler solutions, faster creation of those solutions, and models that often outperform models that were designed by hand."

In this talk we will discuss how QuSandbox and the Model Analytics Studio can be used in the selection of machine learning models.

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AI and Design: AI Meets Creativity
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

AI and Design: AI Meets Creativity

  • Lighthouse East, 20th floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What's the latest AI applied to creativity, what are the core problems being solved? What tech can be taken advantage of immediately?

Brennan White
CEO of Cortex

Founder of the leading AI storytelling platform, Cortex, Brennan has worked with global enterprises worldwide to introduce AI technology and AI-supported processes into their creative business units for four years. Prior to that Brennan worked as a creative at the digital agency he founded that has been on the INC 5000 several years in a row.

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Oct
17
5:30 PM17:30

Building Your Next Mobile App

  • CIC Cambridge, Havana Room, 5th floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us on to learn about the benefits of strategizing and blueprinting your next mobile app.  Building an app can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and require highly specialized designers and developers.  There are several ways to help increase your likelihood of success in the app store and de-risk the development process.  MindSea’s team has built over 50 apps featured in the App store.  Join us to learn about how to create a successful app blueprint and avoid common pitfalls in designing and developing apps.

Takeaways:

  • Strategies to de-risk your app development

  • Frameworks to use when strategizing and wireframing your app

  • How to employ Design Thinking & Lean UX in your product strategy

  • A guided exercise to building personas and user journeys

  • Take-home resources to start building your app blueprint

  • Questions & Answers on app design and development

Speaker:
Bill Wilson, Founder,CEO and Founder, MindSea

Bill is a software developer by trade and has been building products and teams for over twenty years.  In 2009, Bill founded MindSea - a mobile app design studio building top rated apps for international brands like Postmedia, Dallas Morning News, and Proposify.  Bill is deeply passionate about building incredible teams and software that will change the world.  Outside of work, you can find Bill crushing a 5 mile run or beta testing a new fitness app.

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Darwin Data World Tour
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Darwin Data World Tour

  • Anchor and Render Coffee, 1st floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Darwin Recruitment and RecDoTech proudly present the Darwin Data World Tour.

Since our first meetup in Berlin in September 2017, RecDoTech has hosted IT professionals at 15 different meetups across two continents, with fascinating talks by Data professionals from top business in Europe and USA. 

Following on from the enormous popularity of our other RecDoTech meetups, we are hosting our first Data Science meetup in the centre of Zurich. Our speakers will explore how data science is changing industries, allowing businesses to compete in new markets and helping people around the world. 

Speakers

Jamie Warner - Assistant Director - Data Science at Lincoln Financial Group

Speaker 2 - TBA

Speaker 3 - TBA

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AI & Design: An Evening Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Design
Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

AI & Design: An Evening Exploring the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Design

Welcome to the third meetup of AI & Design!

This meetup will be in the Anchor Room of CIC - Boston, 50 Milk St. This room is behind Render Coffee downstairs.

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SCHEDULE
6.30 - 7.00pm: Welcome and networking
7.00 - 8.30pm: Talks
8.30 - 9.00pm: Questions and mingling

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DESCRIPTION
Talk Descriptions and Speaker Bios coming soon.

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Adopting Data Science and ML: A Blueprint for Financial Professionals
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

Adopting Data Science and ML: A Blueprint for Financial Professionals

Financial firms are taking AI and machine learning seriously to augment traditional investment decision making. Alternative datasets including text analytics, cloud computing, algorithmic trading are game changers for many firms who are adopting technology at a rapid pace. As more and more open-source technologies penetrate enterprises, quants and data scientists have a plethora of choices for building, testing and scaling quantitative models. Even though there are multiple solutions and platforms available to build machine learning solutions, challenges remain in adopting machine learning in the enterprise.In this talk we will illustrate a step-by-step process to enable replicable AI/ML research within the enterprise using QuSandbox.

In Part 1, we will discuss the challenges and best practices of adopting data science and machine learning solutions in financial companies.

In Part 2, we will demonstrate a case study in Python to use Natural Language Processing techniques to analyze EDGAR call earnings transcripts that could be used to generate sentiment analysis scores using the Amazon Comprehend, IBM Watson, Google and Azure APIs. We will compare an contrast scores from various APIs and discuss how these scores can be used to augment traditional quantitative research and for trading decisions. At the end of this talk, participants can see a concrete picture on how to take their machine learning from a research and prototype to a scalable production model deployable in the cloud.

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Introduction to Cloud Firestore with Google Developer Expert Juan Herrera
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Introduction to Cloud Firestore with Google Developer Expert Juan Herrera

Join us for an evening with GDE Juan Herrera who leading a talk and a hands-on workshop on how to use Cloud Firestore with your web applications.

Firestore is new real-time sync NoSQL database from Google Cloud. Learn more about Firestore here: https://firebase.google.com/docs/firestore/

Title: Firestore and Angular: Prototyping your app in no time
Description: Implement your next business idea in record time with Firestore, the new Firebase real-time database that combines the best of performance and good practices

In this talk, we will build a real-time chat through live coding with Angular, AngularFire and Firestore. Step by step I'll demonstrate how the gap between the data layer and application is closed, boosting our productivity like never before.

