Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30:00 PM TBD TBD, Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association is dedicated to educating the local business community about the benefits of Search Engine Marketing and helping aspiring and existing SEMs advance their careers.

Kansas City Search Engine Marketing Association - http://kcsem.org Click here for event


Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Google Fiber Space Lounge 1820 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO

- Please note - this is one week later than our usual meeting. -

Adobe just released some super-cool software updates - so... let's see them in action!

We'll also be hearing a recap of this year's NAB conference from Kyle (and anyone else who wants to share their experience).

6:00 - Doors open. Setup/social time.
6:30 - Official meeting start. Welcome / intro / news
6:45 - New Adobe features + NAB Recap
8:59 - Get out! (must be out of Google by 9pm)
[9:00 - Begin hour-long parking lot conversations.]

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00:00 PM Centriq 8700 State Line Rd. Suite 200, Leawood, KS

For this kick off meeting, your Meetup organizer will also be the presenter; so allow me to introduce - myself:

My name is Dan Davis, I am a Sr. Systems Analyst with the Jackson County, Missouri Department of Information Technology. I have been a software developer for 20 years. I have developed desktop and web applications, in a variety of platforms and frameworks. I believe that the most interesting fact about my career in Information Technology that I could share is the complete lack of formal education and training with which it all began. My introduction to information technology began with a temporary assignment that I was given at my job that required me to become familiar with Excel, Word and Access. I began to teach myself everything that I could to try to stand out (just a bit) from the crowd. Microsoft Office gave me exactly what I needed, at exactly the right time in my career - a feature-rich, yet easy to learn, set of desktop publishing tools. Once I started working with Office I was hooked. I began to learn about data types, data relationships, structured query language, order of operations, filtering, sorting, cross-tabbing, I could not get enough! Building things that made it possible for my co-workers to do their jobs faster and better (and with pie charts, oooh, who doesn't love pie charts) gave me a sense of pride and purpose I had never EVER felt before. Soon after that temporary assignment, I was asked to begin developing desktop and web applications, and web services, and I never looked back.

So now, some 20 years later as I have been assisting one of my kids get a small business up and running, I have rediscovered the Joy Of Office - in Office 365; Microsoft's oh-so-correct and complete answer to any request that anyone might ever ask of you. Can you _______? Yes I can, and we will be able to share and collaborate - 'till it shines

...BUT THERE IS SO MUCH NEW GOODNESS TO LEARN IN OFFICE 365. So much power, flexibility and ability to scale as an organization grows. I think that what I love the most about Office 365 is that it is the right fit for ANY size organization. It is affordable, powerful and flexible.

So, lets get this Meetup off to a great start! We will discuss goals for the remainder of this first year. We will put together a list of topics for meetings, and we will discuss options for building a repository of sample projects and solutions. In addition to inviting experienced presenters and IT professionals to speak at KC Office 365 meetings, every member of this Meetup will be invited to give presentations on Office 365 topics - if they wish to do so. However, for this first Meetup it will just be us, drawing up a plan to build the best Meetup group possible.

Centriq Training is on State Line Rd; across the street from Ward Parkway Mall Click here for event


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Stowers Institute 1000 E 50th St, Kansas City,

Please join us for an evening of looking at the exciting past month of PHP news and learning about interesting concepts and projects in PHP and software development.

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 - TBA

Your topic here? Contact us to speak (http://www.meetup.com/kcphpug/suggestion/)!

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!

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. Click here for event


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO


In the Welding for Everyone class, the instructor will cover basic welding techniques. A variety of useful welding methods will be demonstrated and then repeated by the students. Open to beginners as well as those who have prior experience. Please bring a long sleeved, preferably denim shirt with you to protect your arms. The class will introduce you to flux-core wire feed, MIG and ARC welding. For ages: 18-118 (All materials included) Seating is limited.

