• Tue
    13
    Jan
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:30 PMCross Campus 1558 10th Street Santa Monica, CA

    Data Science @ Datapop: The Marketing Knowledge Graph 

    by Dr. Ben Zamanzadeh, CTO DataPop

    Today’s eCommerce has evolved into a complex multi-dimensional optimization problem. DataPop’s semantic technology and Marketing Knowledge Graph is used to generate Omni-Channel advertising campaigns. This presentation will review our technology stack, machine learning models, discus what worked what did not work for us and do a live demo of Marketing Knowledge Graph. 

    Dr. Ben Zamanzadeh is passionate about innovation, machine learning and solving challenging R&D problems. Previously he served as VPE at LeadPoint and led Yahoo’s Domain Search and R&D teams. Ben has experience in search, ad tech, eCommerce, financial, mobile, data science, machine learning and semantic computing. Ben holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the UCLA where he serves on the CS Advisory Board.

    Date: January 13, 2015

    Timeline:
    – 6:30pm food/drinks and networking
    – 7:30pm talk starts promptly

    You must have a confirmed RSVP and please arrive by 7:25pm the latest. Please RSVP here on Eventbrite.

    Venue: Cross Campus in Santa Monica will kindly host this meetup. Factual will kindly sponsor this meetup and also provide food+drinks.

    RSVP Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-science-datapop-tickets-14520899401

  • Thu
    15
    Jan
    2015
    7:00 pmFactual Inc - 1999 Avenue of the Stars, 35th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Abstract: 
    Anyone who has used Hadoop knows that jobs sometimes get stuck. Hadoop is powerful, and it’s experiencing a tremendous rate of innovation, but it also has many rough edges. As Hadoop practitioners we all spend a lot of effort dealing with these rough edges in order to keep Hadoop and Hadoop jobs running well for our customers and/or organizations. For this session, we will look at a typical problem encountered by a Hadoop user, and discuss its implications for the future of Hadoop development. We will also go through the solution to this kind of problem using step-by-step instructions and the specific code we used to identify the issue. As a community, we need to work together to improve this kind of experience for our industry. Now that Hadoop 2 has been shipped, we believe the Hadoop community will be able to focus its energies on rounding off rough edges like these, and this session should provide advanced users with some tools and strategies to identify issues with jobs and how to keep these running smoothly.

    Bi0: 
    David Chaiken comes to Altiscale from Yahoo!, where he served as Chief Architect. At Yahoo, he led teams building consumer advertising and media systems with Apache Hadoop at their core. Over his career, David has also built voice-search products for consumers, mobile applications for enterprises, network management systems, project management software, large-scale multiprocessor architectures, a tablet computer, and several other information appliances. David earned a BS in Mathematics from Brown University and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

     

    Parking and Directions:

    Address Change! We're in a new building! Still in Century City, near the mall, but now at:     1999 Avenue of the Stars, 35th Floor, Los Angeles. The building is at the intersection of Avenue of the Stars and Constellation Blvd. When you arrive, please tell the guards you are here for the "Meetup at Factual".

    Parking:

    The best place for attendees to park is at the Westfield Century City Mall.  Please note that they no longer offer free parking for the first 3 hours.  Parking rates are as follows:

    •0-1 Hours: $1.00  
    •1-2 Hours: $2.00  
    •2-3 Hours: $3.00

    Every 30 mins thereafter: $2.00  
    6+ Hours: $28.00

    About the Venue:

    Factual is a location platform that enables personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences by enriching mobile location signals with definitive global data. Factual’s real-time data stack builds and maintains data on a global scale, with Factual's core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual’s platform also informs location with contextual demographic and commercial data, and offers cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest. 

    We will be raffling off books by O'Reilly

    Meetup members get 20% off Strata/Hadoop World San Jose 2015 with UGLABD20, Register here: - http://oreil.ly/UGSJ15 

  • Wed
    21
    Jan
    2015
    7:00 pm7060 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Bio: Taylor is an Apache Storm committer, PMC chair, release manager and a member of the Technical Staff at Hortonworks. He has been involved with the usage and development of Storm since it was first released as open source in October of 2011. As an active contributor to the Storm user community, Taylor is lead on a number of open-source projects related to Storm. Specifically, he has developed numerous technologies that enable integration of Storm into the enterprise. He has also authored a number of open source storm projects which enable enterprises to integrate Storm into heterogeneous infrastructure.

    https://github.com/ptgoetz 

    http://www.slideshare.net/ptgoetz 

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/ptgoetz 

    https://twitter.com/ptgoetz 

    Abstract:

    Sensors have been all around us for a long time: In our homes, buildings, cars, even in our pockets and around our wrists. The difference today is that these devices are becoming increasingly network-enabled and low-cost. Gartner predicts there will be 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. Capturing and analyzing the data from these devices provides a wealth of opportunity, but where do you start?

    In this session we will look at how streaming sensor data fits into a variety of (I)IoT analytics use cases, and how Apache Storm and Kafka fit into an overall architecture for large-scale streaming analytics. You will also learn how to leverage the highly accessible Arduino microcontroller platform to create low-cost sensor networks and stream data to Apache Storm for analysis in real time. Finally, we will give a live demonstration of sensor analysis using Kafka, Storm, and an out-of-the-box Arduino board (no soldering required!).

    19:00 - doors open and pizza served  
    19:30 - talk starts

    Parking: to be validated you need to park in 7021 Hollywood Blvd (Fresh and Easy/LA Fitness) parking lot that has entrance from Sycamore Ave north of Hollywood Blvd. This is across the crossing from LiveNation building!

    Map of validated parking and meetup venue:

    Validated parking entrance:

    The venue:

  • Thu
    22
    Jan
    2015
    6:00 pm6600 Topanga Canyon Boulevard Canoga Park, CA 91303
    Happy New Year!
     
    Please join us our first meeting of 2015 at the

     
    Community Center at Topanga Plaza- located at 21710 Vanowen Street on the corner of Vanowen Street and Owensmouth Avenue, Canoga Park, CA. 
     
    Parasoft is our sponsor for the evening and we will have Arthur Hicken presenting the session.

    Remember you can earn CPE when you attend SCQAA events. To learn more visit: http://www.softwarecertifications.org/   

     
    Topic Abstract:

    Cyber Security breaches ended 2014 with a bang, and show no signs of slowing down in 2015. From botnets to political groups to criminals the chances of an attack affecting your network are growing every day. When most organizations finally start working to secure their applications, they fall in the trap of taking an audit approach. In essence, trying to test security into their software. We’ll discuss the ups and downs of the audit approach specifically for application security, and how to best plan to secure your software.
      

    Speaker Bio:  

    Arthur Hicken has been involved in automating various practices at Parasoft for over 20 years. He has worked on various projects involving the software development lifecycle, software security, complex web applications, and integration with legacy systems. Arthur has helped IT departments in Cisco, Vanguard, Motorola, and other major companies improve their software development practices. Arthur taught at the College of DuPage in Illinois, as well as developed and conducted numerous technical training courses at Parasoft. As an expert in his field, Arthur’s insights regarding website quality issues have appeared in Business 2.0, Internet Week, and CNET news.com.
     
     
    Food will be served.  
    Suggested donation: $10.00.
     

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    See you there.

    Sujit Ghosh  
    Program Chair- SCQAA- San Fernando Valley Chapter  
    818-878-0834
    sujit.ghosh@3sgbs.com
     
    Register HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/relying-on-audits-for-application-security-how-to-avoid-the-pitfalls-tickets-15307730835?utm_source=SCQAA-SF+Januray+21+2015+Meeting&utm_campaign=SCQAA-January+2015&utm_medium=email
  • Thu
    22
    Jan
    2015
    7:00 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    An intro to Appium and Cucumber in the same night. Dan will take you through the basics of setting up an Appium environment for testing. How to specify elements to create tests for native, non-native, and hybrid apps. Then we'll run through a framework that will allow you to leverage cucumber to create a suite of tests for your project. Giving you everything you need to hit the ground running.

    Bio 
    Dan Patey is currently helping to build out a new testing framework for TeleSign, one of the largest vendors of two-factor authentication solutions in the world. Prior to TeleSign Dan, along with Felix Rodriguez, helped build out the testing framework at Bleacher Report, the second most visited sports website in the U.S. His areas of expertise include creating functional in-browser UI testing, headless API testing, and, most recently, data-driven tests to power both. 

    Dan graduated from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul Minnesota with a Bachelor's in Computer Science. One of his favorite professors was Ken Brumbaugh, who helped create the educational video game Oregon Trail. 
    When Dan isn't working on testing solutions he's biking around his new home town of Los Angeles discovering everything the city has to offer.

     

    SCHEDULE: 

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Food/Refreshments 

    7:30 - 8:30 Presentation/Q&A 

    8:30 - 9:00 Networking  

    ADDRESS (changed) Q 6100 Center Drive Suite 660 Los Angeles, CA 90045

    MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/sAmH

    PARKING: Plentiful parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6080 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.

    SECURITY: there is a security desk in the lobby, in case they ask, let them know you’re going to Q’s office at suite 660

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    •  

  • Tue
    27
    Jan
    2015
    6:30 pmCross Campus - 1558 10th Street , Santa Monica, CA

    Abstract:-

    Businesses want to execute an analytical job at scale in Hadoop, but different parts of that job are potential candidates for specific execution engines so that the job performs under optimal conditions. In addition, past engines such as classic Map Reduce are potentially giving way to new ones such as Spark. This talk will demonstrate how you can leverage the Datameer application to hide the complexity of choosing the right execution engine for an analytical job at scale in Hadoop, and how Spark fits into this context.

    Bio:- 
    Erik Halseth is a Solutions Engineer for Datameer where he guides customers and helps their analytics needs across a full end-to-end analytics application on Hadoop systems. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of Virginia and a Masters of Science in Operations Research at George Mason University where his thesis work is on extreme risk event prediction.

  • Fri
    30
    Jan
    2015
    10:00AM - 7:00PMAnnenberg Community Beach House - 415 Pacific Coast Highway (2 Blocks North of the California Incline, on PCH) Santa Monica, CA

    This January, meet the teams behind 25+ of LA's fastest-growing companies for a packed day of founder-led classes, startup skill workshops, and hundreds of open jobs & internships. 

    Companies include: 

    Media Temple - web hosting service acquired by GoDaddy (set to IPO for $4.5 billion)

    Whisper - anonymous social network for sharing secrets, w/ 3.5 billion monthly page views

    Bottlenose - using Big Data to identify, anticipate, and create trends

    ZestFinance - Google-style machine learning meets Capital One-style credit scoring

    Speakers include: 

    Angie Hayden - Experience Designer @ Originate

    Scott Brown - VP of Engineering @ Media Temple

    Nicolle Richard - Lead Product Designer @ Fullscreen

    Kenny Berlin - Founder & CEO @ 12Twenty

    >>> REGISTER HERE: la.uncubed.com/wwcla

  • Wed
    04
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmTony P's - 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA

    Join your fellow members for the monthly mixer at Tony P's 

    Tony P's is generously providing us space for networking.

    Come out and mingle with your fellow members!

    (This meetup repeats on the 1st Wednesday of every month)

  • Wed
    04
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmTony P's - 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA

    Join your fellow members for the monthly mixer at Tony P's

    Tony P's is generously providing us space for networking.

    Come out and mingle with your fellow members!

    (This meetup repeats on the 1st Wednesday of every month)

     

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmInternap Data Center - 3690 Redondo Beach Ave, Redondo Beach, CA

    Please register here:

    http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-HBase-User-group/events/219045881/ 

    Abstract: 
    Introducing Non-Stop HBase by WANdisco. In this talk Ryan will describe how taking an excellent open source database, and combining it with paxos technology takes it to the next stage of reliability. Covering diverse use cases such as real time web, multi-datacenter business continuity, Non-Stop HBase is essential for those serious about HBase.

    Bio:
    Ryan Rawson is a committer to the HBase open source project and a member of the HBase Project Management Committee. Before joining WANdisco, Ryan co-founded OhmData, worked at places such as Stumbleupon, Google and Amazon. He specializes in large systems (hundreds of nodes or servers), extensive code bases, and multiple language environments.

  • Thu
    05
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmQ HQ 6100 Center Drive STE 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    About the Presentation:

    Many things we take for granted on desktop and server Linux distributions (like package management) are slightly altered and less friendly in the embedded world.  In this meet up William Turner will discuss and demonstrate strategies, techniques, and software packages that help the user leverage the power of embedded Linux systems in a manner that translates well from the desktop and server platforms we know and love.

    William will go into some detail on the work he is doing with theIntel Edison, a low-cost, arduino like,  general purpose compute platform that fits within the palm or your hand.

     http://www.meetup.com/UUASC26/events/219197032/

  • Mon
    09
    Feb
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PMEdmunds.Com, Inc. - 1620 26th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404

    This is the first event of the new Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Analytics meetup.

    Talks:

    1. Szilard Pafka: Intro, motivation, goals for this meetup group

    I will talk about why we have started a new meetup group and the various topics we'd like to cover in the next meetings. At the advent (and admittedly hype) of data science and big data, the traditional field of DW/BI/Analytics is experiencing an accelerated modernization. It's these modern tools like MPP databases, html5 web-based BI solutions, powerful GUIs for predictive modeling etc. that we'd like to focus at our meetups.

    Bio: Szilard has been working passionately with data for the past 20 years first in computational physics, then in finance and finally in the last decade as a data scientist. He is currently the Chief Scientist at Epoch and the founder/organizer of several popular data science meetups in LA (R, DataVis, Data Science/Machine Learning, Python Data Science and most recently DW/BI/Analytics).

    2. Eduardo Arino de la Rubia: All Big Data Stories are not Hadoop Stories

    In this talk, I will discuss a project at my employer where we attempted to find the big data strategy that worked for our reasonably big, but very slow moving data. We will discuss the pitfalls of various solutions, and finish with our findings and go forward strategy. In a world dominated by marketing hype, this talk cuts right through it all and focuses on the outcomes.

    Bio: I am a computer programmer and technologist with over 30 years experience, working in many different fields ranging from expert systems for compliance to manufacturing robotics. I am a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and live with my wife, son, and 3 dogs in lovely Santa Monica.

    3. Adam Husein: RDBMS Usage from the Data Scientist's Perspective

    As a prolific user of databases with extensive experience across various database technologies, Adam will speak about how analysts and data scientists utilize data and the databases that store them.

    Bio: Over the last 7 years, Adam has worked with or on over a half dozen database technologies across various companies in order to set up & deploy databases, create new data models, and provide analytics to internal customers.

    4. Eric Klusman: Overview of the Business Intelligence Landscape

    This presentation will discuss the major platforms for business intelligence and analytics, including the roles played by open source software. Major vendors will be introduced and contrasted.

    Bio: Eric Klusman is a data scientist with Kabam's Los Angeles game studio. He has held a variety of positions in data engineering and data science with Los Angeles Internet companies and Wall Street securities firms.

    Date: February 9, 2014 (Monday)

    Timeline:
    – 6:00pm food/bev & networking
    – 7:00pm talks starts promptly

    You must have a confirmed RSVP and please arrive by 6:55pm the latest. Please RSVP for this meetup here on Eventbrite as space is limited due to the capacity of the room. 

    Venue: Edmunds, 1620 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Thanks Edmunds for hosting and providing food/drinks!

    Have questions about LA Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence and Analytics Meetup Kick-off?Contact Szilard Pafka
  • Tue
    10
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmCross Campus - 1558 10th Street , Santa Monica, CA

    Please register here:  http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Apache-Spark-Users-Group/events/219134760/ 

    Abstract: 
    Spark After Dark is a mock dating site that uses the latest Spark libraries, AWS Kinesis, Lambda Architecture, and Probabilistic Data Structures to generate dating recommendations.

    There will be 5+ demos covering everything from basic data ETL to advanced data processing including Alternating Least Squares Machine Learning/Collaborative Filtering and PageRank Graph Processing.

    There is heavy emphasis on Spark Streaming and AWS Kinesis.

    Bio: 
    Chris Fregly is an Apache Spark Contributor and Field Engineering Consultant at Databricks. He's the author of the upcoming book, Effective Spark and Spark in Action by Manning. Previously, Chris worked at Netflix as a Streaming Data Platform Engineer.

  • Wed
    18
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmMetacloud, Inc. - 117 East Colorado Boulevard., Suite 300, Pasadena, CA

    The February 2015 OpenStack LA meetup is on! And, we have a good one in store for you. Ken Rugg, CEO at Tesora, will be flying in from Cambridge, Mass (and yes, his arms will be tired!) to give the group a deep dive and update on the OpenStack Trove project.

    And, please take note that to accommodate Ken’s travel schedule, we will NOT be meeting on our normal meetup date (4th Thursday of the month). So, please take note of the date for this meetup, mark your calendars, and make plans to be here!

    Presentation Abstract 
    What is Trove, the Database as a Service (DBaaS) project on OpenStack? This presentation will provide a deep dive into Trove, providing updates on new developments and how Trove supports the OpenStack Juno release. In addition, we'll provide a preview of what's planned for OpenStack Kilo and the future direction of Trove. Providing an introduction to DBaaS, with an emphasis on OpenStack using Trove, this presentation is aimed at a very broad audience including IT Managers, CxOs, DevOps personnel, and database users, and offers a high level introduction to DBaaS, focusing on DBaaS with OpenStack Trove. 
    It helps answer questions such as: 
    • What are some major problems faced by IT and database users in the organization? 
    • What are the benefits of DBaaS? 
    • What is OpenStack Trove? 
    • How does Trove relate to things such as Amazon RDS, MongoHQ, Heroku, DynamoDB, HP Cloud Relational Database and Rackspace Cloud Databases? 
    • Should I offer DBaaS to my organization? 
    • What are some practical considerations in migrating to DBaaS? It presents some practical examples of benefits achieved in adopting DBaaS, shares learnings from the adoption process, and highlights some potential pitfalls. It concludes with a description of the capabilities of OpenStack Trove and presents a view of the roadmap of features for upcoming releases. 
    Speaker Bio 
    Ken Rugg (@kenrugg), founder, CEO, and board member at Tesora, Inc. has over 20 years of experience in the database management industry. Before founding Tesora, Ken was the senior vice president and business unit general manager at Progress Software for the company's enterprise software products. Ken joined Progress when his previous company, eXcelon, a leader in Object and XML data management, was acquired. At eXcelon, Ken was a chief technology officer and vice president of product development.

    Agenda 
    7:00P – 7:40P: Eating, drinking, mingling, and networking 
    7:40P – 7:45P: Group announcements and speaker introduction 
    7:45P – 8:45P: Presentation/Q&A 
    8:45P – 10:00P: More eating, drinking, mingling, and networking

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmLAX Hilton Hotel - 5711 Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    TOPIC:

    Containers are shaking up the world of Linux virtualization and evolving rapidly. We'll discuss the up-to-the-minute state of the container ecosystem, including LXC, Docker, CoreOS, Rocket, Ubuntu Core, and related technologies, and compare and contrast these to some of the prior technologies they are displacing.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

    Matt Chapman has been a dedicated Linux User and occasional SysAdmin since 2005. He built a Container-based hosting solution for Ninjitsu Technologies in 2011, before containers were cool. Matt currently serves as the Sr. Open Source Platforms Engineer at CARD.com, whose technology stack includes Ubuntu Linux, Docker, Vagrant, Apache Web Server, MariaDB, Redis, PHP, Drupal, Hadoop, R, Python, Git, and more.

    SCHEDULE:

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Refreshments 
    7:30 - 8:30 Presentation/Q&A 
    8:30 - 9:00 Raffle/Networking

    FOOD:

    Q will be providing food and drinks for the meetup. Thanks Q!

    RAFFLE:

    We will have some raffle items to give away! Bring a business card to drop in the bowl.

    ADDRESS: 

    Due to this being scheduled on the first night of SCaLE, we've graciously been offered a space in one of the rooms there (LAX Hilton) - the exact room will be announced closer to the date. 

    RSVPs:

    Please, PLEASE update your RSVPs! We order food for the number of people who RSVP. If we continue having issues we'll need to implement a three strikes rule. Thank you !!!

    http://www.meetup.com/LinuxLA/events/219287526/

  • Thu
    19
    Feb
    2015
    Sun
    22
    Feb
    2015
    8:00AM - 8:00PMLAX Hilton Hotel - 5711 Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

    SCaLE has arrived once again! For anyone who doesn't know, this is the go-to Linux conference in SoCal each year. It gets bigger and better every year. Hope to see you all there - here is our discount code for 50% off registration:

    Discount Code: LNXLA

    https://reg.socallinuxexpo.org/reg6/

  • Mon
    23
    Feb
    2015
    6:30 pmVenice Arts 1702 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA

    *** Please RSVP on Eventbrite using the link below *** 

    PyDSLA - Blaze: Connecting analysts to big computation

    Join PyDSLA for a talk by Matthew Rocklin about the high level APIs being developed for Python for expressive data manipulation and analysis.

    Summary:  

    Pandas and NumPy serve us well.  They give interactive high-level access to efficient low-level code.  As datasets grow larger than memory this low-level code becomes obsolete but the high-level interface remains valuable.  Blaze connects that high-level interface to a number of other computational systems like SQL, Mongo, or Spark, extending the scope of interactive analysis.  In this talk we go over common use cases and Blaze as well as a bit of its internal design.

    Bio:

    Matthew works for Continuum Analytics as a computational scientist.  Before joining he was an academic in scientific computing (PhD University of Chicago) and an active open source contributor in the PyData ecosystem (SymPy, PyToolz, Theano.)  Today he lives in lovely Oakland, CA and works to improve the usability of big-data technologies through Blaze and other projects.

    Date: February 23, 2014 (Monday)

    Timeline:

    – 6:30pm food/bev & networking

    – 7:30pm talks starts promptly

    You must have a confirmed RSVP and please arrive by 6:55pm the latest. Please RSVP for this meetup here on Eventbrite, as space is limited due to the capacity of the room. Make sure to RSVP now!

    Venue: Venice Arts, 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

     

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015
    7:00 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Stop explaining comps and start showing working demos. Tired of translating your responsive designs from Photoshop into the browser over and over? Break the cycle and wow clients by updating design instantly in the browser while creating code you don’t throw away. 

    Tony Jessup, a web industry veteran, entrepreneur and designer, will explain the benefits and pitfalls of designing in the browser using Google Chrome’s Developer Tools. Bring a sketch to life by applying styles in real-time as the browser refreshes automatically! Learn how to save versions and leverage browser plugins to work quickly. 

    You don’t need to be a designer or developer to participate. Just come with an open mind and a willingness to be involved in the process and bring new techniques to your projects or organization. 

     

    By working in the browser itself, there’s no need to wait for pixel-perfect comps to see if your idea works. And when someone asks “How would we recreate this design in production?” It’s already done.

    Please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/socalwdd/events/220189602/

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    It's been a while since we all met up in person. I wanted to create a monthly study group for this Meetup since I've been meeting with a lot of you outside the group (since basically starting late January)-- and the consensus seems to be a lot of people are newbies.

    I think it'd be great to have an open study session each month where people could meet and ask questions about JavaScript & jQuery to other members. I personally do a lot of studying myself for JavaScript, and so for myself I think it'd be great to be able to talk to others about any questions I have with programming. I also invite any intermediate / advanced people to join our study group as well. I think it would be great for intermediate / advanced people as well because it's a chance to teach, explain otherwise hard concepts to others-- and of course practice your own expertise with like minded people.

    FREE pizza and refreshments will be served! Bring your appetite!

    Bring your JavaScript & jQuery questions! Any coding problems or challenges you want to solve too with the group are welcome! Check out http://www.coderbyte.com for challenging JavaScript questions.

    Format for this study session: 
    - Bring your questions, let's work on them together 
    - 2 hours (6:30pm to 8:30pm or whenever they kick us out :P) 
    - Time to meet with others, icebreakers

    ------------

    Note: I plan to be doing more Meetups soon; I'm just in the middle of learning about all the resources available and thinking out scheduling for stuff. Feel free to send me a message any time about any ideas or events you might have for this group. Also feel free to use our forum on this page to ask any questions to me or the other members.

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pm(location shown only to members)

    Note: This meet up is Co-Presented with the Santa Monica Cloud Compution Group, Please RSVP at their site so that we can properly scale the snacks...

     http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-Cloud-Computing-Group-Footprints-on-the-Moon/events/220255710/

     

    About the Presentation:

    Albert Wong will be discussing OpenShift an Open Source Platform As A Service (PaaS) solution developed at Red Hat.  

    About the Presenter:

     

     Albert T. Wong is a solution architect at Red Hat.  Jack of all trades in JavaEE, Red Hat and IBM Software and open source. Has a deep background in eCommerce and building, deploying and scaling very large websites. Albert is a UC Irvine Information and Computer Science alum. Connect with him at 

    http://linkedin.com/in/atwong

    About the Location:

    Details TBD. 

    Special thanks to Andy Setzer at the S.M. Cloud Computing Group for allowing us to  join their presentation.

    Hangout on Air Info: 

    This presentation will be live streamed via Google Hangouts On Air, the link will be posted here.

     

     

    Note live streaming is somewhat problematic, the stream should come up sometime after 6:30PM on the day of the event.  If some cases an new hangout may need to be created so keep an eye on the comments section of this meet up  page for any last minute changes.

    Also that video will be edited and posted with a different URL , the URL for the edited version will be posted in the comments section of this meet up page.

    About UUASC:  

    The UUASC (http://uuasc.org) is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge.  

    We try to meet on the first Thursday of the month in L.A.  

    Both UUASC chapters are open to everyone; there is no separate membership, we would like you to join our general mailing list so that you can particpate in the conversation between meetings.

    Date and Locaton Subject to Change:

    Note that meet up dates and locations can change on short notice, always check the meet up site to see if the information has changed.

    JOIN THIS MEETUP

  • Thu
    05
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PMPrimitive Spark - 209 East El Segundo Boulevard, El Segundo 90245, CA

    Faulty by Design: A Psychological Examination of User Decision Making  

    ****RSVP at EVENTBRITE****

    “I tell my graduate students each semester the human mind is not optimized for complex decision-making, which explains why we all regularly make less-than-ideal decisions in the most important aspects of our lives.” - Bill Gribbons

    Unfortunately, the same holds true for our users and customers as they interact with our products and services. In the past we have classified these “mistakes” as user errors. But if this behavior is natural and predictable, is this a correct designation? 

    In this talk, we will examine the psychological variables influencing decision making and highlight how these factors affect a user’s performance navigating the many decisions embedded in our products and services. The heart of the problem is the act of complex decision making often exceeds our thinking capacity. To accommodate this resource shortfall the mind regularly employs a wide array of simplifying heuristics and biases that are typically “good enough” for the more mundane aspects of life but that result in less-than-optimum decisions in critical situations. And while we design assuming a logical, rational decision-making agent, we will also address the debilitating effects of emotions on decisions. 

    Building on this psychological foundation, Gribbons will offer examples of how user experience designers can address these issues and you will learn how to facilitate more effective decisions through a variety of design practices.

    William Gribbons, PhD 

    Bill Gribbons is Director of the graduate Human Factors program at Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. The Human Factors program at Bentley is among the largest and most respected user experience programs in the country. In 2013, he established a west coast campus for the program in San Francisco. Bill also teaches Innovation in the Bentley MBA. 

    In 1999, Dr. Gribbons founded the User Experience Center at Bentley, and continues to hold a senior consulting role. For over twenty-eight years he has provided strategy, product design, and user experience consulting services to technology groups around the world. In 2013, he founded the Bentley UX Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The mission of the studio is to demonstrate the value of user experience research and design to the success of early-stage start-ups. 

    Bill received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the Mass High Tech Council. He has appeared on, and been quoted by, local and national media including the Associated Press, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg News, Boston Business Journal, Computerworld, Mass High Tech, The Financial Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, the Washington Times, East Bay Business Times, ABC “20-20”, Business 2.0, a nationally syndicated radio show (A Touch of Grey), Investor Business Daily, Times Higher Education Smashing Magazine, Knowledge@Wharton, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    His long-term research interests center on the building of a unified theory defining the user experience and the promotion of user experience as a guiding business strategy.

    SPONSORS

    At FullStory, we gather information on everything a user does in your website or web app. This allows us to curate a rich set of information about your customers and what they do. FullStory's product is like a searchable DVR built on top of this rich data set, used by designers to empathize with their users and craft a better customer experience. You can watch user sessions in high fidelity, search for individual events (who clicked X button?), and build segments of users and events to share with others on your team. See our Case Studies.

    Interactive design inspired by humans.

    The name “Primitive Spark” illustrates our view that the most meaningful innovations emerge from an understanding of basic human needs. We use an anthropological approach to discover what people and businesses need from each other. First, we closely study digital media consumers to pinpoint their needs, desires and behaviors. Then, we thoughtfully engage real people in real world environments. Our precise observations yield creative and technical possibilities that spark truly inspiring interactive experiences.

    Primitive Spark’s four senior partners each have a decade or more of experience in interactive strategy, design, advertising and development. Headquartered in El Segundo, our privately held company is one of the few majority female-owned agencies in the technology industry.

    Q Connects 

    Q is an IT/Digital Talent Firm with a focus on developing relationships and networking within the technology community in order to find great job opportunities for professionals and high quality talent for our clients. We strive to deeply understand both the needs of our clients and candidates to facilitate mutually beneficial long lasting matches.

    We specialize on contract, contract-to-hire and permanent placement services within the application development, digital web interactive and infrastructure spheres.