Among the topics we are going to touch base on are:
Observables
Asynchronous Pipes
Offline capabilities
Non-SQL databases

After Juan's talk, we will have a hands-on workshop which will integrate Firestore into a VanillaJS web application. If you have javascript experience, you would be able to follow along.

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Design & AI: Determining the Right Level of Intelligence
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Design & AI: Determining the Right Level of Intelligence

Welcome to the second meetup of Design & AI!

This June we are excited to hear Mandi, Jen, and William present "Determining the Right Level of Intelligence".

Please note that RSVPs will close the day before the event, so make sure to sign up before then! RSVP here.

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SCHEDULE
6.30 - 7.00pm: Welcome and networking
7.00 - 8.00pm: Talks
8.00 - 9.00pm: Questions and mingling

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DESCRIPTION
Engineers and designers have incredible tools available for creating AI-powered applications, but how do you determine the right level of “intelligence” to apply to a problem? How much customization is needed? It’s tempting to go overboard! In this talk, you’ll learn strategies to help you go from a design sprint to building working interfaces.

Real-world examples will be drawn from a case study of designing and building a voice assistant for biological research laboratories. Currently, it can take decades for lifesaving drugs to come to market, and possible cures often slip by unnoticed because they are lost in mountains of data.

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Hacking Dermatology: Innovation Summit 2018
Jun
8
to Jun 10

Hacking Dermatology: Innovation Summit 2018

  • Venture Café, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join MIT Hacking Medicine, LEO Pharma, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology and Hacking Medicine Institute for the first ever dermatology hackathon!

Did you know that it can take years for patients to be correctly diagnosed with conditions like psoriasis and eczema and that over 60% of all patients are not referred to a specialist correctly? Current treatment options are expensive and patients tend to have low adherence to medication. This is an area that is ripe for innovation in the pre competitive space. 

Register now: visit hackingdermatology.org to learn about the challenge areas and apply to attend. On June 8-10, five grants of $5k will be awarded to the top teams. Following the first round of funding, up to $50k in additional grants will be awarded. Both preformed teams and individuals are invited to apply and attend. 

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RowAnalytics & Meridian IT Neighbors' Reception
May
23
5:30 PM17:30

RowAnalytics & Meridian IT Neighbors' Reception

  • Venture Cafe, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join leaders in the field of data analytics at a networking reception on May 23rd from 5:30pm-7:00pm at Venture Cafe.


Meridian IT focuses on our core competencies: cloud services, data center, security and risk management, and unified workspace, we provide flexible IT solutions with leading vendors, managed services, deployment options, ongoing maintenance and global support. 


Row Analytics specializes in AI enabled decision support to discover new associations across multiple data types. 

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A Primer on Neural Network Models for Natural Language Processing
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

A Primer on Neural Network Models for Natural Language Processing


Interest in Neural networks is growing with many areas from image recognition to speech processing reporting impressive results. With advances in software and hardware technologies, and interest in AI based applications growing, it is time to understand neural networks applied to natural language processing better!

In this workshop, we will discuss the basics of neural networks and natural language processing and discuss how neural approaches differ from traditional natural language modeling techniques. We will review a bit of mathematics that goes into building neural networks and natural language modeling tasks. We will also illustrate through a case study Sentiment analysis using Deep Learning architectures. Functional Demos will be presented in Keras, a popular Python package with a back-end in Tensorflow.

This workshop is FREE and is a part of the upcoming QuantUniversity NLP workshop (http://qu-nlp.eventbrite.com/
)

Agenda:
6.00-6.30 : Networking and Refreshments
6.30-7.15 : Workshop

Planned topics:
- Intro to Natural Language Processing
- Intro to Neural Networks and Deep Neural Networks
- Networks that “understand” language!
- Embeddings: clever representation of words
- Recurrent Neural Networks: remembering history
- Encoder-Decoder architectures
- So many models! So little time! - QuSandbox

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Boston Terrible Ideas Hackathon
Apr
7
10:30 AM10:30

Boston Terrible Ideas Hackathon

  • Anchor and Render Cafe, 1st floor, CIC Boston (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Boston Stupid Sh*t No One Needs & Terrible Ideas Hackathon is a fun free one-day event where people bring bad ideas to life. Participants conceive and build nonsensical and silly projects and present them at the end of the day. There are no prizes and there are definitely no winners.

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Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Boston Data Visualization Meetup

  • Venture Café, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hi friends,

We are starting this group back up again after a prolonged hiatus. I (Siqi) am taking over the responsibilities of managing this group from Irene (hats off to Irene for an awesome job running this group for the past few years!)

We would like to start the year with a project demo night, focusing “works in progress”: what are you currently working on? What technical and design challenges are you trying to tackle in particular? Would your project benefit from a crit? A collaborator?

Please feel free to submit your talk (of 10 minutes or less) to me. Informal happy hour to follow!

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Mar
9
6:00 PM18:00

NEO Developer workshop by CoZ and NEX

  • Venture Café, 5th floor, CIC Cambridge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

• Networking with refreshments and appetizers (20 min).
• How to build a dApp for being a fiat integrator in NEX platform (30 min).
• How to build a NEP-5 token ICO with blockchain enforced KYC and automated refunds (20 min).
• Break (10min).
• TBD (20 min).
• Q/A and lottery of 5 Ledger Nano S for participants (20 min).

Participants will be needed to present issued ID at reception matching registration name, please provide your full name.

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