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


Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7:00:00 AM Pierpont's at Union Station 30 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO

How to Create and Execute a Strategy for Scaling Agile

Agile practices have become the de facto standard for organizing around work in the today's organizations. Here's your chance to find out how to
better leverage Agile at your business.\

Who This For
In their '11th Annual State of Agile Report', VersionOne reports the top benefits enjoyed by companies adopting Agile Practices include improvements in:
• Ability to manage changing priorities
• Project visibility
• Increased team productivity
• Delivery speed/time to market
• Team morale
• Business/IT alignment
• Software quality
• Project predictability
• Project risk reduction
• Engineering discipline
• Software maintainability
• Managing distributed teams
• Project cost reduction

If you are a C-level executive facing challenges in any of the areas listed above, then this Executive Breakfast is for you.
Transitioning vs Scaling

Making the transition to Agile practices often begins with a few teams or workgroups. But, to fully realize the benefits of Agile, business leaders must scale those practices from the team level to the enterprise. Bringing Agile to the enterprise has unique challenges. What worked for a smaller group, may not hold at scale.

Learn the best practices, as well as the pitfalls to avoid, when planning your training, communication and execution of Agile practices at the enterprise level.

No Silver Bullet
While there is no silver bullet when it comes to scaling Agile practices, there are some successful patterns that can be leveraged for their intelligence and structure.

Join us for an executive breakfast on Friday April 27, 2018 from 7-9 AM where we'll discuss:
• the Scaled Agile Framework or (www.scaledagileframework.com)
• the importance of having a roadmap for introducing, planning and executing the change management involved when scaling Agile
• some experience reports others have seen when introducing and leveraging SAFe.

Martin Olson, of Scaling Matters, LLC and Silicon Prairie Solutions, Inc. will lead the session. Martin has been working with Lean and Agile practices for over seventeen years and has been helping companies with the Scaled Agile Framework for the last five. His clients range from Fortune 50 organizations to privately held companies of less than 100 people. Martin provides a unique perspective on this topic as holds certifications both as a Scaled Agile Program Consultant Trainer (SPCT), and as a Certified Organizational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC). He also holds an MBA from the University of Kansas. Martin can be reached at martin@scalingmatters.com

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11:30:00 AM Pho Nguyen 500 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO

No agenda. No topics. No plan. Come and eat and we'll let the discussion take us where it wants.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM VML 250 Northwest Richards Road, Kansas City, MO

This week we're going to be talking about performance. Michael Smith will kick us off with a bunch of techniques and lessons learned from lots of both small and large Drupal implementations.

We'll have plenty of time for open discussions and Q&A as well.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 5:30:00 PM Town Pavilion 1100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO

• What we'll do

Have you been waiting to hear a story about a real cultural transformation here in KC? Well, your wait is over! Scott Morris has been leading an incredible transformation at a 150 year-old non-profit, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. As with most transformations, this one is both technical and cultural. Scott will be focusing on the cultural aspects like building consensus, continuous learning, creating a call-to-action, and continually motivating the company. This information will be helpful even if your culture is already awesome.

Speaker Bio:

Scott Morris is the Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Prior to NAIC he was SVP of App Dev at UMB, responsible for the development and support of technology solutions across multiple lines of business. During his 15 years at UMB, he was responsible for the technology to support consumer and business online banking solutions, mobile banking, online payments, mutual fund accounting, hedge fund accounting, brokerage, as well as many other consumer websites and applications. He was instrumental in the creation of the online payments product, an integrated solution processing millions of ACH and credit card payments from the web, and led a technology team to develop one of the largest healthcare savings accounts (HSA) platforms in the country.

• What to bring
A mind ready to learn and a device to win prizes.

• Important to know
We'll have food and beverages provided.

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30:00 AM Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery 1624 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City,

• What we'll do
Casual discussions about intersectional feminism over various topics. Conversations about how to succeed in life, work and relationships while advocating for yourself and empowering the women around you.

• What to bring
An open mind and willingness to share your experience, ask questions and potentially be vulnerable. If you have additional topics you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to reach out or bring them up in the course of conversation.

• Important to know
These conversations aren't about subscribing to a certain set of answers, but instead, they're about having honest, organic discussions that help us do and be better every day.

We'll plan to be at the large pub table on the second floor. Subject to change depending on number of attendees, availability and weather. Click here for event


Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Plexpod Crossroads 1712 Main St, Kansas City, mo

Once a month, on 3rd Mondays, our Hack Nights now also feature a "Learn Night" educational component. We regularly encounter community members who have info that is relevant to the Brigade--ongoing projects, vexing problems, or tutorials for new skill development.

