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Sep 6
A layman's interpretability of random forests versus classical regression models

Ashley Graham of Stratasan will cover layman's interpretability of random forests versus classical regression models. Specifically, how can a data scientist best 'sell' a non-technical audience on the implementation of random forest techniques, in the case that such techniques provide more accurate modelling.
Classical regression models are easy to interpret, whereas many machine learning techniques are often discussed as being 'black boxes.' How does a data scientist best navigate conversations with non-technical audiences when it comes to explaining their methodology of choice?

Oct 4
Using Deep Learning techniques and Tensorflow for Image Classification

Syed Nasar, a recent Masters in ML grad from Georgia Tech, will walk us through an Image Classification demo using CNN and Tensorflow. Currently, Syed is doing two Nanodegrees on Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has worked with some of the cutting edge technologies and leading researchers at Georgia Tech, Google, NVidia, and Udacity.

In this prototype, Syed will classify images from the CIFAR-10 dataset. The dataset consists of airplanes, dogs, cats, and other objects. Syed plans to preprocess the images, then train a convolutional neural network on all the samples. In this process Syed will explain how to build a convolutional NN. Explain concepts around image data preparation (one-hot encoding etc.). Explain concepts like max pooling, dropout, and fully connected layers. At the end, Syed will showcase how the neural network is able to predict on the sample images.

Aug 2
Web Scraping in Python
Corizon Health's training space

Web scraping is a great tool to create datasets to analyze. 
Trey Brooks of Healthcare Bluebook will walk us through the basics of web scraping using python.

Pre-reqs: Basic understanding of HTML and Python

Topics to be covered: 

Basic scrapping: 

Requests: how to form them and what to extract 

Quick survey of: beautifulsoup, lxml, xpath

Intermediate Scraping: 

* Scrapy: Spiders, Request v Response objects, callbacks, Middleware, Items, Pipelines

Aug 17
Azure: What to use When?
Microsoft, 8 City Blvd., Suite 403, Nashville, TN

In IT things are clearly moving from a CapEx to an OpEx model where the focus is shifting from internal data center and hosted applications into the Cloud with its consumption based pricing model. The lure of pay-as-you go pricing is attractive; but it does carry with it some risk. If you choose the wrong applications to move into the cloud it could wind up costing you more than running them locally or at a hosting provider. It also requires increased discipline related to allocation and deallocation of Cloud resources.

We will start off with a discussion of these considerations, and then dig down into the features supported by the Microsoft Azure public cloud. The presentation will include an architectural overview of the Azure platform, its features and services. Since Azure is a very broad offering, we will focus on the question of what the Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) features are, and when they should be used to solve specific business and technical problems.

If you are new to Azure, or not conversant with all of its recent enhancements, this presentation will give you a good overview, not too deep but deep enough, to understand what to use when.

See for more details and to register.

Dec 1
through Music City Center (201 5th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203)

The third annual WordCamp US will be December 1-3, 2017 in Nashville, TN.

Aug 10
SLGDN Meetup // Robyn Mace
Nashville Software School

Robyn Mace, Chief Data Officer, Metro Nashville
...more details to come!

Aug 31
SLGDN Meetup // Scott Tsuchiyama
Nashville Software School

Scott Tsuchiyama, Director of Product Design @ GoNoodle
...more details to come!

Aug 1
"How Mobile Apps Led Me to Microcontrollers" by Chris Riesgo
Nashville Technology Council

Let's face it, solderless breadboards are just awful. Whether you're building a 

Small electronics and hardware fascinate me. Life as a .NET mobile developer is incredible, but if you’re anything like me, you still want to work with your hands from time-to-time. I’ve wanted to tinker with Raspberry Pi and Arduino for ages, but never knew where to start or how to apply the skills I have. The answer was right in front of me!

Let me share how my love for building mobile apps opened up the world of microcontrollers. You’ll see how I got started working with my first Arduino board, and some of the incredibly fun and useful ways you can interact with microcontrollers from your own mobile apps. I’ll even bring hardware to show it in action! I hope to inspire new projects for you, your family, or your job. I’m not a microcontroller maker wizard, but come hang with us if you want to learn how to take your .NET skills to start hacking against hardware.

Chris has spent the last four years building professional apps on the Xamarin platform. He’s a Microsoft MVP and Xamarin MVP with more than a decade of .NET experience developing enterprise applications. Chris leads the mobile team at LeanKit as Mobile Architect. In his spare time, he blogs about Xamarin, tinkers, organizes the Nashville Mobile .NET Developers Group, and speaks about his passions wherever he can.

We'll begin the meeting as always with show & tell. So, bring what you've been working on and tell everyone about it.

Need help with your project? Bring it and ask for help.

HELP! We've lost our food sponsor and need to find a new one ASAP. We have a little cash to cover food this month if we have to but in order for that to continue we'll need to find a new sponsor. Please talk to your employers or companies that you work with and see if they might be interested in helping us keep you fully fueled. If you have any ideas for sponsors and would like me to inquire for you, please send an email to [masked]. Additionally, if you would like to make a donation to help cover costs you can do so via PayPal to my same email address or through the MeetUp donations feature. We'll also put out a bucket for donations during the meeting. THANKS!

Food & drinks will be served at 6PM. Show & Tell and the presentation will start no later than 6:30.

Come join the fun and invite your friends!

Aug 2
ChallengeHER Nashville event for Women Business Owners
Sonny West Conference Center; Howard Office Building

The free ChallengeHER Nashville event will educate attendees on growth opportunities in government contracting as well as how to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program. Additionally, business owners can sign up to participate in Contract Connections – one-on-one meetings with procurement officials, government buyers and large prime contractors.

ChallengeHER is a national initiative designed to promote the WOSB Federal Contract Program, bring more women-owned firms into the federal government’s supply chain and provide an avenue for government agencies to meet qualified women-owned small business contractors.

ChallengeHER is a joint initiative from the U. S. Small Business Administration, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN, the small business division of the financial services company.

A sample of participating organizations are below and a full list can be found in the agenda: - City of Nashville – Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (METRO BAO) - Tennessee National Guard - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Oak Ridge National Laboratory - Bechtel Parsons Bluegrass JV - Tennessee Department of Transportation - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Oct 17
DevOpsDays Nashville
through The Bell Tower Website
Aug 10
Cyber Terrorism & Security

Why are transnational criminal enterprises and foreign intelligence services targeting organizations in Nashville.  Are we prepared or are we the next victim?  

In August, Scott Augenbaum of the Nashville FBI will speak to us about cyber security. Scott joined the FBI in 1988 and was promoted to special agent in 1994 when he began working  computer crimes. He was promoted again in 2003 to be a supervisor in the Cyber Division, Cyber Crime and Fraud Unit. He transferred to Nashville in 2006 and managed the Division for Computer Intrusion/Counterintelligence Squad. 

The Nashville .NET User Group meets every second Thursday of the month at Vaco in Maryland Farms (Brentwood, TN).



• Vaco opens the meeting space shortly after 5pm so feel free to arrive early

• 5:30pm - Food arrives (first come, first serve) 

• 6:00pm - Presentation begins

• 7:00pm - Presentation ends, share job opportunities and candidates

• 7:30pm - Drinks and networking at Cross Corner Bar & Grill (330 Franklin Rd)