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Upcoming Events

 
Introducing DSE 6.0: Resiliency and Performance
May
30
6:45 PM18:45

Introducing DSE 6.0: Resiliency and Performance

 

A Datastax Meetup

 
 

Join us on May 30th for a talk with two DataStax experts about new features in DataStax Enterprise 6.0; the best and most important DSE release to-date.

Brian Hess, Product Manager at Datastax, will talk about new features which provide resiliency and improvements to Cassandra’s always on capabilities

Jake, a Cassandra PMC, committer and all around smart guy , will discuss how we re-built the execution engine to double performance with DSE 6.0

 

Agenda

6:45 PM: Doors open

7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

7:30 PM: Presentation begins

8:45 PM: Program ends

 

The Hosts:

Gerrard Lindsey, Senior App Developer, Lifion by ADP

Johnson Lu, Solution Architect, Datastax

     
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    The Great US Security Debate
    Jun
    6
    6:45 PM18:45

    The Great US Security Debate

     

    Offense vs. Defense

    by Contino

     
     

    DESCRIPTION

    With cyber security crimes on the rise, do security engineers have any hope in blocking these attacks? Join us at The Great US Security Debate on Wednesday, June 6th to watch two teams of security experts (divided into Hackers vs. Security) battle against each other.

     

    Here's how it goes down: each team will be given a real-world security scenario. Our team of hackers will present how they can penetrate a network, highlighting all vulnerabilities, and the security team will need to show how they can defend themselves. At the end of each round our audience will decide if the hackers were able to get through, or if the security team was able to successfully defend.

     

    So, if you want to see how your security network could hold up against a team of expert hackers, join us on June 6th for an epic debate!

     

    Need more reasons to attend?

    • Witness technical titans fight it out in a debate-style event
    • Learn how experts would exploit - and defend! - vulnerabilities
    • Chance to ask your own questions to our hackers and InfoSec experts
    • Network with like-minded engineers

     

    PANEL

    Krista Mazzeo, Cybersecurity Analyst and Certified Ethical Hacker
    Curtis Yanko, Director Technical Alliances & Strategy @ Sonatype
    Jayson Ferron, CEO and Chief Technologist, Interactive Security Training

     

    AGENDA

    6:45 PM: Doors open

    7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

    7:30 PM: Presentation begins

    8:45 PM: Program ends

     

    HOSTS

    Zill Christian, Lead Software Engineer, Lifion, by ADP

    Jesse White, Account Principal, Contino

       
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      Jun
      19
      6:45 PM18:45

      MIT Startup Pitch Night

       

      JUNE 2018 MEETING

       
       

      Details

      MIT Alumni Angels of New York (MITAANY) is the New York area chapter of MIT Alumni Angels. MIT Alumni Angels is officially affiliated with the MIT Alumni Association and operates in multiple regions including Boston and Bay Area.

      MIT Alumni Angels is designed to help MIT alumni, who are accredited investors, learn about and invest in early stage startups selected by a committee of experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and executives.

      Presenting startups will be announced to registered attendees.

      Note: if you are an investor attendee, by registering, you agree that you are an Accredited Investor according to SEC definition. There are no membership fees or minimum investment commitments at this time, and each participant is expected to invest independently.

       

       

         
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        Leveling Up Customer Journey Maps
        Apr
        24
        6:45 PM18:45

        Leveling Up Customer Journey Maps

         

        A Product Thinking Meetup

        by NexTier Innovations

         
         

        Details

        Customer journey mapping is visual storytelling of the process that a customer goes through to accomplish objectives and goals. Their value is in creating a shared understanding among stakeholders, and they are useful for addressing customer needs and pain points. But what exactly are journey maps, how do you create them and what is the best way to use them?

        Let's get together to discuss how one can create journey maps that generate real value for their customers!

         

        Who should attend:

        - Product designers that want to understand the context of their customers.

        - Product designers that want to get a clear picture of where users come from and what they are trying to achieve within a certain product or service.

        - Content writers that want to understand what questions users have and how they feel as they use a product or service.

        - Product managers that want to understand the overall customer experience within a product or service, so they can identify opportunities to make the experience even better.

         

        Meet Gerard Dolan:

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

        Our special guest is Gerard Dolan, Customer Experience & Product Design Consultant based in Toronto, Canada. Gerard has worked in several industries including; Financial Services, Banking, Fintech, Energy, Automotive, Loyalty Programs, Healthcare, Telecommunications, Retail, and Non-Profit Organizations.

         

        Agenda

        6:45 PM: Doors open

        7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

        7:30 PM: Presentation begins

        8:45 PM: Program ends

         

        Hosts: Erica S. and Ken Q.

           
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          Against the Gender Pay Gap
          Apr
          10
          6:45 PM18:45

          Against the Gender Pay Gap

           

          Panel Discussion: How to address the Gender Pay Gap?