This Learn Night:
Jackson County Historical Society & The Wilborn Collection, an acquisition of 500,000 historic photo negatives of Kansas City.

Steve Noll, former executive director of the JCHS, and board member Brent Schondelmeyer, will share information about how The Wilborn Collection came to be, what it represents and challenges they face going forward.

Watch the video introduction: https://vimeo.com/250859507
Preview some of the photos: http://jchs.org/wilbornsupport
Support the project: https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=5a595c479140b7e31a61d92a

Our Learn Nights will be on the mezzanine level of Plexpod Crossroads, so project teams can hack away uninterrupted, but we hope you'll find some topics of interest. These talks are not specifically directed at a technical audience, so they're a great way for non-coders to get involved with Code for KC.

Presentations and Q&A will run from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Hack Night starts at 6, so you'll have some time to mingle with the Brigade and grab some snacks.

Already an expert?
Participate in Hack Night. On the lower level, we're still running our weekly Hack Night, where people interested in helping can joining us to work on our various civic hacking projects to create a better Kansas City. Bring projects, ideas, designs, laptops, data, or friends.

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

Meeting Format:
6:00 - Social / Networking
6:15 - Kickoff and Introductions
6:25 - New Member Orientation and Hacking
6:30 - Learn Night presentation

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. Code For Kansas City presenters and participants are held to this anti-harassment policy: http://codeforkc.org/hackkc-code-of-conduct

Connect with Us:
• Join our Code for KC email list http://eepurl.com/7gbQP
• Follow us on Twitter @CodeforKC (http://twitter.com/codeforkc) and @KCDigitalDrive (http://twitter.com/kcdigitaldrive)

Questions? Email our Brigade Captain, Paul Barham: captain@codeforkc.org or codeforkc@kcdigitaldrive.org

http://codeforkc.org/ Click here for event


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:30:00 PM Plexpod Crossroads 1712 Main Street, Kansas City, mo

Join GDG Kansas City and learn about making apps for the Google Assistant and Actions on Google platform.

This is a two-part series, starting with beginner-level information then we will build upon topics and ideas to create a real action for the Google Assistant with more advanced interactions.

After the series, if you choose to, you'll have a chance to present an app using all the things you've learned to win prizes and bragging rights!


Note: You don't need to have attended the first meetup to attend the second.


Meetup 1: Making an App (4/17)
@ Google Fiber Space Lounge
6:00 - Doors open, networking, and dinner
6:30 - Intro and lightning talks
6:45 - Building an app for the Google Assistant

At this meetup, we'll present several ways to make an app for the Google Assistant, from no-code options to some more complex ones. Topics will include features of Dialogflow, connecting your app to other data sources, and publishing your app.


*This meetup*
Meetup 2: Adding Functionality (5/1)
@ Plexpod Crossroads
1712 Main St #200, Kansas City, MO 64108
(Enter the door behind the building on the northwest corner)
6:00 - Doors open, networking, and dinner
6:30 - Intro and lightning talks
6:45 - Adding Great Functionality to the Google Assistant

The second meetup will explore more advanced topics. Attendees will learn how to create non-linear conversations, setup and utilize account linking, and more.


Actions For Your Community Competition

This series will teach you how to build great actions for the Google Assistant. Take a stab at building your own! If you attend at least one of the Actions meetups, present your masterpiece for a chance to win prizes!

The rules are simple: it has to be your creation (or a team) and that's it! It can be anything, but if possible, something that benefits the community (you can use any definition of "community").

Presentations will be at our Google I/O Roundup on May. Anyone that wants can present the app they built for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights!

Need some ideas?

Ok Google, when will the street car be at 19th street?
Hey Google, when is my trash day?
Ok Google, find me a spot to park downtown.

