Abstract

I, For One, Welcome Our New Bot Overlords – An Intro to Microsoft’s Bot Framework

Bots! They’ve been with us for a while and with the new frameworks from Google, Facebook and Microsoft it seems inevitable that they’ll take over and rule the world… by ordering pizza from a chat window because somebody mentioned pepperoni! As developers, we may be humanity’s last, best hope, of preventing this bleak future. Or will we enable it?

Ok, ok – the dystopian fantasy aside – bots are pretty darn cool and so are the frameworks around them. In this session I’ll share some practical advice learned from digging into Microsoft’s Bot Framework preview to create Conversational User Interfaces, or bots. We’ll look at both architectural and user experience best practices around designing a conversational bot, and what tools the SDK gives us, and if we’re feeling brave enough – unleash the bot onto the unsuspecting public!

Bio

Matthew Soucoup is a Xamarin MVP, a principal at Code Mill Technologies, and the founder of the Madison Mobile .Net Developers group. Matt loves sharing his passion for mobile development with fellow developers and he regularly speaks at user groups and conferences throughout the nation including Xamarin Evolve, That Conference, St Louis Days of .Net and CodeMash. He has over 15 years of development experience in a variety of areas including working with C# since 2005 and focusing on mobile development since 2012. Matt blogs at codemilltech.com and posts random thoughts on Twitter @codemillmatt. When not behind a computer screen, Matt gardens hot peppers, rides bikes and loves Wisconsin micro-brews and cheese.

Free Registration

https://bot-framework-matthew-soucoup-2017.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Have you ever needed to just try some code and not had time or desire to wait for IT operations to get an environment set up?

Microsoft Azure and PowerShell can help.  Please note, circumvention of IT policies is not a good plan… may get you in trouble and is not something I will admit to showing off ;)
With a little PowerShell, a json file, and an Azure account (even the trial ones) you too can have a VM running Windows 2016 and IIS in about 30 minutes.*

*not included… json file building and other ancillary items

 In this session, Derek will walk through a general overview of PowerShell Desired State configuration and the New-AzureRMresourcegroupdeployment cmdlet allowing PowerShell to build VMs in Azure.

Bio

Derek is a network administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin officially. He also creates content for TechRepublic.com and does his best to help out in the IT community at Experts-Exchange.com when time allows. He enjoys working with computers and helping others around him to understand technology. He says, “It is fun to provide knowledge to those around me and help them grow in some way.”  Derek is a Microsoft MVP and active in the Microsoft communities.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powershell-disposable-development-environments-derek-schauland-tickets-30240232349

When & Where

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound
Room C140
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Last month we learned about setting up Windows 10 IoT on a Rasberry Pi. This month, let’s learn about IoT in a development scenario (some Python) and processing the data through Azure. There’s a lot of parts to the bigger picture and some really slick ways to get at and make use of your data. Come see as Scott walks us through his experiences with learning this exciting new stack.

Bio

Scott Hietpas is a business intelligence consultant and has over 17 years of experience providing creative solutions.  He gets involved with FoxPASS, WiBADD and NEWAgile. You may catch him biking around the Fox Valley in his free time.

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iot-data-and-azure-scott-hietpas-tickets-19917002290

When & Where

Wednesday, Dec 9th, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking and food
6:00 – discussion

Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound
Room A161
Appleton, WI 54912

Abstract

Microsoft Azure is a highly-scalable cloud computing platform. But what if my business is built on Linux and Oracle? What if I build iPhone or Android apps for a living? What if I’m a PHP developer or Java developer or node developer? Can Azure help me and my products and services?

In this presentation, I will show you Microsoft Azure services that can improve your application or infrastructure, even if you are working exclusively in Open Source or non-Microsoft technologies.

Bio

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build cloud and Windows applications in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has presented at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at http://davidgiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Free Registration

http://azurewithoutmicrosoftdavidgiard.eventbrite.com

When & Where

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CST)
5:30 – networking and food
6:00 – discussion
Fox Valley Technical College

1825 N. Bluemound
Room F108
Appleton, WI 54912

About

Join Jason Young, Carl Schweitzer, Jon Cwiak and Greg Levenhagen for a round table discussion about Microsoft //BUILD 2015. There were a lot of announcments and new bits released. The panel was lucky enough to attend BUILD and/or Ignite and is happy to join us for a recap.

Topics up for discussion! (In no particular order)

  • HoloLens
  • Windows 10 and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio 2015
  • Android/Java and iOS/Objective-C in Visual Studio? (Bridges)
  • Project Spartan – Microsoft Edge – Microsoft’s new browser
  • What’s new in XAML
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • ASP.NET vNext changes
  • Continuum
  • BI in Azure PaaS
  • SQL Server 2016
  • Data Lakes in Azure
  • New Language Features
  • Microsoft Band SDK
  • DirectX 12
  • .NET and Win32 apps in the Store
  • Other?

Come join us for a great meeting!

Free Registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/microsoft-build-and-ignite-2015-recap-jason-young-carl-schweitzer-jon-cwiak-greg-levenhagen-tickets-16917128587

 When & Where

Wednesday, May 13th at FVTC Room F108

Networking @5:30 – Discussion @6:00

FVTC Maps and Floor Plan – http://www.fvtc.edu/about-us/fvtc-contacts-locations/locations-maps

Abstract

DevUnleashed is an in-person day of programming, led by technical community leaders near you. At these events, you may learn how to develop mobile applications, games and websites AND you may have a chance to compete to win cash prizes!

Here’s what happens at a DevUnleashed event

  • Below is just a suggested outline from DevUnleased. We’ll treat this more like a focused hackathon.
  • 8 AM – Registration and breakfast
  • 9 AM – Session 1 and lab
  • 11 AM – Session 2 and lab
  • 1 PM – Lunch
  • 2 PM – Session 3 and lab
  • 4 PM – Session close and hackathon
  • 5 PM – Dinner
  • 7-8 PM – Hackathon presentations and prizes awarded

Hope to see you there!

When & Where

Friday, March 21, 2014 at the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) main campus

Register

https://appletonspring2014devunleashed.eventbrite.com

Bio

Greg Levenhagen is a Microsoft MVP in Client Development and senior software engineer consultant with Skyline Technologies. He has a great passion for giving back to the community and teaching. A true enthusiast of computer science, with passions and interests including mobile, UX, architecture, parallel, testing, agile, 3D/games, cloud, languages and much more. Greg speaks at conferences like ThatConference, CodeMash, VSLive and DevLink. He is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, board member of ThatConference, president of the Fox Valley .NET User’s Group, cofounder of the Northeast WI Agile User’s Group, INETA speaker and IEEE and ACM member.

Along with being a life-long geek, Greg enjoys golfing, football, woodworking, philosophy and stimulating conversation.