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    @uxpaofla        #faultyUX

    @PrimitiveSpark

    @fullstory 

    @Qconnects 

  • Fri
    06
    Mar
    2015
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PMCross Campus Pasadena 87 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA

    Held on the weekend of International Women's Day, our first Digital Women symposium celebrates women in tech including women startup CEO / founders, digital professionals, developers, designers and more.  The symposium includes panels, keynotes, and workshops featuring women and men to discus action steps to increase and retain women in tech, and connect and inspire attendees.  The symposium will bring together speakers and attendees from LA to OC to Pasadena, at the new Cross Campus Pasadena location.

    VIP  includes preferred Registration, Seating, and a ticket for lunch at the adjacent Chado Tea Room (includes set lunch sandwiches, tea and dessert pastries but not additional beverages nor alcohol) you can use at your own convenience from 11:30a-6p 

    VOLUNTEERS: We need a few more volunteers for the 2-6p time slot. Email brad@jnbevents.com to check availability. Voulunteers gets a comp pass to the event.

    AGENDA (subject to change).

    FRIDAY MARCH 6 @ CROSS CAMPUS PASADENA
    11a-12p        Registration: Check-in and Networking
    12p-12:15p   Opening Remarks by Kevin Winston, Digital LA, Founder
    12:15p - 1p    Intro to Pasadena's Tech Scene (Main Stage)
                         Leaders in Pasadena's tech scene will give an overview of Pasadena's community,
                         and discuss issues in increasing women in tech, from STEM education to LA tech jobs.
                        - Moderator: Jennifer Chang, TechSparks, Founder
                        - Andy Wilson, Rexter, CEO, Founder, and Innovate Pasadena founder.
                        - Lu Feng, OpenX, Director of PMO
                        - Julie Schoenfeld, Strobe CEO, OEwaves founder, former CEO of Perfect Market
                        - Petra Wennberg-Cesario, Interactivism, Partner. UX Design
                        - Brian Nolan, Sellbrite, CEO/Cofounder
                        - Michael Slavin, Privio, CEO/Founder
                         

     12:15 - 1p    Starting Your Biz: Tips from Female Founders  (Boardroom).
                         Startup founders give three tips on things they wish they knew starting their biz.
                        - Moderator: Lori Schwartz, StoryTech, Managing Partner.
                         - Ashley Crowder, VNTANA, CEO / Founder of hologram startup
                         - Lissy L'Amoreuex, Ignition Creative, Managing Director, Digital
                         - Tina Hay, CardBlanc, CEO. Reloadable payment app; serial entrepreneur
                         - Jessica Willison, Enrou, CCO & Co-founder
                         - Kelsey Doorey, Vow To Be Chic, CEO, Founder. 

    1p - 1:30p     Keynote Chat (Main Stage, speaker TBA)
                        - Moderator: Shira Lazar, What's Trending, Co-Founder and Host

    1:30p-2:15p  Women VCs Investors (Main).
                          Women VCs and Investors discuss what they are looking for, funding, tips for women
                        - Moderator: Robyn Ward, UTA, New Media Ventures
                        - Kara Nortman, Upfront Ventures, Partner
                        - Barbara Boxer, BELLE Capital USA, Partner
                        - Alyse Killeen, Investor, March Capital Partners
                        - Melinda Moore, Investor, Crowdfunder CMO
                        - Erin Flynn, Ackrell Capital (SF based)

     1-2p         "Speaking While Female: Dealing with Manterruptions in the Boardroom" (Boardroom)
                       "What I think I hear you saying is…" Many women in business have been in situations
                       where male colleagues, intentionally or not, undermine our voice in meetings.
                       Time Magazine's article “How Not to be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings” introduced this
                       important topic. Hear women executives on how they speak up and get heard.
                       - Moderator: Bettina Sherick, formerly Fox, SVP Int'l Digital Strategic Marketing 
                       - Kasha Stewart, Fox.com, Manager - Product Development
                       - Gary Goldstein, Producer of Pretty Woman, Under Seige, Mothman Prophecies
                       - Suzanne Marks, PADV Pasadena Advertising, President
                       - Kat Schotthoefer, Heavenspot, SVP, Social Media 

    2:15p - 3p    How to Find Your CTO, Developers, or DIY?  (Main)
                       How do you find your CTO, build your developer team, or DIY develop yourself?
                       - Moderator: Sophia Viklund, backCODE Founder, PyLadies Founder
                       - Magdalena Paluch, BCG Digital Ventures, Lead Human-Centered Design 
                       - M. Alex O. Vasilescu, CSO, Tensor Vision; Assoc. Dir, UCLA Computer Vision Lab
                       - Ning Ning Yu, Title: V.P, Taboola-x R&D
                       - Tara Tiger Brown, Co-founder, KitHub and Co-founder, CPO, Connected Camps
                       - Yangyang Cheng, Founder and CEO of Yoyo Chinese

    2:15p - 3p   Achieving Real Work Life Balance in a Lean-In World (Boardroom)
                       How do startup founders balance their startup work and family life?
                       - Moderator: Nicole Jordan, Radix Collective, Founder
                     , - Myra Marayag, Defy Media, VP, Sales
                       - Kara Weber, Entrepreneur and Advisor
                       - Ann Marie Michaels, Village Green Network, Founder CEO
                       - Sharon Ann Lee, CultureBrain, Founder; Maker City LA, Co-Creator 

    3 - 4p          My Startup Story. Women CEOs and Founders will share their stories (Main)
                          of how they got started, funding, built their team, customer acq. (15 min each).

                            - Nanxi Liu, Enplug, Founder. Nanxi's startup provides software to show
                               any kind of marketing or interactive content on displays.

                            - Espree Devora, WeAreLATech, Founder. Espree will share how she developed
                              her WeAreLATech.com event listing site, and her podcast content and meetups.

                            - Elvina Beck, PodShare, Founder.  Founded PodShare hostel, and pivoted to
                             PodShare community with help of a Kickstarter campaign and TechCrunch article.

                            - Babette Pepaj, Bakespace, CEO Founder.  Bakespace is a publisher for recipes
                              and cooking content, with Hollywood advertisers. Launched Cookbook Cafe app.  

    3 - 4p           Creating Community. How can women use online / offline tools (Boardroom)
                         to create a community and support each other.
                       - Moderator: Lala Castro, Latina Geeks, Founder;  GigaSavvy
                       - Kara Dake, Girls Raising, LA Chapter Head
                       - Jedd Gold, Artkive, CEO / Founder. Created app / community for moms
                       - Chelsea Schwartz, High Voltage Magazine, Founder
                       - Laura Patterson, DesignWorks.LA, Executive Producer

    4 - 4:45p       What Can I Do Now to Increase Women in Tech (Main)
                         Women and men panelists will discuss action steps women and men can take now!
                         We won't just talk about the problem, we will come up with personalized action steps. 
                        - Moderator: Beverly Jackson, Yahoo!, Senior Director/ Social Marketing
                        - Max Powers, TeleSign, Senior VP of Business Operations
                        - Noel Bahamon, StyleHaul, SVP, Strategic Partnerships
                        - Meghana Bhatt, FEM Inc,  VP Data Science and Co-Founder
                        - Amanda Coolong, Context and Narrative, Founder
                        - Gabrielle Kessler, Omnia Media, Head of Integrated Marketing
                        

    4 - 4:45p      Pitch Practice and Impromptu Speaking (Boardroom)
                       1) Practice pitching your startup in 30 seconds, 1 min, 5 min. 
                           Tips on pitching: How to pitch to room of men? What to wear? Follow-up?
                       2) Since some public speaking opportunities can happen without notice,
                       we will practice impromptu speaking for 2 minutes about an aspect of your business
                        - Patricia Galea, Ogilvy, EVP and Head of LA Office
                        - Rachel Scotto, Scotto Consulting. Clients: Sony Pictures, Disney Studios, OWN
                        - Lien-Fang Chen, Nix Hydra, Director of Marketing

    4:45 - 5:30p  Increasing Women in Entertainment and Tech (Main)
                       What can be done to increase women in tech entertainment, in movies, TV, web series,
                       music, and games, both in front of the camera and in writing, developing, director,
                       producer roles?  The focus will be more on action steps we can all take, rather than
                       stats or articles documenting the issue we know exists. 
                      - Moderator: Amber J Lawson, Comedy Gives Back, Founder
                        - Shannon Gans, New Deal Studios, Co-Founder. Interstellar work won VFX Oscar
                        - Jenni Powell, Producer on Lizzie Bennett Diaries, New Media Rockstars
                        - Robin Jones, Universal Pictures, Story Analyst
                        - Patty Rangel, METAVERSEproductions, Producer 

    5 - 6p          Social Media Tips for Business and Personal (Boardroom)
                       Social media for startups is key. How do you start and increase followers? Who will do it?
                       Social media also raises additional issues for women: What should your profile pic be, 
                       when to check-in to or tweet from events, etc.  Experts will share best practice tips.
                       - Marsha Collier, author, radio personality, 106K @MarshaCollier followers
                       - Mona Hanna, Michelman & Robinson, LLP, Partner
                       - Margaret Brown, ANROMA, Social Business Advisor
                       - Victoria White, Dish Nation, Director of Web and Social; formerly Whisper, Social Media
                       - Asya Shein, Fusicology, Founder / Publisher of events site.
                       - Alex Frons, Moviepilot, Director of Digital Strategy 

     5:30-6:15p   Startup Showcase:  Women founders will pitch to a panel of judges (3 min each). (Main)
                         Pitches are investor-style with product, team bios, revenue model, marketing plan.
                         To apply to pitch, email your name, title, short company desciption and Twitter to
                         info@digitalla.net with SHOWCASE as the subject.

                       Startups:
                        - MediaMark, Ginger Zumaeta, Verified Moviegoer tracks moviegoers theater and movie
                        - ShoppingQuizzes.com, Jennie Wong. Interactive quizzes on shopping
                        - Pelv-ice, Jill Bigelow.  Pelv-ice is a pelvic medical device to help patients 
                          recover from pelvic trauma (child birth, vasectomy) or chronic pelvic conditions.
                        - Drago Data, Shann Dornhecker.  Drago Data is an archaeology field data
                          gathering app that works in remote environments without a cellular /wireless network

                       Moderator: Rynda Laurel, Catalyst, @rynda 

                       Judges: 
                        - Karen Allen, Digital Entertainment Consultant
                        - Nanea Reeves, TextPlus, President and COO
                        - Ghen Laraya, Digital Turbine, VP, Business and Legal Affairs. Women in Film, VP Tech

    6 - 7p          Closing Remarks and Cocktail Hour.

    After the conference, attendees are invited to TechZulu's Tech Crawl Pasadena edition, which starts at our cocktail hour, and continues.  The Tech Crawl is included with the first 50 Early Bird registrations and VIPs, and is an additional fee for Regular passholders. The link and discount code for 40% off will be distributed when the first 50 early bird run out.

    ADDITIONAL TICKET

    7 - 9p          TechZulu Tech Crawl - Pasadena Edition Visit 3-5 nearby Pasadena companies
                        in walking distance on TechZulu's first TechCrawl in Pasadena: Start at Cross Campus, 
                        then visit ideaLab, Wallaby and more.  

    THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
    BRONZE
    - Michelman & Robinson, LLP (M&R), is a national, industry-focused law firm where business and legal strategies converge. M&R has offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, Sacramento and New York. http://mrllp.com
    - Therese Steiner has 25+ years in the media and entertainment industry both as a consultant and strategic advisor at CEO and senior executive levels in areas of digital media, programming, production, marketing, etc. with a range of clients including  Showtime, Viacom, abcnews.com, etc. http://theresesteiner.com

    SPONSOR:  Sponsorship packages are available for logo placement online, at the event, and the program, starting at $500.  We also want in-kind sponsorship of services, food, alcohol, etc..  Email info@digitalla.net with WOMEN as the subject for sponsorship rates.

    SPONSOR TABLES include an approximately 6' table and access to power. Bring your own tablecloth and extension cords, popup banner. There is free wifi at Cross Campus. After you purchase this option, email jo@jnbevents our production staff to let her know you have purchased a table, and she will provide load-in times and other info.

    SOCIAL:  @DigitalLA #DigitalWomen, @CrossCampus @TechZulu #TZTechCrawl

    PARKING isn't covered, validated or included. There are four public parking lots less than 1-2 blocks around Cross Campus Pasadena, first 90 minute free, more thereafter $6 maximum. 

    DIGITAL WOMEN BOARD:
    - Kevin Winston, Digital LA, Chair
    - Bettina Sherick, formerly Fox Studios, SVP International Digital Strategic Marketing
    - Jennifer Chang, TechSparks
    - Sophia Viklund, backCODE 
    - Rynda Laurel, Catalyst, @rynda
    - Kristen Moore, Consultant 

    ALL Ticket Sales are final. No refunds, or exchanges. 

    RSVP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-la-digital-women-tickets-15740574482

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2015
    Sun
    08
    Mar
    2015
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PMCal State Fullerton - 800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton, 92831, Fullerton, CA

    Hey everyone -- be sure to check out SoCal Code Camp on March 7th & 8th in Fullerton. It's FREE and it is a great way to learn programming from some of your peers and developer friends who will be teaching there. My friend Hattan Shobokshi will be teaching JavaScript Closures, Prototypes, Angular JS and ASP.net which should be pretty worthwhile to say the least!

    Registration Link here: 

    http://www.socalcodecamp.com/member_register.aspx 

    Here's the copy for the promo below: 
    =========================== 
    SoCal Code Camp is a completely free weekend conference. We currently have over 80 talks on some great content including JavaScript, Angular JS and so much more. 

    While Code Camp has traditionally been focused on Microsoft technologies, we are working very hard to get other communities and involved and really make this a free conference for all. 

    In addition to the event itself we have an attendee party with free food and drinks and some great raffle prizes. Plus every attendee gets a copy of code magazine and Github swag is available (while supplies last).

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PMGoogle Venice - 340 Main Street , CA 90291

    RSVP HERE

    This meetup will be hosted by Google and we'll have Peter Lipman and Pete Meyer talk about the data science/statistics projects they have been working on at Google.

    Human Evaluation Comparisons: Common Framework with Applications

    We designed a study to determine whether being on device influenced a quality evaluator’s perception of ads quality. Here, we present a common framework, developed into an internal R package, that was used to analyze the study.

    Bio: Peter Lipman received his Ph.D in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 2011. He joined Google in 2013 after working in the pharmaceutical industry as a clinical trial statistician in early-stage oncology research. Peter works in the LAX office on the Ads Human Evaluation team, helping internal clients measure the quality of ads in the Google network using human computation.

    Tracking Changes in Evaluators' Weekly Work Schedules

    The quality evaluators who provide ads quality evaluations determine their own schedules, with the downside that they may sometimes login and find no work available. We investigated using messaging to help them adjust their schedules to ensure work was available. We describe using circular earthmover distributions for identifying and measuring changes in weekly work schedules along with some negative binomial models for comparing the number of ratings done by groups of raters during specific blocks of time.

    Bio: Pete Meyer received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He joined Google after 14 years as a biostatistician in the Dept. of Preventive Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has worked on a variety of Google ads quality teams over the last 7 years and is currently on the Ads Human Evaluation team in the Google L.A. office.

    Date: March 10, 2015 (Tuesday)

    Timeline:
    – 6:15pm food/bev & networking
    – 7:00pm talks starts promptly

    You must have a confirmed RSVP and please arrive by 6:55pm the latest. Please RSVP for this meetup here on Eventbrite. You must have an RSVP and ID with names matching asGoogle security will be checking IDs at the gate.

    Venue: Google, 340 Main Street, Venice, CA 90291

    Have questions about Data Science/Statistics/R @Google? Contact Szilard Pafka

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 PM - 8:30PMNet Data Centers: 898 Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 500, El Segundo, CA

    JOIN THIS MEETUP

    Agenda

    Enterprise IT Cloud Design Rules 

    Private Cloud Design Rules
    The design goals are to deliver maximum total IT efficiency, a combination of Cost Savings, Agility, Redundancy, and Efficiency (operational efficiency) All the rules are meant to be followed as one. The first rule of Private Cloud is to follow all rulesthe more followed the better the result and following fewer gets exponentially worse results. The following rules create a virtual infrastructure meant to support a Private cloud management application to deliver Cloud functionalityVirtual Infrastructure alone is not a Private Cloud although it delivers much of the benefit of Private Cloud. My current recommendations for Private Cloud Management applications are Abiquo, Embotics, and VMware vCloud Automation Center (the software formerly known as Dynamic Ops)

    General
    Rule 1 Virtualize Everything
    Routers, firewalls, load balancers, switches, backup …
    You might wonder how to virtualize backup. Another way to think of virtual is multi-tenant so look for backup apps that supports notification by unique backup job and assign backup jobs by service / client. Some virtual devices like load balancers much less expensive than physical and enables better scalability and availability

    Rule 2 Monitor (alerting and reporting) Everything
    Every server, every service, every port, categorize alerts and reports by service / client.

    Rule 3 No Tech Silos
    All admins manage all components. Assign admins to service / client. Develop admins as well as engineers

    Rule 4 Full Redundancy for all components
    Redundant internet connections, routers , firewalls, switches, server ports, storage adapters, SAN controllers, datacenters…

    Rule 5 Every component requires a web management interface
    Enables remote administration from any device without admin software installation, develop admin expertise not command line expertise

    Rule 6 Holistic Design
    Iinclude all components in the design, every component should be selected to be Cloud design specific from remote access to backup, specifically VPN support and web admin interface

    Rule 7 Design for Resource Density
    Select devices for as much resource per rack U as available. Remember to consider CPU core density as much as socket density, for backup I suggest 2U LTO 16 cartridge libraries

    Rule 8 Design for Functional Density
    Select devices that offer multiple functionalities per rack U space, example Juniper SSG devices that combine router, firewall, VPN. Do not use dedicated router hardware unless necessary. Select virtual instead of physical devices, Netscaler load balancers for example.
    Suggestion to combine vCenter and Backup server on the same physical server, VLAN tag to all subnets for all level2 backup traffic

    Data Center
    Rule 9 Datacenter not Server room
    Private Clouds should be in datacenters not server rooms to provide cheaper and redundant bandwidth and Air, Power, etc infrastructure.

    Rule 10 Standardized Datacenter Design – Datacenter Pods
    Standardize datacenter hardware design 3, 5, 7 rack pod designs. Standardized management and capacity racks. Even a 3 rack design can provide up to app. 800 vServer capacity @ 800 Ghz and reasonable amount of associated storage and networking

    Rule 11 More smaller datacenters than fewer bigger datacenters
    Primary / Backup datacenter design is RAID 1, 100% redundancy cost. Six smaller datacenters RAID5 is app. 15% redundancy cost

    Hypervisors
    Rule 12 Use Large Servers
    Larger servers require less redundancy cost than smaller servers.
    4 socket 16 core for core density, 2U, 6 IO slots 4 10gb net interfaces 16gb FC

    Rule 13 No local hypervisor vServer storage
    RAID 1 + hotspare  or USB only for hypervisor hosts, all vServers on SANs

     Rule 14 Full Virtual Infrastructure
    Use virtual infrastructure like vmware vcenter and enable automatic high availability and distributed resource scheduling

    Virtual Servers
    Rule 15 Configure all vServers on SAN Storage
    vServers should be on SAN Storage for redundant controllers and disks, scalability, and efficiency. Local storage does not offer redundant storage

    Rule 15.1 Mix vServer types on the same hosts
    Place multiple types of servers; App, DB, Mail, Web, etc. on the same hosts to level / balance utilization, reduce spikes

    Rule 16 DHCP IP addressing
    Use DHCP IP Addressing, yes even for servers

    Networking
    Rule 17 VLAN everything
    Select only devices that support VLAN tagging not just the obvious but WAN optimizers, Load balancers, Remote Access devices

    Rule 18 10Gb network
    Select 10gb physical server interfaces, redundant of course and divide capacity with virtual switches for capacity density and cable reduction. Use 1U 24 Port 10Gb switches

    Rule 19 Switch Clusters
    Select switches that support clustering, virtual chassis composed of multiple switches and LACP that spans switches

    Storage
    Rule 20 All SAN Storage
    See  vServers above, worth repeating and the same benefits for servers apply to virtual devices like load balancers as well

    Rule 21 Standardized Datastores
    Configure all 2TB.  vServer IO increased by striping across multiple datastores

  • Tue
    10
    Mar
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment - 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    About Face 4: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin and Christopher Noessel

    Synopsis:

    The essential interaction design guide, fully revised and updated for the mobile age

    About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Fourth Editionis the latest update to the book that shaped and evolved the landscape of interaction design. This comprehensive guide takes the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account.  New information includes discussions on mobile apps, touch interfaces, screen size considerations, and more. The new full-color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts.

    The interaction design profession is blooming with the success of design-intensive companies, priming customers to expect "design" as a critical ingredient of marketplace success. Consumers have little tolerance for websites, apps, and devices that don't live up to their expectations, and the responding shift in business philosophy has become widespread. About Face is the book that brought interaction design out of the research labs and into the everyday lexicon, and the updated Fourth Edition continues to lead the way with ideas and methods relevant to today's design practitioners and developers.

    Updated information includes:

    • Contemporary interface, interaction, and product design methods

    • Design for mobile platforms and consumer electronics

    • State-of-the-art interface recommendations and up-to-date examples

    • Updated Goal-Directed Design methodology

    Designers and developers looking to remain relevant through the current shift in consumer technology habits will find About Face to be a comprehensive, essential resource.

    JOIN THIS MEETUP

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2015
    3:00 PM - 9:00 PM1010 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017

    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/launchfest-doing-deals-with-silicon-valley-attracting-funding-angels-and-tech-trends-tickets-11177820161

    SORRY PROGRAM IN MAIN ROOM IS NOW AT CAPACITY
    YOU CAN GET PARTY TICKETS, DEMO TABLE OR PITCH INVESTORS
    _____________________________________________

    We only do this event ONCE a year bringing down our best Silicon Valley and San Francisco investors looking to fund startups in LA. Space limited to 80 for program, 200 for party.
    DOING DEALS WITH SILICON VALLEY AND SAN FRANCISCO INVESTORS

    • Enjoy dynamic conversations, idea-sharing, panel, and fun networking with new partners or investors over delicous food and drinks party
    • Hear directly from Silicon Valley leaders on the hottest trends; attracting funding from angels; and get private fastpitch

    Our meeting room only has room for 70 and over 900 requested a ticket.  Our entire event has room for 200 attendees.  We will give priority to those who buy VIP tickets for admission; and everyone with free tickets will be admitted until we reach capacity.

    WHAT YOU GET WITH VIP TICKETS:
    1. Guaranteed admission to program and party
    2. Seating for Seminar and panel with investors
    3. Private VIP Dinner reception with investors, includes delicious food and drinks
    4. Early admission to party

    STARTUPS REGISTER TO PITCH SILICON VALLEY AND LA INVESTORS
    Use the link to register to pitch. You will get the amount of time, half to use for pitch, and half to use for feedback from investors  So if you get 5 minutes total; you getr 3 to pitch and 2 for comments from judges. You also get a demo table during networking, and comp tickets based on your fee.

    STARTUPS OR VENDORS HOST DEMO TABLE OR SPONSOR EVENT
    Host a demo table for only $95 with Wifi, outlets and free ticket. You can also sponsor for additonal fee which includes speaking to audience; comp ticket; attendee list; and demo table.  Call 310 6216850 or info@angellaunch.com.

    FREE PARTY TICKETS AFTER 6:30
    You will be admitted after 6:30 for networking on rooftop with drinks; excludes venture pitch session or meeting investors or VIP dinner. Space is subject to first come first serve, until we reach capacity

    SCHEDULE

    3:00-3:30 Networking and Registration
    3:30-4:30  Seminar: Using Crowdfunding for Market Strategy and Raising Funding from Angels
    Featuring: Manny Fernandez, Founder, Dreamfunded.com
    Learn insider strategies to use crowdfunding for  market research, data gathering and attracting angels and early and mid stage funding. Angel Investor and founder of DreamFunded and San Francisco Angels Group Manny Fernandez will teach a highly interactive workshop where startups will learn up-to-date knowledge on how to raise money. Learn how to pitch angel investors and raise money through equity crowdfunding     What will be covered:

    • Understand the mindset of an investor.
    • Learn how to create your elevator pitch.
    • Learn how to create a PowerPoint that attracts investors.
    • Learn how to stand out from your competition.
    • Learn how to network with investors.
    • Understand how to use websites such as AngelList and DreamFunded to raise money from angel investors.
    • With the proper planning, your CrowdFunding campaign has a significantly better chance of success.
    • Should you hire consultants

    4:45-6:00  Attracting Funding from Angels and VCs in Silicon Valley
    This session is limited only to 80 attendees with VIP tickets.  Free ticket holders admitted after 6:30pm. 
    Web Services, Digital Media, Mobile, eCommerce, Big Data, Enterprise, Analytics, Crowdfunding, Robotics, Wearables, Hardware;  Followed by Startup Pitch to Investors

    6:00-6:30 VIP Dinner Reception with Investors
    Hear our panel discussion of investor heavy weights including angels, VCs and strategic from Silicon Valley and LA evaluate top trends in these areas.  Panel will be followed by session of venture pitches of selected startups for 1-5 minutes followed by comments.  After program you can network with investors:
    Speakers Include:

    • Joe Jasin, Managing Director, DNA Partners (San Francisco Bay Area)
    • Manny Fernandez, Founder DreamFunded and SF Angels Group (SF/ Silicon Valley)
    • Terrence Yang, angel investor
    • Vivi Chao, Yang Ventures
    • Chris Grogan, Perkins Coie
    • Ali Mahouyran, Amidi Group
    • Adam Medford, angel

    Here are their areas of investing: 

    • Connected Cars, Wifi in Cars, networks
    • Consumer Services: Digital Media, Web,  Social Networks, Media and entertainment, Retail, Fashion, eCommerce
    • Emerging Trends: 3D printing, Digital Currency/virtual goods, bitcoins
    • Entertainment, media, music, video, games, film, TV
    • Enterprise: Sales, Big Data, Analytics, SaaS, Cloud, IT
    • Hardware, sensors, devices
    • Mobile: Apps, Services, and Devices
    • Social media and networks, communities
    • VIrtual Currency: bitcoins, crypton curerncy
    • Wearables: Sensors, digital and mobile health

    6:30-9:00 Rooftop Party Begins
    Drinks, networking, View Demo tables, Meet Investors
    ______________________
    DIFFERENT TYPES OF TICKETS:

    • Admission Free subject to space available
    • VIP ticket: guaranteed seating for program, VIP DInner, and party
    • $95 Demo Table and one ticket
    • Pitch to Investors during program on website, includes demo table and tickets. You will give pitch in front of investor panel to entire room.
    • Sponsorship: 
      Sponsor Benefits include speaking on panel, giving presentation to audience, tickets for clients, atendee list demo tables. Send email for details of categories.

    Parking:
    We will offer free lot parking after 6pm. Before 6pm,  you have option of metered parking, take Metro Rail to 7th Figueora stop and walk, or use paid lot parking.

     JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE www.facebook.com/angellaunchevents 
    Follow us on Twitter.com/angellaunch

     MORE INFO:  Zahava Stroud 310 6216850 or Info@angellaunch.com

    ________________________________________________

     

    Supporting Partners:

                           

     

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmHulu: 2500 Broadway, Ste 200, Santa Monica, CA

    Abstract: An exodus away from Hadoop to Spark is picking up steam in the news headlines and talks! Away from marketing fluff and politics, this talk analyzes such news and claims from a technical perspective. In practical ways, while referring to components and tools from both Hadoop and Spark ecosystems, this talk will show that the relationship between Hadoop and Spark is not an either-or type but can take different forms such as: evolution, transition, integration, alternation and complementary parts. 

    Bio: Slim Baltagi is a Big Data Solutions Architect living in Chicago with over 17 years of IT and business experiences. Slim spent the last 4 years of his life hadooping and recently sparking!! Slim enjoys speaking at Big Data events. While his wife and kids are asleep, Slim maintains his Apache Spark Knowledge Base: http://www.SparkBigData.com now with over 3,000 categorized Apache Spark web resources. 

    Disclaimer: This is a vendor-independent talk that expresses the speaker's own opinions.

     

    Parking:

     

    PARKING/ARRIVAL INSTRUCTIONS: 

    Arrival: Hulu's HR department will have a table set up at the entry to check attendees in, and lead them to the presentation space. 

    Parking: Unfortunately Hulu is unable to validate parking, but luckily the streets around their offices offer a ton of street and metered parking options. 

     

  • Fri
    13
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMThis location is shown only to members

    The next SoCal Python Meetup will be hosted by OpenX in Pasadena!  Expect two fun talks by speakers from Walt Disney Animation:

    Sara Drakeley will present an overview of the various databases used at Disney and how her team uses Python to help directors, animators, and artists interface with the data.

    Paul Hildebrandt will use examples from Big Hero 6 to explain and illustrate the steps in making a movie and explain where technology, specifically Python, is involved (this will be a "dry run" of the talk he will be giving at PyCon 2015 in Montréal this April!). 

    RSVPs are limited to 50 Pythonistas, and your name must be shared with building security at least 24 hours in advance, so please reply accordingly! 

    http://www.meetup.com/socalpython/events/220855216/

  • Mon
    16
    Mar
    2015
    6:45 pmNextSpace Venice Beach: 1600 Main St., Venice, CA

    Learn how to use Icecomm to build a multiway video chat app in minutes without worrying about backend code. Icecomm lets you take full advantage of WebRTC in under 10 lines of frontend javascript. 

    To get us started we will explain some Icecomm basics, live code the video chat app together and even give you a sneak peak of the brand new Icecomm Angular module.