Other idea sparks:


Help us help you! Fill out this survey to let us know what you want from this and future meetups: https://goo.gl/forms/YlpIeEyO0qnAIOQr1

Not a member of our Slack yet? Join at https://slack.gdgkc.org

Code of Conduct: https://developers.google.com/groups/guidelines/

• Parking
The Google Fiber Space has a parking lot and there is street parking available. Please do not park in the church parking lot adjacent to Fiber as this is a private lot and you may be towed.

• What to bring
A laptop is highly recommended to put your new knowledge to work during the session and follow along, but not required.

Enter the door behind the building on the northwest corner. Weather permitting, we'll have the garage doors open. Click here for event


Thursday, April 26, 2018 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 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.

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


Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM C2FO 2020 W 89th Street, Leawood, ks

Join us for the April Kubernetes and Cloud Native Kansas City MeetUp!

This meeting we will discuss Helm, a package manager for Kubernetes.

Helm is designed to help you manage Kubernetes applications. We will explore helm setup, creating a helm package, and deploying that package to a cluster.

All skill levels are welcome!


6:00-6:20pm - Meet and greet (with food!)

6:20-6:30pm - Kubernetes community news

6:30-7:30pm - Kyle Sexton, installation and exploration of Helm

7:30-8:00pm - Open discussion

2nd floor, follow the signs Click here for event


Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM VinSolutions 5700 Broadmoor Street, Mission, KS

Chaos Engineering

Modern software systems are made up of many moving parts that can fail, that are then built on top of and integrated with systems that can also fail. Throw into this mix the need for these parts to be under the stress of constant change and improvement under the increasing pressures of the business to deliver more and faster, and building systems that are reliable enough to have confidence in is a real challenge.

Enter the discipline of Chaos Engineering. Chaos Engineering is specifically concerned with helping you build confidence in your complex and rapidly evolving applications so you can embrace and thrive on the inherent challenges of the approach.

In this talk, Russ Miles will show you how to discover weaknesses in your complex systems and learn how to overcome them using chaos engineering. Employing a host of real-world examples and using the free and open source Chaos Toolkit, Russ will demonstrate how you can use chaos engineering today to tame your systems and enable them to thrive.

Speaker: Russ Miles @russmiles

Russ Miles is the Geek on a Harley and CEO of ChaosIQ.io where he and his team build commercial and open source (ChaosToolkit.org) products and provide services to companies applying Chaos Engineering to build confidence in their Cloud Native, Microservice-based systems on Kubernetes, AWS, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and more.

As well as being the Geek, Russ is an international speaker and author of 3 published book, most recently working on "Antifragile Software: Building Adaptable Software with Microservices" where he explores how to apply Chaos Engineering to construct and manage complex, distributed systems in production with confidence.

See Sharper
Better unit testing with IOC, DI, and Mocking - Duane Newman

Kansas City Developer Conference (KCDC) @kc_dc

9th floor through the glass doors and around the reception desk Click here for event


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:00:00 PM Skylab Letterpress 1968 Linn Street, North Kansas City, mo

KCDesignCore hits the road May 1 for a field trip to Skylab Letterpress! Skylab is, in its own words, "a full-service print shop focused on the craft of letterpress printing in the modern landscape." We will be getting a tour of the space and checking out some of their very cool work. (For more information, and some mesmerizing videos, check them out on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SkylabLetterpress/videos/)

Skylab Letterpress is located at 1968 Linn Street, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116. We will meet there at 7 pm. Tuesday, May 1, our regular meeting time. We will NOT be meeting at Centriq.


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Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 7:00:00 PM Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen 1526 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO

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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Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30:00 PM Centriq Training 8700 State Line Road, Leawood, KS

Join us Thursday for a peek behind the curtain of Automation. Mitchell Maler, from Cerner, will join us to demonstrate the ease in which CI and CD might be applied. We hope to dispel some of the mystery around the difficulties and/or challenges to employ automation into an agile environment. Mitchell will do his best to answer your questions about integrating automation at your shop. He has been instrumental in standing up the automation of several teams within Cerner. It's guaranteed to be a good time.

