[GDG NYC April] Google Cloud Vision, Machine Learning, Mapbox + Android

**AGENDA:** **5:30pm Doors Open** ** ** **6:00pm "Google Cloud Vision API" **(_Speaker: Bret McGowen, Google Cloud Platform Developer Advocate)_ The Google Cloud Vision API enables devs to understand the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API. It quickly classifies images into thousands of categories (e.g., "lion", "sailboat"), detect

Apr 11, 2016, 10:00 PM – Apr 12, 2016, 1:00 AM


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5:30pm Doors Open

6:00pm "Google Cloud Vision API" (Speaker: Bret McGowen, Google Cloud Platform Developer Advocate)

The Google Cloud Vision API enables devs to understand the content of an image by encapsulating powerful machine learning models in an easy to use REST API. It quickly classifies images into thousands of categories (e.g., "lion", "sailboat"), detects individual objects & faces within images, and finds and reads printed words contained within images

In this talk, Bret will introduce the Google Cloud Vision API and walk through its features and usage. To get a sense of how powerful the Vision API is, you can see Bret demo its capability during the recent signature Google Cloud Plaform Next conference.

6:30pm "Machine Learning: Q&A" (Speaker: Josh Gordon, Google Developer Advocate, NYC)

Josh Gordon is a Google Developer Advocate at NYC who works with Android (e.g., see Android TV @Ubiquity Summit, 2016) and Machine Learning (hosts new Machine Learning series). Most recently, he gave us an overview of TensorFlow.

In this extended Q&A session, Josh will talk about why Machine Learning is important, how to learn more about it, and discuss some important problems today. 

7:00pm "Offline Maps and Navigation Apps on Android"  (Speaker: Antonio Zugaldia, Android Engineer @MapBox)

Antonio is an Android engineer on the mobile team at Mapbox. He is very passionate about the future of the Android platform, from phones to smartwatches to TVs.

MapBox is an an open source mapping platform for custom designed maps and seen as "THE NEXT GENERATION OF MAP DESIGN". In this talk, Antonio will discuss Mapbox on Android and offline support.  We highly recommend that you go to create an account on MapBox and try it out before the event.

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Interested in doing a lightning talk? Come find one of the organizers (Ralph or Nitya) -- its just a quick 5 minute talk on any topic you are passionate about or have expertise in that you want to share with the community.

8:00pm Lightning Talks

"MapBox & Civic Data" (Speaker: Ralph Yozzo)

Ralph is a GDG NYC organizer and long-term open data app developer and enthusiast. He will show examples of using mapbox with civic data.  For ex: see all the NYC parking signs on a map (requires WebGL support)

8:30pm Doors Close


Interested in Being a Speaker at this or future events? Here are your options:

• To speak at any future event, simply fill the  Speaker Request form and the organizers will follow up with you.

• To reserve a Lightning Talk spot at THIS event, leave a comment below or message the organizers (see Contact button to left) and we can schedule you in advance.

• To sign up for a Lightning Talk at the event itself, just walk up to an organizer and let them know. We will try to accommodate you as time allows.


We want to encourage new speakers and also make GDG New York a destination meetup for experts in advanced or emerging technologies. And to do this, we must have a safe and welcoming environment for our members. 

Be excellent to each other. If you see behavior that is unacceptable or makes you uncomfortable, please do speak to the organizers so we can help resolve this. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.


  • Ralph Yozzo


    GDG Organizer

  • Anna Nerezova

    GDG Organizer

  • Bhavik Chopra

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    Computer Science Graduate Student

  • Shivika Arora

    JP Morgan

    Executive Director, Product

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