           
           

          Tonight, our Essteem panel will talk through a few measures companies - and their managers - can take to close the gender pay gap.

           

          Topics will include:


          - Different kinds of Gender gaps, Stats and the Maternity leave. With Hugh Seureau, Co-founder at Essteem


          - How to monitor the gap? with Marie-Eve Piche, CFO at Pymetrics


          - 10 things managers and others could do to address the issue (panel)


          Launch of Essteems' first Referral contest:

          Refer talents you know to jobs and create "help chains": donate as much as you earn to Girls who Code, Women who Code, Girls develop it or UN Women. Come and be among our first testers of the concept. Become an Essteem Champion if you are among our top referrers, get videos about you, and more perks.

          Fellow males! This meetup is not only for women. Men are usually 5-10% of meetups about inclusion, and it would help to see more of us there.

           

          Panelists

          Marie Eve Piche

          Hugh Seureau  

          More TBC

           

          Host

          Lyndze Blosser, User Experience Lead, Lifion by ADP

           

          Agenda

          6:45 PM: Doors open

          7:15 PM: Welcome introductions

          7:30 PM: Presentation begins

          8:45 PM: Program ends

           

           

             
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            Blockchains and ICOs: Scaling Your Startup Series
            Mar
            28
            6:45 PM18:45

            Blockchains and ICOs: Scaling Your Startup Series

             
             
             

            DESCRIPTION

            StartOut New York is delighted to present “Blockchains and ICOs”, part of our Scaling Your Startup Series

            Two new paradigms have entered into the world of emerging startups, the first is Blockchain, a decentralized approach to building systems. The second is the Initial Coin Offering (ICO), a new way to fund startups operating on the Blockchain. This panel will discuss how to think about leveraging blockchain in your platform as well as how to leverage an ICO to fund your startup.

            ICOs and Blockchain are not for every startup so its just as important to understand when it will help you scale and when it will not. The panel consists of people who are implementing Blockchain and have done ICOs or are preparing to do ICOs. This is a unique opportunity to understand how your startup can benefit.

             

            Moderator

            Wasim Ahmad, Chief Crypto Officer, Vault12

             

            Panelists

            Frank Villavicencio, Head of Product, Security Management Services, ADP

            Tom Bollich, CTO of MadHive

            Anthony Shook, Founder and CEO, AeroChain

            Mc Kenna Walsh, Partner, MoreFaster

            Vitali Green, CEO of Kuoll

             

            Agenda

            6:45 PM: Doors open

            7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

            7:30 PM: Presentation begins

            8:45 PM: Program ends

             

            ADP Host

            Jens Audenaert, DVP/GM, WorkMarket/ADP

               
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              NYC UXPA Special Event
              Mar
              27
              6:45 PM18:45

              NYC UXPA Special Event

               
               
               

              Creating Team Bedrock to Make Meaningful Work

              We all want to spend our time at work doing something meaningful. But how do we create a framework in which we can do meaningful work on every project, and keep doing it even as the project evolves? How do we get teams made up of people from various disciplines and backgrounds on board?

              These questions and more will be answered by Dan Szuc and Jo Wong, co-founders and principles of Apogee, a Hong-Kong-based design consultancy. They'll share their insights into creating bedrock, their term for the foundation upon which meaningful work can be built.

               

              Agenda

              6:45-7:10PM Networking & Refreshments

              7:10-7:15PM Opening Announcements

              7:15-8:30PM Speaker Presentation and Q&A

              8:30-9:00PM Post-Event Networking

               

                 
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                HR in and for Agile Enterprises
                Mar
                13
                6:30 PM18:30

                HR in and for Agile Enterprises

                 

                Agile NYC User Group with Fabiola Eyholzer

                 
                 

                DESCRIPTION

                Scaling agile and business agility is on everyone's lips. But despite or perhaps because of the widespread successful use of agile ways of working, the most central element of corporate agility is often ignored or completely underestimated: Human Resources (HR). Let us explore the new world of work and the role of HR in and for agile enterprises. We will discuss the importance of a contemporary HR approach and look into the challenges associated with the necessary transformation. We will talk about establishing agile ways of working in the HR organization (Agile4HR), but also about translating agile values and principles into our HR solutions (HR4Agile).

                 

                Agenda

                6:30 PM: Doors open

                7:00 PM: Welcome introduction

                7:15 PM: Presentation begins

                8:45 PM: Program ends

                 

                About Speaker:

                Fabiola Eyholzer (SPC 4, CSPO) is a renowned thought leader and expert in Agile HR. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Just Leading Solutions – a New York based management consultancy and market leader for Lean | Agile People Operations. As seasoned HR Consultant and Executive Advisor, she helps organizations to embrace lean | agile values on a cultural level and revolutionize their people approach.