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Monday, April 23, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM Pinsight Media 1100 Main St #1500, Kansas City, MO

It is incredible to observe the amount of information that can be contained in a time-series signal. Maybe one of the most impressive and beautiful examples of this is the harmonic and rhythmic information stored in a .wav or .mp3 file of a music piece. Of course, our ears/brains can decipher which instruments, chords, and notes are present in a music piece, as well as beat, tempo, and other rhythmic attributes of the song. But to create software that mimics this ability is a difficult challenge.

Jarod Hart [http://people.ku.edu/~jvhart/index.html] will discuss his time-frequency analysis of music project which aims to formulate algorithms to characterize the harmonic and rhythmic content of music based only on time-series information from .wav or .mp3 file. In this presentation he will detail some partial results of this music analysis project.

He will discuss some techniques for making a time-frequency decomposition of piano music that provide rich harmonic information and visualizations related to the signal. Additionally, he will detail an algorithm that decomposes the input piano music signal in terms of a "piano-key" domain that describes the intensity of the harmonics related to each key on the piano at each time in the signal. The main data science and mathematical techniques to be discussed related to these algorithms are the short-time Fourier transform, bag-of-features dictionary constructions, and sparse representation through the LASSO optimization problem.

Finally, he will describe some future plans for this project including ways to formulate an algorithm that recovers sheet music from .wav or .mp3 piano music files, extending the algorithms to simultaneously handle multiple instruments/vocal signals, and some plans to speed up computation using the sparse and highly structured behavior of music signals in the frequency domain.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 12:00:00 PM DEG 6601 College Boulevard, Overland Park,

First open meeting. The theme is best practices.

12:00 - 12:15 Hang out and eat
12:15 - 12:30 Short Talk
12:30 - 1:00 Open mic and discussion

Come up to the 6th floor. We are in the large meeting room by the welcome desk. Click here for event


Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM WeWork Corrigan Station 1828 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO

Join us for the next VR/AR Meetup on April 30 at the WeWork coworking space at Corrigan Station! WeWork is a new modern office space in downtown KC with private offices and desk space available for businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs in Kansas City. Find out more about WeWork at https://www.wework.com/buildings/corrigan-station--kansas-city .

As always, we'll have gear set up and the latest and greatest demos to check out. If you have a project that you are working on or would like feedback on something you're making, we would love to have you show it off! As always, this is a FREE event (aside from parking.)

Street parking is available and free to use, but be aware of time limits. If no street parking is available, paid parking is available to the public in the Corrigan Station garage for $2/hour. WeWork does not validate parking. Also, please bring photo ID to check in at this location.

For easy access to the space, enter through the Walnut entrance.

We hope to see you there!

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1:00:00 PM The NEW HammerSpace Community Workshop 5200 E. 45th St., Kansas City, MO

Suggested age range for this class: 10-110 years old

Arduino is an inexpensive and easy-to-learn combination of software and hardware that lets students, artist, tinkerers,and hobbyists, add intelligence to their projects. In this class we'll be cover the basics of getting started with Arduino and guide you through three introductory projects.

Students needs to bring their own computer with them to this class. We will be downloading and installing software used to program your Arduino. **PLEASE NOTE**: Arduino units and other programming materials will be provided by the instructor, but will remain at HammerSpace after the class. 

In this 3-hour introductory class we will cover:

● What an Arduino is and what it is and what it does

● Downloading and Installing the Arduino Software on your computer

● How Arduino Programs are written, how they run, and what to do when they don't work

● How to control a LED connected to the Arduino

● How to control a Hobby Servo connected to the Arduino

● How to make the Arduino play a sound 

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


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:30:00 PM Garmin International 1200 E 151st Street, Olathe, KS

A special thanks to SpringCon. Tech for sponsoring our speakers travel! http://springcon.tech/


Serverless is a big topic these days. More specifically, Function as a Service (FaaS) enables small-scale functions deployed in the cloud to be enabled only as needed. Compared to Platform as a Service (PaaS) services which are "always on" and require explicit scaling, FaaS services wake up when needed and are scaled by the platform automatically.

Imagine a service that only gets invoked one per hour. In PaaS, that service is always running and ready to handle requests, consuming processor resources and ultimately costing more to be ready at a moment's notice. In contrast, FaaS services awaken quickly upon invocation and go away when finished, conserving resources and cost.