    To find out more about the speaker, Will Sentance: 
    Github: github.com/willsen 
    Twitter: twitter.com/willsentance 

    This meet-up will be sponsored by your friends at Q :) 

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmUCLA Anderson School of Management Cornell Hall, Room D313

    Los Angeles SQL Server Professionals Group Presents ...

    Do you need a navigation system within your reports? Would you like to consolidate similar reports, but still make them specific to your user's needs? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then join me in this demo heavy session. You'll learn different ways to add navigation to your reports. You'll learn different methods to reduce the data in your reports and to customize the look of the reports based on the users. These techniques will help make your reports user friendly and help you look like a reporting superhero.

     

    Bio

    Mickey Stuewe is a SQL Consultant at Lobsterpot Solutions. Her focus is on database development, data architecture and report design using the SQL Server stack. She blogs at mickeystuewe.com and co-authored the book, SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Blueprints. She has spoken at PASS Summit, Dev Connections, SQL in the City, and various SQL Saturday Events. She is the co-leader and founder of the BIG PASS Community user group.

      

    6:30 PM, Registration and Refreshments
    7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, Presentations
    UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Cornell Hall, Room D313

    Please follow this link for directions.
     
    This meeting is generously sponsored by: PASS

     
    Parking: Please park in Parking Structure 4.
    Cost: $5.00 Admission. Parking in PS-4 costs $12.00.
  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmITT Technical Institute: 2555 West 190th Street, Suite 125, Torrance, CA

    Are you interested in the latest, most cutting edge version of ASP.NET?   There are major changes coming and we need to be ready for it.  

    In this FREE presentation you will be introduced to ASP.NET 5 (formerly vNext), the newest iteration of the Microsoft Web Development stack. See how ASP.NET MVC and WebAPI fit into this new modular and decoupled development stack. 

    This is the new direction being taken by Microsoft in regards to ASP.NET. Come learn about why these changes are being implemented and how they can improve your work flow. 

    We’ll examine the new cloud optimized framework and see how it can provide you with a leaner, faster and more memory efficient web application. The various components will be examined including how the new Core CLR, Roslyn and Nuget contribute to this new framework.

    This 2 and a half hour session includes lots of code demos using Visual Studio 2015 and we’ll outline new ways you can build web applications and websites.

    ASP.NET 5 is based on OWIN and gives you more flexibility, more performance and ultimately a great way to build next generation web applications. 

     

                        About the Instructor, Hattan Shobokshi

     

    Hattan Shobokshi is a software architect, technical speaker & Microsoft MVP in ASP.NEt/IIS. Hattan is responsible for developing applications on a variety of platforms including web and mobile devices. He is passionate about delivering scalable applications that adhere to industry best practices. He is Vice President of the Los Angeles .NET user group as well as a member of the organizing committee for SoCal Code Camp. He regularly presents at local user groups and code camps. 

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pm800Main.com: 800 Main Street, Venice, CA

    We apologize for the delay in booking this event but we are now finally back in action again and are super excited for this meetup! 

    The first speaker on the agenda is Oren Golan, who will give us aDocker Crash Course! Docker is everywhere but nobody knows what to do with it.  The goal of this session is to provide you with everything you need to get started.

    We'll discuss and demonstrate the following:

    What is Docker? 
    What does docker solve? 
    How to use it for development work flow? 
    How to use it for deployment/production work flow?

    Let's skip the boring concepts - we will look at a real-world Node.js application that uses multiple Docker containers. 

    _____________________ 

    Our second speaker is James Marca, who will be talking aboutmap-reduce, callbacks, and crashing node.js. He will present the problem, the bug, and then two different ways to solve it.  One approach  uses the async library's `reduce` 
    function, the other uses queue-async, along with an embedded 
    aggregation step.

    _____________________ 

    We want to give special thanks to 800Main.com for providing the venue and Hired.com for sponsoring food and refreshments! 

    BE AWARE THAT PARKING IS VERY LIMITED SO PLEASE BIKE, UBER OR CARPOOL IF YOU CAN. 

    RSVP HERE

  • Mon
    23
    Mar
    2015
    6:30 pmCross Campus - 1558 10th Street , Santa Monica, CA

    *** Please RSVP on Eventbrite using the link below ***

    Data Science @ Whisper

    by Ulas Bardak, Maarten Bosma, Rohan Monga

    In this talk we are going to introduce what we have been working on in Data Science and Machine Learning in Whisper, a young and anonymous social network with millions of users. After an overview of several projects we will do a deep dive of two: Image suggestions based on short texts created by our users and our recommendation engine responsible for personalization throughout the network.

    Speakers:

    Ulas is the Chief Data officer at Whisper. After receiving his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, Ulas spent 3 years working at a research lab in Japan. He led the applied research team at StumbleUpon focusing on Web content recommendation before joining Whisper in June 2014.

    Maarten is a Data Scientist at Whisper. He has worked at the Dutch Social Networking site Hyves in data science before joining Whisper in January 2014. His prior work includes image processing and adult image detection.

    Rohan is a Sr. Machine Learning Engineer and Data Scientist at Whisper. His background includes Yahoo and StumbleUpon before joining Whisper in July 2014. Rohan’s prior work includes recommendation engines.

    Date: March 23, 2015

    Timeline: 
    – 6:30pm food/drinks and networking 
    – 7:30pm talk starts promptly

    You must have a confirmed RSVP and please arrive by 7:25pm the latest. Please RSVP here on Eventbrite.

    Venue: Cross Campus in Santa Monica will kindly host this meetup. Factual will kindly sponsor this meetup and also provide food+drinks.

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pmQ: 6100 Center Drive #660, Los Angeles, CA

    TOPIC:

    Are you RESTful? What does it mean to be RESTful? Not all companies implement REST in the same way. Let's discuss the pros and cons of different approaches. Should you always follow the REST guidelines, or are there times when it makes sense to do something a little unorthodox? Bring your experiences and knowledge to share in this group discussion! 

    SCHEDULE:

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Refreshments  
    7:30 - 9:00 Round Table Discussion 

    FOOD:

    Q will be providing food and drinks for the meetup. Thanks Q!

    ADDRESS: [Please note Q's new office is in the Pepperdine Building next door to the old (Sony) building] 

    6100 Center Drive Suite 660   
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/rpySo

    PARKING:

    Parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6100 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.

    SECURITY/ELEVATOR:

    There is a security desk in the lobby, they will need to let you in the elevator to Q’s office in suite 660

    RSVPs:

    Please, PLEASE update your RSVPs! We order food for the number of people who RSVP. Thank you !!! 

  • Tue
    24
    Mar
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    About Face 4: The Essentials of Interaction Design by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin and Christopher Noessel

    Synopsis:

    The essential interaction design guide, fully revised and updated for the mobile age

    About Face: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Fourth Editionis the latest update to the book that shaped and evolved the landscape of interaction design. This comprehensive guide takes the worldwide shift to smartphones and tablets into account.  New information includes discussions on mobile apps, touch interfaces, screen size considerations, and more. The new full-color interior and unique layout better illustrate modern design concepts.

    The interaction design profession is blooming with the success of design-intensive companies, priming customers to expect "design" as a critical ingredient of marketplace success. Consumers have little tolerance for websites, apps, and devices that don't live up to their expectations, and the responding shift in business philosophy has become widespread. About Face is the book that brought interaction design out of the research labs and into the everyday lexicon, and the updated Fourth Edition continues to lead the way with ideas and methods relevant to today's design practitioners and developers.

    Updated information includes:

    • Contemporary interface, interaction, and product design methods

    • Design for mobile platforms and consumer electronics

    • State-of-the-art interface recommendations and up-to-date examples

    • Updated Goal-Directed Design methodology

    Designers and developers looking to remain relevant through the current shift in consumer technology habits will find About Face to be a comprehensive, essential resource.

    RSVP HERE

     

  • Wed
    25
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pmQ: 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA

    TOPIC:

    AWS Redshift Upends Traditional Data Warehousing Practices

    This is a case study from TapZen, a mobile video game startup (now part of Kabam).  Our challenge was to move past some limitations in using Splunk for data analysis by adding a relational database, subject to tight cost constraints.  In particular, we used Python to minimize the ETL (extraction, transformation, and loading) code and make that code largely self-maintaining.  In the process, we discovered that some tried-and-true data warehouse methods weren't appropriate or necessary with our technology stack.

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

    Eric Klusman is a creative Data Scientist / Data Engineer with extensive experience in organizing and analyzing terabytes of Web data to drive key revenue decisions. He worked at several key web companies including United Online, Yahoo, and MyLife before joining the Kabam team.

    SCHEDULE:

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Refreshments  
    7:30 - 8:30 Presentation/Q&A  
    8:30 - 9:00 Raffle/Networking

    FOOD:

    Q will be providing food and drinks for the meetup. Thanks Q!

    RAFFLE:

    We will have some raffle items to give away! Bring a business card to drop in the bowl.

    ADDRESS: [Please note Q's new office is in the Pepperdine Building next door to the old (Sony) building]

    6100 Center Drive, Suite 660   
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/sAmH

    PARKING:

    Parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6100 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.

    SECURITY/ELEVATOR:

    There is a security desk in the lobby, they will need to let you in the elevator to Q’s office in suite 660

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2015
    7:00 pmConSol Partners: 1409a 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

    PLEASE RSVP AT THE LOS ANGELES MAGENTO DEVELOPERS GROUP HERE

    We are happy to announce the next LA Magento Meetup. This time we will have one of the core Magento developers talking about using the PHP dependency management tools (Composer) with the upcoming Magento 2.

    Magento 1.x uses Magento Connect to package and distribute extensions. Magento 2 uses Composer, a de facto standard dependency manager for PHP, instead. 

    Integration with Composer changes approach to module versioning, dependencies declaration, and installation. It completely changes the way modules/themes/localizations are distributed in the Magento ecosystem.

    We will have a formal Q&A with two of the core Magento 2 developers afterwards...

    SPEAKER

    This talk will be presented by Sergii Shymko.  Sergii is a developer with 11 years of hand-on programming experience of web-applications using LAMP stack and desktop application for Windows. Graduate of the National Technical University of Ukraine "KPI" with the Master's degree in software engineering. Certified Magento Developer Plus with 5+ years of experience as a software engineer with Magento, an eBay Inc. company. One of the founding members of the Magento 2 project alongside Yoav Kutner, Dima Soroka, and Anton Makarenko.

    Piotr Kaminski, Sr Product Manager at Magento, will join Sergii during Q&A. Piotr has been with Magento since the early days and he's currently responsible for Magento 1 EE & CE; as well as Developer Experience in Magento 2.

    SPONSORS / LOCATION

    This event is kindly hosted and sponsored by ConSol Partners, 1409a 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401. It is right in the middle of the Santa Monica Promenade.

    There is plenty of parking available at the parking structures around the Santa Monica Promenade within the walking distance from the ConSol offices.

    PLEASE RSVP AT THE LOS ANGELES MAGENTO DEVELOPERS GROUP HERE

  • Fri
    27
    Mar
    2015
    6:00 PM to 10:00 PMThe Continental Club, 116 W 4th St, Los Angeles, California, USA

    This is a CoInvent private event for founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and startup professionals - part of the startup networking series. Cash bar with happy hour price. Private space. Dress code is business casual. RSVPs required.

    About CoInvent Startup Happy Hour

    Startup Happy Hour is a CoInvent-branded startup event series. We do NOT charge for these events. You are encouraged to come share resources with your fellow entrepreneurs. The largest CoInvent Happy Hour event has had 2,700+ RSVPs thus far. Companies use our platform to announce major projects that help entrepreneurs. For example, HOLIDAY INNannounced its #SmallBizWishContest program at our 2014 Holiday Party to give away $25k to a qualified business entity.

    Note: 1). To attend this event, you must be at least 21. Please show ID when entering the venue. 2). Subscribe to CoInvent’s weekly newsletter for all things startup-related @ www.getcoinvent.com 3). Opt in to get future event alerts in your local area @ www.coinventla.com

    - See more at: https://www.crunchbase.com/event/coinvent-la-startup-happy-hour---continental-club-201541#sthash.5MWtNaKv.dpuf

    RSVP HERE

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PMrhubarb studios - 633 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071

    io

    Join us for our first panel on Internet of Things, where we'll speak with experts about how to connect things to the Internet, from appliances and toys to cars and homes. Internet of Things includes toys that tweet, to a phone app to turn on your coffee maker, home lights, or car, to water pipes that send you a text alert when you've consumed too much water.

    SCHEDULED SPEAKERS (more to be added)

    - Alyse Killeen, March Capital Partners, Associate Investor. Alyse focuses on IoT, connected devices, data application and healthcare IT investments. March Capital is associated with the Hive, a SV big data incubation studio with a strong focus on the IoT space. She also wrote a book chapter on the convergence of IoT and distributed network technology.  She is a mentor at the Silicon Valley based Plug and Play Tech Center.

    - Carlos Herrera, Petnet, CEO. Petnet creates pet-related technologies including. It raised more than $1M seed to fund its SmartFeeder, an automated pet feeder with intelligent sensor technology and learning algorithms, that assesses your pet's dietary requirements, creates a feeding schedule, alerts pet owners when their pet has been fed, and even reminds owners to purchase more food. @petnetio

    - Jennifer Chang, nthing, US Marketing Consultant. nthing's new Planty is an Internet-connected planter that sends data on temperature, soil, water and light to a mobile app you can use to monitor your plants. You can also remotely water the plants using the app. Launching Kickstarter in April

    - Uzair Hussain, Cleu Inc., Founder. Cleu is an iOS smart-home team in Downtown LA. Cleu and Cleu 2 have achieved awards and placements as an alternative alarm clock for your iPhone. Cleu 3 will wake you smarter - bridging the gap between you and smart devices around you.

    CALL FOR SPEAKERS: If you have an Internet of Things Startup currently running (not in beta), email info@digitalla.net with IOT as subject with a 1-2 sentence brief bio, a link to your AngelList.

    We will be at the new Rhubarb Studios, a co-working space for startups in downtown LA with inspiring city views.

    RSVP HERE

  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmOPODZ - 362 East 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA

    We invited Albert Wong from RedHat to share some of his immense wisdom and talk about PHP,  Red Hat, PaaS (Platform as a Service), DevOps and more... 

    Rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands force businesses to make changes quickly. The DevOps approach is a way to increase business agility through collaboration, communication, and integration across different teams in the IT organization. 

    In this presentation, you’ll learn about: 

    - The acceleration of application delivery for businesses with DevOps using PHP. 

    - The transformation of IT to a DevOps, Microservices, and Container-based cloud architecture including the use of Red Hat’s OpenShift PaaS based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic host, Docker, Google’s Kubernetes, and Jenkins 

    - How DevOps practices can operate in a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)-enabled environment. 

    - PaaS and DevOps, when used together, can reduce software delivery cycle times, drive automation, and increase efficiency. 

    - How organizations are using PaaS and how to replicate their successes. 

    SPEAKER 

    Albert T. Wong is a solution architect at Red Hat. Jack of all trades in JavaEE, Red Hat and IBM Software and open source. Has a deep background in eCommerce and building, deploying and scaling very large websites. Albert is a UC Irvine Information and Computer Science alum. Connect with him athttp://linkedin.com/in/atwong

    About RedHat

    For the past 20 years, Red Hat's open source software development model has produced high-performing, cost-effective solutions. Our model mirrors the highly interconnected world we live in—where ideas and information can be shared worldwide in seconds. Today, more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies rely on Red Hat. We offer the only fully open technology stack, from operating system to middleware, storage to cloud and virtualization solutions. We also provide a variety of services, including award-winning support, consulting, and training.  Find out more at http://www.redhat.com 

    VENUE

    This time we will have our meetup in Downtown LA. The meeting will be held at OPODZ Collaborative Coworking Space in Little Tokyo.

    There is plenty of available free parking around Little Tokyo area.

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  • Tue
    07
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMThis location is shown only to members

    Ever make changes that broke your code and forgot how it was working before? Want to work together with someone on a code project, but aren't sure who has the latest version of a particular file? Version control can solve these and other problems!

    Git is a popular version control application that can track your code changes, as well as help you to be more methodical in your programming. Win-win! This session will introduce the basics of version control, how to use git to keep track of your changes to a project, and using GitHub (a hosting service) to collaborate with other developers. 

    You will learn:

    • the basic concepts of version control 

    • the differences between git and other version control applications

    • fundamental git commands to track changes to a small project

    • the basics of collaborating on code with other developers 

    •  how to use GitHub 

    Want to try Git for yourself? Github has a 15-minute tutorial you can go through on your own here.

     

    Prerequisites

    You just need a bit of experience writing code - of any kind! HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Python - any one of those is great! Doesn't matter. There's no particular language required.

    You also need to have a willingness to use the command line to execute commands. Don't be scared! We'll show you how.

     

    Teacher: Suzette Franck 
    TAs: Valerie Woolard and Sian Jones

     

    About Suzette Franck

    Suzette Franck has been in web development for over twenty years; she started making hand-coded HTML websites on geocities with font tags and tables back in 1995. Since then, she has taught herself CSS, Sass, PHP, MySQL, as well as becoming a WordPress expert; evangelizing and presenting at over twenty-two WordCamps across the country and multiple WordPress meetups in Southern California where she resides, about all aspects of building and maintaining sites on WordPress. 

    Suzette is passionate about WordPress the application as well as the WordPress Open Source Community, and loves to code and teach others the wonders of WordPress. She is a purveyor of lowbrow art, and when she is not WordPressing, she is painting or visiting Los Angeles art galleries to add more work to her growing art collection.

    To see some of her personal art and crafts, please go to:http://suzettefranck.me 

     

    Minimum Enrollment

    If fewer than 10 students register for this class, we may postpone or cancel it. In that event, a refund or class credit will be available to all students who have paid to attend.

     

    What to Bring

    Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. A netbook or tablet is NOT a substitute. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes. 

    During class we will be setting up your GitHub account and configuring git on your machine so there is no need to install it beforehand.  

    * No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form to let us know you need to borrow one! 

     

    Questions? 

    We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything you'd like to discuss before signing up for class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.

     

    Hosted by DreamHost

     

    All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

     

    RSVP HERE 

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    12:00 PM to 1:30 PMeHarmony Inc - 2401 Colorado Ave Suite A200 (2nd Floor) Santa Monica, CA

    Deep Learning for Insights

    12:00 arrival and lunch served  
    12:30 talk starts  
    13:30 end of Q&A

    Title: Deep Learning for Insights

    Please park below 2401 Colorado Ave. and bring your tickets for validation.

    Abstract

    Existing methods for deep learning work well for structured problems with lots of data like finding cats in images. Most real world data is messy and has unknown value. We introduce a principled and practical new approach to unsupervised learning of deep representations. The approach finds representations that are as informative about the data as possible. The result provides a combination of hierarchical clustering and dimensionality reduction for which the information value of each layer and node in the representation can be quantified. We demonstrate the approach on diverse data from human behavior, language, gene expression, and finance. A preliminary implementation is available at http://github.com/gregversteeg/CorEx.

    Bio

    Greg Ver Steeg is a research professor in computer science at USC’s Information Sciences Institute. He received his PhD in physics from Caltech in 2009 and since then has focused on using ideas from information theory to understand complex systems like human behavior, biology, and language. His work has been recognized with an AFOSR Young Investigator Award.

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmTeleSign Corporation - 4136 Del Rey Avenue, Marina del Rey, CA

    Men are welcome too!

    Agenda:

    • Overview and Q&A of the course material from week 10 (Tuples) of our coursera course:

    https://www.coursera.org/course/pythonlearn

    Special guest presenter:  Priyesh Jain, Developer on TeleSign's mobile team!

    NOTICE:  For those with allergies or fear of dogs, TeleSign is a dog-friendly company. Dogs may be in the building at the time of our meeting. Dogs will have been in the room where we will meet.

    The Python Study Group welcomes men to study with us.

    PARKING: There should be plenty of parking in the back. Walk around to the front and ring the doorbell to be let in.

    FOOD: We will be serving food and drinks.

    Please update your RSVP if you can't make it. 

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    09
    Apr
    2015
    8:00 pmTBA (Los Angeles)

    Our next meetup will feature talks giving advice to beginners about the best ways to dive into this brave new Javascript MVC world: things veterans wished they had known when starting out, and a break down of the fundamentals: old-school server-rendered web apps, vs. the growing client-side paradigm.

     

  • Sat
    11
    Apr
    2015
    8:00 AM to 6:00 PMGoldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, California, 92647, United States

    Welcome to SQLSaturday #389

    SQLSaturday is a training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. This event will be held Apr 11 2015 at Goldenwest College, 15744 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. Admittance to this event is free, all costs are covered by donations and sponsorships. Please register soon as seating is limited, and let friends and colleagues know about the event.

     

    Pre-Conference Announcement

    We are excited to announce that we will be hosting 3 Pre-conferences this year.  Pre-Conference workshops are an excellent value for your education dollars.  For only $99 you get a days worth of education and you do not have to travel to a conference.  If you would attend a workshop like this at a conference it would be costing you over $1000.  You do not want to miss this opportunity.  Sign up now to take advantage of early bird pricing.

    Modern Data Warehouse with Ginger Grant -https://sqlsat389moderndatawarehouse.eventbrite.com 

    Data Visualization with Julie Koesmarno -https://sqlsat389datavisualizationworkshop.eventbrite.com

    Real World Database Config with Kevin Kline -https://sqlsat389realworlddatabaseconfig.eventbrite.com 

     

    Additional Sponsor Pre-Conference Announcement

    Redgate DLM Training Workshop – Database Continuous Integration - Los Angeles

    Learn how to do SQL Server continuous integration, and take your next step in Database Lifecycle Management. This DLM Training Workshop, delivered by MCT Ike Ellis, takes place in Los Angeles on April 10 and is $500 per attendee.

    Register Here: http://dlmtrainingci-la.eventbrite.com/?aff=sqlsaturday

  • Mon
    13
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmKOSS REsource: 12304 Santa Monica Blvd. , 90025, CA

    Valdimir Fedorkov is back with a talk about dealing with scalability and growth issues with MySQL.

    Most of the time traffic increase means good news in terms of general project success. However higher traffic and overall data size grow means increased pressure on database backend which often become a bottleneck. 

    We will focus on surviving growth issues on MySQL side, detecting and preventing performance degradation and scaling on both physical boxes and in the cloud. 

     

    SPEAKER

    This talk is presented by Vladimir Fedorkov. 

    Vladimir has been helping people to scale their LAMP applications for more than 10 years, with a focus on performance optimization, architectural choices and deep knowledge of search and MySQL technologies. As an independent database performance consultant he is helping companies to grow their operations by scaling and optimizing them and eliminating performance bottlenecks on a different levels. He specializes in performance tuning on large, distributed open source database platforms. In the past he was worked with high-performance systems as a developer and team leader. In his off-duty time he enjoys traveling, bicycling and photography.

    Want to know more about Vlad?  
    @vfedorkov  
    Blog

     

    VENUE / SPONSORS

    This meetup is kindly hosted by local "technology/commercial real estate" company KOSS REsource.  They are also sponsoring the free food and drinks.

    Koss REsource provides commercial real estate brokers, developers, investors, lenders, and service professionals with actionable industry information about people, financing, listings, events, news, and more.  Koss REsource was founded by a 40-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry.

    Their dev offices are located on the 1st floor of 12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, 90025. (On the corner of Santa Monica Bl., and Wellesley.) There is ample free parking in the building after 6:00 PM(Enter on Wellesley), and decent street parking too.

     

  • Wed
    15
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 pmNextSpace Venice Beach: 1600 Main St., Venice, CA

    Yaaay... it is now time again for our awesome MEAN Stack Developers Event!!! 

    On the agenda for the night we will have two speakers, good food and beverages; you will have time to meet and get to know other developers... and we will also present some very fun and well paid job opportunities that are exclusively offered to the MEAN Stack Developers MeetUp Group. 

    Speaker for this month are: 

    • David Guttman who will be talking about building better dashboards and client-side data exploration. He will go into challenges with data-heavy views and techniques to improve performance / usefulness. 

    • Matthew McCall will be focusing on "Scaling MEAN apps to a team". He will be giving us a presentation on Dev Ops, an overview of TDD/BDD, CI, CD, and everything around Github that he used/uses from project management. 

     

    Since this is event has limited seats, PLEASE be serious about attending when you RSVP "Yes". Thank you! 

     

    Looking forward to see you all there!!! 

    RSVP HERE

  • Tue
    21
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    http://www.meetup.com/appdevelopers/events/221858670/

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 pmPlaytika 2120 Colorado Ave, Ste 400, Santa Monica, CA

    Abstract: 
    You are not a bad person. But your Apache Spark job is failing. It is running out of memory. It is stalled. It is complaining that no executors have registered or spitting out "Filesystem closed" exceptions with lines upon lines of $anon$1's or being consumed by a swarm of locusts the likes of which have not been seen since Moses crossed the Red Sea. Or it's completing -- 20 times as slow as it should reasonably take. Why? In this talk, you'll learn the internals of Spark jobs, the root causes of such ailments, and tuning strategies for avoiding them.

    Bio: 
    Sandy Ryza is a data scientist at Cloudera, an Apache Hadoop committer, and a Spark contributor. Sandy is also the co-author of Advanced Analytics with Spark.

    Parking:  Garage parking is available under the building, and validation will be provided by Playtika! Please do NOT park in Reserved spots. Here is a picture of a car entering our garage.

     https://www.google.com/maps/@34.026649,-118.476098,3a,75y,135.22h,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1suj6GRVik1nvVm6Q_va0WLQ!2e0

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 pm800 Main Street, Venice, CA

    Happy April Everyone! 

    We are very excited to announce that the monthly SoCal NodeJs MeetUp is now scheduled and are being hosted at the super cool space on 800Main in Venice where we were last month. 

    Speakers are not completely determined yet so stay tuned for an update! 

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    23
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMQ - 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA

    TOPIC:

    "Master C++ in One Hour with Robin Rowe"

    C++ is a programming language that's immensely powerful and efficient.

    If you've been wanting to learn C++ and don't know where to start, or already tried C++ and have questions, join us for this fast-paced hands-on session. Robin Rowe has taught C++ at the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Washington and as a corporate trainer. He's a former Linux Journal columnist. 

    Bring your laptop and be ready to start coding.

    Install C++ developer tools on RedHat/CentOS

    $ sudo yum group install "Development Tools"

    $ sudo yum install fltk-devel cmake

    Install C++ developer tools on Debian/Ubuntu

    $ sudo apt-get update

    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential

    $ sudo apt-get install libfltk1.3-dev cmake

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

    Robin Rowe has taught C++ at the Naval Postgraduate School, the University of Washington and as a corporate trainer. He's a former Linux Journal columnist.  

    SCHEDULE:

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Refreshments  
    7:30 - 8:30 Presentation/Q&A  

    FOOD:

    Q will be providing food and drinks for the meetup. Thanks Q!

    ADDRESS: [Please note Q's new office is in the Pepperdine Building next door to the old (Sony) building]

    6100 Center Drive, Suite 660   
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/sAmH

    PARKING:

    Parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6100 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.

    SECURITY/ELEVATOR:

    There is a security desk in the lobby, they will need to let you in the elevator to Q’s office in suite 660

     RSVP HERE

  • Wed
    29
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmSymantec Corporation: 900 Corporate Pointe , Culver City, CA

    Abstract: Beyond the Perimeter: The reality of the new application security landscape 

    Abstract: Web applications are dynamic, distributed and perhaps most importantly - the heart of every business in the post-PC era. These applications collect, process and persist information from a myriad of third-party services and users. From an adversary's perspective, the attack surface has never been more tantalizing. Today, a security model entirely predicated on applying controls and pattern-matching at the perimeter is at best a zero-sum game; applying probabilistic logic highlights that pattern matching techniques cannot prevent attacks created by content and SQL fuzzers. This talk will explore an alternative approach to identifying bad actors at runtime via the implementation of language security models to prevent attacks like XSS and SQLi without relying on past definitions and signatures. We’ll cover the tradeoffs, discuss performance and review the challenges of modern application security. 

    Speaker: Kunal Anand 

    Kunal is the co-founder and CTO of Prevoty, an application security platform. Prior to that, he was the Director of Technology at the BBC Worldwide, overseeing engineering and operations across the company’s global Digital Entertainment and Gaming initiatives. Kunal also has several years of experience leading security, data and engineering at Gravity, MySpace and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His work has been featured in Wired Magazine and Fast Company. He continues to develop the patented security technologies that power Prevoty’s core products. Kunal received a B.S. from Babson College.

     

    Thanks to our Sponsor:  

    Prevoty delivers powerful real-time Application Security capability for enterprises via its runtime application and monitoring & protection technology. We solve security challenges across the entire application portfolio: Instant remediation of existing vulnerability backlogs (Past), Quicker time-to-market without introducing new vulnerabilities (Present), and Dramatically reduced exposure to zero-day attacks (Future). 

    If you plan on attending, please RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/OWASP-Los-Angeles/events/219134686/?a=md1_grp&rv=md1&_af_eid=219134686&_af=event

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PMROC (Real Office Center): 604 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica CA

     

     

    Monetizing Apps and Mobile Content

    Date: Thursday, April 30, 6:30–9:00 p.m.
    Location: ROC (Real Office Center), 604 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica

    Sam Goldberg, co-founder of The Mobile Majority, will lead our next panel discussion on the topic of monetizing content in the mobile space.  He and our panelists will discuss the interrelationships among advertisers, content creators, app developers, and consumers and give us their views on how these constituencies are evolving. 

    We'll also touch upon content monetization models (advertising consumption), app revenue generation, the content start-up landscape, and the future of mobile content creation and consumption.