                Feel free to connect with Fabiola via Twitter @FabiolaEyholzer or LinkedIn 

                   
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                  Meetup: UX Support Group
                  Mar
                  6
                  6:45 PM18:45

                  Meetup: UX Support Group

                   

                  How to Talk, So Developers Will Listen, and Listen, So Developers Will Talk

                   
                   

                  This talk, presented by Kendall Wallace, is for UX / Product Designers to better empathize with Developers they're collaborating with.

                   

                  About Kendall Wallace

                  Kendall is a User Experience Researcher, Workshop Facilitator, and Product Designer passionate about product design, and using a background of customer experience and study in user experience design and research to create transformative and elevated touch points to create the best possible user experience.

                   

                  Agenda

                  6:45 PM: Doors open

                  7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                  7:30 PM: Presentation begins

                  8:45 PM: Program ends

                   

                  Your Hosts

                  Kevin Gomez, Recruiter, Lifion

                  Jeffrey Coleman, UX Recruiter, SALT

                     
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                    Meetup: Building Modern Data Pipelines
                    Feb
                    26
                    6:45 PM18:45

                    Meetup: Building Modern Data Pipelines

                     
                     
                     

                     

                    Join us on Monday, Feb 26 as we welcome back the NYC Real-Time Stream Processing User Group for a talk with Karthik Ramasamy of Streamlio.

                     

                    Description:

                    Data pipelines are hard to build and maintain. This is due to complexity of big data open source ecosystem that has numerous software each specializing in solving one piece of the puzzle. In this talk, we will focus on three key open source software Apache Pulsar, Apache Heron and Apache BookKeeper and how are integrated to make it easy to build data pipelines.

                     

                    Abstract:

                    For today’s enterprises, ensuring that data pipelines are available to every corner of the organization is key to building next generation data-driven applications. In this talk, Karthik Ramasamy of Streamlio will present on how to combine three best of breed open-source projects to have a solid data infrastructure that are is easy to develop against and simple to operate at scale in production.

                     

                    Karthik will provide an overview of the merits of the three open source systems and the benefits they bring when integrated:

                    Apache Pulsar: unified queuing and streaming

                    Apache Heron: stream processing

                    Apache BookKeeper: distributed stream storage

                     

                    About Karthik:

                    Karthik Ramasamy is the co-founder of Streamlio that focuses on building next generation real time processing engines. Before Streamlio, he was the engineering manager and technical lead for real-time analytics at Twitter where he co-created Twitter Heron. He has two decades of experience working in parallel databases, big data infrastructure, and networking. Karthik is the author of several publications, patents, and "Network Routing: Algorithms, Protocols and Architectures". He has a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a focus on big data and databases.

                     

                    Agenda

                    6:45 PM: Doors open

                    7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                    7:30 PM: Presentation begins

                    8:45 PM: Program ends

                     

                    Your Host

                    Eugene Dvorkin, Technical Architect Infrastructure Engineer, Lifion

                       
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                      Meetup: Apache TinkerPop’s Gremlin
                      Feb
                      21
                      6:45 PM18:45

                      Meetup: Apache TinkerPop’s Gremlin

                       
                       
                       

                      We are very excited to announce our next DataStax Professional Community Meetup event on February 21!  

                       

                      Deep Dive into Apache TinkerPop’s Gremlin 

                      Presentation by Stephen Mallette

                       

                      For this Meetup we’ll explore in-depth Apache TinkerPop’s Gremlin, the query language used by multiple graph dbs, including, of course, DataStax Enterprise Graph. You’ll meet other users of DataStax Cassandra and DSE Graph users and enjoy food and drinks... See you there!!

                       

                      About Stephen Mallette

                      Stephen Mallette has been developing graph technology and graph applications for about ten years. He is a core developer of the graph framework, Apache TinkerPop, and the chair of its Project Management Committee. He is currently employed by DataStax and is one of the engineers working on DSE Graph.

                       

                      Abstract

                      Gremlin is the graph traversal language of Apache TinkerPop, an open source graph computing framework, that is implemented by a great many graph databases, including DSE Graph. Even the most novice Gremlin user will recognize the Gremlin statement of "g.V()", but in this presentation we will stop to take a moment to understand the elements of that ubiquitous statement and the elements of the steps that append to it. With the foundational knowledge of "Gremlin's Anatomy" firmly held, we will perform an autopsy on an advanced Gremlin traversal and thus expose techniques for examining and taming the most complex and confusing Gremlin one might come across

                       

                      Agenda

                      6:45 PM: Doors open

                      7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                      7:30 PM: Gremlin’s Anatomy: Stephen Mallette

                      8:45 PM: Program ends

                       

                      Your Hosts

                      Johnlouis Petitbon, Lifion by ADP

                      Johnston Lu, DataStax

                         
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                        Panel Discussion: Adapting to Scale
                        Feb
                        13
                        6:45 PM18:45

                        Panel Discussion: Adapting to Scale

                         

                        StartOut New York and ADP iLab Present:

                         

                        Adapting to Scale

                        Overcoming the Challenges of a Fast Growing Startup

                         

                        For most entrepreneurs, scaling a successful startup requires a whole new set of skills. More employees may mean a dramatic shift in company culture, policy, and management. For diverse founders, these challenges can not only be unique but open the door to many exciting new opportunities to develop game changing businesses.

