What Is Compute Midwest?

On November 2nd, remarkable people will converge in KC to explore the technologies transforming tomorrow.

Hear about the world's most revolutionary ideas from 8+ of the most influential innovators around the globe.

Learn how they overcame enormous challenges to create breakthrough innovations...giving you the push you need to go create your own.

When remarkable ideas and remarkable people collide, the possibilities are endless. Get out of your comfort zone & join us November 2nd at the Kauffman Center For Performing Arts!



December Breakfast
December 2 | 7:30 a.m.

Join us December 2 to hear from the team behind #KCLoves. You may have seen the huge wall pop up in the crossroads or followed them on Instagram. But what is it?

You'll learn the story behind #KCLoves, it's purpose and how you can get involved. Partners from the design side, video side and content side will come together to discuss their process and what's next for #KCLoves. 

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November Breakfast
How Social Media Affects Google Rankings
November 4 | 7:30 a.m.

This is your last chance to RSVP for this Friday's breakfast. There you'll learn:
  • How social media impacts search engine rankings
  • How social factors into SEO strategy 
  • What “social signals" are 
  • Answers to some of the seemingly endless questions surrounding the impact of social on search
  • How to separate fact from fiction by dissecting the relationship between social and SEO
RSVP today using the link below to make sure you reserve a seat before we're sold out. 

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Smarter SharePoint KC User Group: Where Smart People Go To Talk About SharePoint

Smarter SharePoint
KC User Group
*date change*
Tuesday, Nov 1 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

DEG Office
 10801 Mastin Blvd. Ste 130
 Overland Park, KS 66210

Access Web Apps in SharePoint the easy way
This is the final Smarter SharePoint of the Year!

Karen Clough will be discussing how to create an Access Web app on SharePoint Online quickly and easily. She will also be outlining the differences between Access Desktop Databases and Access Web Applications. Karen has been working in Access since Access began. She also has been creating Access Web Applications on SharePoint online for over a year, with two applications live in use.

Location: DEG | 10801 Mastin Blvd. Ste. 130 | Overland Park, KS 66210
Sandwiches and cookies will be served!
Please register for this event here.


  • Hammerspace

    440 E 63rd St , Kansas City, MO (map)

  • 1/2 block east of Oak St. on 63rd St.
  • 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 a concession stand and kids playroom available, 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.

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    • Garmin International

      1200 E 151st Street, OlatheKS (map)
    • Abstract:
      Spring Integration enables lightweight messaging within Spring-based applications and supports integration with external systems via declarative adapters. It can also be used well in Microservices-style applications for asynchronous messaging and queuing, routing, load balancing, etc. ​
      In this Spring Integration talk, we will explore high level concepts through solid implementations in an effort to provide a comprehensive introductory level explanation of capabilities.
      Additionally, I will present a live sandbox demo of Spring Integration for audience collaboration. I will present live-build demo starting with start.spring.io and quickly prop something up in front of everyone. Together we will get a few services running, and do some mild tinkering.
      We’ll also go through a demo scenario where Marketing Company X sends data leads file and we will use Spring Integration to process the data from the email to load into a designated table.
      Ryan McCullough is a software developer and consultant at Keyhole Software.
      Location Details  
      Garmin's address is 1200 E 151st, Olathe, KS 66062   
      The Garmin garage is completely open and access from Ridgeview is North of where it used to be, it is now closer to Sheridan Bridge Lane. 
      Construction Update - The southern Ridgeview entrance is closed but a new one has been created just north of the original (image). 
      • You will be able to enter through the left most door until 6:20 pm when the doors will be locked (image).
      All guests to Garmin need to register upon entering the North Lobby. The doors will need to be locked at 6:20 pm.    
      • 5:30 - 6:30pm - Social Hour with food provided by Keyhole Software 
      • 6:30pm - Presentation
      • Afterwards anyone who is interested is invited to join us at Austin’s Bar and Grill located at 2103 E 151st St, Olathe, KS 66062 for an informal social. For directions click here.  