     

    Meet our panelists!

           

    Cooper Harris
    CEO and Founder of Klickly

    Kamran Qamar
    CEO, Pyntail

    Adam Brenner
    Sr. Manager, Ignition Factory, OMD

    Michael Metzger
    Principal, MESA Global

    Experienced Speakers - Valuable Networking - Food & Drinks

     

     
    Program Description

     
     

    Here in Los Angeles—the media capital of the world—monetizing content has fed our economy since the early 20th century.  Continuing with the Internet Revolution of the mid-90's, Los Angeles led the way with some of the largest and most innovative online media and advertising technology industries in the world.

    Now, in the midst of what some term the "Mobile Revolution," consumers are connected to more content choices through more devices and channels than could have ever been conceived even 10 years ago.  This complexity has been further compounded by a complete transformation in consumer expectations regarding content consumption cost and availability.

    So what does all this mean for content creators, mobile media start-ups, mobile ad-tech companies, publishers and app developers?

    The next Mobile LAVA will attempt to answer this and other questions such as:

    • How will the relationships among advertisers, content creators, and consumers continue to evolve in the mobile space?
    • When and how should mobile publishers, app developers, and content creators choose a content monetization model whether by selling advertising or charging consumers for consumption?
    • If your best friend was building an app from scratch today what monetization strategy would you recommend?
    • Is the app ecosystem a fair playing field? How does an entrepreneur gain an competitive advantage?
    • What does the mobile content revolution mean for advertisers, and why would they want to buy mobile media?
    • What is the future of mobile content creation, consumption and monetization?


    More Info...

     
     


    FREE REPORT DOWNLOAD

    As a benefit to our Mobile LAVA attendees, Mike Vorhaus of Magid Advisors has provided us with a copy of their latest report for download in PDF format:

    Smartphones and Tablets:
    The Tipping Point of Content and Commerce

    Download Here

     

    REGISTER HERE: http://www.lava.org/event/monetizemobile

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmFactual Inc 1999 Avenue of the Stars, 35th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Abstract: 
    What is Lambda? 
    The architecture is designed to handle massive quantities of data by taking advantage of both batch- and stream-processing methods. It proposes that both speed/streaming and batch workloads be run in parallel on the same incoming data. The speed layer can achieve faster responses, while the batch layer can be more robust and serve as the system of record for historical data. Lambda also requires a serving layer to serve results. 

    (https://youtu.be/56wy_mGEnzQ)

    What’s a real-world example? 
    Ed Solovey of Twitter (formerly Crashlytics) has given several talks on the use of the Lambda Architecture for the Crashlytics service, including a 20-minute presentation given at the October Boston Facebook @Scale Conference.

    The company needed to identify how many times end-users access a mobile app, which means handling hundreds of thousands of unique ids per second. To solve this problem the company implemented the Lambda Architecture. In the speed layer, they enlisted Kafka for ingestion, Storm for processing, Cassandra for state and Zookeeper for distributed agreement. In the batch layer, tuples were loaded in batches into S3, then processed with Cascading and Amazon Elastic Map-Reduce.

    The problem?

    It’s complicated. Sure, this approach can meet high-performance needs, but it comes with tremendous cost. Focusing on just the speed layer, getting Zookeeper, Kafka, Storm and Cassandra combined into a reliable fast data engine is expensive in developer time, computing resources and in operational ongoing support. Each system requires at least three nodes to run, meaning your speed layer is at least 12 nodes, and often larger. And once the speed layer is working, the batch layer is a second problem with its own complexity. Even with reliable components, the odds that any single component will have issues, goes up as the number of components rises. And when a component fails, how well trained is the operational support when there is such breadth to the app? Isolating which component is the issue is difficult when you must also consider inter-component interaction when hunting for problems.

    What’s a better answer?

    Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Removing just a single component of a typical Rube-Goldbergian Lambda implementation can reduce complexity and cost, but also will make it easier to change the application as business needs change. Look to replace all or part of your Lambda stack with a more integrated solution and this discussion will show you how with a clear example. See how thousands of lines of code becomes 30 when you collapse disparate systems with those that integrate ingestion, state, agreement and processing.

    Bio:

    Ryan Betts is the CTO of VoltDB. Ryan was one of the initial developers of VoltDB’s commercial product, and values his unique opportunity to closely collaborate with customers, partners and prospects to understand their data management needs and help them to realize the business value of VoltDB and related technologies.

    Parking:

    The best place for attendees to park is at the Westfield Century City Mall.  Please note that they no longer offer free parking for the first 3 hours.  Parking rates are as follows:

    •0-1 Hours: $1.00  
    •1-2 Hours: $2.00  
    •2-3 Hours: $3.00

    Every 30 mins thereafter: $2.00  
    6+ Hours: $28.00

    About the Venue:

    Factual is a location platform that enables personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences by enriching mobile location signals with definitive global data. Factual’s real-time data stack builds and maintains data on a global scale, with Factual's core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual’s platform also informs location with contextual demographic and commercial data, and offers cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest. 

  • Thu
    30
    Apr
    2015
    7:00 pmFactual Inc.: 1999 Avenue of the Stars, 35th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Abstract: 
    What is Lambda? 
    The architecture is designed to handle massive quantities of data by taking advantage of both batch- and stream-processing methods. It proposes that both speed/streaming and batch workloads be run in parallel on the same incoming data. The speed layer can achieve faster responses, while the batch layer can be more robust and serve as the system of record for historical data. Lambda also requires a serving layer to serve results. 
    What’s a real-world example? 
    Ed Solovey of Twitter (formerly Crashlytics) has given several talks on the use of the Lambda Architecture for the Crashlytics service, including a 20-minute presentation given at the October Boston Facebook @Scale Conference (https://youtu.be/56wy_mGEnzQ

    The company needed to identify how many times end-users access a mobile app, which means handling hundreds of thousands of unique ids per second. To solve this problem the company implemented the Lambda Architecture. In the speed layer, they enlisted Kafka for ingestion, Storm for processing, Cassandra for state and Zookeeper for distributed agreement. In the batch layer, tuples were loaded in batches into S3, then processed with Cascading and Amazon Elastic Map-Reduce.

     

    The problem?

     

    It’s complicated. Sure, this approach can meet high-performance needs, but it comes with tremendous cost. Focusing on just the speed layer, getting Zookeeper, Kafka, Storm and Cassandra combined into a reliable fast data engine is expensive in developer time, computing resources and in operational ongoing support. Each system requires at least three nodes to run, meaning your speed layer is at least 12 nodes, and often larger. And once the speed layer is working, the batch layer is a second problem with its own complexity. Even with reliable components, the odds that any single component will have issues, goes up as the number of components rises. And when a component fails, how well trained is the operational support when there is such breadth to the app? Isolating which component is the issue is difficult when you must also consider inter-component interaction when hunting for problems.

     

    What’s a better answer?

     

    Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. Removing just a single component of a typical Rube-Goldbergian Lambda implementation can reduce complexity and cost, but also will make it easier to change the application as business needs change. Look to replace all or part of your Lambda stack with a more integrated solution and this discussion will show you how with a clear example. See how thousands of lines of code becomes 30 when you collapse disparate systems with those that integrate ingestion, state, agreement and processing.

     

    Bio:

    Ryan Betts is the CTO of VoltDB. Ryan was one of the initial developers of VoltDB’s commercial product, and values his unique opportunity to closely collaborate with customers, partners and prospects to understand their data management needs and help them to realize the business value of VoltDB and related technologies.

     

    Parking:

    The best place for attendees to park is at the Westfield Century City Mall.  Please note that they no longer offer free parking for the first 3 hours.  Parking rates are as follows:

    •0-1 Hours: $1.00  
    •1-2 Hours: $2.00  
    •2-3 Hours: $3.00

    Every 30 mins thereafter: $2.00  
    6+ Hours: $28.00

    About the Venue:

    Factual is a location platform that enables personalized and contextually relevant mobile experiences by enriching mobile location signals with definitive global data. Factual’s real-time data stack builds and maintains data on a global scale, with Factual's core Global Places data covering over 65 million local businesses and points of interest in 50 countries. Factual’s platform also informs location with contextual demographic and commercial data, and offers cleaning and mapping services for business listings and points of interest. 

     http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Big-Data-Users-Group/events/220953084/

  • Tue
    05
    May
    2015
    6:30 pmRubicon Project: 12181 Bluff Creek DR. 4TH Floor, Playa Vista, CA

    In this presentation, we will provide an introduction to Apache Ignite™ (incubating), which is an open source, distributed framework for a unified In-Memory Data Fabric. Apache Ignite™ (incubating) provides a high-performance, distributed in-memory data management software layer that has been designed to operate between both new and existing data sources and applications, boosting application performance and scale by orders of magnitude.

    We will start with a summary of the technical drivers and market forces, and will cover popular and emerging use cases for in-memory computing, from financial industry trading platforms to mobile payment processing, online advertising, online/mobile gaming back-ends and more. We will then present some foundational concepts and terminology, and discuss the architecture, capabilities and benefits of the Apache Ignite In-Memory Data Fabric in quite some detail.

    Bio:- 
    Nikita Ivanov is founder and CTO of GridGain Systems, the leading Java in-memory data fabric starting every 10 seconds around the world today. Nikita has over 20 years of experience in software application development, building HPC and middleware platforms, contributing to the efforts of other startups and notable companies including Adaptec, Visa and BEA Systems.

    RSVP HERE

  • Wed
    06
    May
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PMLocation shown only to members

    This is a very special event #100 as we will be celebrating our 3 Year Anniversary. Must RSVP on Eventbrite.

    This event will be video-recorded.

    7 new tech startup companies will present their products and technology (5 min demo+5 min Q&A). Ticket is $12, pizza and drinks included.

    Agenda: 

    6:30PM Networking 

    7:00PM Introduction/Surprise Appearances

    7:20PM Rinse

    7:30PM Polly

    7:40PM AugmentAnalytics

    7:50PM Vyu

    8:00PM Utique

    8:10PM Shyp

    8:20PM Populist.io

    8:30PM Networking

    Our Sponsor is Interoute

    Interoute is the owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, with 14 global locations across Asia, America & Europe. 

    Parking and transportation options:

    No car? No problem:

    Uber – request, ride and pay via your mobile phone

    Lyft – a ride whenever you need one

    SideCar – shared rides

    Curb – reliable rides from professional drivers

    Samsride - ride platform for everyone

    Lets not forget these environmentally friendly options:

    Blue Bus - $1

    Bike – free but lock your bike

    Walk – free

    Rollerblade – free

    Don’t drink and drive, bring a designated driver:

    ParkMe – free app finds and compares cheap parking rates including meters

    Luxe – on demand parking and valet service for your car $15

    Parking on the street – free, so keep your eyes open

  • Mon
    11
    May
    2015
    Fri
    15
    May
    2015
    Los Angeles Convention Center

    DrupalCon brings together thousands of people from across the globe who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform.

    DrupalCon is the heartbeat of the Drupal community. It's where improvements to the project are made, where important business connections are built, and where lifelong friendships bloom. Three times a year, the Drupal community gathers in North America, Europe, and a third geographic region, and joins together for a full week dedicated to sharing and growing Drupal skills.

    The North American DrupalCon is the most widely attended Drupal event in the world. Taking place in sunny Los Angeles, California this year, DrupalCon Los Angeles will feature a full schedule of educational, networking, and contribution opportunities:

    • Monday is full of high-value Summits and Training opportunities
    • Tuesday through Thursday is Keynotes, Sessions, and BOFs
    • Sprints run week-long, culminating in the largest annual global Drupal Sprint on Friday.

    Together we will unite in celebration and work together to gain new skills and new friends as we advance the Drupal project.

    DrupalCon Los Angeles will be held May 11-15, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California.

    RSVP: https://events.drupal.org/losangeles2015/registration

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015
    6:30 pmVixlet Headquarters: 555 West 5th Street (50th Floor) Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Hey Everyone we are excited to have you join us for another great meetup! 

    We’ll be serving up food, drinks & WiFi with a healthy side of Node.JS. 

    This meetup we are having a little bit of fun and breaking all the rules.

    As a group, lets fly a quadcopter through the room. Using Node.js, redis, websockets, and polymer we shall control a quadcopter together. Come and join us as we collide it with walls, the roof and even the presenter. 

    Our presenter Angello Pozo is a software engineer at Vixlet, with a masters degree in Electrical Engineering. Currently working on the backend api team, building micro services. He’s been working with node since the ‘good ole’ days of 0.0.4.  

    Meetup begins at 6:30pm. Make sure to RSVP to get on the list, and come in time to grab a good seat!

    Location: 

    Vixlet Headquarters 

    555 West 5th Street 

    50th Floor 

    * Please be sure to bring your ID for security.  We recommend parking across the street at the outdoor lot on Olive or underneath Pershing Square.

    Sponsored by Vixlet and Luxe

    RSVP HERE!

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015
    7:00 pmLAX Coworking: 9100 S. Sepulveda Blvd Suite 208-210 Los Angeles, CA

    Join us on May 13th with a talk from Fabien Potencier on profiling PHP Apps with Blackfire.io!

    AGENDA

    7:00PM - Meet, Greet & Eat

    7:30PM - Main Presentation

    Followed by Q&A

    TOPIC

    I bet you are writing unit tests for your apps; if not, you probably feel ashamed. But what about performance? Everyone is talking about it but very few people actually integrate performance into their development workflow... After some quick theory, I will show you how to use Blackfire that makes it so easy to profile your apps that you won't have any more excuses anymore for not doing it. Finally, I will talk about my new holy grail: Continuous performance profiling.

    Find out more about Fabien:

    Twitter

    COMPANY 

    Blackfire.io provides developers and IT/Ops the best solution to easily improve their application performance and eliminate performance issues before they ever happen.

    Find out more about Blackfire.io:

    Twitter

    VENUE

    LAX Coworking is your unpretentious coworking space with the modern business owner in mind. Opening our doors to the startups, freelance, work-at-home, and solopreneur communities in February 2014, LAX Coworking is a subset of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce. As such, LAX coworkers are entitled to share the Chamber’s resources and approach coworking as a community of leaders who support and challenge one another in solidarity. Draw inspiration from fellow ‘reps, develop profitable business transactions, and watch plans land right outside your windows. 

    FOOD AND BEVERAGES

    Food and beverages will be provided so that we don't listen to a great talk on an empty stomach :)

    GIVE A RIDE, GET A RIDE

    If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a comment underneath this meetup.

    RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/laphpdev/events/222288938/

  • Wed
    13
    May
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMGoogle Los Angeles 340 Main Street Venice, CA 90291

    What is the secret to consistently creating great digital products that people love? At this special PMA.LA event, hosted by Google LA and featuring Michael Jones, Founder & CEO of Science, Inc., we’ll seek to understand what some entrepreneurs and product folks do that leads to creating truly compelling products. We’ll also discuss the Silicon Beach community, and who’s doing exceptional product work within our community. 

    About the speakers: 

    Michael Jones - Science, Inc.

    We're proud to host Michael Jones as our featured speaker. Michael has founded, advised, invested and sold numerous businesses, including Userplane, which he led from startup to acquisition by AOL. After serving as CEO of MySpace, Mike founded and currently heads Science Inc, a tech studio focusing on media and commerce. He is a board member and angel investor for numerous notable LA area startups. Through these experiences, Michael has tremendous insight into what makes for a great online product. 

    Google Product Team

    We'll also hear from Google's Los Angeles Product team about how they continue to innovate and create great products from within a major organization. What is it like to be part of the Product team at one of the most successful tech startups in history? What is the culture of innovation like within these walls and what is the team here in LA working on?

    RSVP HERE (use promotional code "pmala" when checking out) 

  • Sun
    17
    May
    2015
    10:00 AM - 12:30 PMLocation shown only to members

    Have you been wanting to carve out some time to practice your HTML/CSS or JavaScript skills, but not sure what to do or where to start? Come out to PairUp Programming and practice coding with the help of a fellow GDI student at your skill level!

    For 2 hours you’ll be paired up with a random person to hack on a small project designed to give you some great practice coding in HTML/CSS or Javascript.

    There will be three group levels: Level 1 - HTML/CSS, Level 2 -Basic Javascript, and Level 3 - Advanced Javascript.

    We’ll have a list of project ideas available for you to pick from (you can check them out at <a>www.pairuptocode.com)</a>

    The agenda for the night: 6:30pm: Register.

    10:00am: Event starts - Decide what project to work on, using our recommended list or by brainstorming ideas with your partner. Hack on your projects together for the next 2 hours.

    12:30pm: Event ends.

    RSVP HERE

  • Wed
    20
    May
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:30 PMThis location is shown only to members

    SPECIAL SESSION: Interviewing Strategies for Seekers and Hiring Teams by Lesa Evans 

    In this fast-paced and interactive workshop, participants will quickly learn and incorporate a framework for interviewing that takes out a lot of the guess work and promotes immediate confidence on both sides of the interview table. Through rapid exercises of about 2 minutes each, participants get immediate, immersive, and high-impact experience in self awareness for improved interview performance.

    Although not required, feel free to bring your resume as a reference tool or portfolio samples. 

    6:30 Doors open, set up, mingle

    7:00 Announcements

    7:15 Workshop begins

    9:00 Wrap up 

    Lesa Evans is a Los Angeles recruiting consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in tech, and over 10 years of training for recruiters, leaders, and teams.

    ________________________________________________________

    This monthly gathering is about peer mentorship. It is an opportunity for you to share with your colleagues something you’re interested in, whether it be to get feedback on a project, practice for an interview, to demonstrate a proficiency you can share with the community e.g. you do killer infographics, workflows or usability reports; discuss how to work with other professional teams, practice presentation skills - you can make it whatever you want it to be! Participation will be highly encouraged, but not required.  Our sole purpose for gathering is to support one another in our professional growth.

    If you are

    • an independent consultant looking for a second (friendly) opinion

    • looking for project collaborators

    • working on amping up your portfolio

    • just getting started in your career as a UX designer

    • a seasoned professional who’d like to help others grow in their careers

    • interested in upping the stakes in your involvement in the community

    or just curious what this is all about, please join us at the UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship event at BLANKSPACES in DTLA

     

    DIRECTIONS, MAPS & PARKING LOTS

    PARKING LOT (CREDIT CARDS & CASH) 
    530 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 
    This lot has an automated exit and accepts both Mastercard and Visa. They usually are open 24-hours. But, be sure to ask before parking there. 
    Weekday evening cost is approximately $7 and subject to change. 
    http://bit.ly/bdtlaspringparking

    PARKING LOT (CASH ONLY) 
    512 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 
    Conveniently located right behind BLANKSPACES DTLA. This lot accepts cash only but sometimes closes at 8PM. So, be sure to ask before parking there. 
    Weekday evening cost is approximately $5 and subject to change. 
    http://bit.ly/bdtlametroparking

    If you cannot make it this time, we hope to see you at the next one! Downtown UX Study Group and Peer Mentorship gatherings will be held monthly in the downtown Los Angeles area, generously sponsored by BLANKSPACES.

    VENUE SPONSOR

    FOOD AND BEVERAGE SPONSOR

    Q is a Technology Talent Acquisition Company which was founded to provide increased quality of service and exceed client expectations by placing talent into compatible company environments. Our goal is to find great opportunities for our talent and quality talent for our clients. We understand that Time, Value and Money are important factors in selecting an acquisition partner. Therefore, our aim is to provide this to our clients through our uncompromising commitment and efficient service.

     

    Please contact Susan Oslin if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

     

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    11:00 AM - 7:00 PMBig Door Studios: 114 Sheldon St El Segundo, CA 90245
    Please join us on May 21st as CSCMP Southern California hosts our 1st Annual Tech and Supply Chain Summit.  Hear first-hand, from CEO's of the hottest supply chain start-ups, as well as top industry professionals, how and why our industry is able to embrace change at a pace never before thought possible. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the leading edge technology our panelist are using to disrupt and improve the supply chain.

     

    ***This all access pass to Silicon Beach includes a hosted lunch and cocktail hour with a FREE tasting of hand crafted spirits provided by Stillhouse Spirits, Golden Road Brewery, and hors d'oeuvres.***  

     

     

    Keynote Speaker: 

    Rick Dimaio: Vice President Distribution, Office Depot

    Mobile Technologies - What companies are doing the next 1-3 years to stay ahead of the competition?

     

    Panelists and Speakers Include:

    Jonas Landström, Director and Head of Americas Volvo Group Venture Capital 

    Bill Mongelluzzo - Asst. Editor, Journal of Commerce

     Ryan Molinaro - Port America / Terminal Director, WBCT JOC Karl Siebreit - CEO Flexe

     Ryan Peterson - CEO, Flexport

    Jeremy Bodenhamer - CEO, Shiphawk 

    Brett Parker - COO, Cargomatic Inc. 

    Hrach Simonian - Partner, Canaan Partners

    Caryn Blanc - Managing Partner, The Triangle Group

    Jonathan Kessler - CEO, Cargomatic

    Jordan Metzner - CEO, Washio

    Bill Thayer - Owner Thayer Consulting

    Vijay Khare- VP, Le Tote   

     

    Topics Include:

    CEO Panel: Tech Start-Ups in the Supply Chain

    Making the Ports More Efficient with Technology & Free Flow

    The On-Demand Economy - Where are we going now?

    Tech and Venture Investment trends in the Transportation Sector

    Silicon Beach Overview:  What is all the Buzz?

     

       

    Date: 

    May 21st, 2015

     

    Location:

    Big Door Studios

    114 Sheldon St

     El Segundo, CA 90245

     

    Agenda: 

    Registration and Networking Lunch: 11-12:30 PM

    Tech and Supply Chain Summit: 12:30-5:00 PM

    Cocktails & networking: 5:00- 7:00 PM

     

    Event Pricing:

    CSCMP Member:  $125
    Non-Member:  $160
    CSCMP Student Member:  $100
    Non-Member Student:  $125
     

    Student Non-Members please contact Mary Margaret Behncke for discount: 

    310-435-9833

    marymargaret.behncke@gmail.com 

      

    Register Here 

    Technology and Supply Chain Summit

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    6:30 pmWe Labs: 235 E. Broadway, 8th Floor Long Beach, CA 90802 United States

    The Long Beach Web & App dev Professionals (WAPRO) group meets monthly to showcase our cool tech projects, share best practices, network with each other, help newcomers, and share the values of open source software (F/OSS). We strive to do this in a professional, relaxed, respectful, and open venue for all people in our community. Website: http://wapro.lbtech.org

    DETAILS & UPDATES: http://wapro.lbtech.org/news

    TALKS THIS MONTH 
    Mike Land - RAPID iOS PROTOTYPING WITH SWIFT
    Allen Eubank -MeteorJS, A DEMO AND WALKTHROUGH
    Daniel Romero -MeteorJS, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER AN AWESOME DEMO?
    Roger Howard - ON BEING A PYTHONISTA AND DJANGONAUT
    Me - LIGHTNING TALKS... FIVE MINUTE TALKS BY FOLKS AT THE MEETUP. (Come prepared to share awesome)!

    PRIZES
    We have prizes! Join us for your chance to win!

    ABOUT

    Long Beach Web & Application Professionals #WAPRO
    We share and learn about the technology that ignites our imagination, builds our skill-set, expands our network, and grows community! Our meetups are FREE.  If you have interest or work in Web or Application Development, add our [web meetup calendar] (RSS) (Atom) <a>(iCal)</a> (Outlook) to your calendar now!

    We like open source, it runs the web. Our meetups are focused on the life-cycle and technologies related to website and mobile application development. We will especially try to delve into situations where mobile and web technologies converge. The meeting topics we cover will vary monthly and will be tailored to, and by, our community. Visit our website for more information and learn how to get invovled! http://wapro.lbtech.org

    MEETING DETAILS & UPDATES: http://wapro.lbtech.org/news</a>

    <a href="http://j.mp/WAPRO-1505-rsvp">

    PLEASE SHARE:

    http://j.mp/WAPRO-1505  #WAPRO #lbtech  @longbeachtech

    RSVP HERE

  • Thu
    21
    May
    2015
    7:00 pmYahoo!: 2400 Broadway Ave, Bldg D, 1st floor., Santa Monica, CA

    On May 21, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities.

    With talks from:

    More details will be posted as they become available!

    SPONSORS

    Stack Overflow Careers 

    Co-founded by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, Stack Overflow is the trusted destination for developers to find, ask, and answer programming questions. With more than 25 million monthly visitors, it’s the world’s largest programming community. Through their hiring platform, Stack Overflow Careers lets employers reach, attract, and engage talent while helping developers find jobs they love.

    VENUE SPONSOR

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Web: http://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org 
    Twitter: @gbla11yday 
    Hashtag: #GAAD

  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PMRhubarb Studios: 633 West 5th Street Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Startups in the Sky [Powered by UpWork]

     

    Come see why everyone's abuzz about DTLA's not-so-gritty-anymore urban landscape. Rachel & Zach are at it again with help from Stella at UpWork to bring you the first ever large scale westside meets eastside technology community experience.

    Developers, founders, CEO's, CTO's, digital media gurus, tech policy wonks, open data nerds and tech enthusiasts are all invited to celebrate our growing ecosystem at rhubarb studios, located on the 14th floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in DTLA.

    Get ready for some delicious bites and drinks*, along with cool, electronic beats. By attending you'll also have the chance to win $150 toward your first Upwork purchase.

    *THIS IS A 21+ EVENT and valid ID's are required for entry.

    Looking to throw your marketing dollars into the mix? Give us a holler atstartupsinthesky@gmail.com and be seen by thousands of awesome people just like you. 
     

     

    MAJOR thanks to UpWork for making Startups in the Sky so fly...

    Hear LA's Chief Data Officer, Abhi Nemani speak about keeping our tech ecosystem on cloud nine...

    LA Chief Data Officer

     

    Get stoked for tasty food, supplied with love by Power Supply
    Try out their service and get a free meal with your first order.

     

    Move your body with our favorite pan-electronic, alt-energy Sycons Solar DJ's

    Solar DJ's

     

    ...and enjoy free parking with ZIRX using passcode "INTHESKY"

    ZIRX

     

    Up, up and away,

    Rachel, Zach, and Stella at Upwork

     

     

     Co-hosts, LA Tech Rise and Upwork, do not share attendee information with event sponsors or other third-parties.

    Have questions about Upwork Presents...Startups in the Sky!? Contact L.A. Tech Rise
     
  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015
    Wed
    27
    May
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM41 Ocean Club 1541 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401
    We invite you to join us to meet the many interesting faces and leaders behind Los Angeles's rapidly growing E-Commerce community. We are a group of marketers and entrepreneurs from some of the fastest growing and exciting companies in Los Angeles, and meet monthly to exchange ideas, learn from one another, and meet new friends.
     
    The expert marketers at Hawke Media will be offering complimentary strategy sessions at the event for interested companies and entrepreneurs. Email ledoux@hawkemedia.com to set up a one-on-one complimentary strategy session for your company with Hawke Media CEO Eric Huberman, COO Tony Delmercado, and Director of Strategy Kostas McDade.
     
  • Tue
    26
    May
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Synopsis:

    Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

    What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code—lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

    Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

     Readers will come away from this book understanding 

    •How to tell the difference between good and bad code

    • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code

    • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes

    • How to format code for maximum readability

    • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic

    • How to unit test and practice test-driven development

    This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

    RSVP HERE

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMDemand Media: 1655 26th Street Santa Monica, CA, Los Angeles, CA

    *** Our 7th Swift Meetup!***

    • Meet other developers that are working in the new Swift Programming language and learn something new!

    *Talks*

    • Swift Standard Library - Edward Arenberg

    • Intro to Functional programming in Swift - Michael Martinez 

    • Using and Writing Micro-Libraries in Swift - Gustavo

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks Start

    • 8.30 Intermission

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    *Parking on the Street

     

    RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/LASwift/events/220279697/

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015
    7:00 pmSymantec Corporation: 900 Corporate Pointe , Culver City, CA

    Abstract:  Clever: Securing the Savvy Vector

    Depending on your age you may remember Superman or Office Space and the clever scheme to take the portions of a penny from huge number of transactions in order to un-noticeably get rich quick.  What about cybercrime in the real world?  In this talk we will look at the clever side of cybercrime.  Real world examples, events and protection. This information will help you as a security professional look at your world with a clever view and make you better at securing your world from the clever, savvy vector.

    Speaker:  Kelly Fitzgerald 

    Kelly has a BS in Computer Science from CSUSB. She was awarded a full academic scholarship from the National Science Foundation. In her senior year of college she took a job at EvidentData doing computer forensics. From there she fell in love with the dark side and purposely went in persuit of a career in computer security looking at the bleedy places where people and technology bruise. Kelly has worked at Symantec since 2003 and has two single-filer patents pending.

    Join and RSVP   http://www.meetup.com/OWASP-Los-Angeles/events/219134708/

  • Wed
    27
    May
    2015
    Thu
    28
    May
    2015
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PMLoews Santa Monica Beach: 1700 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA

    Digital Marketing Conferences showcase the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry, providing attendees with emerging strategies, the latest innovation technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns.

    For more information visit: http://digimarcon.com/west/

    PLEASE REGISTER: http://digimarcon-west-2015.eventbrite.com/?aff=LAPHP&afu=82987299989

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015
    5:30 pmCourtyard Los Angeles Westside: 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA

    The Implications of Cloud, Big Data, Mobility and Security on Next Generation Computing Technologies and Software Defined Data Centers

    Our speaker, K.C. Choi, the VP of Infrastructure Solutions at Hewlett Packard, will discuss The New Style of IT: The “perfect storm” implications of cloud, big data, mobility and security on next generation computing technologies and software defined data centers. Also, how will these trends and innovations shape our next generation of IT talent and careers?  