                        Join StartOut Experts as we explore how to build exciting companies that expand, transform, and sustain as you grow. It's never too early for an entrepreneur to begin thinking through the core issues that will shape your company and determine success at the next stage.

                         

                        Our Panel ::

                        Bryan Janeczko, Co-founder of StartOut / Serial Entrepreneur

                        Tom Bollich, CTO / MadHive

                        Allan H. Cohen. Managing Partner / Nixon Peabody

                        Brita Rosenheim, Partner / Better Food Ventures

                        Stella Hickman from ADP

                         

                        Our Schedule ::

                        6:45 pm - 7:30 pm - Networking Reception

                        7:30 pm - 8:30 pm- Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

                        8:30 pm - 9:15 pm- Socializing and Networking     

                         

                        Your Hosts ::

                        Ted Kopta, ADP

                        Wasim Ahmad, Chair, StartOut NY

                        Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there - Wasim!

                         
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                        IS YOUR BUSINESS A LEAN, MEAN, PROFIT MAKING MACHINE?
                        Feb
                        7
                        6:45 PM18:45

                        IS YOUR BUSINESS A LEAN, MEAN, PROFIT MAKING MACHINE?

                         

                        IS YOUR BUSINESS A LEAN,MEAN, PROFIT MAKING MACHINE? OR COULD IT USE A TUNE UP?

                        Join us for a talk on Human Capital, Benefits, Efficiency, Systems & Marketing with our expert panel who will discuss tips on how to get lean & build that machine!

                         
                         

                        Moderator

                        Kathy Boyle, Chapin Hill Advisors Inc.

                         

                        Panelists

                        Joe Rojas, Red Sapiens

                        Robert Markowski, ADP

                        Marj Ciucci, Lawley Benefits

                        Matt Gallo, Bank United

                        Elia Kopreski, XLR8 Digital

                         

                        Agenda

                        6:45 PM: Doors open

                        7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                        7:30 PM: Presentation begins

                        8:45 PM: Program ends

                         

                        Hosts

                        [TBC], Lifion by ADP

                        Kathy Boyle, President, CHA Inc.

                           
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                          NYC Scrum User Group
                          Feb
                          6
                          6:45 PM18:45

                          NYC Scrum User Group

                           

                          World Retrospective Day - NYC - Hop on the Retrospective Express. All aboard!

                           

                          Details

                          Join us for this very special event designed to put a spotlight on one of the most important agile practice - a Retrospective.

                          World Retrospective Day will be a 24 hour record breaking series of events happening in local agile communities on 5 continents around the World as well as on-line.

                          Lifion by ADP and NYC Scrum User Group are proud to be the host of local WRD event in NYC. Join us for a gamified learning experience - ride the Retrospective Express and get your WRD Passport stamped with visas in each of the 5 retrospective framework stations.

                          Agenda

                          6:45 PM - Doors open

                          7:00 PM - Welcome introductions

                          7:15 PM - Event begins

                          8:45 PM - Event ends

                          The Hosts

                          Tatiana Slivkova, Lifion by ADP

                          Dana Pylayeva, NYC Scrum User Group

                           

                           

                           
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                          Product Thinking - Panel Discussion
                          Jan
                          23
                          6:45 PM18:45

                          Product Thinking - Panel Discussion

                           

                          The Importance of Technical Skills in UX and Product

                           
                           

                          Details

                          Attention Product Thinkers! Time to get technical.

                          Understanding technology takes time, and learning how to design digital systems takes even longer. To understand the technology space and how software and hardware systems work together requires a level of dedication that's usually found in people with backgrounds in computer science and engineering.

                          Let's get together to talk about the importance of technical skills and how it makes a huge difference in how you approach the design, development, deployment, and management of technology.
                           