    • Needs a location

    • Instead of having our usual meeting on Nov. 2, we suggest everyone join the Kansas City .NET User Group and the Kansas City Mobile .NET Developers group.
      Here is the info for the joint meetup:
      Our presenter, Laurent Bugnion, is a Pluralsight author, Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Regional Directors (Switzerland) and the creator of the MVVM Light framework.  Laurent is going to talk about building truly cross platform apps for Xamarin and Windows UWP (which work on Windows, Windows Mobile, XBox and more) using MVVM.
      The meetup will take place at Epiq systems at 6:00 PM on Tuesday November 1.
      RSVP for this event by going to the KC .NET User Group's event page:


    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    11:30 AM

  • Needs a location

  • https://max.adobe.com/sessions/max-online/sign-up/?sdid=599F8S4S&mv=other
  • We normally meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Centriq Training, but this month, that day happens to be the OPENING DAY OF ADOBE MAX! And we could move it back a week to November 8th, but that would be the night of an IMPORTANT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. So we're basically messed up by the calendar this month, and propose instead that you participate (virtually) in the Adobe MAX Keynote Presentations over your lunch hour on November 2nd and 3rd.
    ----------------------- ---> Sign up here to get a reminder about the streaming keynote sessions.

    Here are the dates and times for the live stream:
    • Tuesday, November 2nd: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT
    • Wednesday, November 3rd: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT
    This is the best way to find out what's going on at Adobe this year. I'll get a conference room at work and provide a place for co-workers to bring lunch and "tune in" - you could do the same, or watch on your own at home or the office. The keynotes will be available on-demand if you can't make those exact times.
    Our correspondent, Joanna Schindler, will be attending MAX this year and should be able to give us a recap when she returns home.
    Start thinking of what you'll bring to our potluck dinner and show-and-tell meeting on Tuesday, December 6th!
    Enjoy the keynote sessions from the comfort of your own computer in November, be sure to vote on November 8th, and we'll see you back at Centriq Training on Tuesday, December 6th!

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  • Think Big Coworking

    1712 Main St. 2nd Floor, Kansas City, MO (map)

  • Update: We may or may not have a guest speaker (how exciting is that? :-P).
    But you should still come anyway! Why? Because I am going to be talking about my experience with Python in the last 3 weeks! I have learned a lot and I am excited to share! I know there are several in the group that use Python regularly, so I am hoping to learn more about where I can improve.
    See you soon!

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    7:00 PM

  • Johnny's Tavern North

    410 N Second, Lawrence, KS (map)

  • This informal gathering is for designers and developers to get together, grab some food and/or drinks, and talk shop. A lot of great discussions and networking happen organically at these meetings, don't miss out!

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    6:30 PM

  • DST Systems Inc

    333 West 11th Street, Kansas City, MO (map)
  • Meetup will be at DST...will update with more details soon.
  • NOTE: Moving this meetup back one week to Nov. 1st!
    We have a deadly dual presentation on Genetic Algorithms! Jermey Fisher, Director of DST's Advanced Eng. & Data Science group, and Robert McAnany, machine learning enthusiast and retired engineer, promise not to disappoint!
    If you have a large data set, there are many machine learning techniques that can help find interesting patterns quickly. Some problems, however, don't come with data sets. For example, minimizing drive time for a delivery vehicle. This is a combinatorial optimization problem. They pop up everywhere. The only known optimal solution is an exhaustive search. For even a modest size problem running on the fastest computer, that can take years. If you don't want to wait that long, a genetic algorithm can help. Wikipedia defines genetic algorithms this way: "In the field of mathematical optimization, a genetic algorithm (GA) is a search heuristic that mimics the process of natural selection. This heuristic (...) is routinely used to generate useful solutions to optimization and search problems. Genetic algorithms (...) employ techniques inspired by natural evolution, such as inheritance, mutation, selection and crossover."
    If that definition leaves you with more questions than answers, come join us to really understand what a genetic algorithm is and how it works. See some examples and learn to recognize problems where they apply.