In this example-driven session, we'll see how to create and deploy Function as a Service (FaaS) services with Spring and Spring Boot.

Speaker Bio:

Craig Walls is a senior engineer with Pivotal and is the author of Spring in Action and Spring Boot in Action. He's a zealous promoter of the Spring Framework, speaking frequently at local user groups and conferences and writing about Spring. When he's not slinging code, Craig is planning his next trip to Disney World or Disneyland and spending as much time as he can with his wife, two daughters, 2 birds and 3 dogs.

• 5:30 - 6:30pm - Social Hour with food provided by sponsor by SpringCon. Tech
• 6:30pm - Presentation
• After presentation happy hour at Austin's Bar and Grill.

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Monday, April 30, 2018 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 (http://eepurl.com/7gbQP).

• Follow us on Twitter @CodeforKC (http://twitter.com/codeforkc) and @KCDigitalDrive (http://twitter.com/kcdigitaldrive).

Got questions? Email our Brigade Captain, Paul Barham: captain@codeforkc.org or codeforkc@kcdigitaldrive.org.

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 (http://codeforkc.org/hackkc-code-of-conduct).

http://codeforkc.org/ Click here for event


Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:00:00 PM NAIC 1100 Walnut, Kansas City, MO

Selenium testing is notorious for being slow. In this Meetup session we'll look at some simple ways to make Selenium testing a little faster.

We'll try to keep the scope limited so that those who want to bring their laptop and follow along can do so.


- Meet and Greet, refreshments
- Introductions
- Sponsors and Announcements
- Demo and Workshop
- Next time on Selenium KC Meetup
- Quiz?

Workshop Requirements:

- Java (at least jdk 8+) (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk8-downloads-2133151.html)
- Google Chrome (https://www.google.com/chrome/)
- Eclipse (https://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/oomph/epp/oxygen/R2/eclipse-inst-win64.exe)
- M2Eclipse Plugin (http://www.eclipse.org/m2e/)
- IntelliJ (https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/download/)
- Git (https://git-scm.com/downloads ) (optional)
- ChromeDriver ("https://sites.google.com/a/chromium.org/chromedriver/downloads")

This event is on the 4th floor of the Town Pavilion building at 11th and Walnut. Please use the Walnut entrance. Click here for event


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 5:00:00 PM WeWork Corrigan Station 1828 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO

• What we'll do
Don't miss the first Kansas City Alexa Meetup! It will be special.

The Kansas City Alexa Meetup is the best opportunity to gather users & developers who are passionate about Amazon Alexa. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, join the KC Alexa community to learn more, share and build your skills.

Join us at this first KCMO Alexa Meetup on Wednesday, April 25 to hear Amazon Alexa Evangelist Jeff Blankenburg and Alexa Champion Bob Stolzberg share the vision for Alexa and talk about how you too can create voice-enabled services for your users with Alexa. We will have special gifts, amazing speakers who will provide an overview of the conversational user interface industry, Skills Marketplace, and several interesting Alexa use cases. We will have several Amazon Echo/Dot's available to use and we'll be raffling a few cool prizes, too.


• 5:00 - 5:30: Doors open, free finger food, drinks & networking
• 5:30 - 6:00: Introductions and shout outs
• 6:00 - 6:30: "Alexa Voice Industry Overview" presentation by Bob Stolzberg
• 6:30 - 7:30: "Creating Alexa Skills" presentation by Amazon Alexa Evangelist
• 7:30 - 8:00: Raffles, food, drinks & networking

Alexa Abstract:

Amazon Alexa, the cloud-based voice service that powers Amazon Echo, provides access to thousands of skills that enable customers to voice-control their world, whether it's listening to music hands free, controlling their smart home devices with a simple ask of "turn on the lights," setting timers when their hands are busy in the kitchen, listening to the news in the morning as they get ready for work, or even ordering a pizza.

You don't need to have a background in natural language understanding (NLU) or speech recognition to build great voice experiences for Alexa. Through a series of free, self-service, public APIs like the Alexa Skills Kit (https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit) and Alexa Voice Service (https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-voice-service), developers can build new skills for Alexa and integrate Alexa into their products and services.