    K.C. will discuss current activities in the HP Labs on “The Machine”, which will reinvent the fundamental architecture of computers to enable a quantum leap in performance and efficiency, while lowering costs over the long term and improving security. There will also be an update on HP’s separation into two firms, and “what’s in it for customers”.

    Come early at 5:30 pm for extra networking, and bring your business cards. Free PROCESSOR magazines are available. Come prepared with a brief announcement of openings and projects in your firm.

    RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-style-of-it-tickets-16640846219 

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PMOpenX: RSVPR888 E Walnut St Pasadena , CA 91101

    About This Event

    Interested in becoming a UX Designer? Curious about how the role differs depending on where you work?

    Join us for a panel to learn more about what a UX Designer does day-to-day, and what skills you’ll need to be successful in the field.

    Come to hear the stories from inspiring designers, and stay to connect with a community of aspiring UX practitioners.

    About the Panelists

    Julian Scaff Photo

    Chief Creative Officer,
    Designing Nation

    Julian began his design career at the age of five with a box of Legos. In college he studied architecture, film, graphic design and art, and has never respected the traditional lines between different disciplines. Julian approaches user experience design from a multidiciplinary perspective, combining his experience with creating cinematic narratives with ethnographic research methods borrowed from anthropology, and the intuitive nature of human experience through making installation art. He has done award-winning design work for Idealab, Honda Motors, GoTo, Monster, JobTrak, and most recently Designing Nation. As an educator he has taught and lectured at USC, the Los Angeles Film School, Webster University, LIU Beirut, and VCU Qatar. Julian is also a digital artist, electronic musician, and published author. As a designer he is passionate about simplicity and believes that great design can change the world. His book recommendations for every designer’s personal library: Simple and Usable by Giles Colborne; The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda; and The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura.

    Lydia Chan Photo

    UX Designer,
    Parsons

    Lydia Chan is a British born Angeleno with over 5+ years of creating unique immersive experiences and virtual environments. She began her design career as a lead researcher in an advanced experimental architecture practice upon graduation from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her understanding of 3D space has helped her translate client needs into user-centered and functional 2D digital environments. Send her an email at lydiachany@gmail.com to stay in touch and follow her on Twitter @lydcee. Her current interests are cat gifs, jalapenos, and World War II documentaries.

    Karen Fojas Photo

    Sr. Interaction Designer,
    OpenX

    For over a decade, Karen has worked both in-house and as a freelance consultant, for Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. Her work includes a range of products and brand initiatives for ad tech, finance, banking, hospitality, project management, and federal agencies. She has a soft spot for startups and women entrepreneurs because she didn't know of many growing up and relishes the chance to work with them to find their path and succeed. One of Karen's mantras as a designer and aspiring educator is this: Remember there are very real and very busy humans on the other side of that screen; treat them like people and help them get things done. In her spare time she enjoys trail running, salsa, traveling and riding bikes with her 4-year old.

    Petra Wennberg Cesario Photo

    Partner,
    Interactivism

    About Our Partners

    OpenX

     

    OpenX is a global leader in digital and mobile advertising technology. We create highly efficient, high quality programmatic advertising markets that deliver optimal value to buyers and sellers and evolve rapidly to support the growth of the digital economy across screens and formats.

     

    NELAUX

     

    Northeast Los Angeles UX (NELAUX) is dedicated to establishing a community of UX Designers, Entrepreneurs and Engineers to develop and promote innovation in Northeast LA.

     

    Innovate Pasadena

     

    The vision of INNOVATE PASADENA is to create a vibrant ecosystem of technology and design innovation in the greater Pasadena area that supports sustainable economic growth. By supporting and accelerating collaboration across and within business, academia, and broader community Innovate Pasadena functions as a vehicle that brings together all of these parts toward the shared goals of creating a lively business and cultural community.

    RSVP

  • Thu
    28
    May
    2015
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PMThe Historic Woman's Club: 1210 Fourth Street Santa Monica, CA 90401

    TechFire's events feature nationally prominent tech CEOs & VCs -- our events attract some of the same speakers you'll find at conferences like TechCrunch Disrupt, SXSW, The Code Conference, Web Summit, and DLD.  Don't miss our next big summit, TechFire Ignite 2015, on May 28 in Santa Monica. It's featured inTechmeme's global calendar of major national and international tech industry events. And make plans to join us later in the year for four more fireside chats.

    Speakers

    Event Info: WHEN & WHERE

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 in beautiful downtown Santa Monica, in the heart of Los Angeles' thriving tech community.

    8 AM: Registration; Networking & Exhibitors
    9 AM – 10:15 AM: Speakers (fireside chats/talks)
    10:15 AM: Networking Break / Exhibitors
    10:30 AM — 12 PM: Speakers (fireside chats/talks)
    (Exact final schedule subject to change.)
    VENUE: The historic Woman's Club in downtown Santa Monica, at 1210 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (just south of Wilshire). If you've never been before, it's a great venue right in the heart of downtown, where most of our past events have been held, as well as several PandoDaily events and a performance by Adele ; we will be expanding the space to use the second floor as well, for larger capacity. There's easy, ample, cheap parking right nearby -- including a municipal parking structure adjacent.

    TICKETS: click here for ticket information. Compared with other tech conferences, tickets are quite affordable.

     

    WHAT TO EXPECT, & Why to Come

    Come for the fireside chats / keynotes with nationally prominent tech leaders, and to network and build relationships with founders, investors, press, and key connectors from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and beyond (our past events have attracted people from Miami to Istanbul). Learn more about last year's summit, or email david@techfire.co with any questions.

    Justify Your Trip

    Download a form letter (.docx) that you can copy & paste from, when justifying your trip to your boss and requesting approval to attend.

    Buy Tickets: https://ti.to/techfire/techfire-ignite-summit-may-2015/ 

  • Sun
    31
    May
    2015
    12:00 PM - 4:00 PMIndieDesk: 816 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014 Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Javascript is a language that all good web developers must know as it is the primary way to do client-side web development. It can be thought of as an extension to HTML which allows developers to incorporate more functionality into their web pages (such as an expandable menu or animated slideshow).

    Many programming courses end up glossing over some of the tricky words -- 'variable', 'object', 'method' -- this course is especially designed for beginners new to programming concepts, so you'll learn to program with JavaScript. If those words are confusing to you now, no worries! You're exactly who we want to teach.

    In this class, we will be covering basic development elements, Javascript, and dynamic HTML. Students will exit this class with a good grasp of basic programming principles and the knowledge of how to manipulate HTML elements. 

    This class is held in two sessions:

    12pm-4pm, 5/31
    12pm-4pm on 6/14

    Prerequisites

    You must have a working knowledge of HTML and CSS.

    Java or JavaScript?

    It's super-confusing, but there are two separate programming languages called Java and JavaScript. Even more confusing? They really have nothing to do with one another. How do you figure out which one you want to learn? Here's a quick and simple overview:

    Java Is a back-end programming language most often used to create large, enterprise-level applications. It can be used to create websites, but can also be used to create stand-alone software.

    JavaScript is a front-end programming language that's most often used to create interactivity in websites: drop-down menus, slide shows, tabs, accordions, ajax, games, etc.

    Sure, it's a lot more complicated than that, but at a high level that should help you figure out which one you're looking for. 

    Any questions? Hit us up at losangeles [at] girldevelopit.com and we'll gladly help you get it all sorted out.

    Teacher: Natalie MacLees
    Teaching Assistants: TBA

    Enrollment

    If fewer than 10 students register for this class, we may postpone or cancel it. In that event, a refund or a class credit will be available to all students who have paid to attend. 

    What to bring

    Please bring a laptop* and charger to class. Power outlets and wifi will be provided. You may also wish to bring a notepad and pen/pencil for taking notes.

    We'll be using a modern web browser and a text editor in class. If you don't already have these installed, please install them before you come to class.

    For web browsers, we recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. For a text editor, we recommend Sublime Text 2. Note that you do not have to purchase Sublime Text 2. If you download the free evaluation version that will be good enough for class.

    * No laptop? We have a limited number of laptops we can loan to students during class. Please fill out our Laptop Request form to let us know you need to borrow one!

    Scholarships 

    Unemployed or in financial distress and interested in taking this workshop? Apply for a GDI scholarship

    Have a course voucher? Redeem it here!

    Questions? 

    We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything you'd like to discuss before signing up for class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.

    Sponsor

    This workshop is hosted and sponsored by IndieDesk.

    About Natalie MacLees

    Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She also has a jQuery podcast - Designers Learning jQuery.

    She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2014 and 2013 and organized the first bi-annual Website Weekend LA. She's also the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com

    All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct.

  • Thu
    04
    Jun
    2015
    7:30 PM - 5:20 PMLA Convention Center: 1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California 90015

    Keynote Speakers

    Bruce Schneier, Internationally Renowned Security Technologist, Blogger and Author

    Schneier

    Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books – including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive – as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people.

    Schneier has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press.

    Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at Resilient Systems (https://www.schneier.com/about.html)

    David Kennedy, founder and CEO of TrustedSec, LLC

    Dave Kennedy is founder of TrustedSec and Binary Defense Systems. Both organizations focus on the betterment of the security industry from an offense and a defense perspective. David was the former Chief Security Officer (CSO) for a Fortune 1000 company where he ran the entire information security program. Kennedy is a co-author of the book “Metasploit: The Penetration Testers Guide,” the creator of the Social-Engineer Toolkit (SET), and Artillery. Kennedy has been interviewed by several news organizations including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Katie Couric, and BBC World News. Kennedy is the co-host of the social-engineer podcast and on a number of additional podcasts.

    Kennedy has testified in front of Congress on two occasions on the security around government websites. Kennedy is one of the co-authors of the Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES); a framework designed to fix the penetration testing industry. Kennedy is the co-founder of DerbyCon, a large-scale conference in Louisville Kentucky. Prior to Diebold, Kennedy was a VP of Consulting and Partner of a mid-size information security consulting company running the security consulting practice. Prior to the private sector, Kennedy worked for the United States Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq twice for intelligence related missions.​

    Speakers

    • Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder & CTO, Crowdstrike
    • Kevin Cardwell, Lead Consultant, CESI
    • Debbie Christofferson, CIPP/IT, CISSP, CISM
    • Eric Cowperthaithe, VP, Adv Security & Strategy at Core Security
    • John Dickson, Principal, The Denim Group
    • Araceli Treu Gomes, Security Advisor, Verizon / Terremark
    • Malcolm Harkins, VP, Intel Security Group
    • Lori Harmon, Contrast Security
    • Jerry Hoff, Principal Security Strategist, WhiteHat Security
    • Samy Kamkar, Co-Founder, Unleak
    • Rafal Los, Director of Solutions Research and Development, Accuvant
    • Jim Manico, Secure Coding Instructor and Author, Manicode Security
    • Joe McCray, Chief Technology Officer, Secure Ninja
    • Matthew Prince, CEO, CloudFlare
    • Marcus J. Ranum, CSO, Tenable Network Security
    • Cynthia Marcotte Stamer. Esq., Solutions Lawyer
    • Aaron Turner, Faculty at IANS and Founder & President, IntegriCell
    • Mikko Varpiola, Founder, Codenomicon
    • Jim Waggoner, Sr. Director Product Management, FireEye
    • Ira Winkler, President, ISSA International and Secure Mentem

    Attendees will be able to choose from the following tracks: 

    • Security Management Track
    • Technical Track
    • AppSec Track
    • Digital Forensics Track
    • Emerging Issues and Technologies Track

    We are also very excited to offer the following special all-day Forums:

    Hotel Reservations

    • Please check back soon for hotel details and discount offers.

    Airport Transfer Options

    •  Please check back soon for detail.

    LA Convention Center

    The Los Angeles Convention Center, located in the revitalized section of Downtown LA, walking distance to the Staples Center and LA Live, hosts more than 2 million visitors and 350 events annually. With 720,000 sq. ft. of exhibit hall space and 147,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space, the Center is a world class venue. Its soaring architecture of glass and steel will give the visitors a feeling of spaciousness and comfort not often found in many event spaces.

     
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  • Wed
    10
    Jun
    2015
    6:30 pmVixlet LA HQ: 555 West 5th Street 50th Floor Los Angeles, CA

    Join us for another great meetup! We’ll be serving up food, drinks & WiFi with a healthy side of Node.JS. 

    Tonight we’re talking about MongoDB's Socialite project. 

    Socialite is 10gen Lab’s implementation of a social feed. Learn as we share our experiences adopting the core principals of Socialite in Node.JS.  Perfect for any Node’rs looking to learn more about using MongoDB & Node for social networks.

    Our presenter Michael Lujan, previously Senior Software Development Manager at iHeartRadio,  will be giving part two in his three part talk. In part two, Michael will focus on the implementation of Node.JS in his MongoDB Socialite Project. Meetup begins at 6:30pm. 

    Make sure to RSVP to get on the list, and come in time to grab a good seat!

    Location: 

    Vixlet Headquarters 

    555 West 5th Street 

    50th Floor 

    Please be sure to bring your ID for security. Park across the street at the outdoor lot on Olive or underneath Pershing Square or be sure to download the Luxe Valet app and let someone else worry about the parking! Be sure to use code VIXLET

    Sponsored by Vixlet and Luxe

    RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/NodeDTLA/events/222333923/

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015
    6:30 pmCTRL Collective: 12575 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles, CA

    This is going to be the Greates MEAN Stack Dev. Event so far and You DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT!!! 

    We are going to be at the newest, biggest and coolest co-working community in Sillicon Beach  called CTRL Collective.Thank you so much for having us!

    We will have two really awesome speakers,  and food & beverage from our great sponsor MaxCDN!

    Topics for the month are:

    •  “MongoDB Aggregation – because you have more than one document”     Querying data through mongoose will only get you so far. Do you need to run a report? Get an answer to a nagging statistics question? Produce some metrics on your application or users? If so, then the aggregation framework is for you! This talk will explore why, what and how of the MongoDB aggregation framework.

           This topic will be presented by Nuri Halperin who consults, develops, and teaches software development with passion. He designs and builds systems, websites and line of business applications. He has been getting mission critical projects done for companies large and small - from small start-ups to large corporate clients. He authors online courses for pluralsight.com, and provides hands on training to companies wishing to take their team to the next level.

    He is frequently found at the Silicon Beach community in LA. Nuri enjoys interacting with developers and helping people reach that "Aha!" moment.  He is a frequent speaker at tech events. When he is not working on a project he dreams up another one, or learns something new.

    •  "How to effortlessly integrate Three.js into your projects" 
    This talk will focus on how to add 3D animation to real-world projects. It'll cover the basics of how to get started with Three.js, and how to build animated interactions that can be used in seemingly normal web apps.

    Jason Farrell is the speaker of this topic and he is very passionate about helping people create seemingly impossible things through technology and design. Jason is the CTO and co-founder of Use All Five, a digital agency located in Venice, CA. He and his team have designed experiences for organizations such as the Guggenheim, Toyota, Google, and numerous other brands.
    While he’s not helping people solve tough problems, you’ll find him hiking the mountains of LA County or slow cooking a brisket in his backyard.

    Make sure to secure your spot since the seats are limited and please be serious about attending when you RSVP "YES"!  

     

    RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-MEAN-Stack-Developers/quick_join/?eventId=222626311&joinFrom=event&response=3

     

  • Thu
    11
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    About the Presentation:

    For the June UUASC meeting we will be covering an advanced topic of the configuration management product Chef. 

    Here's what Ned has to say about this presentation...

    "We will dig into the Chef Development Kit (ChefDK) and see how much can accomplish without even leaving our local machines. We will look at prototyping infrastructure with all the bundled tools the ChefDK has to offer, not only will we provision this infrastructure, but we will build confidence in it through test driven development (TDD) practices."

    About the Speaker:

    Ned Harris is a solutions architect at Chef, living in Southern California. Prior to Chef, Ned worked for Warner Bros. where he worked tirelessly to bring about devops culture. He maintains a passion for the journey and the thrill of experiencing high velocity without the fear of failure.

    About the Location:

    PARKING: Plentiful parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade 
    across the street for $5, (sorry fiat currency only). Avoid the parking 
    structure behind 6080 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive and they don't except bit coin either. 

    Special thanks to Carolyn Oswald at Q for hosting this presentation.

    Hangout on Air Info: 

    This presentation will be live streamed via Google Hangouts On Air, the link will be posted soon.

    Note live streaming is somewhat problematic, the stream should come up sometime after 6:30PM on the day of the event.  If some cases an new hangout may need to be created so keep an eye on the comments section of this meet up  page for any last minute changes.

    Also note that video will be edited and posted with a different URL , the URL for the edited version will be posted in the comments section of this meet up page.

    About UUASC:  


    The UUASC (http://uuasc.org) is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge. 

    We try to meet on the first Thursday of the month in L.A. 

    Both UUASC chapters are open to everyone; there is no separate membership, we would like you to join our general mailing list so that you can particpate in the conversation between meetings.

    Date and Locaton Subject to Change:

    Note that meet up dates and locations can change on short notice, always check the meetup.com site to see if the information has changed.

    RSVP here

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2015
    1:30 PM to 3:30 PMLocation shown only to members

    Want to learn more about “User Experience” Design?

    Take our 2 hour “Introduction to UX” with Noel Saw. We’ll cover a lot of the basics of what “UX” is and what it’s not. UX is a popular buzzword these days in the tech and startup world, but what does it really mean? And how does “UX” work?

    Noel will review what “UX” means to many people and what the UX “process” entails from both a best practices “on paper” and real world perspective.

    In this class, we’ll get an overview of the major disciplines & skillsets within “UX” including: User Research, Information Architecture, Wireframing/Interaction Design, Content Strategy,  Usability Testing, and Visual Design.

    During the class there will be at least one group exercise to help understand the basics of card sorting and optimizing content for usability.

    Noel will provide an outline of the UX process using the same process used in projects. In other words, Noel will attempt to demonstrate the UX process “through the lens” of UX methodologies.

     

    Prerequisites

    A basic understanding of web and/or print design or software development is highly recommended.

     

    Instructor: Noel Saw 
    Teaching Assistants: TBA

     

    What to bring

    We recommend bringing your laptop, iPad, or at the very least a notebook to take notes. If you bring an iPad or laptop (optional), you’ll be able to try out remote card sorting and also lookup reference sites quickly.

     

    Questions? 

    We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com. 

     

    Enrollment

    If we have less than 8 people signed up for this class, it might be cancelled or postponed. 

     

    No Refunds

    If you can no longer attend the class you signed up and paid for, your payment will be donated to the local chapter scholarship fund. You can help another woman in need! 

     

    Sponsors 

    This workshop is sponsored and hosted by Blankspaces.

    Have a course voucher? Redeem it here! 

     

    About Noel Saw

     

    Noel has been designing and developing software for most of his adult life. With almost 22 years of experience, he brings experience, enthusiasm, and wide knowledge about building software, websites, and mobile applications. He’s worked with brands such as Nissan, Red Bull, Ikea, Vons/Safeway, Microsoft, ESPN, and Murad on various projects and campaigns. 

    All attendees are expected to abide by the Girl Develop It Code of Conduct

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PMQ headquarters: 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los ANgeles 90045

    Join us for a presentation on Git - this will be either an introduction to the basics, or an intermediate coverage of Git internals - depending on the level of the attendees. 

    **Feel free to comment below and let us know your experience level so we can tailor the talk appropriately. **

    Speaker:

    Jagadish Marippi currently works as a DevOps/Release engineer for NEOGOV and has been a regular member of LinuxLA since its inception.

    SCHEDULE:

    7:00 - 7:30 Meet & Greet/Refreshments 
    7:30 - 8:30 Presentation/Q&A 

    FOOD:

    Q will be providing food and drinks for the meetup. Thanks Q!

    ADDRESS: [Please note Q's new office is in the Pepperdine Building next door to the old (Sony) building]

    6100 Center Drive, Suite 660  
    Los Angeles, CA 90045

    MAP: http://goo.gl/maps/sAmH

    PARKING:

    Parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade across the street for a $3. Avoid the parking structure behind 6100 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive.

    SECURITY/ELEVATOR:

    There is a security desk in the lobby, they will need to let you in the elevator to Q’s office in suite 660

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    16
    Jun
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment: 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Clean Code by Robert C Martin

    Synopsis:

    Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

    What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code—lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

    Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

     Readers will come away from this book understanding 

    •How to tell the difference between good and bad code

    • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code

    • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes

    • How to format code for maximum readability

    • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic

    • How to unit test and practice test-driven development

    This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

    RSVP HERE: http://www.meetup.com/lajugstudygroup/events/222519879/

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015
    6:30 pmVirtualTourist.com Office: 801 N. Parkview Drive Suite #200, El Segundo, CA

    Abstract:

    Learn to write less boiler-plate code by learning the tools at your disposal in the Guava project, Google's Core Java Libraries. These libraries should be the foundation for every Java programmer. You will learn the commonly used libraries in com.google.common.*, including collections, caching, primitives support, concurrency libraries, common annotations, string processing, I/O, and so forth. Requires JDK 1.6 or higher (as of 12.0).

    Speaker Bio:

    Jennie Ibrahim has been building software for more than 15 years. She's been working at Google for more than five years, working in Java and most recently in AngularDart. Prior to Google, she worked in the defense industry. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University.She enjoys time with her husband and two toddlers.

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    18
    Jun
    2015
    7:30 - 10:30 PMRiot Games *New Campus* 12333 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

     

    Our next meetup will feature talks giving advice to beginners about the best ways to dive into this brave new Javascript MVC world: things veterans wished they had known when starting out, and a break down of the fundamentals: old-school server-rendered web apps, vs. the growing client-side paradigm.

    Soon you’ll embark on your trip to Riot Games LA! Here’s some handy info to get you here gank-free.

    Our coordinates

    Our address is Riot Games, 12333 Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90064

    Here’s a handy map of our location, including our entrance and reception:

    If you are traveling by car

    Route your way to our visitor entrance at 12333 Olympic Blvd using Google Maps.

    If you’re coming off the 10 freeway, exit Bundy Drive north

    Turn left on Olympic Blvd, and

    Turn right into the Riot guest lot.

    PRO-TIP: If you've hit Centinela Ave you've gone too far.

     

    Once you’re in the lot, you’ll check in with security, leave your car with the valet, and then enter the reception hall to finish checking-in.

     

    (Reminder! Every attendee must have registered with first and last name by EOD Tuesday 6/16 to attend!)

     

    If you are traveling by foot, bike, public transport, or taxi

    Route your way to our visitor entrance at 12333 Olympic Blvd using Google Maps.

     

    You’ll check in with security and then enter the reception hall to finish checking-in.

     

    Our digits

    To speak with a Rioter at our reception desk, call: (424) 231-1111

    That’s it! If you have further questions not answered here, feel free to call.

    See you soon! We’ve got a fist bump waiting to welcome you.

     

    RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/LA-Front-End/events/211980562/

  • Tue
    23
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmQ Connects: 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los Angeles 90045

    Similar to last time, this time we'll go over how to get started with Android App Development and Java as our group continues to explore different IDEs, programming languages and try sample projects together.

    Your ideas are very much welcome, as this is a brand new group, so let me know what you'd like to see as well!   So far, seems like the members of the group really like the general direction and I see some positive comments so far from the previous meetup.

    Additionally, we can also talk about upcoming technologies, especially Google Cardboard, and how to get involved with designing for that.   

     

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmVerizon Digital Media Services: 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 900, Los Angeles

    Speaker: Joe Rozner 

    Joe is a Software Engineer at Prevoty. As an experienced software engineer with experience across many languages and paradigms Joe has focused his career on rapid prototyping and independent security research. He’s developed custom system call level sandboxes, rich web applications, and applications at all levels between. A strong interest in computer languages and implementation of them has led to a solid foundation and further cultivation in the area of language implementation and language security. This combination of experience has allowed Joe to lead teams in designing and creating truly unique products and solving difficult problems.

    MAIN Topic:  Langsec and You

    Langsec attempts to solve specific vulnerability classes caused by specially crafted user input being accepted by an application that has an undesired or unintended effect. Langsec and You will describe many of these vulnerability classes specifically focusing on XSS and SQL Injection due to their prevalence and relevance to the audience. We will dive into exactly why these vulnerability classes exist and how to use langsec to help solve them. This will involve a brief introduction or refresher to formal language theory before concluding with a survey of some of the tools available to start implementing langsec solutions for yourself.

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmHautelook Production Studio: 8680 Hayden Place, Culver City, CA

    On Wednesday June 24th, Herman Radtke will give a talk about Rust!

    AGENDA

    7:00PM - Meet, Greet & Eat

    7:30PM - Main Presentation

    Followed by Q&A

    TOPIC

    The modern web stack is getting more complex, but too few people know how to create and support the essential elements of that stack. I believe this is because systems programming has historically had too many barriers to entry. Modern systems languages, like Rust, are breaking down these barriers. Ever wanted to write a toy shell or create your own version of memcache? Rust makes systems programming feel much more approachable to web developers.

    SPEAKER

    Herman J. Radtke III is a sociologist turned full stack engineer turned VP of Engineering at NordstromRack.com | HauteLook in Los Angeles. He writes PHP during the day at work and is a Rustacean at night. He spent a past life writing a lot of C and used that knowledge to help maintain the pecl/memcache and pecl/gearman extensions. He is also very passionate about creating and consuming hypermedia APIs.

    Outside of technology, he enjoys home-brewing, hiking, camping and reading.

    @hermanradtke

    COMPANY

    Acquired by Nordstrom in March 2011, HauteLook is a place where you'll discover thousands of the top fashion and lifestyle brands at amazing savings. Each day at 8 AM Pacific, shop new sale events featuring the best names in women's and men's fashion, beauty, and home décor at up to 75% off. Membership is free and everyone is welcome.

    VENUE / PARKING

    The building is at the end of the cul de sac. There is not a sign on the building, but there will be one for the event. There are plenty of parking spaces right next to the building.

    SPONSORS

    Stack Overflow Careers

    Co-founded by Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, Stack Overflow is the trusted destination for developers to find, ask, and answer programming questions. With more than 25 million monthly visitors, it’s the world’s largest programming community. Through their hiring platform, Stack Overflow Careers lets employers reach, attract, and engage talent while helping developers find jobs they love.

     

    FOOD AND BEVERAGES

    Food and beverages will be provided so that we don't listen to a great talk on an empty stomach :)

    CARPOOL

    If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a comment underneath this meetup

     

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMGoogle: 340 Main Street Venice, CA 90291

     

    Successfully Hacking in Your Spare Time

    Presented by Bryan Hughes

    Hacking in your spare time is a lot of fun, but how do you actually finish that project you've been dreaming about? This talk will discuss these constraints and requirements, and how a little creativity goes a long way. Key to this is dreaming big while being realistic, and just getting something out there is important. I will also discuss the role of open source in personal projects, from leveraging existing work to how you actually open source a project properly.

    Scalable and Maintainable React

    Presented by Lawrence Lau

    React is created for building large web applications with data that changes in response to actions over time. This is exactly what many of our user-facing products are doing. Yet like many other application frameworks, scalability and maintainability are not inherent, because you are still free to organize your application as long as you follow the unidirectional flow. This talk will share lessons learned from my React application development with code samples at different stages of the unidirectional flow with the goal to truly take advantage of React to build a scalable and maintainable application.

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmTBA

    With so many different JavaScript frameworks, how do you know which one works best? Join us as we bring in various thought leaders building different types of applications as they discuss why they chose a certain JavaScript frront end framework.

    Our Speakers:

    Olen Davis is Lead Developer at Tongal where he specializes in frontend web development and Angular in particular. Avid Björk afiçionado and author of the open-source "Angoolar" ostensibly object-oriented Coffeescript wrapper framework for Angular as well as a highly modular "CSS Taxonomy" styling framework in SASS, he is a proud graduate of the Colorado School of Mines (not Mimes) and tireless bicycle-commuter to Santa Monica from the "gaytto" in Long Beach.

    RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/TechinMotionLA/events/221379381/

  • Thu
    25
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmZehner Group: 5766 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
    • 7:00 – 7:15 Open 

      7:15 – 7:30 Introductions 

      7:30 – 9:00 Presentations

      9:00 – 9:30 Open / Networking 

      Talk 1:  Automated Django Deployments with Chef

      Chef is a popular configuration management tool employed by many DevOps engineers to manage clusters of servers. This talk will give a brief introduction to Chef and how to use it to deploy Django applications across many EC2 servers.

      About the presenter: Chris Han is a Tech Lead at ZehnerGroup, a full service agency with clients such as L.A. Metro, Tennis.com, Premier Meats, and InsideWeddings.com. Day-to-day, he is coding Django applications, writing Chef cookbooks, and architecting and implementing infrastructure on AWS.

      Talk 2: Writing Secure Web Applications with Django

      As more personal and sensitive information gets entered into and stored on more and more sites, security is more important than ever. This talk will start with an overview of security topics, how Django works to protect you from various attacks, and how not to accidentally defeat those protections. We'll cover https, authentication, CSRF, and XSS.

      About the presenter: Keith Bussell is VP of Development at TrueCar, a company with the mission of making the car-buying process simple, fair and fun. He really enjoys building products people want to use, and leveraging technology to make lives simpler and easier.

      Talk 3: Code Review Best Practices

      Code reviews offer an opportunity for developers to share knowledge, grow over time, and build better software. This talk will offer recommendations for some code review best practices and talk about how to communicate with other developers during the review process.

      About the presenter: Kevin London works as a software engineer at Wiredrive where he's helping build an API with Django and Django Rest Framework. He previously worked in the film industry and created applications to support post-production and long-term archival. 