    Robert McAnany is a mechanical engineer specialized in the design of automation equipment. He took early retirement from Hallmark recently to focus on machine learning.
    Jeremy Fisher is Director of Advanced Engineering and Data Science for DST's Applied Analytics Group. His responsibilities include ensuring that DST has the skills, processes, and the technology to deliver on its vision for commercializing Big Data and deep analytics.

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    6:00 PM

  • Hammerspace

    440 E 63rd St , Kansas City, MO (map)

  • This is a meet-up night for HammerSpace members that focuses on programming, soldering, Arduino or Raspberry Pi builds, Linux projects, robotics, 3D printers, and anything else tech related. Bring in your project to work on or just to show off to other tech-minded members.
    We do not have any group learning activities planned at the moment, but we might have some for future Tech Tuesday nights after we figure out what people are interested in doing. These meet-ups are free for members of Hammerspace unless we have an organized group activity you want to participate in (such as soldering a provided electronics kit, etc)
    We hope these meet-up nights bring our more tech-minded members together to network, socialize, and collaborate with each other, much like our art-minded members do during our Art Jam nights.

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    6:00 PM

    Epiq Systems Inc

    501 Kansas Ave, Kansas City, KS (map)

  • We are excited to co-host this meeting with the Xamarin KC Devs group.
    Building truly Universal applications with Windows, Xamarin and MVVM
    With Windows 10 supporting an unprecedented number of platforms and form factors (from IOT to phones to tablets to laptops and desktops to XBOX and SurfaceHub, and even the new HoloGraphic computer HoloLens), the name "Windows 10 Universal application" is fairly accurate. But to be honest, shouldn't a truly Universal application run on Windows 7, iOS and Android devices too?
    Thankfully, this is possible thanks to a clever architecture pattern named Model-View-ViewModel, the .NET portable class libraries and the Xamarin frameworks. With these tools, we can structure an application so that most of the code is shared across all the platforms, and then build truly native UI that adapts without any compromises to the device it runs on. In this session, we will understand exactly how such universal applications are built. Laurent Bugnion, a XAML/C# expert, Microsoft and Xamarin MVP who started making universal applications before it was even a thing, will show you practical knowledge with a lot of demos. Come listen from the creator of the popular MVVM Light Toolkit how this powerful but simple library can be leveraged to help you target more users than you ever dreamed of!
    Laurent Bugnion (@LBugnion)

    Laurent works as Senior Director for IdentityMine, one of the leading companies (and Gold Partner) for Microsoft technologies such as Windows Presentation Foundation, Xamarin, Windows Store, Windows Phone, XBOX and generally User Experience. He is based in Zurich Switzerland.
    Laurent writes for MSDN magazine and other publications, codes in Windows, WPF, Xamarin (iOS and Android), ASP.NET and his blog is on blog.galasoft.ch. He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Microsoft MIX, TechEd, VSLive, TechDays and many other international events. 2016 is his 10th year as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (Windows Application Development), his third year as a Microsoft Regional Director and his second year as a Xamarin Most Valuable Professional. He is the author of the well-known open source framework MVVM Light for Windows, WPF, Xamarin, and of the popular Pluralsight reference course about MVVM Light.

    Alien Arc Technologies
    Duane Newman (@DuaneNewman)
    Brent Stewart (@BrentEStewart)
    [email protected]

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    7:00 PM

  • Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen

    1526 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO (map)

  • Open to anyone in the area who is interested in developing video games. In order to have a little structure, we'll try to do a couple things each week:
      Introduce new members. What have you worked on, game related or not? What do you want to work on next?
      Discuss this week's conversation starter. Some article, video or game that we can dig into a little.
      Members can present any games they're working on, for feedback or just to brag.
    Of course, it's all very informal. The main goal is interesting conversation(s) about our passion.
    Looking forward to it!

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  • The GRID Collaborative Workspace

    12022 BLUE VALLEY PARKWAY, OVERLAND PARK, KS 66213, Kansas City, MO (map)

  • We are super excited to have Michael Coté right here in KC.
    We are also excited to be at The Grid Collaborative Workspace http://www.connectatgrid.com/ as we know many people have recently started working remote and it is a great co-working space.
    Bio: I’m Michael Coté, commonly just called “Coté.” I work at Pivotal, and have worked as an analyst 451 Research and RedMonk, on strategy and M&A at Dell, and as a developer before that. You may have come across podcasts that I do, seen me out and about speaking at conferences, or seen me in Twitter.