                          Panelists

                          Henry Bruce
                          Director of Product, MIX (Microfinance Information Exchange)
                          https://www.linkedin.com/in/henryhbruce/

                          Eric Menzie
                          Director of Product, IHS Markit
                          https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericmenzie/

                          Jono Mallanyk
                          Design Technologist, Fiction Inc
                          https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonomallanyk/

                          Moderator

                          Tremis Skeete
                          Technical Product Manager, nexTier Innovations
                          https://www.linkedin.com/in/tremisskeete/

                           

                          Lifion Host

                          Chris Fahey, Sr. Director, AppDev

                           

                          Agenda

                          6:45 PM: Doors open

                          7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                          7:30 PM: Presentation begins

                          8:45 PM: Program ends

                           

                             
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                            Product Thinking
                            Jan
                            17
                            6:45 PM18:45

                            Product Thinking

                             

                            How to Supercharge your Team by Divorcing Product from Project Management, presented by Jordan Bergtraum

                             
                             

                            Details

                            Why does the product world often ask one “superhero” to take on both product management AND project management? Ludacris! COME ON! We are mortals, not product gods!  

                            It is common for employees to wear multiple hats as part of their role, especially in startups where everyone is expected to “pitch in”. However, asking one human to conquer product direction/strategy, product design and product execution/delivery is inhuman. Most importantly it is a relevant barrier to optimizing your product function.

                            During this talk Jordan will provide an on-the-nose discussion on:

                            • The problem with asking one person to take on both product and project management
                            • Ways to sell this problem to your leadership
                            • Methods for transitioning to a better model

                             

                            Agenda

                            6:45 PM: Doors open

                            7:15 PM: Welcome introduction

                            7:30 PM: Presentation begins

                            8:45 PM: Program ends

                             

                            About Jordan

                            Jordan Bergtraum is a management consultant with over ten years of experience in the B2B SaaS industry, mostly as a head of product for various organizations in the legal, education, facilities management, and pharmaceutical spaces. He has been responsible for product strategy, product design, and product delivery.

                               
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                              Mobile AppDev Panel Discussion - Business Apps
                              Dec
                              5
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Mobile AppDev Panel Discussion - Business Apps

                               

                              Tonight we’ll discuss the different challenges that business apps face vs consumer apps and how to resolve them. And then a few questions about the specifics of each app.

                              The Host
                              Nir Markus, Entrepreneur & Mobile Innovation Expert

                              The People 
                              Amit Glazer, Senior Product Manager - Mobile and Innovation, American Express Global Business Travel
                              Robert Tucker Sr. Director, Apps Development, Lifion by ADP 

                              The Plan

                              6.45pm - Check-in and onsite registration
                              7.15pm - Welcome and introductions
                              7.20pm - Mobile product and growth panel
                              8.00pm - Q&A from the audience
                              8.15pm - Networking

                               
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                              The Product Design Playbook
                              Nov
                              29
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              The Product Design Playbook

                               

                              The PRODUCT DESIGN PLAYBOOK, by Matthew Voshell

                              With the accelerated adoption of agile and multi-disciplinary teams known as "Pods” Product Design, as a profession, is on a trajectory to demand generalist designers over specialized ones. In response to this eventual pivot “The Product Design Playbook" is a comprehensive collection of methodologies and concepts that will guide designers and teams alike to build high quality products quickly and repeatedly. 

                               

                              For this Product Thinking event, concepts covered will span across the spectrum of continuous agile product development. The presentation is intended to communicate a direct approach to help designers and teams discover and understand what to expect through learning about situational concepts to leverage at any given time throughout the continuous product development process.

                               

                              Meet Matthew Voshell

                              Matthew Voshell is a product designer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Through his career he designed both SaaS and mobile products for fortune 500 companies. Previous to becoming a product designer Matthew worked in the cyber security field as a consultant to several different U.S. federal agencies.  

                               

                              His new book "Product Design Playbook: Concepts & Methodologies To Live By" is slated for release this winter. 

                               

                              Lifion Host: Samantha Loughlin

                              Event Host: Tremis Skeete

                               
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                              Israel Tech/SOSA Meetup
                              Nov
                              20
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Israel Tech/SOSA Meetup

                               

                              The Israel Founders Syndicate in collaboration with Israeli Mapped in NYChameleon, and SOSA NYC, are happy to invite you to an evening of compelling Israeli Tech related content and networking.

                              The evening will feature a Fireside Chat with Israel Ganot, Managing Director for MassChallenge Israel, the "world’s most startup-friendly accelerator".

                               

                              Lifion Host - Jay Fox

                              Event Hosts: Lou Kerner and Clara Scheinmann

                               
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                              Keynote Speaker, Cal Fussman
                              Nov
                              15
                              7:00 PM19:00

                              Keynote Speaker, Cal Fussman

                               

                              Tonight we welcome back the EO Network for a talk with speaker Cal Fussman; a New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned interviewer, keynote speaker and corporate consultant on interviewing and storytelling.

                               

                              About Cal:

                              His keynotes and interactive workshops are derived from decades of interviewing hundreds of the world’s most extraordinary individuals. He inspires organizations to take a new look at their business through storytelling, connection and the fundamental idea that Changing your Questions Can Change Your Life.