      Parking: There should be plenty of free lot parking available. 

      Food: Pizza, salad, and drinks will be provided.

     

     

    RSVP here

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    7:30AM - 7:30PMCTRL Collective: 12575 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles
    On June 27, 2015 join us and countless others for the third annual Big Data Day LA, held in none other than Los Angeles, of course!
    Big Data Day LA is the largest conference of its kind as well as the only free big data conference in Southern California, packed with informational speakers.

    This year will feature talks from City of Los Angeles, Cloudera, Couchbase, Databricks, Datastax, Fandango, Hortonworks, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, MapR, Microsoft, MongoDB, Netflix, Oracle, Teradata, Toyota and many more.

    This only happens once a year and tickets go fast, so don’t miss out!

  • Mon
    29
    Jun
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    *** Our 7th Swift Meetup!***

    • Meet other developers that are working in the new Swift Programming language and learn something about Optionals!

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions
    • 7:30 Talks Start
    • 8.30 Intermission
    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking
  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015
    6:30 pmCTRL Collective: 12575 Beatrice Street, Los Angeles

    Together with our co-host Hacker Fund  (see bellow for more info) we are throwing a BIIIIIIIIG SoCal Node.js Events and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT!!! 

     

    We will be at the newest, biggest and coolest co-working community in Silicon Beach  called CTRL Collective, have two really awesome speakers, a fantastic marquee sponsor (Hired) who is making this event possible and helping with food and beverage, and last but not least we will have FREE BEER at the event! (sponsored by Anheuser-Busch

     

    Topics for the month are: 

     

    1) Server Reliability: unit and end-to-end testing APIs 

     

    We will dive into BDD (behavior-driven development) and TDD (test-driven development), discuss the importance of unit and end-to-end tests, and look at different libraries used in these practices featuring the CTRLLR API testing framework by @CTRLLA. 

     

    Speaker is Samuel Ishmael Philip who is the CTO and co-founder of CTRL LA, a product studio based out of Venice, CA. As a full-stack engineer, Ishmael leads the architectural planning and development with a focus on server-side development. Find out what him and his team are up to at @ishthedestroyer and @CTRLLA (Twitter) and @ishmaelthedestroyer and @CTRLLA (GitHub).

     

    2) Masters in Node 

     

    You've taken Node 101 and successfully completed some experiments in lab. But what would it take to get a Masters in Node? 
    Let's look at five Node researchers and the work they're doing to push the boundaries of our field. After this talk you'll have a good idea of some exciting frontiers and new powerful techniques you can incorporate into your projects. 

     

    This topic is presented by David Guttman who is the CTO at Interlincx and organizes several monthly technology events such as JavaScript Los Angeles (JS.LA) and Spec.LA. He writes Node tutorials at dry.ly and his art is on display at thhis.com.


    Make sure to secure your spot since the seats are limited and please be serious about attending when you RSVP "YES"! 

     

    Co-Host: 

    Hacker Fund which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that spreads the hackathon hacker culture to kids across the globe!" 

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    30
    Jun
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    We will meet at the Starbucks accross the street by 7:20. Sony does validate on parking when you park in the lot behind the buildings housing Sony and Pepperdine University. Please ask about parking validation when you check-in at Sony.

    Clean Code by Robert C Martin

    Synopsis:

    Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship.  Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

    What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code—lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

    Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

    Readers will come away from this book understanding

    • How to tell the difference between good and bad code
    • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code
    • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes
    • How to format code for maximum readability
    • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic
    • How to unit test and practice test-driven development

    This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

  • Thu
    02
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 pmMedia Temple: 8520 National Blvd. #A, Culver City, CA

    http://uuasc.org

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    07
    Jul
    2015
    6:30 pmM-GO: 3534 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA

    Module #3 will cover:

    • Functions
      • Global Variables
      • Closures
      • Function.arguments
      • Function.call
      • Function.apply
      • Recursion
      • Callback Functions
      • Call Stack
      • Prototype Chain
      • New
      • Constructors
      • beget

    Instructional Methods:

    Each class will include a lecture introducing new concepts, then a step-by-step lab showing how to implement the concepts discussed in the lecture. Afterwards, people are encouraged to work alone or in groups to experiment with the new concepts presented. People are encouraged to ask questions anytime during the class.

    Attendance is always optional; each week’s material will be repeated the following week to allow for personal scheduling flexibility. There will never be any tests or grades. A laptop is required for participation in the labs.

    What this course will not cover: CSS, Node.js, server side programming, HTTP APIs and JavaScript libraries, with the exception of a bit of jQuery at the end of the course for fun.

    Recommended Reading: JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford

    http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Good-Parts-Douglas-Crockford/dp/0596517742

    Important

    Each module will be presented twice in succession, so if you can't make a class the first time a module is presented do not worry as it will be presented again the following week. This meetup is closed to recruiters. No exceptions.

    Parking & Location Info

    There is plenty of free parking on the street. If you park in our lot there will be a $10 charge. Enter the complex through the parking entrance on Hayden. The M-GO office is located next to the raised parking garage towards the back. If you get lost on the day of the event please call [masked] and we'll be happy to direct you.

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    07
    Jul
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:30 PMFactual Inc.: 1999 Avenue of the Stars 35th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067

    TenOneTen Ventures hosts technical talks by data science leaders to discuss creative applications of data mining, machine learning, computer vision, & AI. This month we are exited to host Rajiv Maheswaran, CEO of Second Spectrum at Factual.

    Machines that Understand Sports 

    Rajiv's passion is to use technology to help people make better decisions. He led research in this area as a professor at USC, co-founding and co-directing the Computational Behavior Group with Yu-Han.  He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering from UW-Madison, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UIUC.

    Second Spectrum has developed a platform to processes large scale spatiotemporal data to extract meaning in real-time. Thier goal is to enhance the way people play, coach, and watch sports by designing products that make data easy to understand and apply. 

    Please RVSP, limited seating available.

    6:30PM Networking & light snacks
    7:00PM Presentation begins

    Suggested parking: Next door at the Century City Mall

  • Thu
    09
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    Writing Effective e2e Tests Using Angular and Protractor by Mark Gable
    Ever been curious about writing End-to-end tests and did not know where to start? This talk is an overview of the strategies and concerns one should keep in mind when writing E2E tests.

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 - 9:00PMConSol PArtners: 1409a 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

    The formal meetup begins and doors open around 7:00pm.  Please don't arrive before 6:45pm. 

    This event is free!  And there will be raffle prizes!!!

    No RSVP is required, but if you signup you will receive any last minute details, and have our undying gratitude for helping us know how many to expect in order to arrange adequate seating, food, drinks, and so on. So… please let us know you'll attend here or go to GDO and click the signup button at http://groups.drupal.org/node/281628.

    We want your feedback!

    During the meetup, we'll be gathered in the #drupal-la IRC channel and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be checking Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.

    Parking: There are two garages within walking distance of ConSol's offices. One is on 4th Street between Santa Monica and Broadway, the other is also on 4th between Santa Monica and Arizona. The first 90 minutes are free, thereafter it costs $2 per additional hour. You may also be able to find other street parking in the area.

     

    Presentations: Advanced & Beginner topics covering User Experience, Development, Design, Performance & Scalability, and powerful Drupal site showcases.

    Lightning Talks

    We will also open the floor up for **lightning talks** related to our theme after the presentations, so comment below and/or come prepared if you'd like to give one!

    If you'd like to give a lightning talk, presentation, announce a job position or ask any questions of the group, please leave a comment below and plan to come a few minutes early. If presenting, be sure to bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

    Job announcements and open Q&A

    Everyone has a problem every now and then and the open Q&A session is a chance for attendees to divine answers from the collective wisdom of the group. This is also an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

    Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

    We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

    Breakout Groups

    Time-depending, at the end of the evening we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

    Wrap up and Drupal After Dark

    Several of us may be going to a local restaurant or bar for a Drupal After Dark afterward. Leave a comment below if you have ideas of a possible bar or restaurant that is nearby.

    Looking Ahead

    If you have an idea for something you'd like to learn, post a comment below, or better yet suggest a presentation idea! ... and if you see a topic you'd like to present, post a comment orcontact us!

    RSVP here.

  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 pmNet Data Centers: 898 Sepulveda Blvd. Suite 500, El Segunndo, CA
  • Tue
    14
    Jul
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    We will meet at the Starbucks accross the street by 7:20. Sony does validate on parking when you park in the lot behind the buildings housing Sony and Pepperdine University. Please ask about parking validation when you check-in at Sony.

    Clean Code by Robert C Martin

    Synopsis:

    Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean

    Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

    What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code—lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

    Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient.

    The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

    Readers will come away from this book understanding

    • How to tell the difference between good and bad code
    • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code
    • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes
    • How to format code for maximum readability
    • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic
    • How to unit test and practice test-driven development

    This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

    RSVP here. 

  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2015
    6:00 - 8:00 PMHautelook Production Studio: 8680 Hayden Place, Culver City, CA
  • Thu
    16
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    Let's discuss React's power and share experiences of building apps!

     

    *Schedule:

    • 7:00 - 7:30pm Icebreaker Game & Introductions
    • 7:30 Talks start
    • 9:00 - 9:30 Discussion
    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking
    • Please leave the building before 10pm

    RSVP here.

  • Fri
    17
    Jul
    2015
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PMSanta Monica Civic Auditorium: 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica 90401

    Join the SoCal Node.js community on Friday, July 17 along with 30 of LA's most innovative (and hiring) companies for LA Uncubed: an invite-only day of tech & startup discovery featuring founder-led talks and skill classes.

    This Summer, Uncubed is taking things outdoors with a startup block party style event complete with food trucks, lawn games, music, live art, & more.

    Meet (and grab a beer with) the teams behind companies like:

    • MediaTemple - Five-time Inc. 5000 Honoree powering 1.5 million websites in 100 different countries
    • ZestFinance - Ex-Google and Capital One folks using big data to help save the underbanked billions
    • TeleSign - Protecting 3.5 billion mobile users from fraud by securing the world's largest web and mobile applications like Salesforce and Evernote
    • ZipRecruiter - Delivering nearly 57 million candidate applications to over 400,000 organizations like AT&T, Pandora, Netflix, Ford, PayPayl, & Chipotle

    Plus take behind-the-scenes classes throughout the day with their leaders like:

    • The Mobile Identity Revolution - led by Ryan Disraeli, Co-Founder & VP of TeleSign
    • Manage Your Technical Risks: Front-Load Learning as an Engineer - led by Dr. Kevin Goslar, Director of Engineering @ Originate
    • Future of News in the Sharing Economy - led by Maria Burns Ortiz, Co-Founder & COO, Evrybit
    • Hypermedia APIs - Vinay Chandra & Roy Lee, Senior Software Engineers @ ZestFinance

    >>>Grab your discounted SoCal Node.js pass here: la.uncubed.com/nodejs
    **These prices will only last until Saturday, July 11 @ 9PM PDT. Reserve your spot now.

  • Mon
    27
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 pmFactual Inc.: 1999 Avenue of the Stars 35th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067

    Ops, devs, and everyone else: We're holding our July meetup at Factual. Our scheduled speaker is Boris Shimanovsky, who will be presenting on his recent blog post "Docker, Mesos, Marathon, and the End of Pets."

    7:00 Welcome

    7:30 Boris Shimanovsky: The End of Pets

    The pets vs cattle metaphor is not a new one, and with apologies to my vegan friends, not mine, but bears briefly repeating. Essentially, ssh-ing into a machine, configuring it just so, and naming it after something cute or an erudite allusion — that’s a pet. You’re sad if she dies, gets sick, or has her blinky red light go black. Cattle, on the other hand, sit in numbered racks and referenced as numbers perhaps concatenated with a machine class like cow_with_big_ram_and_ssd_00003. If a member of the herd dies, a replacement is provisioned and launches automagically. This analogy applies both in the cloud and corporate datacenters. 

    8:30 Jason Williams: Consul Experiences: A Discussion

    Jason Williams will lead a discussion where he will discuss his use of consuld, answer questions, and hear from others about their configuration and service discovery experiences. 

    Parking:

    Factual doesn't provide parking, but inexpensive public parking is available next door at the Westfield Century City.

  • Wed
    29
    Jul
    2015
    7:00 pmSymantec Corporation: 900 Corporate Pointe , Culver City, CA

    Speaker: Leif Dreizler

    Topic:  Inherent differences between the hacker and developer mentality

    Abstract: Leif Dreizler, BugCrowd, explores the inherent differences between the hacker and developer mentality. In this discussion, the audience will hear from a former breaker and fixer of security flaws on how developers who acknowledge the existence of ‘The Bogeyman’ come that much closer to being active participants in ensuring their company’s security, rather than passive victims.

    Speaker bio: Leif is a Senior Security Engineer at Bugcrowd, the innovator in crowdsourced security testing for the enterprise, where he works to customize and support security testing solutions for Bugcrowd clients. Prior to Bugcrowd, Leif worked as Senior Application Security Engineer at Redspin, performing application security assessments. During his time at Redspin he served as the Application Team Lead, working with clients large and small at the engineering and sales level. Leif is an OWASP speaker and member, and contributes to the Firebug project. Leif attended the University of California where he studied Computer Science. Most recently, Leif spoke at Bsides-SF and invited to be part of the department’s “Array of Talks” panel, a speaker series that he helped develop.

  • Thu
    13
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmQ - 6100 Center Drive Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA 90045

    Study Session: Angular.JS & Ionic Framework with Troy Miles

    Cross Platform Mobile Apps with the Ionic Framework

    What happens when you combine Google's AngularJS, the super cool JavaScript MVC Framework with Apache Cordova, the cross platform mobile framework using web technology? You get the Ionic Framework.

    With Ionic you build mobile apps using the web technology you already know. Think the apps will be slow and clunky? Think again, Ionic comes out of the box with well design CSS3 classes to make beautiful and fluid apps. Using Cordova and jQuery Mobile already?

    Well, with Ionic you will learn to love mobile development again. No more write-­only spaghetti code, Ionic makes it easy to create clean, testable, logical mobile apps. Need to support tablet and phone in the same app? Ionic has you covered. You can create one app which uses responsive design to change its look based on the device's screen dimensions.

    In this session, we will build an app together to show many of Ionic's major features including CollectionRepeat, UI Widgets, Modals, and Slide Boxes. We will also discuss development workflow, debugging, CSS customization, and tools.

    RSVP here

     

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMTBD

    Join us every Tuesday (rain, shine, or WWDC) for casual chat and dinner, and the occasional event on weekends.

    *Everyone interested in Cocoa is welcome to come and join us! We have everyone from people new to programming and hobbyists to decades-long veterans. Asking questions is good and happens all the time but please remember we are all here to relax, so don't be a Help Vampire.

    Our typical meeting involves a few hours of chatting (no topic is ever off topic!) over laptops and dinner at the Spitfire Grill. There is wifi and power outlets available, and also a whiteboard and TV available when we are in the conference room most weeks.  Once a month in the main dining area (usually first Tuesday of the month).

    * People are there as early as 7pm but we officially order dinner by 7:30pm.

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    18
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmTVG/Betfair: Los Angeles, 90045

    Love them or hate them, CSS frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation and Skeleton are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Some people think they make building projects faster, better and with greater stability. Others think they add too much bloat and complexity. Either way, an understanding of how they work is a necessary part of any modern web professional’s skill set in order to be able to collaborate with others on projects that do use them.

    We’ll be also going over hands-on basic theming with frameworks, plus why and how you can use them given project and team requirements. We’ll cover the pros and cons involved and some specific gotchas that you might not be aware of.

    In addition, we'll briefly go over up and coming frameworks like Pure and Semantic UI, the basics of authoring LESS/SASS files, BEM and SMACSS naming conventions, structuring your files for easy maintenance, as well as some of the automated build tools these frameworks use and how they can be integrated with external resources like web fonts, icons, and JavaScript plugin integration.

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    19
    Aug
    2015
    8:00 pmCrashspace: 10526 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

    Learn to Code with Us: Culver City

    Interested in learning to code or improving your skills? Join this group, led by professional Software Engineer Michelle Leonhart every week!

    There are no prerequisites to attending a Learn to Code with Us event. The only rules are that you must bring your own laptop, and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.

    Learn to Code with Us events are FREE, all ages, and open to the public.

    Learn to Code with Us events do not have formal instruction. Think of them like office hours, except social and fun. We come together, work on our ideas, and help each other out. Occasionally, someone may ask to present an idea, concept, language, or project to the group. But most of the time we just do our own thing.

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    20
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmZehner Group: 5766 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    Let's discuss apps built with React!

    *Talks: Zen in Flux - Jonny

    *Schedule:

    • 7:00 - 7:30pm Icebreaker Game & Introductions
    • 7:30 Talks start
    • 9:00 - 9:30 Discussion
    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking
    • Please leave the building before 10pm

    *Food: Pizza, Salad, Beer, and Soft Drinks provided courtesy of ZehnerGroup

    *Parking/Getting There: Please park in the lot located at the intersection of Jefferson and National. ZehnerGroup is located in the red brick building directly underneath a second story grey architectural cement building. Signs will be posted.

    RSVP here

  • Tue
    25
    Aug
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network Entertainment 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA

    Chapter 14, 15 & 16 - Clean Code by Robert C Martin

    Synopsis:

    Even bad code can function. But if code isn't clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn't have to be that way.

    Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

    What kind of work will you be doing? You'll be reading code—lots of code. And you will be challenged to think about what's right about that code, and what's wrong with it. More importantly, you will be challenged to reassess your professional values and your commitment to your craft.

    Clean Code is divided into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each case study is an exercise in cleaning up code—of transforming a code base that has some problems into one that is sound and efficient. The third part is the payoff: a single chapter containing a list of heuristics and “smells gathered while creating the case studies. The result is a knowledge base that describes the way we think when we write, read, and clean code.

    Readers will come away from this book understanding

    • How to tell the difference between good and bad code
    • How to write good code and how to transform bad code into good code
    • How to create good names, good functions, good objects, and good classes
    • How to format code for maximum readability
    • How to implement complete error handling without obscuring code logic
    • How to unit test and practice test-driven development

    This book is a must for any developer, software engineer, project manager, team lead, or systems analyst with an interest in producing better code.

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    26
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmSymantec Corporation: 900 Corporate Pointe , Culver City, CA

    Topic: Scourge of the Internet since the late 90s, DDoS attacks have grown in magnitude and sophistication. This talk goes over basic symptoms, motivations, evolving trends in attack vectors and actors, pluggable amplification vectors, DIY hardening and mitigation architectures, and classifications of vendors in the mitigation space.

    Speaker: Chris Holland

  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    JavaScript - The Hard Parts - Closure, Execution, Contaxt and Scope

    This week we continue our mini-series: We'll cover concepts and approaches that 80% of JavaScript engineers do not understand but are at the core of every single successful application.

    This is possible because we'll understand the essence of these tough concepts and then switch into pair-programming through the challenges to cement the concepts.

    The evening session comprises of:

    6:30-6:45pm: Meet your future pair programming partner.

    6:45-7:15pm: Core JavaScript concept for the challenge and introduction to the secret hack for learning to code - pair-programming.

    7:15-8pm: Pair-programming.

    Stay afterwards and join us for Codesmith drinks!

    Bring a friend who'd like to build and you can pair program together.

    Price: Always free

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    27
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmCoffee Coonection: 3838 S. Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    Join other GDI students who are learning front-end web development - HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript/jQuery. All levels are welcome, so whether you're just getting started with your first HTML class or whether you've got the basics down and are moving into intermediate or advanced territory, you're welcome to attend! Beginners are especially encouraged to attend and participate in study groups - it will really help you to grasp new concepts and push your skills to the next level.

    GDI Study Groups are relaxed and informal, and are intended as a way for our community to work and play together while providing each other with ongoing support and feedback. Hang out with like-minded students for an evening. This is not a hackathon or an advanced meetup - this is a relaxed place for all of our students to spend time coding together. We're very friendly and would love to have you join us!

    Whether you're looking to keep practicing what you learned in your last class or are in the midst of a project, our community is here to help! As a group, we'll hold each other accountable for completing our projects and lessons, and provide ongoing support to one another as we learn and grow as coders.

    What to bring 

    Please bring a laptop and charger, though power outlets might be at a premium so try to have a full battery. Tucking a power strip in your bag is a great idea - make the most of the outlets that *are* available!

    Also, bring questions, ideas, the projects you're working on, project ideas you'd like to tackle, a lesson or homework assignment you're stuck on, an exercise you'd like to try out, anything!

    Questions? 

    We're here to help! If you have any questions or anything you'd like to discuss before signing up for class, please contact us at losangeles [at] girldevelopit dot com.

    Want a study group in your neighborhood?

    We're looking to get study groups going all over LA so everyone gets a chance to attend and participate without having to fight traffic. Get in touch if you'd like a study group running near you!

    RSVP here

  • Sat
    29
    Aug
    2015
    11:00AM - 6:00PMLos Angeles Convention Center: 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    VRLA is LA's new, super BIG event on everything Virtual Reality. If you've been wanting to learn Oculus Rift, Unity or even 3D gaming, this is the event you'll want to go to.

    Our group will meet at 10:45AM near the front entrance of South Hall at Convention Center. (Event starts at 11AM). Thereafter we can go together to different exhibitions, have lunch together. Feel free to branch off and join us later throughout the day.

    Come experience the latest in virtual reality and immersive technology from the leading companies in the field at VRLA, the world's largest VR event, on August 29th at the LA Convention Center. 

    The VRLA Summer Expo will feature cutting edge demos of the most exciting VR projects in development as well as a lineup of illuminating presentations and panels.

    Early bird ticket sales have been extended through Wednesday, July 1st and are available at bit.ly/vrlasummer15. Javascript LA members can save $20 on VIP tickets with the promo code“javascriptlalovesvrla”. See you there!

  • Sat
    29
    Aug
    2015
    Sun
    30
    Aug
    2015
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PMUC Irvine Conference Center: W Peltason Dr. and Pereira Dr., Irvine, CA

    Mark your calendars and join us for surf, sun and code at DrupalCamp LA 2015 & SoCal PHP mini-camp the weekend of August 29-30, 2015 at UC Irvine. http://2015.drupalcampla.com

    Now in its 9th year, DrupalCamp LA is the annual FREEunconference-style Drupal training, founded in the style of BarCamp, for the Drupal community in Los AngelesOrange County, and the Greater Southern California Area.

    REGISTRATION Register now at http://2015.drupalcampla.com

    MULTIPLE DRUPAL TRACKS This year we'll have over 60 sessions and trainings, all free, to help you learn Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Symphony, Sass/Compass, Drupal in the Cloud, and tons of Drupal/PHP basics.

    SESSIONS Just like BarCamp, the sessions are proposed by community volunteers so everyone is welcome to submit a session.
    http://2015.drupalcampla.com/sessions

    SoCal PHP Mini-Camp

    This year OCPHP is combining forces with LAPHP & SDPHP to also bring you a PHP Mini-Camp that is simultaneously occurring alongside DrupalCamp LA. It will be tracks solely dedicated to PHP development practices, methods, and technology. Two camps, one free registration.

    http://2015.drupalcampla.com/information/socal-php-mini-camp

    PLAN ON ATTENDING? If you are planning or will be attending, feel free to RSVP here so others know to look for you at DrupalCamp Los Angeles but you must also register at the site!

    LOCATION and DIRECTIONS Our event will be held in the UC Irvine Student Center, on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

    http://2015.drupalcampla.com/information/directions-parking

    Note that you must RSVP at the camp website to gain attendance and select your sessions.

  • Mon
    31
    Aug
    2015
    7:00 pmBelkin: 12045 East Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista, CA

    *** Swift Meetup at Belkin!***

    • Meet other developers that are working in the new Swift Programming language and learn something about Optionals!
    • Swiftly Typed Resources

    Swift structs allow us to organize the resources in our app much easier. Images, Strings, Colors, Fonts, Storyboards are a pain to manage. My talk will help you find Swift strategies to manage your resources and keep your code more legible and safe.  - Christopher Truman

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions
    • 7:30 Talks Start
    • 8.30 Intermission
    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    RSVP here

  • Mon
    14
    Sep
    2015
    6:30 pmCrescent Solutions: 6420 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 200, Los Angeles

    Summary:

    What happens when your mobile device does not have a network connection?  That device will have no content; no experience and the amazing application that you spent so much effort to build just simply will not work.

    This talk will be around the story of creating offline and online applications on Mobile with Xamarin and Couchbase Mobile

    The journey begins with NoSQL database modeling and what we can do with a NoSQL technology for mobile.  The talk will go through the trends in mobile and where we are heading with offline experience. What is that solution and how to get started with a demo.

    You will gain knowledge in NoSQL databases technologies and walk away with insights on how to create offline type of applications that will sync to the cloud with Mobile and Couchbase Mobile.

    Speaker:

    William Hoang is a Developer Advocate on the Mobile Engineering & Developer Relations team at Couchbase. His love for coffee and code has transcended him into the world of mobile while appreciating the offline in-person experiences.

    Prior, William worked on Developer Relations team over at Twitter, BlackBerry, and Microsoft while also having been a Software Embedded GPS engineer at Research In Motion.

    William graduated from McGill University in Electrical & Software Engineering.  Some previous tech conferences that William has spoke at were:  GDC, Droidcon NYC, Mobileweek NYC, AnDevCon Boston, along with various technology meetups.

    Twitter: http://bit.ly/sweetiewill

    LinkedIN: http://bit.ly/myLinkedIN

    Location:

    Crescent Solutions
    6420 Wilshire Blvd Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA

    Parking:

    Parking is free in the front of the building. The first level of the parking garage becomes free after business hours. All the metered parking spots nearby open up at 7pm. There is also paid parking a few blocks away on Wilshire.

    Donation:

    There will be a $5.00 donation ($10 for recruiters) at the door to cover food and drinks.

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    16
    Sep
    2015
    6:15 pmMicrosoft Technology Center: 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200, Playa Vista

    For our September Joint Meeting:

    You will have to RSVP on this Meetup site and also PAY at the ISSA-LA registration site: http://www.issala.org/event/issa-la-september-dinner-meeting-2/

    Topic:  Enterprise Cybersecurity: Building an Effective Defense

    Speakers: Scott E. Donaldson, Chris K. Williams, Abdul Aslam

    The authors will discuss material from their book, Enterprise Cybersecurity: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats. In this discussion, they will talk about how the “traditional” cyber-defense methods have been ineffective against modern threats, and why that has taken place. They will discuss how most “defense in depth” architectures don’t have much depth, if any. They will talk about how “kill chain” methodology can be used to drive a security architecture. Finally, they will discuss some of the cyber defenses that are needed to be effective against modern threats, and how cyberdefense will continue to evolve in the future.

    Speaker Bios:

    Scott E. Donaldson is a Senior Vice President for Leidos, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services. He is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and IT Director for its Heath and Engineering Sector.

    Chris K. Williams is an Enterprise Cybersecurity Architect at Leidos, Inc. He has been designing, deploying, and operating cybersecurity solutions for government and commercial clients for over 20 years, and holds a patent for e-commerce technology.

    Abdul Aslam is the Director of Cyber Security Compliance and Risk Management for Leidos, Inc. He has 19 years of experience in devising risk acceptance and compliance frameworks, application security, security operations and information protection.

  • Wed
    16
    Sep
    2015
    6:15pm - 9:00pmMicrosoft Technology Center: 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. Suite 200, Playa Vista

    Topic :

    Enterprise Cybersecurity
    Building an Effective Defense

    Scott Donaldson, Chris Williams, and Abdul Aslam will discuss material from their book, Enterprise Cybersecurity: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats. In his discussion, they will talk about how the "traditional" cyber-defense methods have been ineffective against modern threats, and why that has taken place. They will discuss how most "defense in depth" architectures don't have much depth, if any. They will talk about how "kill chain" methodology can be used to drive a security architecture. Finally, they will discuss some of the cyber defenses that are needed to be effective against modern threats, and how cyberdefense will continue to evolve in the future.

    Speakers:
    Scott E. Donaldson is a Senior Vice President for Leidos, Inc., a Fortune 500 company that provides scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services. He is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and IT Director for its Heath and Engineering Sector.

    Chris K. Williams is an Enterprise Cybersecurity Architect at Leidos, Inc. He has been designing, deploying, and operating cybersecurity solutions for government and commercial clients for over 20 years, and holds a patent for e-commerce technology.

    Abdul Aslam is the Director of Cyber Security Compliance and Risk Management for Leidos, Inc. He has 19 years of experience in devising risk acceptance and compliance frameworks, application security, security operations and information protection.

  • Sat
    19
    Sep
    2015
    UCSD Extension: 6256 Greenwich Dr., San Diego 92122

    Welcome to SQLSaturday

    Registration starts at 7:45 am, The first session will start 8:45 am. The last session concludes at 5:00 pm to be followed by the raffle and an off site after event.

    PreCon - Query Performance Tuning in SQL Server with Grant Fritchey

    Register Now

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMMaker Studios: 3562 Eastham Drive, Culver City, 90232

    Generative art and music:

    There are some things that people do much better than computers. People emote and intuit ideas seemingly out of nowhere while computers must have a defined procedure to follow in whatever they do. In this talk, Patrick will discuss how he's used sine waves to and parametric design to give computers an unsteady hand and the ability to compose music on-the-fly.

    We Don't Need No Stinking Browser - How to Build a CLI Based SaaS:

    Browsers are so 2015. The SaaS of tomorrow is fast, powerful, and most importantly, composable. We'll look behind the scenes to see how Surge, the zero-bullshit web publishing CDN is built.

