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Upcoming Events

 
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: 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: 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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              July Panel: Mobile Product & Growth w/ Talkspace & Lightricks
              Jul
              25
              6:45 PM18:45

              July Panel: Mobile Product & Growth w/ Talkspace & Lightricks

               

              Lifion Host: Ashish Bidadi

               

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

               

              We'll kick off the evening with pizza, soft drinks, beer & wine and then hear lessons and best practices for mobile product and growth. 

               

              Event Host
              Nir Markus, Entrepreneur & Mobile Innovation Expert

               

              The People

              Dheerja Kaur, Head of Product at theSkimm  
              Jasmine Moadel, Director of Retention at Talkspace - Online Therapy
              Itai Tsiddon, Co-founder & Director of BD at Lightricks (FacetuneEnlight)

               

              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 Audience    
              8.15pm - Networking

               

              Limited seating - RSVP required.

               

               
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              Docker NYC Meetup
              Jul
              18
              6:45 PM18:45

              Docker NYC Meetup

               

              Hi everyone,

              Very excited to kick off the next DockerNYC event with Lifion and IBMDoug Davis from IBM will be telling us about the Open Service Broker API, and Srdjan Strbanovic, our Lifion Host, will be telling us about Docker-native Functions-as-a-Service and Microservices. We’ll also have one of Docker’s own, Brian Kaufman to go over the latest and greatest features in the newest release of Docker Community Edition, 17.06.

              -Jesse White, Event Organizer & Host

               

              Talk

              What’s new in Docker Community Edition 17.06?

              Speaker

              Brian Kaufman, Solutions Engineer at Docker, Inc

              Abstract

              Docker CE 17.06 is the first Docker version built entirely on the Moby Project, which we announced in April at DockerCon. You can see the complete list of changes in the changelog, but with this talk we’ll jump into new features and demo some of the exciting new functionality. 

               

              Talk 

              What can the Open Service Broker API do for you?

              Speaker 

              Doug Davis, STSM, Cloud OpenSource and Standards, IBM Digital Business Group

              Doug Davis works in the OpenSource & Standards, Digital Business Group, at IBM focusing on enhancing, promoting and integrating Cloud Native technologies (such as Docker and Kubernetes) into IBM's cloud offerings. Throughout his career he's been involved in numerous other open-source projects and standards, such as CloudFoundry, Apache Axis, CIMI as well most of the SOAP-related specifications. He's played a key role in IBM's participation in standards bodies such as W3C, OASIS and the DMTF.

              Abstract

              The Open Service Broker (OSB) API is a relatively new project aimed at bringing CloudFoundry's Service Broker model to the broader Cloud Native (CN) community. The OSB API enables application developers, through a simple set of APIs, to leverage external services without the need to manage them themselves - freeing them to focus on their business logic. Other CN communities, such as Kubernetes, are already adding support. This talk will explain what the OSB API is and what it might look like if Docker were to support this as a first class feature.

              We’ll run through a demo showing creating a service and hooking it up to a Docker app. We’ll then take that app and show how it can be leveraged by orchestration systems including Docker Swarm, Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes, allowing people to choose the best platform to host their app but still get to the same service (e.g. same data if its a DB service). 

               

              Talk 

              Native Docker FaaS and Microservices

              Speaker 

              Srdjan Strbanovic

              Srdjan is a versatile technologist with proven record of developing commercially successful software. He’s very experienced in driving software engineering initiatives for varied business contexts, and with the ability to deliver user-centric solutions, define strategy and lead innovation.

              Abstract

              Srdjan will be covering Docker-native Microservces and how they can be implemented in your ecosystem. We’ll explore serverless “functions-as-a-service” and how they can be leveraged in a Microservice platforms.

               
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              Netflix - "Wicked Hard Decisions"
              Jul
              17
              6:45 PM18:45

              Netflix - "Wicked Hard Decisions"

               

              Netflix "Wicked Hard Decisions"

               

              Join us as we host the Product Thinking Meetup Group for an exciting presentation by Gibson Biddle, former VP Product at Netflix.

               

              Hear how the Netflix team made tough decisions about the hardest things - people, product and business - as it grew to support over 100 million members today. This is “inside baseball,” revealing the decision-making process behind some of Netflix’ toughest decisions and reinforcing the importance of strategy, data and intuition to inform decisions and to create a highly innovative product culture.

               

              This highly interactive talk presents five, “What would you do?” case studies. It presents two frameworks for describing both company and product strategy and illustrates the importance of defining clear tactics and metrics against each strategy. You'll be surprised at the extent Netflix learned through failure to become the worldwide streaming giant that most people know and love today.

               

              Meet Gibson Biddle:

              Gibson Biddle

              Gibson Biddle was VP of Product at Netflix from 2005-2010, then became the Chief Product Officer of the textbook rental company, Chegg, that went public in 2013. Today, he's an Executive In Residence and adviser for multiple consumer tech companies, as well as a guest lecturer at Stanford.

               

              Lifion Host: Patrick Conlon

              Event Host & Organizer: Tremis Skeete

               

               

               
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              Appium Meetup: Automation of Native Mobile Apps
              Jun
              21
              6:45 PM18:45

              Appium Meetup: Automation of Native Mobile Apps

               

              Join Lifion host, Michael McDermott, as we welcome the Appium Meetup group for a discussion about new developments with Appium and the current state of mobile app testing.

              Leading the discussion is Jon Lipps (https://jonathanlipps.com/) a philosopher, technologist, and the architect and project lead for Appium. He is also the Director of Open Source at Sauce Labs. We look forward to some insightful ideas from him.

              Event Host: Jesse Lindley, SauceLabs

               
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              NYC Mobile App Developers Meetup
              Jun
              20
              7:00 PM19:00

              NYC Mobile App Developers Meetup

               

              Join our host, Ashish Bidadi, for an awesome discussion about mobile app development and meet some cool people involved in app development.

              We'll kick off the evening with some refreshments and then hear lessons and best practices for mobile app development. 

              The Plan 

              7.00pm - Check-in and onsite registration   
              7.30pm - Welcome and introductions   
              7.45pm - Mobile App Development Panel   
              8.15pm - Q&A from Audience   
              8.30pm - Networking

              The People  

              Michelle Alexander, Mobile Engineering Manager at Spotify 
              Russell Stephens, Software Engineer at Compass 
              James Paolantonio, Mobile Engineering Manager at Slice

               
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