                              Learn More About Cal here.

                               

                              Agenda:

                              7:00 PM – Guest Arrival

                              7:30 PM – Presentation

                              8:30 PM – Networking

                               

                              Event Host: Patricia Van Nostrand

                              Lifion Host: Nicholas Porcaro

                               
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                              Nov
                              14
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              How Lifion/Adp Scaled Scrum

                               

                              Details

                              Hello Enterprise Scrum Enthusiasts & Practitioners,

                              We are delighted and excited to have Lohit from Lifion/Adp sharing their experience of How They Scaled Scrum.

                              Those who came to our Lego Game by Dana in August heard him giving us a sneak preview about this topic.

                              Come and join us to learn more about how they did it, as Lohit will go more in detail.

                              Speaker: Lohit Sarma (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lohit-sarma-61697022/), VP Product Development at ADP

                              Agenda:

                              6:45PM - 7:20PM Light Snacks & Networking

                              7:20PM - 7:30PM Welcome

                              7:30PM - 8:10PM How Lifion/Adp Scaled Scrum!

                              8:10PM - 8:20PM Questions

                              8:20PM - 8:30PM Closing

                               
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                              What's Next for NYC Tech?
                              Nov
                              8
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              What's Next for NYC Tech?

                               
                               

                              A Special Evening With The Movers & Shakers Defining NYC Tech. Invite Only.

                               

                              2017 has been a year of continued massive growth for the NYC tech ecosystem. From exciting exits to numerous IPOs and a large number of new VCs setting up shop in town, NYC continues to establish itself as a tech powerhouse with explosive entrepreneurial activity across a broad cross-section of verticals and horizontals. We’re all very lucky to have a front row seat as NYC reaches new heights.

                               

                              Will 2018 finally be the year of massive exits we've all been waiting for? Or, are we still in the building stage of this unique tech ecosystem?   

                               

                              Join us for a special evening bringing together the absolute BEST of NYC tech -- including Andrew Cleland (Managing Director, Comcast Ventures), Ed Sim (Founding Partner, BoldStart Ventures), Sutian Dong (Partner, Female Founders Fund) and Chieh Huang (Co-Founder & CEO, Boxed). The panel will be moderated by Jing Cao (tech reporter, Bloomberg).

                               

                              Sponsored by Amit Maimon, SVP at Lifion by ADP.

                               

                              Hosted by ICONYC labs, this event is by invitation only for tech founders, investors and corporate executives. Space is limited so make sure you sign up early.

                               
                               
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                              Lifion Meetup w Larry Maccherone
                              Nov
                              2
                              6:30 PM18:30

                              Lifion Meetup w Larry Maccherone

                               

                              We are thrilled to announce our very first Lifion Meetup!

                              Please join us for drinks, snacks, and great conversation as Larry Maccherone discusses software development metrics.

                               

                              Agenda:

                              6:30-7:00 PM - Guest Arrival & Networking

                              7:00-8:00 PM - Presentation, Q&A

                              8:00-8:45 PM - Networking & Recruiting

                               

                              Tonight’s talk:

                              7 paths to the dark side of software development metrics, presented by Larry Maccherone

                              Using Measurement as a lever to directly drive behavior is the #1 path to the dark side of software development metrics. Rather, you should think of metrics as feedback for improvement. What's the difference? Levers are employed to change someone else's behavior. Feedback is used to improve your own (or your own group's) performance. The distinction is subtle but critical.

                               

                              "In this talk, I will help you form the discipline to be a force for light rather than dark. You will leave with a list of good practices to follow and examples from organizations who have avoided the dark side." -Larry

                               

                              A bit about Larry:

                              Larry Maccherone is an industry-recognized thought leader on Lean/Agile, Analytics, and DevSecOps. He currently leads the DevSecOps transformation at Comcast. Previously, Larry led the insights product line at Rally Software which enabled better decisions with data, leveraged big data techniques to conduct groundbreaking research, and offered the first-ever agile performance benchmarking capability.

                               

                              Meet our Host and Talent Recruiter, Samantha Loughlin.

                               

                              "We’re bringing together some of the brightest developers, architects and designers in the industry. We value proactivity and velocity, and we provide a growth platform for people who lead and take action. We’re hiring now for these positions and more…"

                              Agile Project Manager

                              Product Manager

                               

                              Hope to see you there!

                               
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                              How to Elevate Customer Experience with Data Analytics
                              Oct
                              25
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              How to Elevate Customer Experience with Data Analytics

                               

                              Join us tonight for a talk with Brian Crofts, Chief Product Officer from Pendo; a Product Thinking event.

                               

                              Topic: How to Elevate Customer Experience with Data Analytics  

                               

                              Today's product design professionals are realizing that learning from data analysis gives one a strong advantage when it comes to creating fulfilling experiences for customers. Making design decisions based on hunches is simply no longer enough.  