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    24
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 - 9:30 PMBuzzfeed: 6322 DeLongpre, Los Angeles

    The next SoCal Python meetup will be hosted by Buzzfeed in Hollywood on Thursday, Sept 24th!

    This month's meetup will feature two awesome speakers!

    1) Jon Morehouse (Buzzfeed Software Engineer, Video Infrastructure), on Building Robust Async Python Services w/ Tornado

    Description: We'll give a quick run through of what Tornado is and why it's a useful tool for service-oriented architectures. We'll talk about our asynchronous approach, our "small service" philosophy, and how we compose systems to makes it easier for a big team like ours to grasp the different pieces of our architecture.

    2) Kevin London (Wiredrive, Software Engineer) on potential exploits in Python and the open source Bandit library https://github.com/openstack/bandit
    (Kevin's talk description to come)

    The meetup will be at one of Buzzfeed's Hollywood offices: 6322 DeLongpre, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    RSVP here

    Parking: There is street parking, and paid parking at the Arclight parking garage right nearby  -- please note that only the first two hours of parking at the Arclight will be validated!!!

  • Mon
    28
    Sep
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    *** Our 7th Swift Meetup!***

    • Meet other developers that are working with Swift!

     

     

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks Start

    • 8.30 Intermission

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

     

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    30
    Sep
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PMCross Campus: 87 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena

    Join us for a night of big data and big ideas at an evening with MongoDB. Learn how to use MongoDB and how to take advantage of the new features in version 3.0. MongoDB Solution Architects, experts in the database and its operations, will be your guides for the evening, walking you through quick start sessions to get up to speed on MongoDB, and sharing best practices for developing with and operating the database.

    Enjoy free beer and pizza, along with lots of opportunities to get your questions answered.

    **Space is limited. Register now to claim your seat!**

    What to expect:
    -Walk away with immediately applicable skills
    -Learn new techniques for scaling your infrastructure
    -Network with MongoDB engineers and fellow technologists in your local community
    -Get advice from a MongoDB expert at our office hours, 4:00 - 6:30 PM. Bring questions to ask in a one-on-one session.

    Agenda:
    6:30pm: Pizza, Beer & Soft Drinks
    7:00pm: MongoDB 101 & Beyond: Get Started in MongoDB 3.0, Preview 3.2 & Demo of Ops Manager, Muthu Chinnasamy, Sr. Solutions Architect, MongoDB
    7:30pm: Pulse Project Launch Using MongoDB, Daryll Strauss, VP of Software Engineering, Technicolor
    8:00pm: Q&A with MongoDB Experts

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    01
    Oct
    2015
    6:00 pm31Ten: 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

    Monthly Mixer for several Data/Tech meetups in LA.

    Join us at 31Ten Lounge in Santa Monica the 1st Thursday of every month.

    Happy Hour is 6pm-8pm! Stay as long as you like.

    Brought to you by Joe DevonSzilard Pafka and Subash D'Souza for the following meetup groups:

  • Mon
    05
    Oct
    2015
    Fri
    16
    Oct
    2015
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PMLocation available to members only

    aid event. Hashtag #smntcourse. Over the course of 5 days, you will learn not only what MVP, proof of concept, go-to-market strategy, and user experience design are, but also learn to pitch, meet with real investors and Silicon Beach mentors and learn from already successful startups. You will be introduced to the Silicon Beach Community in action.

    It all starts with vision and continues with dedication.

    Purchase tickets on Eventbrite: $1,059.

    Early bird tickets are available till Sept 20.

    What is included:

    5 Days of learning sessions led by 15 Silicon Beach professionals: Instructors, Mentors and Investors

    5 Successful Startups

    3 Tech Hubs

    1 Pitch/Demo Night

    5 Breakfasts

    5 Lunches

    Our Stellar Instructors:

    Marcus Filipovich, CEO Advisor, Business Strategy, Pasadena Angels

    Thorsten Hoins, Branding and Social Impact Strategist, Space 2 Scale

    Jay Tsao, Finance and Strategy Executive, GM Technologies

    Arnaud Fischer, Founder, AdTech Hub

    Terence Lem, Sr. Operations Manager, HyperLoop

    Aaron Stannard, Founder and CTO, Petabridge

    Douglas van Duyne, VP Experience Design, Market Share

    Scott Perry, Founder, LA Tech Digest

    Sean Young, Executive Director, UCLA Center for Digital Behavior

    Bryan Lemster, Founder, Halcyon Innovation

    Mark Wald, Managing Director, Supporting Strategies

    Jon Warner, CEO, RX4

    Stuart Volkow, Strategist, Venture DNA

    Aaron Stannard, Founder and CTO, MarkedUp

    Julia Cheng, Founding Principal, CyberLawStudio

    Ryan Sheffer, Co-Founder, Momunt

    Chris Bechtel, Principal, BlueDeer

    Marina Zdobnova, Founder, Startup Human

    Course Agenda:

    Monday, Oct 5:

    Module: Intros/Strategy/Lean Framework

    9AM Breakfast, Introductions

    10AM Intro to the Startup World and Silicon Beach

    11AM From Vision to Strategy and Product

    12PM Lunch with a Startup

    1PM Building the Team and Bus Dev

    2PM Lean Startup Framework

    5PM Happy Hour (Optional)

    Tuesday, Oct 6:

    Module: Marketing/Customers/Technology

    9AM Breakfast, Idea generation

    10AM Marketing/Social Media

    11AM Customer Development

    12PM Lunch with a Startup

    1PM CTO and Technology Development

    3PM Private Tour of 1 Tech Hub

    5PM Happy Hour (Optional)

    Wednesday, Oct 7:

    Module: Revenue/Funding/Pitch

    9AM Breakfast with Mentors

    10AM Startup Financials

    11AM Revenue Creation

    12PM Lunch with a Startup

    1PM Funding and the Pitch

    3PM Private Tour of 1 Tech Hub

    6PM Happy Hour (Optional)

    6:30PM Santa Monica New Tech Event: Pitch and Demo

    Thursday, Oct 8:

    Module: Community/Legal/Product Development

    9AM Breakfast/Open Coffee Club

    10AM Tour of 1 Tech Hub

    11AM Legal Matters for Startups

    12PM Lunch with a Startup

    1PM Product Development

    2PM Project Management

    5PM Happy Hour (Optional)

    Friday, Oct 9:

    Module: UX/Scaling/Lessons for Startups

    9AM Breakfast with Mentors

    10AM User Experience Design

    11AM How to Scale Your Business

    12PM Lunch with a Startup

    1PM Predicting Technology

    2PM Lessons Learned and Next Steps

    3PM Happy Hour (Optional)

    Silicon Beach View

    Cancellation Policy:

    3 Weeks or more before the start date – Full refund, except Eventbrite fees.

    2 Weeks or more before the start date – 50% refund, except Eventbrite fees.

    1 week or less before the start date – Non-refundable.

    Travel Arrangements:

    If you need help with arranging airfare/accommodations, contact [masked] or make your own arrangements via Airbnb.com or priceline.com.

    Background: 

    Silicon Beach Sunset

    For the last 3 years, Santa Monica New Tech invited local and international web and mobile startups to pitch/demo at our events. We helped grow three big tech communities: Los Angeles, Paris and London. Over the years, we learned that to launch a startup is one thing and to make it successful is another. And so we are announcing our second course on how to do tech startups right.

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2015
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PMM-GO: 3534 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA

    Module #4 will cover:

    Strings

    Special properties and methods of strings

    length

    indexing (string[0] = charAt(0))

    substring

    indexOf

    lastIndexOf

    replace

    Tiny intro to RegExp

    toUpperCase

    toLowerCase

    split

    Arrays

    Special properties and methods of arrays

    length

    indexOf

    slice

    splice

    join

    push

    pop

    shift

    unshift

    map

    forEach

    More (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Array)

    Numbers and Math

    Special properties and methods of numbers

    Floats

    parseFloat

    parseInt

    NaN

    isNaN()

    isFinite()

    Infinity

    Math.celi

    Math.floor

    Math.max

    Math.min

    Objects

    Initializing

    Setting keys

    Checking if keys exist

    Setting new keys using []

    for in

    Special properties and methods of objects

    hasOwnProperty

    Using Object.keys()

    Instructional Methods:

    Each class will include a lecture introducing new concepts, then a step-by-step lab showing how to implement the concepts discussed in the lecture. Afterwards, people are encouraged to work alone or in groups to experiment with the new concepts presented. People are encouraged to ask questions anytime during the class.

    Attendance is always optional; each week’s material will be repeated the following week to allow for personal scheduling flexibility. There will never be any tests or grades. A laptop is required for participation in the labs.

    What this course will not cover: CSS, Node.js, server side programming, HTTP APIs and JavaScript libraries, with the exception of a bit of jQuery at the end of the course for fun.

    Recommended Reading:

    JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Good-Parts-Douglas-Crockford/dp/0596517742

    Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig, Bear Bibeault

    http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-JavaScript-Ninja-John-Resig/dp/193398869X

    Important

    Each module will be presented twice in succession, so if you can't make a class the first time a module is presented do not worry as it will be presented again the following week. This meetup is closed to recruiters. No exceptions.

    Parking & Location Info

    There is plenty of free parking on the street. If you park in our lot there will be a $10 charge. Enter the complex through the parking entrance on Hayden. The M-GO office is located next to the raised parking garage towards the back.

    RSVP

  • Tue
    06
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmTeam One Advertising: 13031 W Jefferson Blvd., Space 800, Los Angeles, CA

    In this FREE session, Big Data/Hadoop/Spark Evangelist, Subash D'Souza will provide an introduction to Hadoop, the open source project that allows organizations to process, store and analyze massive application datasets.

    Hadoop, serves as the data processing engine behind some of the world's largest and most popular Internet businesses including Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.  Subash will cover the most frequently asked questions about Hadoop / MapReduce as well as tips to designing, deploying, and maintaining a Hadoop cluster.

    SESSION AGENDA


    Why the World Needs Hadoop

    • What is Apache Hadoop?

    • How Did Apache Hadoop Originate?

    • The Economics of Hadoop

    • Common Use Cases


    Fundamental Concepts

    • How Hadoop Differs from other Distributed Computing Architectures

    • High-Level Architecture

    • The Anatomy of the Cluster

    HDFS: The Hadoop Distributed Filesystem

    • Comparison to Standard Filesystems

    • HDFS Replication and Reliability

    MapReduce

    • Data Processing with MapReduce

    • Thinking in MapReduce

    • Hadoop Streaming

    • Visual Overview of Job Execution

    • Hadoop’s Java API for MapReduce

    Using Apache Hadoop Effectively

    • Partitioning the Keyspace

    • Improving Performance with a Combiner

    • Tips for Running at Scale

    • When Hadoop is Not the Right Choice

    The Hadoop Ecosystem

    • Apache Flume

    • Apache Sqoop

    • Apache Hive

    • Apache Pig

    • Apache HBase

    • Apache Mahout

    • Hadoop Versions and Distributions

    About the Speaker Subash D’Souza

    Recognized as a Champion of Big Data by Cloudera
    Big Data/Hadoop/Spark Evangelist
    Co-Organizer- Los Angeles Hadoop User Group
    Organizer- Los Angeles HBase User Group
    Organizer -Big Data Day LA
    Speaker – Big Data Day LA 2013
    Speaker- Hadoop Innovation Summit San Diego 2014
    Leading a BOF Session at Hadoop Summit Europe 2014

    RSVP

  • Wed
    07
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 - 8:30 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    The number of opportunities for software engineers is booming but to get a mid-to-senior level engineering position is still really tough. Give yourself the edge by attending this session, led by Will Sentance, CTO at Codesmith.

    The session will help you:​

    - Identify your career and role priorities - for example, are you most interested in a career as a backend or frontend developer, within an established corporation or a new start-up?​

    - Understand and prepare the three skills that you must have in order to succeed in interviews for software engineering positions.​

    - Understand how to approach the job search so you find the job that is best suited to your skills and aspirations.​

    - Mock interview! The session will end with an optional mock interview. This is an excellent way to test your interview skills before doing the real thing. We have limited spaces for those who want to try a mock interviews but you can sign up for one of those spaces closer to the date of the event.

    See you at what promises to be an unmissable evening for anyone pursuing employment as a software engineer.

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:30 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    This week we continue our mini-series: Javascript - The Hard Parts. This week, we will cover Object Oriented JS.

    We'll cover concepts and approaches that 80% of JavaScript engineers do not understand but are at the core of every single successful application. This is possible because we'll understand the essence of these tough concepts and then switch into pair-programming through the challenges to cement the concepts

    The evening session will be comprised of:

    > 6:30 - 6:45pm: Meet your future pair programming partner.

    > 6:45 - 7:15pm: Core JavaScript concept for the challenge and introduction to the secret hack for learning to code - pair-programming.

    > 7:15 - 8:00pm: Pair-programming.

    Stay afterwards and join us for Codesmith drinks!

    Bring a friend who'd like to build and you can pair program together.

    Price: Always free

    Learn more about Codesmith here:
    https://www.codesmith.io/

    RSVP

  • Thu
    08
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmLocation available to members only

    This month's meetup will be held at Philosophie, in Venice.

    We do not yet have a food sponsor or a venue. Please contactAlf Mikula or JR Fent if you have a location for a meetup of at least 50-60 people or are interested in sponsoring food.

    Schedule

    7:00 – 7:15 Open
    7:15 – 7:30 Introductions
    7:30 – 9:00 Presentations
    9:00 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    Presentations

    We need presentations for this meetup! Each meetup features 3-4 presentations of 30 minutes each, and should pertain to Ruby / Ruby on Rails, or be of general interest to the Ruby community. Please contact Alf Mikula if you are interested in presenting. Include a title, brief summary of your proposed presentation, and a brief bio about yourself. Please see past meetups for examples.

    Commands, Services and Logic: An Action-Based Class Design for Non-Trivial Rails Apps by Brad Urani

    Writing clean code means keeping classes small and testable but as your Rails app grows, that becomes impossible while staying within the bounds of Model-View-Controller. The Rails Way says we should push our logic down into the models, but do we really want our models to have hundreds of lines of code in them? Join us as we go beyond MVC adding new layers of object-oriented design that shrink classes, increase testability and provide clear templates for junior team members to follow. We'll see how pulling query logic out of the models allows for more explicit control of database transactions and how separating business logic from query logic gives us pure classes that are 'embarrassingly testable'. Beginners and experts alike will leave with a new set of tools from this original talk.

    Presentation Title by Presenter Name

    Summary of presentation goes here

    Presenter Bio goes here

    Parking

    Parking info goes here

    RSVP

  • Mon
    12
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 pmIdeallab: 130 West Union Street, Pasadena, CA

    ***  Welcome to our Swift Meetup! ***

    Talks

    •  Please let Jonny know if you're interested in speaking!

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks Start

    • 8.30 Intermission

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    *Parking*

    • Contrary to popular belief, there is *free parking* available in downtown Pasadena. You can park at the De Lacey / Green St. or the Raymond/Colorado parking lot free for 90 minutes.

    RSVP

  • Tue
    13
    Oct
    2015
    7:00 - 9:00 PMConSol Partners: 1409a 3rdStreet Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

    The detailed agenda is often posted here first: http://groups.drupal.org/taxonomy/term/20728

    Mark your calendars for our LA Drupal meetup: SECOND Tuesday of each month.

    The formal meetup begins and doors open around 7:00pm.Please don't arrive before 6:45pm.

    This event is free!

    And there will be raffle prizes!!!

    No RSVP is required, but if you signup you will receive any last minute details, and have our undying gratitude for helping us know how many to expect in order to arrange adequate seating, food, drinks, and so on. So… please let us know you'll attend here or go to GDO and click the signup button at http://groups.drupal.org/node/281628.

    We want your feedback!

    During the meetup, we'll be gathered in the #drupal-la IRC channel and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be checking Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.

    Parking: There are two garages within walking distance of ConSol's offices. One is on 4th Street between Santa Monica and Broadway, the other is also on 4th between Santa Monica and Arizona. The first 90 minutes are free, thereafter it costs $2 per additional hour. You may also be able to find other street parking in the area.

    Agenda

    Presentations: Advanced & Beginner topics covering User Experience, Development, Design, Performance & Scalability, and powerful Drupal site showcases.

    Lightning Talks

    We will also open the floor up for **lightning talks** related to our theme after the presentations, so comment below and/or come prepared if you'd like to give one!

    If you'd like to give a lightning talk, presentation, announce a job position or ask any questions of the group, please leave a comment below and plan to come a few minutes early. If presenting, be sure to bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

    Job announcements and open Q&A

    Everyone has a problem every now and then and the open Q&A session is a chance for attendees to divine answers from the collective wisdom of the group. This is also an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

    Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

    We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

    Breakout Groups

    Time-depending, at the end of the evening we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

    Wrap up and Drupal After Dark

    Several of us may be going to a local restaurant or bar for a Drupal After Dark afterward. Leave a comment below if you have ideas of a possible bar or restaurant that is nearby.

    Looking Ahead

    If you have an idea for something you'd like to learn, post a comment below, or better yet suggest a presentation idea! ... and if you see a topic you'd like to present, post a comment or contact us!

  • Fri
    16
    Oct
    2015
    10:00 AM - 8:00 PMDowntown LA

    Join us at our Silicon Beach Fest - Downtown edition, with an ephasis on downtown's growing tech scene at Cross Campus new downtown location before it opens, during LA Innovation Week. Meet major players focusing on downtown tech: VCs, investors, social, and the broad range of startups that are located downtown. Plus we will highlight tech industries located downtown including fashion, hardware, and maker tech, etc. and what universities like USC are doing related to Silicon Beach.

    This event is part of the second annual LA Innovation Week, Oct 2-22, established to highlight all of the amazing, creative and innovative and entrepreneurial things happening all over our region.

    AGENDA
    10a-10:15a   Introductions and Opening Remarks
    - Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO, Founder
    - Dan Dato, Cross Campus  Founder

    10:15a - 11a Welcome to Downtown LA
    Leaders in downtown LA tech will provide an overview of the tech scene: Major investors and VCs, startups, coworking spaces, LA City, USC, community organizations, universities, etc.
    - Nancy Perlman, LA Mayors Office, Innovation and Technology Fellow
    - Audrey Bellis, Startup DTLA Founder; Grid 110, Co-Founder.
    - Rebecca McLauchlan, Rhubarb Studios, Co-Founder
    - Jay Tucker, USC ICTM
    - Karen North, USC Annenberg

    11a-12p  Meet the Investors, Incubators and Accelerators
                    Meet Silicon Beach Investors and Accelerators; some are located or interested in downtown startups
    - Stephen Kane, Grid 110 (fashion accelerator), Chair
    - Ian Gardner, LA Cleantech Incubator, CSIO
    - Howard Marks, Start Engine (crowdfunding acclerator), Co-Founder
    - Noramay Cadena, Make in LA (hardware accelerator), Co-Founder

    12p-1p    Welcome: Chris Rico, LA County Economic Dev Corp, Director of Innovation; LA Innovation Week
    Keynote TBD

    1 - 2p      Lunch on your own. Visit Startup Village tables and Networking.

    2p-2:45p  Downtown Startups panel: Meet startups of various industries with a footprint downtown
    - Field Garthwaite, IRIS.TV, CEO. IRIS.TV is the first in-stream video recommendation engine
    - HopSkipDrive, Carolyn Yashari Becher, COO. Ridsharing for kids
    - Mike Pusateri, Bent Pixels, CEO.  MCN social video management tools including admin, growth, and rights managment for AwesomenessTV, Maker Studios, Defy Media etc.

    3p-4p      My Startup Story: 4 startup founders tell their 15 minute inspiring startup stories
    - Elvina Beck, PodShare, Founder, CEO. Relocated from Hollywood to Downtown
    - Brian Foley, Buddytruk, Founder and CEO. On demand truck delivery

    4p-4:45p  Fashion Tech
    Meet Startups in Fashion, from downtown to Santa Monica.
    - Dori Howard, Wade & Belle, Co-Founder. Online store sells tights with 'no dig' waistband. No more muffin tops.  @dorihoward @wadeandbelle
    - Ivka Adam, Iconery, Co-Founder. Iconery Iconery uses the latest trends in technology to materialize concepts from trendsetting designers and connect them to fashion-forward customers.  Works with several downtown LA jewelry companies. @iconery
    - Jennie Yoon, Casetify, Director, Business Development (Global). Casetify is an Instagram photo wrapped phone case and Apple watch band. Part of Grid 110 accelerator. @casetify.
    5-5:45p    Startup Showcase
    5 startups will pitch before judges who'll select a winner.
    - Chris Sheng, SimpleTux, Founder.  Online tux rental. Part of Grid 110 accelerator
    - Ray Christian, Textpert, Founder CEO. Texting advice app.

    Judges:
    - Ben Stapleton, LA Clean Tech Incubator, VP Operations
    - Cam Kashani, Bixel Exchange Advisor

    Co-Hosts:
    - Kevin Winston, Digital LA
    - Rachel Horning, Startups in the Sky, Co-Founder

    6p-8p      Networking Cocktails TBD

    6p+ TechZulu Tech Crawl (optional, requires separate registration): Walking tour and cocktails hosted by downtown companies including Rhubarb Studios, etc. If you are interested in hosting cocktails and appetizers for 50-100 attendees on the tour, contact efren@techzulu.com

    DEMO TABLES
    Visit the demo tables at breaks during the fest. Demo tables are $500 and include a 6' table and access to power. Register above.
    - ElemenTerra, USC VR company world building UGC experience with motion controls @ElemenTerraVR

    SBF DOWNTOWN BOARD

    - Kevin Winston, Digital LA
    - Dan Dato, Cross Campus, Founder
    - Cauri Jaye, Rhubarb Studios

    SPONSORS: Email info@digitalla.net with SPONSOR as the subject to sponsor at $500, $1K, $2K, $5K, $10K.

    LA Innovation Week was establisehd by LACEDC to highlight all of the amazing, creative and innovative and entrepreneurial things happening all over our region.

  • Wed
    21
    Oct
    2015
    Thu
    22
    Oct
    2015
    7:30 AM - 9:30 PMThe Skirball, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049

    When: The Israel Conference™ 2015 will take place on October 21st and October 22nd, 2015 in Los Angeles. The 2015 conference will bring top executives from Israel-facing companies and investment firms. Israel-facing companies are those that are based in Israel, have operations in Israel, do business with Israeli companies, or invest in Israeli companies.

    What: The Israel Conference™ is an interactive forum to bring Israel-facing companies together to increase business and investment opportunities between Israel and California with session topics on high tech, clean tech, medical solutions, consumer products, and entertainment media technology.

    Who: The Israel Conference™ features leaders of significant businesses that were founded in Israel, have R&D operations in Israel, do business in Israel, or represent investors in Israeli companies. Speakers represent the spirit of the inventiveness of the Israel market.

    Why: By attending, you will meet with top minds and venture investors as well as the innovators of leading technologies from Israel that are market-making and in demand from early stage through revenue generating companies with the most innovative technology and products in the world. Attendees will gain an insider's understanding of the growth of both public and privately-held Israel-facing companies.

    How: Register early for The Israel Conference™ 2015. Last year this event sold out with 700 business people! At the door registration fee will be higher than on-line, subject to tickets availability. All ticket purchases are final, non-transferable, and 
    non-refundable.

    Where: The Skirball, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90049.

    REGISTER HERE 

  • Tue
    03
    Nov
    2015
    6:30 pmFactual: 1999 Avenue of the Stars, 35th Floor, Los Angeles

    RSVP here

    WHO

    The November CTO Mixers is being brought to you in partnership with DIAMONDTenOneTen VenturesFactual & Los Angeles Big Data Users Group.

    Diamond Labs

    TenOneTen Ventures

    Factual Logo

    TOPIC 

    This month, we are experimenting with a new format. Instead of the usual panel of speakers, all from the same background, we are mixing things up, inviting C-Level unpanelists with a variety of backgrounds, to ask each other questions. We hope to learn more this way. The general topic is Big Data, Data Science & Machine Learning. But no topic is off limits.

    AGENDA

    6:30 PM - Meet, Greet and Eat

    7:30 PM - UnPanel Discussion

    Followed by Q&A

    UNMODERATOR

    Joe Devon  
    Founding Partner
    DIAMOND

    Joe Devon is a serial entrepreneur, including founding roles in Diamond, Television Four, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) & LA Media Lab. Joe has over 20 years of development experience in high profile projects spanning Digital Media, Search Engines, Performance Management; for Internet backbone providers, Investment Banks, Telcos, Big Pharma & Big Media.

    In addition to starting several companies, Joe serves/d on the boards of leading development industry conferences (Zendcon, Semtech), Cross Campus, LAX Chamber of Commerce & Empowertech and helped pioneer the local tech community in LA with many events and meetups.

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    UNPANELISTS

    Andrea Shuff Headshot

    Andrea Shuff  
    CMO
    Local ID

    Andrea is co-founder and CMO of Local ID, a local intelligence platform focused on maximizing local marketing for multi-unit brands.  With a diverse marketing background covering more than 15 years managing a multitude of brands, agencies and verticals, she is passionate about helping big retailers find scalable ways to connect with local communities.

    Local Id Logo

    Local ID is a cloud-based Local Intelligence Platform that helps scale local marketing for the Enterprise.  We provide our customers with the data and tools to more easily and efficiently discover, activate, record and measure their local marketing opportunities and activities.

    Ian Swanson Headshot

    Ian Swanson 
    CEO
    Data Science

    An expert in Big Data and analytics, an accomplished entrepreneur, and a successful executive for such Fortune 500 companies as American Express and Sprint, Ian Swanson is at home in both startups and enterprise-level organizations. Swanson founded Sometrics, which launched the industry's first global virtual currency platform in 2008 and was acquired by American Express in 2011. That platform -- for which he earned a patent -- managed more than 3.3 trillion units of virtual currency and served an online audience of 250 million in more than 180 countries. Prior to Sometrics, Swanson worked for the secure chat and messaging startup, Userplane, which was subsequently acquired by AOL.

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    Samir Ahmed 
    CTO
    M-GO

    M-GO CTO Samir Ahmed oversees the company’s technology strategy, including platform and application development, deployment, and user experience.

    Formerly vice president of technology architecture at M-GO, Samir was responsible for end-to-end platform architecture ranging from UltraViolet integration and video encoding to backend services and client development. He developed the current M-GO platform from the ground up and collaborated with the engineering teams to build an extremely modular, flexible and robust open source platform.

    Pic of Hamish

    Hamish Brocklebank  
    CHIEF
    Portent.io

    Hamish Brocklebank is a serial entrepreneur who loves movies, loves data, loves putting the two together and making money from it - in short: #winning

    Portent.io Logo

    Portent.io is a predictive analytics platform for the film industry. It predicts how much a film is likely to make (both theatrical & VOD), helps optimise your marketing campaign 100's of days pre-release, and provides realtime demographic/geographic/psychographic data insights as to who your marketing is resonating with.

    Kingshuk Chatterjee

    Kingshuck Chatterjee 
    CDO
    MD Insider

    Kingshuk is an Engineer, Entrepreneur and a Kaggler. He has built large scale distributed systems and platforms for several industry verticals – Plant Automation, Telecom, Retail, Healthcare, and Pharmaceutical. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and passion for all things AI.

    His current work involves machine learning, predictive analysis, data mining of extremely large healthcare data sets. He is particularly interested in Bayesian inference, Neural Nets and deep learning algorithms and their applications on large data sets.

     

    MORE UNPANELISTS TBA SHORTLY!

    VENUE

    Factual Logo

    When you arrive, please tell the guards you are here for the"Meetup at Factual on the 35th Floor".

    The best place for attendees to park is at the Westfield Century City Mall.  Please note that they no longer offer free parking for the first 3 hours.

     

    MORE UNPANELISTS TBA SHORTLY!

    VENUE

    Factual Logo

    When you arrive, please tell the guards you are here for the"Meetup at Factual on the 35th Floor". 

    The best place for attendees to park is at the Westfield Century City Mall.  Please note that they no longer offer free parking for the first 3 hours.

    SPONSORS

    Stack Overflow Careers

    gives employers access to Stack Overflow's 26 million monthly visitors, who come to the site as part of their daily work routine. In a market where software developers are notoriously hard to find and hire, we want to make sure employers like yourself have the ability to leverage the amazing developer community we have built. Whether you would use the platform yourself or pass it along to a counterpart in your recruiting department, we would love to help bring your company on board here at Stack Overflow Careers.

    For more information, feel free to reach out to our team at

    careers@stackoverflow.com

    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Want to hear about upcoming meetups? Follow us on Social Media!

    CTO Mixers

    Joe Devon

    Alex Kim

    Caroline Rose

    Want To Sponsor?

    We currently have sponsorship slots open If you would like to be part of this amazing event and show your support for the community. Contact Caroline at caroline@dws.la

    • Sponsorship Opportunities for Events

    • Sponsored giveaways and contests

  • Tue
    03
    Nov
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PMM-GO: 3534 Hayden Ave., Culver City, CA

    MODULE #5 WILL COVER:

    Module 5
    - DOM
    Event Handlers

    Level 1-3

    addEventListener

    removeEventListener

    cancelDefault

    bubble and capture phase

    HTML element methods

    createElement

    parentNode

    appendChild

    removeChild

    childNodes

    nextChild

    previousChild

    firstChild

    lastChild

    getAttribute

    setAttribute

    cloneNode

    HTML element properties

    style

    className

    id

    offsetLeft

    offsetTop

    innerHTML

    tagName

    style
    Instructional Methods:

    Each class will include a lecture introducing new concepts, then a step-by-step lab showing how to implement the concepts discussed in the lecture. Afterwards, people are encouraged to work alone or in groups to experiment with the new concepts presented. People are encouraged to ask questions anytime during the class.

