[GDG NYC Oct] BitCoin & Machine-Payable Web, Firebase For Mobile

_====_ **VENUE:_ Spire Tech Talk Room _** _Guests should arrive at the 8th Ave & 15th St corner of the building. This is not the same location as last month - **this entrance is on 8th Avenue.**_ _**Registration CLOSES at 6:15PM. Anyone arriving after 6:15PM will not be able to enter the event.**_ **_Volunteer Request: If you can arrive at 5pm and help with badge distribution please fill out t

Oct 10, 2016, 9:00 PM – Oct 11, 2016, 12:30 AM


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VENUE: Spire Tech Talk Room 

Guests should arrive at the 8th Ave & 15th St corner of the building.  This is not the same location as last month - this entrance is on 8th Avenue.

Registration CLOSES at 6:15PM.  Anyone arriving after 6:15PM will not be able to enter the event.

Volunteer Request: If you can arrive at 5pm and help with badge distribution please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/gdgnycvolunteer 



5:00 pm REGISTRATION (ends at 6:15PM)

Please note that this meetup happens in the main Google NYC building. This means we need to provide building security with first/last names of attendees. 

If you RSVP for this event with an incomplete name or alias, you will be moved to the wait list until that is corrected. We will also collect all no-show name-tags to use for monitoring repeat no-shows.


Interested in doing a lightning talk? Sign up here: http://bit.ly/gdgny-speaker-signup

Machine Learning for Pragmatists Explain Machine Learning to Noobs or Your Boss

Abstract: Data has recently become easy to produce and consume. The fields of Data Science and Machine Learning have seen tremendous growth in response to these new freedoms. While many have been working in the field and are already technical or conceptual experts, the topic can impose a steep barrier to entry for newcomers or folks without a technical background. 

We’ll go over the field at a high enough vantage and with sufficient depth that you could explain it and set realistic expectations for an interested stakeholder. 

 Speaker: Aesa Kamar is a software development consultant by profession, and a lifelong learner who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He  has been involved in the Open Source community for a few years and loves the philosophy of science and its encouragement of tinkering and experimentation in pursuit of elusive answers. He tries to surround himself with interesting people who use technology to give more meaning and substance to their lives.


HOW BITCOIN ENABLES A MACHINE-PAYABLE WEB  (Speaker: Balaji Srinivasan, CEO & Co-Founder of 21.co)

Abstract:  First, we had the World Wide Web, a web of links between documents. Then we had the Social Web, a social network of relationships between people. We believe the third web will be the Machine-Payable Web, where each node in the network is a machine and each edge is a micropayment between machines.

Towards this end, we've developed open source software called 21 that makes it easy to perform Bitcoin micropayments over HTTP. The software allows you to get digital currency onto any machine headlessly, set up web services that accept and transmit bitcoin over HTTP, and discover other machines with similar services to autonomously trade with.

The overall effect is to turn digital currency into a scarce system resource on par with CPU, RAM, and hard drive space. That is, just as one can create a database index that spends disk space to save time, we show that one can instead spends digital currency to outsource a computation to save time.

To illustrate the applications, we conclude with several working examples: bitcoin-aware intelligent agents, APIs that implement autonomous surge pricing, and the development of a market data structure as an alternative in many situations to the well known queue. We ask that audience members bring their laptops to code along with the speaker!

Speaker: Balaji S. Srinivasan is the CEO & cofounder of 21.coand a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to taking the role of CEO at 21, Dr. Srinivasan was a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. He was named to the MIT TR35, was the cofounder and CTO of Founders Fund-backed Counsyl, and taught a MOOC with 200k+ students at  startup.stanford.edu. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Q&A Break

7:30 pm DEV TALK

FIREBASE FOR MOBILE (Speaker: Sara Robinson, Developer Advocate - Google Cloud Team) 

Q&A Break

8:30 pm WRAP-UP

Survey http://bit.ly/gdgsurvey


  • Ralph Yozzo


    GDG Organizer

  • Anna Nerezova

    GDG Organizer

  • Madona S. Wambua

    GDG Organizer

    Founder & CTO

  • Bhavik Chopra

    Pace University

    Computer Science Graduate Student

  • Shivika Arora

    JP Morgan

    Executive Director, Product

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