                               

                              Brian recognizes the enormous potential of user data when it is collected as a part of a natural and continuous research process. Whether it is including moderated or un-moderated usability tests, surveys, or contextual inquiries, Brian will explain how to utilize various techniques to gain meaningful customer insights within data. By mastering the use of these techniques, you will win the trust and affection of your users, increase your business' bottom line and gain a powerful competitive advantage for you and your company.

                               

                              Hope to see you there!

                               

                              Agenda:

                              6:45-7:15 Guest Arrival & Networking

                              7:15-8:15 Presentation & Q&A

                              8:15-8:45 Networking

                               

                              Your hosts for this event:

                              Lifion: Jason Lovelace, Sr. Dir. - Product Mgmt.

                              Talent Recruiter: Samantha Loughlin

                              Meetup Organizer: Tremis Skeete

                               
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                              Oct
                              4
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Creating a successful SRE program like Netflix and Google

                               

                              Tonight LIFION host, Eugene Dvorkin welcomes Jonah Horowitz from Stripe and Blake Bisset (formerly at Google) who will share their stories about anti-patterns in monitoring, incident response, configuration management, and more. 

                               

                              You’ll learn that freedom and responsibility are key, trust is required, and chaos is (sometimes) your friend. 

                               

                              Abstract:

                              What isn’t site reliability engineering? Lots of companies claim to have SRE teams, but some don’t quite understand the full value proposition—or what shiny technologies and organizational structures will negatively impact your operations rather than empowering your team to accomplish your mission.

                               

                              Agenda:

                              6:30-7:00 - Guest Arrival and Networking

                              7:00-8:00 - Presentation and Q&A

                              8:00-8:15 - Wallaroo Announcement

                               

                              Wallaroo Core will be available open source (under Apache 2) on 9/29/2017.

                              Wallaroo is an ultrafast and scalable data processing engine that rapidly takes you from prototype to production by eliminating infrastructure complexity. In this quick talk, you will get an overview of Wallaroo and learn how you participate in this new community.

                               

                               
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                              Venture Capital Circle Launch Event
                              Sep
                              26
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Venture Capital Circle Launch Event

                               

                              Featuring:
                              Howard Morgan
                              Co-Founder, First Round Capital

                              Moderated by:
                              Bruce Taragin
                              Managing Director, Blumberg Capital

                              Startup your fall with us — and help UJA at the same time. Hear Howard Morgan's reflections about his work guiding entrepreneurs and how he helped build and grow companies. You'll also learn about social impact investing with UJA — for a double or even triple — bottom line return.

                              Lifion Host: Aubrie Jones

                               
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                              Nir Eyal, author "HOOKED:" How to Build Habit-Forming Products"
                              Sep
                              20
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Nir Eyal, author "HOOKED:" How to Build Habit-Forming Products"

                               

                              Join us for an in-depth discussion with Nir Eyal, author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products".  

                               

                              Hooked is based on Mr. Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder—not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.

                               

                               Meet Nir Eyal  Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”

                              Meet Nir Eyal

                              Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.”

                              Doors open at 6:45pm

                              Lifion Host: Chris Fahey

                              Event Organizer: Tremis Skeete

                               
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                              Mobile Product & Growth w/ NBC News, Jukely & TodayTix
                              Sep
                              6
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Mobile Product & Growth w/ NBC News, Jukely & TodayTix

                               

                              Join us for an awesome discussion about mobile product/growth and meet some cool people involved in the mobile app industry.

                               

                              The Hosts

                              Ashish Bidadi, Senior Solution Architect @Lifion


                              Nir Markus, Entrepreneur & Mobile Innovation Expert

                               

                              The People


                              Joshua Kinberg, Director Product Management, NBC News 


                              Alex Wall, Head of Marketing, Jukely 


                              Kuni Nagakura, Product Manager, TodayTix

                               
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                              Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate simulation game.
                              Aug
                              29
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Introduction to DevOps with Lego and Chocolate simulation game.

                               

                              We are so thrilled to have Dana Pylayeva leading a DevOps transformation workshop by playing a fun packed Lego and Chocolate simulation game at our August Meetup.

                              You will participate in one of the most unusual DevOps transformation while having LOTS of FUN!

                              Visualize common process bottlenecks and experience a “wall of confusion” between development teams and IT operations. You don't have to be technical! We will use LEGO blocks and chocolate candies to simulate DevOps transformation experience.

                              Bio: Dana Pylayeva

                              Dana is an Agile Coach, trainer, author and speaker with over 17 years of IT experience in development, operations, management and coaching.

                              She is a certified Training from the Back of the Room trainer, Open Space and Retrospectives facilitator and the author of DevOps with Lego and Chocolate Game.