    Attendance is always optional; each week’s material will be repeated the following week to allow for personal scheduling flexibility. There will never be any tests or grades. A laptop is required for participation in the labs.

    What this course will not cover: CSS, Node.js, server side programming, HTTP APIs and JavaScript libraries, with the exception of a bit of jQuery at the end of the course for fun.

    Recommended Reading: JavaScript: The Good Parts by Douglas Crockford http://www.amazon.com/JavaScript-Good-Parts-Douglas-Crockford/dp/0596517742

    Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by John Resig, Bear Bibeault

    http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-JavaScript-Ninja-John-Resig/dp/193398869X

    Important

    Each module will be presented twice in succession, so if you can't make a class the first time a module is presented do not worry as it will be presented again the following week. This meetup is closed to recruiters. No exceptions. Parking & Location Info

    There is plenty of free parking on the street. If you park in our lot there will be a $10 charge. Enter the complex through the parking entrance on Hayden. The M-GO office is located next to the raised parking garage towards the back. If you get lost on the day of the event please call[masked] and we'll be happy to direct you.

  • Wed
    04
    Nov
    2015
    8:00 pmCrashspace: 10526 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA

    Interested in learning to code or improving your skills? Join this group, led by professional Software Engineer Michelle Leonhart every week!

    There are no prerequisites to attending a Learn to Code with Us event. The only rules are that you must bring your own laptop, and agree to follow the Code of Conduct.

    Learn to Code with Us events are FREE, all ages, and open to the public.

    Learn to Code with Us events do not have formal instruction. Think of them like office hours, except social and fun. We come together, work on our ideas, and help each other out. Occasionally, someone may ask to present an idea, concept, language, or project to the group. But most of the time we just do our own thing.

    New to the group? Find out more at www.learntocodewithus.com !

    Please reach out to Michelle at [masked] with questions.

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
  • Thu
    05
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmQ: 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA

    About the Presentation: 

    For the November UUASC Randal Schwartz returns to provide a detailed introduction to Dart, an open source programming language developed by Google for creating web, server, and mobile applications.

    About the Speaker:

    Randal Schwartz is the co-author of many popular books about Perl and is the host of the FLOSS Weekly podcast.  Randal can often be found consulting in the L. A. area, or traveling the world thanks to his work with Insight Cruises.

    About the Location:

    PARKING: Plentiful parking is available at the Howard Hughes Promenade
    across the street for $5, (sorry fiat currency only). Avoid the parking
    structure behind 6080 Center Drive - it's crazy expensive and they don't except bit coin either.

    Special thanks to Carolyn Oswald at Q for hosting this presentation.

    Hangout on Air Info: 

    This presentation will be live streamed via Google Hangouts On Air,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYPECLtEFDg

    Note live streaming is somewhat problematic, the stream should come up sometime after 6:30PM on the day of the event.  If some cases an new hangout may need to be created so keep an eye on the comments section of this meet up  page for any last minute changes.

    Also note that video will be edited and posted with a different URL , the URL for the edited version will be posted in the comments section of this meet up page.

    About UUASC: 

    The UUASC (http://uuasc.org) is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge.

    We try to meet on the first Thursday of the month in L.A.

    Both UUASC chapters are open to everyone; there is no separate membership, we would like you to join our general mailing list so that you can particpate in the conversation between meetings.

    Date and Location Subject to Change:

    Note that meet up dates and locations can change on short notice, always check the meetup.com site to see if the information has changed.

    RSVP here

  • Sat
    07
    Nov
    2015
    2:00 pmCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    Join us and learn coding with us. You are going to learn the basics of JavaScript, Node.js, and other awesome technologies. It's a plus if you know some JavaScript beforehand, but if not we can help you out.

    You will go through a set of self-paced challenges. No boring talks. All challenges are Open Source and available online onhttp://nodeschool.io. This means you can continue learning after the event.

    BE SURE TO RSVP ON THE NODESCHOOL SITE!

  • Mon
    09
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    ***  Welcome to our Swift Meetup! ***

    Talks

    •  Please let Jonny know if you're interested in speaking!

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks Start

    • 8.30 Intermission

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    RSVP here

     

  • Mon
    09
    Nov
    2015
    Sun
    15
    Nov
    2015
    9:00 amSanta Monica Pier: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401

    Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival, gathers industry heavyweights and emerging tech voices to showcase local innovation at 6 emerging hubs.

    Techweek hosts a 7-day series of events with a 2-day technology conference and expo to bring together a mixture of entrepreneurs, visionaries, and thought leaders. This weeklong celebration of technology and innovation brings the local community together and we then shine a large global spotlight on the exciting developments in that community.

    As a weeklong celebration of technology and innovation, Techweek hosts 12 standard events that engage and excite in every way imaginable.  From our 2-day technology conference & expo to music, startup competitions and more, Techweek is designed to give you many opportunities to network, learn and explore with your local tech community.

    MORE INFO

  • Tue
    10
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 - 9:00 PMConSol Partners: 1409a 3rdStreet Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

    The detailed agenda is often posted here first: http://groups.drupal.org/taxonomy/term/20728

    Mark your calendars for our LA Drupal meetup: SECOND Tuesday of each month.

    The formal meetup begins and doors open around 7:00pm.Please don't arrive before 6:45pm.

    This event is free!

    And there will be raffle prizes!!!

    No RSVP is required, but if you signup you will receive any last minute details, and have our undying gratitude for helping us know how many to expect in order to arrange adequate seating, food, drinks, and so on. So… please let us know you'll attend here or go to GDO and click the signup button at http://groups.drupal.org/node/281628.

    We want your feedback!

    During the meetup, we'll be gathered in the #drupal-la IRC channel and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be checking Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @ladrupal or use the #ladrupal hashtag.

    Parking: There are two garages within walking distance of ConSol's offices. One is on 4th Street between Santa Monica and Broadway, the other is also on 4th between Santa Monica and Arizona. The first 90 minutes are free, thereafter it costs $2 per additional hour. You may also be able to find other street parking in the area.

    Agenda

    Presentations: Advanced & Beginner topics covering User Experience, Development, Design, Performance & Scalability, and powerful Drupal site showcases.

    Lightning Talks

    We will also open the floor up for **lightning talks** related to our theme after the presentations, so comment below and/or come prepared if you'd like to give one!

    If you'd like to give a lightning talk, presentation, announce a job position or ask any questions of the group, please leave a comment below and plan to come a few minutes early. If presenting, be sure to bring your laptop (and power and display cables) and whatever else you need.

    Job announcements and open Q&A

    Everyone has a problem every now and then and the open Q&A session is a chance for attendees to divine answers from the collective wisdom of the group. This is also an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

    Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

    We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

    Breakout Groups

    Time-depending, at the end of the evening we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

    Wrap up and Drupal After Dark

    Several of us may be going to a local restaurant or bar for a Drupal After Dark afterward. Leave a comment below if you have ideas of a possible bar or restaurant that is nearby.

    Looking Ahead

    If you have an idea for something you'd like to learn, post a comment below, or better yet suggest a presentation idea! ... and if you see a topic you'd like to present, post a comment orcontact us!

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    6:00 pmXbar: 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles

    Join us for Networking + Cocktails courtesy of our official co-host IO Integration, Inc. Meet up with old friends, make some new and raise a glass to a DAM good conference!

    Held at Xbar on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

    Hosted by:

    io integration

    Click here for more information on DAM LA

    Discount Code: LADMUG100

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    6:30 PM to 9:30 PMUSC Kaprielian Hall: 3620 S. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles

    ------RSVP on EVENTBRITE-----

    UXPALA & UXSC Present: World Usability Day 2015 - Innovation of UX Tools

    Innovation can mean different things to different people but most can agree it includes inventions and changes in products and services that improve a situation or solve a problem in a new way.  Innovation in User Experience means that people can do what they need and want to, with technology, products and services that enhance their experience.

    As the profesison and practice grows up and becomes an essential tool to commerce, service, product development and customer experience, new tools are coming on the market to make our tasks more accurate, efficient and time-saving.

    Tonight, we’re delighted to celebrate the innovation and ingenuity of some of our well-known tools and some brand new tools. Join us for a wonderful evening as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of World Usability Day in conjunction with the students of UXSC, USC’s student UX Club and explore what’s new, improved and what we wish was available now!

    Innovation of UX Tools:

    What new tools are out there to help UX practitioners do their best and most accurate work as efficiently as possible? How are we using them? How do they make our work more Innovative?

    Tonight on the 10th Anniversary of World Usability Day we’ll get a demo of tools used for:

    • Wire framing
    • Research
    • Prototyping

    SPEAKERS/COMPANIES AND DEMOS:

    mural

    Mural.ly

    BRAINSTORM AND RESEARCH VISUALLY ORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH COLLABORATIVE ONLINE WHITEBOARD!

    Get your thoughts down fast and gather all your insights in one place. Quickly dump all your ideas onto our flexible canvas, and supplement them with multimedia from the internet or your computer.

     

    PARKING:

    USC Interactive Campus Map

    Parking is available in Lot A for $12 for Guests. There is also metered parking around the perimeter of USC campus as well as extremely limited metered parking on campus. There is parking across the street from KAP in a strip mall with a Taco Bell - park there at your own risk.

    SCHEDULE:

    6:30 - 6:45 PM: Check-in, Networking, Refreshments
    6:45 - 7:00 PM: Community and Sponsors
    7:00 - 7:40 PM: Session 1
    7:45 - 8:25 PM: Session 2
    8:30 - 9:15 PM: Session 3
    9:15 - 9:30 PM: Closing Remarks/Raffle
    9:30 - 10:00 PM: Networking

  • Wed
    11
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 - 9:00 PMDisclosed to Members Only

    Come and join us as at your local chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance. Please RSVP in advance.  We must have the names of all attendees by 3pm the day before the meeting.  With that in mind, RSVP "YES" and change it later if required.  This also requires that your MeetUp profile include your full name.

     

    Parking:
    Validated visitor parking is available starting after 6:30PM on parking level 1. Look for the signs that say "Visitor Parking." Bring your ticket with you so we can validate it before you leave.  Entrance to the parking complex is available through the Cloverfield Boulevard entrance. Once you park, take the elevator from the yellow colored elevator bank up to the 1st floor. Walk to the security desk and tell them you are here for a the Cloud Security Alliance meeting at Cornerstone onDemand.  Please bring a picture ID with you.

    The CSA meets 10 times a year and we do not have meetings in July or December

    Join CSA

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    6:00 PM to 9:00 PMHulu: 2500 Broadway, Santa Monica (2nd level)

    Are you a builder, an engineering, a tech enthusiast? We need you! Our group is gathering up for a community building night. We are going to sit down, get together, and build some cool stuff.

    BYOP - Bring Your Own Project

    We are opening up a space for you to bring your own project to this event. You can work on your awesome cool apps or you can help others with their app and provide technical guidance.

    What do we consider as good project?

    ANYTHING REALLY. 

    Of course, we do prefer React JS focus stuff:

    • Redux

    • Babel / Compile

    • React Render Target (Akkad, React Canvas, etc)

    Hack / FUN / TOGETHERNESS

    This is a community building event. Help the person next to you! Meet some friends. We will do our best to make this environment comfortable and fun.

    Drinks - Beer / Soda / Water

    Food - Surprise Food Sponsor Coming SOON!

    Thank you OUR Sponsor

    Thank you Hulu for support us with an awesome Space, awesome food and drink!

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    6:30 pmVytmn HQ: 1414 Main ST, Venice

    Join us for a talk on Ultra Fast Data Reporting with very large Data Sets using Infobright Technology with Franck Leveneur!

    AGENDA

    6:30PM - Meet, Greet & Eat

    7:00PM - Main Presentation

    Followed by Q&A

    TOPIC

    Infobright's analytic database platform is a scalable solution specifically designed to achieve high performance for large volumes of data used in complex ad-hoc analytic environments. Infrobright shines by being a 'drop-in' solution in an existing MySQL or Postgres environment, allowing users to perform reports on very large data sets.

    Key Features

    -Load 2 Terabytes per hour or higher

    -Compress data up to 10 to 1

    -Scalability, up to 150-200 Terabytes into a single node

    -Query Performance: 10x-1000x improvement through built-in parallelization schemes

    -Embed: Allows licensing for embedding Infrobright into your product for distribution

    -Postgres and MySQL: API and Syntactical support via IEE-My and IEE-Pg versions

    -Other Functionality including DML (Insert, Update, Delete), Query while Load, Temp Tables, Alter Table

    SPEAKER

    Franck Leveneur is a Sr. MySQL DBA / Data Architect at TrueCar.com, the modern car-buying service.

    Franck has been involved in various projects for Fortune 500 companies and independent businesses in the entertainment, game, e-commerce, healthcare and recently in online advertising industry. Franck leads projects for websites and databases for Acura, Variety, Lexus, FurnitureToday.com, ActionAllStars.com and many more. He has been working with MS SQL for more than ten years and MySQL for the past eight years. He also has extensive knowledge in database modeling and optimization.

    COMPANY

    TrueCar Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE), the modern car-buying service gives consumers transparent insight into what others paid and access to guaranteed savings off MSRP from TrueCar Certified Dealers. TrueCar's network of more than 10,000 trusted Certified Dealers is committed to providing upfront pricing information and a hassle-free buying experience, accessible through www.truecar.com and via the mobile app, for iOS and Android devices. TrueCar also powers car-buying programs for some of the largest U.D. membership and service organizations, including AARP, American Express, AAA, Sam's Club and USAA. Not all program features are available in all states. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with offices in San Francisco and Austin Texas.

    For more information, go to www.truecar.com.

    Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    VENUE

    Vytmn provides GaaS (Growth as a Service): Vytmn automates growth engineering practices - using data analysis and intelligence - to generate qualified leads from social channels and network platforms. But Vytmn does 50x the work that a normal human can...

    Follow us on twitter!

    FOOD AND BEVERAGES

    Food and beverages will be provided so that we don't listen to a great talk on an empty stomach :)

    GIVE A RIDE, GET A RIDE

    If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a comment underneath this meetup.

  • Thu
    12
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmQ: 6100 Center Drive, Suite 660, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mon
    16
    Nov
    2015
    Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015
    8:30 AM - 6:00 PMColoft: 920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica

    RSVP HERE: http://training.plusnconsulting.com/

    Accelerated MongoDB Course

    The course contains the essential building blocks for building a successful MongoDB based project. It covers document manipulation, CRUD, indexing, aggregation, administration, cluster-building, tuning, scaling out, and schema design. Students will learn MongoDB from the ground up in a detailed and condensed manner. At the conclusion of the course, they will possess a solid foundation and breadth of knowledge letting them implement a MongoDB solution with the right frame of mind.

    The Method

    The course is designed to give you the most powerful learning experience. It is structured as an intensive, all-day, in person class. Students learn through a combination lectures and labs. The lectures and labs are interleaved to allow students to perform hands on what is taught in the lectures.

    About MongoDB

    MongoDB is an incredibly popular database that is known for its scalability and ease of use. The robust feature set lets companies achieve tremendous productivity in short amounts of time. This course prepares you to use MongoDB and to do so effectively and properly. It arms you with essential and critical knowledge and techniques that will make your Mongo project a success.

    Discount Code: LADEV50

  • Tue
    17
    Nov
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network ENtertainment: 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles

    Make It So - Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction By Nathan Shedroff & Christopher Noessel

    Synopsis:

    Many designers enjoy the interfaces seen in science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these "outsider" user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.

    We will meet at the Starbucks across the street by 7:20.  Sony does validate on parking when you park in the lot behind the building housing Sony and Pepperdine University.  Please ask about validation when you check-in at Sony.

    RSVP here

  • Wed
    18
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmVerizon Digital Media Services: 13031 W Jefferson Blvd STE 900, Los Angeles

    topic: Securing & Auditing AWS

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the now the de-facto platform for developing the next generation business services and technology platforms.  While AWS provides much of the underlying capability for enabling security (i.e., ACLs, 2FA, Encryption, Multi-AZ, etc.), customers using the platform need to design, configure and monitor to ensure security.

    This talk will address tools and methods of evaluating gaps and improve AWS security in an existing environment. Discussion will focus on using the AWS Console,  AWS CLI and open source tools.

    Speaker: Mikhael Felker

    Bio: Mikhael Felker is the Director of Information Security at The Honest Company. His professional experience is a tangled web of information security, privacy, teaching, technical journalism, and non-profit leadership.  During the past ten years his sector experience includes Defense, Healthcare, Non-Profit/Education and Technology companies, seeing first hand the variance in information security culture and program maturity.  Mikhael received his MS in Information Security Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and BS in Computer Science from UCLA.  His written work of 50+ publications has been featured in Forbes, Gizmodo, ACM, IEEE Security & Privacy, ISACA Journal, ISSA Journal, case studies, and a number of online magazines.

    RSVP here

     

  • Wed
    18
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    Agenda:

    - Food & networking

    - Welcome and intros

    - Speaker 1: Justin Makeig

    - Speaker 2: TBA

    - Wrap up

    Talk summaries:

    Speaker 1: Developers wield extraordinary power today, even in traditionally conservative "enterprise IT". This has resulted in the rapid adoption of agile development in place of waterfall, distributed services over complex monoliths, and scripting languages and lightweight frameworks, like Node.js, instead of all-in platforms. The database, sitting at the bottom of the stack, has not been immune to these changes. This session will demonstrate how full-stack JavaScript development with the browser, Node.js, and NoSQL can fulfill the promises of modern, agile development without compromising on the less sexy, but required aspects of mission-critical software, like transactions, high availability, security, and governance.

    Bio: Justin is a Director of Product Management at MarkLogic and a self-professed JavaScript nerd. He oversees the suite of applications, tools, and APIs that developers use to interact with MarkLogic’s Enterprise NoSQL database. Justin has over 15 years of experience designing, developing, and bringing to market data-driven applications for start-ups and large organizations using web technologies and modern software development practices. He has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley (but don’t hold that against him).

    Speaker 2: TBA

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 - 10:00 PMActivision: 3100 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica

    The final SoCal Python meetup of 2015 will be hosted by Activision in Santa Monica! We have one confirmed speaker, Ron Lin, PhD. He will present "Building Machine Learning and NLP into your Applications (and Startups!)"

    Ron will discuss how to build machine learning and natural language processing into applications using Python, showcasing the Python nltk and scikit-learn modules. He'll use examples from his recently launched tool, which incorporates machine learning and artificial intelligence to help business and legal professionals analyze contracts.

    Second speaker and location details will be added as soon as possible - just wanted to make sure everyone saved the date!

    RSVP here

  • Thu
    19
    Nov
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    Let's discuss React's power and share experiences of building apps!

    *Talks:

    We NEED other speakers!! Let Jonny Kang know if you're interested.

    *Schedule:

    • 7:00 - 7:30pm Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks start

    • 9:00 - 9:30 Discussion

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    • Please leave the building before 10pm

    *Food: TBA

    Join and RSVP

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    Calling all coders, hackers and creators! 

    Do you want to build applications and learn to code in JavaScript? Perhaps you've attended JavaScript the Hard Parts and want to start building full applications. Or perhaps you've been building applications for some time or working though fundamentals of functional and object oriented programming in JS and want to discover what it takes to become a full-stack software engineer

    In this free information session members of the Codesmith team and community will answer questions on their experience at Codesmith and share advice on the journey to becoming a software engineer

    As part of an open Q&A we will discuss:

    • Why we teach JavaScript, Computer Science, React and Node

    • Why Codesmith emphasizes working on production code

    • What hiring support does Codesmith provide

    • How to get started and go under-the-hood with JavaScript

    • What is the experience of learning and building at Codesmith

    Join us at Codesmith's campus at 5300 Beethoven Street, Playa Vista (near Santa Monica). We look forward to seeing you here

    https://goo.gl/maps/kKMip6uFD122

    RSVP Here

  • Tue
    08
    Dec
    2015
    7:30 pmSony Network ENtertainment: 6080 Center Drive, 10th Floor, Los Angeles

    We will meet at the Starbucks accross the street by 7:20. Sony does validate on parking when you park in the lot behind the buildings housing Sony and Pepperdine University. Please ask about parking validation when you check-in at Sony.

    Make It So - Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction By Nathan Shedroff & Christopher Noessel

    Synopsis:

    Many designers enjoy the interfaces seen in science fiction films and television shows. Freed from the rigorous constraints of designing for real users, sci-fi production designers develop blue-sky interfaces that are inspiring, humorous, and even instructive. By carefully studying these "outsider" user interfaces, designers can derive lessons that make their real-world designs more cutting edge and successful.

    RSVP Here

  • Wed
    09
    Dec
    2015
    7:30 pmAvant: 6100 Center Drive Suite 630, Los Angeles, CA

    • 7:00 - 7:30pm Arrival & Introductions

    • 7:30 - Introduction To React Native

    • 8:15 - 8:30 - Break

    • 8:30 - Advanced Talk (Details coming soon)

    • 9:00 - 9:30 Discussion

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    Food & Drinks provided!!

    Note: Parking is convenient across the street in the mall.

    RSVP Here

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2015
    6:00 pmInternap Data Center - LAX014: 3690 Redondo Ave. Redondo Beach, CA

    PLEASE RSVP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-user-groups-holiday-party-2015-tickets-19352311284

    Welcome to the 2nd Annual Los Angeles User Groups Meetup Holiday Party.

    This is a joint group effort by the following user groups

    Los Angeles Big Data Users Group

    Los Angeles Hadoop Users Group

    Los Angeles Apache Spark Users Group

    Los Angeles HBase Users Group

    DataScience.LA

    Los Angeles R Users Group

    Los Angeles Data Science/Machine Learning Users Group

    Los Angeles Datavis Users Group

    Los Angeles Python Data Science Users Group

    Los Angeles WebSpeed Users Group

    Los Angeles MongoDB Users Group

    Los Angeles PHP Users Group

    Los Angeles Semantic Web Users Group

    Los Angeles .Net Developers Group

    This event is free to the public. We do expect to fill up soon so please RSVP ASAP. This is mainly a networking event for the community to come together and network and have a few drinks. We will be having a holiday theme throughout with fun holiday pictures taken by our resident in-house photographer, Jeff Weakley. We will have a great big Christmas Tree to fulfill your christmas wishes and Santa to hear all of your christmas wishes.

     

    We will serving eggnogs spiked n original, beers/wine & hors d'oeuvres. We will also have great entertainment scheduled for you. Tis the season to wine and dine!!

     

    So if you want start off your holiday season in festive cheer, Merry everything, happy always! Come celebrate the holidays with us!

    Headshots & Holiday Shots While You’re Drinking Shots!

    Professional Photographer / Cinematographer Cody Rappaport will be shooting photos at our Holiday Party.

    Need a great looking, professional photo for LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter? Or just a fun Holiday-themed photo of you and your friends? Jeff will be setting up lights and a mini-studio, along with some fun Holiday props to shoot those FREE during the Los Angeles User Groups Meetup Holiday party. (Sorry, we can’t spend an hour making you look like JLaw or Clooney, or offer retouching, but you’ll probably wind up with a photo that’s much better than the one you’re using now.) ALSO If anybody has fun, silly Holiday props {Santa Hats, xmas decoration Candy Canes, etc} they want to donate, please bring them along!

    Cody Rappaport was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been photographing for nearly eight years. He recently graduated from the University of Oregon where he received a degree in Digital Arts, with a focus in photography. During his time at the U of O, he was the photographer for the Architecture and Allied Arts department, as well as a student run sports media outlet called "Pit Crew". Cody is now living in Los Angeles as a freelance Photographer. His extensive background in photography has provided him with knowledge and a skill set in multiple genres including Portraits, Events, Sports, Landscapes, Architecture, Editorial, etc.  Here are the links to his portfolio

     

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/codyrappaport/

    https://instagram.com/snappaport/

     

    The LA User Groups Meetup Committee - Joe, Subash & Szilard

     

    We would like to thank our Sponsors for this event.

     

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    Come up to the Pent House (PH) floor

    This week for Javascript - The Hard Parts (Part 1 of 3) we coverCallbacks and Higher Order Functions

    This includes how to handle or recreate the functions:

    • map

    • reduce

    • forEach

    This is a concept that 80% of JavaScript engineers do not understand but are at the core of every single successful application

    This is possible because we'll understand the essence of these tough concepts and then switch into pair-programming through the challenges to cement the concepts

    The evening session comprises of:

    • 6:30-6:45pm: Hangout and drinks

    • 6:45-7:15pm: Core JavaScript concept for the challenge and introduction to the secret hack for learning to code - pair-programming

    • 7:15-8pm: Pair-programming

    Bring a friend who'd like to build and you can pair program together

    Price: Always free

    RSVP Here

  • Thu
    10
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pmVerizon Digital Media Services: 13031 W Jefferson Blvd STE 900, Los Angeles

    About the presentation:

    Fast response to attack traffic on the Internet is critical to protecting CDN customer websites. This technical talk will discuss the design and challenges of rate limiting in the wild.

    About the speaker:

    David Andrews received his PhD, focusing on computer security, from a small University in Australia in 2006 (no, you haven't heard of it ;). Since then he has worked for startups inthe LA area building security products in the virtualization and CDN spaces. He now heads up the Security Core (Sec.C.) team atVerizon Digital Media, whose responsibilities include protecting infrastructure that delivers 6% of all Internet traffic, as well as customers' websites.

    About the Location:

    After turning off of Jefferson on to Alla Road, enter the Reserve business park at the Gate 1 main entry which is the gate near the end of the road.

    Space 900 is the large building that is closest to the main entry.

    Verizon Digital Media will validate for parking.

    Hangout on Air Info:

    This presentation will be live streamed via Google Hangouts On Air ar....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TD-8qk-2oI

    Note live streaming is somewhat problematic, the stream should come up sometime after 6:30PM on the day of the event.  If some cases an new hangout may need to be created so keep an eye on the comments section of this meet up  page for any last minute changes.

    Also note that video will be edited and posted with a different URL , the URL for the edited version will be posted in the comments section of this meet up page.

    About UUASC:

    The UUASC (http://uuasc.org) is for all persons using UNIX either personally or professionally, or interested in learning more about UNIX. We recognize all varieties of UNIX, including (without prejudice) SCO, Linux, SVr4, Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, and BSD. This is a good place to meet others with similar interests and broaden your skills and knowledge.

    We try to meet on the first Thursday of the month in L.A.

    Both UUASC chapters are open to everyone; there is no separate membership, we would like you to join our general mailing list so that you can particpate in the conversation between meetings.

    Date and Location Subject to Change:

    Note that meet up dates and locations can change on short notice, always check the meetup.com site to see if the information has changed.

    RSVP here

  • Mon
    14
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    ***  Welcome to our Swift Meetup! ***

    Talks

    •  Please let Jonny know if you're interested in speaking!

    *Schedule*

    • 6:30 – 7:30 Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks Start

    • 8.30 Intermission

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    *Parking*

    • TBA

    RSVP Here

  • Tue
    15
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pmCTRL Collective: 12575 Beatrice St. Los Angeles, CA

    This meetup event is an incredible opportunity to 1) get app feedback; 2) get a few first adopters; and 3) potentially recruit early team members.

    The event will start with a 15 minute introduction and then a "feedback talk" by a known expert.

    Following this, we will enter a "speed-dating" session where entrepreneurs are paired with each other for 20 minutes total (10 minutes each).  During each session, entrepreneurs are encouraged to download the app, and provide feedback on a variety of areas: 1) problem to be solved; 2) Overall solution/implementation; 3) UI/UX; and 4) Bugs/Reliability

    Finally, we will conclude by discussing best user experience, best problem to be solved, best solution to a problem, and best feedback provided.

    Members are encouraged to post their app download link and a sentence describing what their app does in the comment section after the meetup.

    RSVP Here

  • Wed
    16
    Dec
    2015
    6:15 PM - 8:45PMMicrosoft Technology Center: 13031 W Jefferson Blvd Suite 200, Playa Vista, CA

    Speaker: Jim Manico is the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. Jim is also a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications from McGraw-Hill. For more information, visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/jmanico.

    RSVP Here

  • Thu
    17
    Dec
    2015
    6:30 PM to 8:00 PMCodesmith: 5300 Beethoven Street, 90066, Los Angeles, CA

    This week we continue our mini-series: Javascript - The Hard Parts. This week, we will cover Object Oriented JS.

    Understand what's happening with the 'new' keyword and prototypal, pseudoclassical instantiation patterns in JavaScript

    We'll cover concepts and approaches that 80% of JavaScript engineers do not understand but are at the core of every single successful application. This is possible because we'll understand the essence of these tough concepts and then switch into pair-programming through the challenges to cement the concepts

    The evening session will be comprised of:

    > 6:30 - 6:45pm: Meet your future pair programming partner.

    > 6:45 - 7:15pm: Core JavaScript concept for the challenge and introduction to the secret hack for learning to code - pair-programming.

    > 7:15 - 8:00pm: Pair-programming.

    Stay afterwards and join us for Codesmith drinks!

    Bring a friend who'd like to build and you can pair program together.

    Price: Always free

    Learn more about Codesmith here:
    https://www.codesmith.io/

    RSVP Here

  • Thu
    17
    Dec
    2015
    7:00 pmTBD

    Let's discuss React's power and share experiences of building apps!

    *Talks:

    We NEED other speakers!! Let Jonny Kang know if you're interested.

    *Schedule:

    • 7:00 - 7:30pm Icebreaker Game & Introductions

    • 7:30 Talks start

    • 9:00 - 9:30 Discussion

    • 9:30 – 10:00 Open / Networking

    • Please leave the building before 10pm

    *Food: TBA

    RSVP Here