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    ISSA-Kansas City Chapter Event
    October 27th
    Thursday October 27, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT
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    101 W 22nd St, Kansas City
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    Driving Directions
    Please join ISSA chapter members and other security professionals at Lidia's in Kansas City, MO, for our October chapter meeting.

    Topic: How Secure Are Multi-Word Random Passphrases?

    Reports on the death of passwords have been greatly exaggerated.  While passwords do have inherent flaws, their use in new systems and online apps continues to grow.  Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has helped control the risks, but passwords still tend to be a required component in this process.  So if we can't eliminate passwords then we need to improve them.

    One alternative to passwords are the longer passphrases.  Passphrases in the style of XKCD 936 or Diceware have gained popularity, but are they secure enough and practical to use? They seem like a good compromise between security and memorability, but why did Bruce Schneier say using them is "no longer good advice"?

    This talk investigates popular passphrase generation schemes, and examines the characteristics that determine the passphrase strength.  We will also review research on whether the average person finds these passphrases easier to use than passwords, and if they're practical to use in most cases.

    Speaker/Bio: Bruce K. Marshall, Founder PasswordResearch.com

    Bruce K. Marshall is a researcher and consultant dedicated to improving the application of authentication technologies, practices, and products. He founded PasswordResearch.com over a decade ago to better share the password information he was collecting.  This site includes hundreds of resources from the academic, corporate, and government communities.  He aims to introduce more professionals to new and existing authentication research so they can better justify secure system design and policy choices.

    Mr. Marshall also conducts his own investigations into passwords and related authentication practices, the results of which are both published on the site and presented at events. He has shared his insights at dozens of conferences such as SANS, Black Hat, BSides, InfoSec World, and PasswordsCon. Among his accomplishments are the completion of the CISSP, NSA-IAM, CISA, and MCSE: Security certifications.

    Date:  Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

    Lidia's - Downtown Kansas City
    101 W 22nd St, Kansas City, MO 64108

    11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Greeting and registration
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Meeting & Presentation
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM - Questions, Answers & Networking

    Pasta Tasting Trio - A sampling of three daily-made fresh and filled pastas.
    Biscotti Platters - An assortment of house-made cookies & sweets to pass and share family style.

    Soft drinks, Iced Tea, Coffee

    * *Vegetarian option available, please note at registration**.
    * *Menu subject to change. **

    $20.00 for ISSA Members.
    $30.00 for Guests/Non-Members.
    Thank you for your attention and response. We look forward to seeing you at the event. If you have any questions about the event or how to register, please email our RSVP email, or contact the venue for directions. Remember to read our monthly news letter at www.kc.issa.org  See you all!
    Register Now!


    Tuesday, November 1, 2016

    7:00 PM

  • Sprint Accelerator

    210 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO (map)
    39.090324 -94.586769

  • We're meeting a week earlier than usual to avoid Election Day and we're also meeting at the Sprint Accelerator.
    Ross Fuhrman will present on debugging in Ruby.
    Debugging is painful, but it can be less painful. What can you do to make debugging sessions less painful? What can you do to make the process quicker so you can move on to other things? In this talk, you will be presented a practical framework for solving any kind of bug that comes your way. Using this framework we will work through a few different kind of bugs, ranging from syntax bugs to logic bugs and we’ll look at a variety of tools that can be used to debug your ruby programs.
    Doors will open at 6:30 and presentations will begin around 7:00.
    BlackOps will be providing pizza and pop.

