Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM Plexpod Crossroads 1712 Main St, Kansas City, mo

Interested in helping the Kansas City area? Great! Whether or not you know how to code, you can help by joining us to work on civic hacking to create a better Kansas City and surrounding cities. Bring projects, ideas, designs, laptops, data, and friends.

Meeting Format

6:00 - Social / Networking
6:15 - Kickoff and Introductions
6:25 - New Member Orientation and Hacking
8:00 - Wrap-up

First Mondays are "Pitch Nights," when we have a slot for new project pitches during kickoff; third Mondays are "Learn Nights," where we have community speakers on civic tech topics from 6:30-7:30pm.

Location: Plexpod Crossroads (formerly Think Big CoWorking).
Entrance in the alley on the West side of the building.

Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks & drinks to bring.

Civic Heroes of all types welcome! This event is for coders and non-coders alike -- as long as you're interested in making government more transparent and building interesting things for our city, you're more than welcome!

Bring a laptop: If you intend on getting some hands-on hacking done (it's ok if you can't but it definitely helps to have one).

If you have something you'd like to work on or are excited about, please let us know via the meetup or at the hack night itself. We are growing our initiative and the energy comes from the community.

Code for KC is a program of KC Digital Drive, a local non-profit whose mission is to make Kansas City a digital leader by developing civic capacity to adapt to technology change. We are the local affiliate in Code for America's Brigade network.

Connect with Us:

• Join our Code for KC email list (

• Follow us on Twitter @CodeforKC ( and @KCDigitalDrive (

Got questions? Email our Brigade Captain, Paul Barham: or

Code for KC has a Code of Conduct! Please always be respectful and help us keep our events welcoming, positive, productive environments for everyone. Code For KC presenters and participants are held to this anti-harassment policy ( Click here for event


Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM VML 250 Richards Road, Kansas City, MO

Containers aren't just for stateless apps. You have mission-critical stateful applications like Postgres, MySQL, Kafka, or Cassandra databases that you want to run in containers. In our presentation we cover use cases and best practices for delivering stateful applications at scale.

• Do's and dont's of running stateful applications on Kubernetes
• Best practices for delivering stateful applications at scale

Our speaker is from Portworx (

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Fri, April 5, 2019
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM CDT


Grand Street Cafe
4740 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64112

SMCKC April Breakfast: "You're going to have to pay for that"

April 5, 2019 | 7:30 a.m.
Listen to Jay Senter, editor and publisher, of the Shawnee Mission Post, give an overview of their decision to start charging a subscription fee for full access to their community news website in 2017, and how that decision affected traffic to their site, their social media presence and their relationship with trolls online.
You'll learn:
  • When community news is your product, why readers have to be a key part of your business model.
  • How charging for content fundamentally changes your incentives and your relationship with your audience.
  • How putting up a paywall had major (unexpected) benefits in their experience with trolls.
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Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 12:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

In this class we will introduce students to basic hammer skills and forge use to teach them how to create this beautiful hand forged steel rose.

Learn how to draw out steel bar and create shoulders, texture and pattern steel plate, Learn hot forming and hot riveting techniques. A little light welding is included. Come prepared to swing a hammer.

We will have an intermission if you wish to bring snacks and beverages.

Suggested age range: 16 and older
All materials included

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

Every Thursday, the members of Hammerspace gather to socialize, network, and meet new members of the space. We welcome the community at large to come down during this time to explore the workshop, check out all of the tools, fabrication equipment and work space made available to HammerSpace members, and ask questions of our community of Hammerspace users.

There is plenty of off-street parking, a kids playroom available for tiny makers, and the evening is always the origin point of new and amazing creative ideas.

Tours are led every 30 minutes for those curious about the tools and capabilities of the facility and staff. This is a free event, open to the public.

45th & Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Click here for event


Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM Shamrock Trading Corporation 9300 Metcalf Ave , Overland Park ,

Front-end development can be complicated. There are enough libraries and enough churn to make anyone feel lost in the shuffle. Common concerns for any modern web application include features like authentication, user content, APIs, and analytics. In this session, you will get a break-down and demo of the key features of AWS Amplify, an open-source toolchain from Amazon. Amplify abstracts away the common functionality that so many applications share and allows developers to focus on business logic – not plumbing! This session will walk through a simple application high-lighting the features and tools the library provides. This should leave you with the knowledge of "how and why" you would integrate this with your own projects. The session will use React to demonstrate the features of the library, but general front-end development experience is all that is required.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 6:00:00 PM VeriShip 8880 Ward Pkwy #300, Kansas City, MO

This evening, we'll be teaching people how easy and cost effective it is to switch your organization's data processing from a batch to a real time paradigm. The focus will be on Kafka's role in your information architecture.

We'll have two speakers. Ricardo Ferreira will be delivering a Kafka 101 presentation so you can get the basics of the technology. Bob Wakefield will be delivering a real-world example of how any organization no matter the size can process data in real time.

Presentations start at 1830 SHARP!

New location. Who dis?

Veriship has graciously volunteered their space for the evening. We hope to develop a long and fruitful partnership with them. They're located at 8880 Ward Parkway Suite 300 (Second floor), Kansas City, MO 64114. There is a garage just north of the building where you can park. Make sure you turn in on the Ward Pkwy side.

If you get lost, DO NOT post on the MeetUp! Instead, text me at 785.845.2820.

Ricardo Ferreira, Developer Advocate at Confluent

Talk Title
Everything you Wanted to Know about Kafka and Streaming Platforms But You Were Too Afraid to Ask!

Talk Abstract
In the last few years, Apache Kafka has been used extensively in enterprises for real-time data collecting, delivering, and processing. In this talk, we'll dive into some of the key internals that help make Kafka popular.

Companies like LinkedIn are now sending more than 1 trillion messages per day to Kafka. Learn about the underlying design in Kafka that leads to such high throughput.

Many companies (e.g., financial institutions) are now storing mission critical data in Kafka. Learn how Kafka supports high availability and durability through its built-in replication mechanism.

Ricardo is a Developer Advocate at Confluent, the company founded by the creators of Apache Kafka. He has +21 years of experience working with Software Engineering, where he specialized in different types of Distributed Systems architectures such as Integration, SOA, NoSQL, Messaging, In-Memory Caching, and Cloud Computing.

Prior to Confluent, he worked for other vendors such as Oracle, Red Hat and IONA Technologies, as well as several consulting firms. While at Oracle, he used to be part of the Alpha Team, otherwise known as "The A-Team" — a special unit from the Engineering organization that handles projects using the following philosophy: when all else fails, we don't.

While not working and like any good Brazilian — he loves doing Churrasco's (i.e.: Brazilian Barbecue) with his friends & family, where he gets the chance to talk about anything that is not geek related. Currently, he lives in Apex, North Carolina, with his wife, son and two dogs.

Bob Wakefield, Chief Engineer at Vine Advisors

Talk Title:
Batch is Old and Busted. Real Time is the New Hotness.

Talk Abstract:
It's 2019. There really is no reason why you should have to wait for your data. If you are still processing data in a batch, my guess is the people that write the checks don't realize there is another option. I'm going to show you how you can take your existing architecture and make small tweaks so you can start moving data between systems much faster. I'm going to focus on a low flow use case so you can see that you don't need big data in order to use big data technology.

The talk will be technical but still accessible to non-technical executives.

Bob Wakefield has over 17 years of experience building data systems for numerous organizations across various industries. On many occasions, he has applied his formidable knowledge to radically advance an organization's analytic and data management capabilities.

In his spare time, Bob enjoys cycling and retro gaming. When he's not doing that, he can often be found flying his A-10 Warthog simulator.

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