Jeff Blankenburg, Amazon Alexa Evangelist (@JeffBlankenburg)
Jeff has been an Amazon Alexa Evangelist for 2 years but spent the early part of his career in digital advertising, building websites for Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Ford Motor Company, among others. He also spent 9 years at Microsoft, primarily as an evangelist for any new development technology he could get his hands on. Today, he works on the Amazon Alexa team helping developers make Alexa even smarter. Jeff has also spoken at conferences all over the world, including London, Munich, Seattle, Chicago, Australia, and New York. He also serves as an organizer for the Stir Trek (http://stirtrek.com/) conference. On the academic front, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio's Bowling Green State University!

Bob Stolzberg (@bobstolzberg)
Bob Stolzberg (http://www.linkedin.com/in/bstolzberg) is the Founder & CEO of VoiceXP, a leading Alexa SaaS software company focused on the Alexa for Business space. Bob is an official Amazon Alexa Champion who has presented at Re:Invent 2017, the Alexa Conference, TedX St. Louis and several Voice Industry podcasts. Bob has also served as a subject matter expert in the areas of Cloud technology and DRBC for the past several years and has more than 20 years of engineering experience in the IT industry. In his spare time, Bob is a water lily farmer and scientist.

• What to bring
Bring a laptop if you want to c0d3..

• Important to know
Make sure you have registered for an Amazon Developer Account at http://developer.amazon.com and Regular Amazon AWS Account at http://console.amazon.com (No Cost, but requires a credit card)

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May 2, 2018
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Register for the next (ISC)² Kansas City Chapter Meeting. Registering will help us plan accordingly for meeting space, chairs and refreshments.

Register Now at Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/isc2-kc-chapter-may-2nd-meeting-please-register-tickets-45340428442

Monthly Meetings:
  • When: The first Wednesday of every month
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Where: Ruisch Auditorium at Black & Veatch 
  • Address: 11401 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, KS 66211 map
  • Format:  Round table, interactive discussion with security professionals from many different industries, tech companies and organizations, from upper management to operators who have many diverse experiences.  We invite knowledgeable and expert members and guests to facilitate and keep the discussion moving along and on-task.

Next Chapter Meeting - May 2nd 2018
  • Topic: Advanced SOCs and MSSPs and MDRs, Oh My!
  • Sponsor (food & drink):  SHI 
  • FacilitatorShane Harsch, Senior Solutions Principal at RSA and SANS Mentor
More Info:
  • TOPIC:
    Let’s talk meat and potatoes about advancing your SOC with threat hunting, threat intelligence, incident management, and live response. We will also look at how MSSPs and MDRs can make you successful (or not), and how to think about what kind of strategy you might need in today’s hyperkinetic, dark web-laden, threat-actor-suffused, buzzword-embattled, cyber defense hot mess initiatives
    This conversation is intended to:
    • Outline the principles of an effective threat detection and prevention program that organizations must operationalize in the new security paradigm.
    • Examine security automation and the continued role of manual analysis.
    • Recommend steps to assemble security operations and mature incident response capabilities, which are prerequisites for dedicated hunting capabilities.
    • Define threat intelligence in a way that is meaningful to your organization to better enable you to filter which companies and products are effective.
    • Outline how to be more proactive instead of reactive.  How do you identify what’s normal and abnormal within your environment?  Do you have the skills to identify anomalies and unusual activities? 
    • This will be an open discussion forum and attendees are encouraged to participate throughout the presentation.
    Shane Harsch is an Information Security professional with over 25 years of experience ranging from military to manufacturing to security consulting and professional services. He has managed and architected SOCs for the military and managed service providers and is a commissioned officer in the US Army, Military Intelligence.  Shane holds degrees in business (MBA) and computational linguistics (BA), and maintains the following certifications: Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), Incident Handling (GCIH), Enterprise Defense (GCED), and Information Security (CISSP).  In addition to his responsibilities as a Senior Solutions Principal at RSA, Shane fosters new professionals to information security as a SANS Mentor.  LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaneharsch

Come prepared with your experiences, questions, and your security concerns that you wish to bring before a host of like-minded security professionals.


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