    Catch up on twitter or Slack:
    kcruby on Slack (contact us about access or reach out on twitter)

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    •  to 
    • Sprint Accelerator

      210 W. 19th Terr., Kansas City, MO, Kansas CityMO (map)
    • http://codeforkc.org/
    • 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
      (7:00 ~ Pizza arrives -- first Mondays only)  7:45 - Wrap up - get project updates

      Location: Community Room on the South 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).
      On first Mondays, there will be pizza! We'll be getting some 'za from Sizzle Pie, so there will be a vegetarian option.
      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 Kansas City has a Code of Conduct! Please always be respectful and help us keep our events welcoming, positive, productive environments for everyone.
      Connect with Us:
      • Join our Code for KC email list.
      • Follow us on Twitter @CodeforKC
      • Join us on Slack: slackinvite.me/to/codeforkc
      Got questions? Email our Brigade Captain, Paul Barham: [email protected].
      Code For Kansas City presenters and participants are held to thisanti-harassment policy.


    Back by Popular Demand!

    Our next single day conference will be Nov. 9, 2016.

    Learn from the best local and regional Lean-Agile practitioners and companies.
    Lean, Agile, DevOps, Lean UX, Lean Startup and more!

    Open KC offers a casual way for any attendee to contribute content.

    Bring your experiences, ideas, and questions!



    Saturday, November 19, 2016

    2:30 PM

  • Black Dog Coffee House

    12815 W 87th St, Lenexa, KS (map)
  • Hopefully the big room in back--look for the group with laptops
  • Saturday Meeting Format
    Our Saturday meetings are free-formed. Attendees bring up topics that interest them or that they want feedback on. Attendees are welcome to participate or just kick back and soak in the discussions. There are also no dumb questions! If you're just starting out this is a great opportunity to ask questions.
    The meeting structure usually follows this format:
    * Introductions / meet and greet new members
    Open group discussion on any development topic, concern or question; discussing any new happenings that interest the group
    * Get help s
    etting up your development environment, looking at code, quick demos, etc. (time permitting)
    All levels welcome!
    Maybe you have been using using PHP for a week or even a decade--we all have things to learn and share. If you enjoy working with PHP, or want to learn more about it this meeting is for you.
    Get Involved
    If you're looking for a presentation-focused event with talks and demos, check out our weeknight meetups. We would also love to have you present! Please contact an organizer through Meetup or talk after a meeting to tell us more about your topic.

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    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    6:00 PM

  • Stowers Institute

    1000 E 50th St, Kansas City, MO (map)

  • Park in the garage and enter the main building to the west of the garage. Follow the signs and turn right at the security desk.
  • Please join us for an evening of looking at the exciting past month of PHP news and learning about iterating over things.
    Light refreshments will be provided. Join us to meet new people, discuss PHP, and learn something new.
    Our Evening Meeting Format
    We love Web Development and all things PHP. Our meetings are often a little free-formed, but we shoot for this schedule:
    6:00pm - Mingling / Meet and Greet
    6:15pm - Lightning Talk: Last Month in PHP
    6:30pm - Talk: Irritating Strings -- Iterating Things:
    Arrays are beautiful in PHP. One can map them, reduce them, filter them, foreach them, and use them in generators. Strings, on the other hand, are mere shadows to the Array. One can, uh, input and output Strings, and, when brave, manipulate them. What makes Arrays so awesome and Strings so dull? Iterators.
    In this talk, we’ll look at the modest origins of the String and the basics of the Iterator. Then, we’ll look at how we can make the String as awesome as the Array through the use of iterator interfaces.
    By the end of this talk, you will know the origins of the PHP String and you will be able to extend your knowledge of iterating through a String to be able to iterate through customized objects.
    Your topic here? Contact us to speak! 
    Rate the talks!
    All Developers Welcome!
    We understand Web Developers often come from all backgrounds, and many work in more languages than PHP. Whether you're curious and just starting out, dabble in PHP on the weekends, write custom PHP on a daily basis, work in a framework like Symfony, Zend Framework, Silex, Slim, Laravel, CakePHP or customize CMS products like WordPress, Drupal or Joomla; our goal is that you will find something new, useful and thought provoking.
    Interested in giving a presentation to the group, or demoing something you're working on? Contact one of the organizers through Meetup or talk after a monthly meeting to sign up!

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