SF Tech happy hour April

This was the first time I have been to this meetup. The topic was “Funding and Scaling Your Business” and I met a lot of interesting people.

Speaking at DBCx – Python

I just gave a talk on “Introduction to Python” at Dev BootCamp. The audience was an interesting mix of students and outsiders interested in learning about Python.

ElasticON

Elastic search is becoming the de facto search engine these days and is an amazing product. I rebuilt all our search clsuters at Path. It was a great opportunity to be at ElasticON in San Francisco. I learned a lot about elastic search and also about other users using ES.

In particular these three talks were very impressive.
1. 500 Billion documents – This was a fantastic talk about ES and scaling it.
2. Using ES in github.
3. Using ES to detect earthquakes.

The party at ES was great too :)

RedisConf SF

It was a great pleasure to be at the first ever RedisConf. One of the advantages of living in the silicon valley. It was a great event and I learned a lot from developers like Salvatore and Manju, developers of Redis and Twemproxy respectively. There were also a lot of other interesting talks, spanning from using redis as a database, queuing system, machine learning etc.

SF Python – Project Night

Project nights are either a hit or miss for me. Either you work on something useful, or just meet random people and there is a luck factor.

This is the first time I have been to a Python Meetup in SF, although Python is my primary language. I met some interesting people, learned about their projects. Also Thumbtack has a cool office.

Elastic Search SF – January

I have been working on a few interesting projects on Elastic search at Path. A lot of thought goes into the configuration of elastic search nodes and this meetup was extremely helpful in identifying the optimal architecture for a growing data set.

1. Chris Pomeroy gave a talk on using Elastic search on Google computer engine.

2. Antoine gave a talk on using Kibana 4 and the shield plugin.

3. Boaz Leskes, an Elastic search core developer, gave a talk on scalability. A very interesting and informative talk on identifying the number of shards, replicas, shard size, system config etc.

I ll also be attending ElasticON, the first elastic search conference at San Francisco.

MatchStick – Launch event

Once again, Being a huge fan of Mozilla and the open web, I attended the launch event of matchstick. Matchstick is a completely open hardware and open software based HDMI streaming stick, that will help you videos on your TV. You can also share your screen via matchstick just like apple TV or a chromecast.

Beta Brakers Game Jam

It has been a while since I have been to a overnight hackathon. I stumbled upon beta breakers game jam, an overnight hackathon sponsored by Vungle. When I was identifying sources to build a game in JavaScript, I found this excellent resource – Code avengers. I highly recommend this tutorial.