                               

                              Doors open at 6:45pm

                              Lifion Host: Lohit Sarma

                              Event Organizer: Arun Pandey, Enterprise Scrum Meetup Group

                               

                               

                               
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                              AI Product Development: The Future of Personalization
                              Aug
                              22
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              AI Product Development: The Future of Personalization

                               

                              Join us tonight for an engaging presentation by Soumya Shukla about AI Product Development and the Future of Personalization. 

                              Soumya Shukla is the Director of New Business (North America) at Voyager Labs, an AI and cognitive deep learning company that enables businesses and the public sector to obtain the insights needed to understand individual behaviors, interests and intent of their customers and stakeholders. Soumya has 8 years of experience across product management, management consulting and two successful tech-startups.

                              Soumya Shukla

                              As a Director of New Business, she is managing the cognitive computing platform’s retail solution in North America. She is a proponent of customer-centric product development and believes in the power of data for better decision making. Her areas of interest are digital marketing, performance marketing and decision science. Soumya has an engineering degree and MBA from schools in India and a second masters from MIT. She lives in New York and enjoys jazz, food-trucks and flea markets.

                               

                              Doors open at 6:45pm

                              Lifion Host: TBD

                              Event Host: Tremis Skeete

                               

                               
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                              Data Science Study Session with Bruno Goncalves
                              Aug
                              21
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Data Science Study Session with Bruno Goncalves

                               

                              Join us on Monday, August 21, for a data science study session with Bruno Gonçalves, Moore-Sloan Fellow at NYU's Center for Data Science, who will explain the intuition behind word embeddings and the word2vec family of algorithms.

                               

                              Word2vec in Theory and Practice

                              Word embeddings have received a lot of attention ever since Google researchers published word2vec in 2013. Their work demonstrated that embeddings learned by neural networks after "reading" a large corpus of text are able to preserve semantic relationships between words. As a result, this type of embedding started being studied in more detail and applied to more serious NLP and IR tasks such as summarization, query expansion, etc. In this talk we will cover the intuitions and algorithms underlying the word2vec family of algoritms and analyze in detail Tensorflow's word2vec implementation. IMPORTANT: Please use your FULL REAL NAME to register and bring your ID.

                               

                              Speaker Biography:

                               

                              Bruno Gonçalves is currently a Moore-Sloan Fellow at NYU's Center for Data Science. With a background in Physics and Computer Science his career has revolved around the use of datasets from sources as diverse as Apache web logs, Wikipedia edits, Twitter posts epidemiological reports and Census data to analyze and model Human Behavior and Mobility. More recently he has focused on the application of machine learning and neural network techniques to analyze large geolocated datasets. He is the editor of "Social Phenomena: From Data Analysis to Models" (Springer, 2015) and a co-author of the forthcoming "Twitterology: The Social Science of Twitter" (Springer, 2018).  

                               

                              Doors open at 6:45pm

                              Lifion Host: Patrick Conlon

                              Event Organizer: Eric Xu

                               

                               
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                              Aug
                              16
                              5:30 PM17:30

                              Software Engineering Networking Night

                               

                               

                              Networking Night:

                              Software Engineering

                               

                               

                              Lifion is a special division inside ADP.  We’re building the next generation of Human Capital Management (HCM) software and are gearing up to disrupt an entire industry.  But we need your help: we can only do this with the best and brightest.

                               

                              Join us for a networking event at our amazing office in Chelsea.  Eat, drink, and learn about how Lifion will transform the future of HCM -- and how you can help drive that change.  There will plenty of time to network with each other, ask questions of our Application & Platform leaders and even tour our (ridiculously large) office.

                              Along with a presentation, there will be a Q&A panel for you to learn more about joining our software engineering team.

                               

                              When: Wednesday, August 16th at 5:30pm

                              Interested in attending? Let us know more about you in the form below and we'll let you know if you're a fit!

                               

                               

                               
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                              Email Marketing Panel: Gilt, WebMD, WordAgents
                              Jul
                              27
                              6:45 PM18:45

                              Email Marketing Panel: Gilt, WebMD, WordAgents

                               

                              Email marketing strategy is the foundation of your organization. It’s an effective way to keep customers informed. It isn’t something marketers do just because they can and it is easy. It is a very effective tactic that helps business owners and consumers stay well-connected.

                               

                              Come join us for this epic panel!

                               

                              Panelists: 

                              Vincent D'Eletto, CEO, WordAgents

                              LeeVant Glass, Manager, Email Marketing/Newsletter Production at WebMD

                              Lisa Packard, Email Marketing Specialist, Gilt

                              Jennifer Chong, Email Marketing Specialist, GiltCity  

                               

                              Lifion Host: Patrick Conlon

                              Event Host: David Markovich, Organizer, Online Geniuses Meetup Group

                              Online Geniuses
                               

                               

                               

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