November 2014 Meetup!!

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The November 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for November 17th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Back to the Future!

Abstract:
Have you noticed that every app and idea you encounter today seems like a rehashed, recycled, redone version of something else? As we approach the year of Marty McFly’s hoverboard, we are going to talk about the current state of mobile and IoT, where the leaders will be in the next 5 years, and how we can start building the next generation of experiences for our users today. You will walk away from this talk with 4 new ideas, and a passion to be the first to solve them.

Speaker Bio:
Ultra passionate. That’s how Jeff Blankenburg (@jeffblankenburg) describes his relationship with technology. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has enthusiastically applied his technical expertise to build industry-changing websites and marketing efforts for mega brands including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ford Motor Company, Sony and several pharmaceutical companies. He’s especially proficient in user interface design, web standards and mobile application development. In addition to his developer evangelist role for Microsoft, Jeff contributed to the O’Reilly title Windows Developer Power Tools on the subject of code validation services, and authored a Windows Phone development book out now on Amazon. He also serves as an organizer for the CodeMash and Stir Trek conferences. On the academic front, Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Ohio’s Bowling Green State University.

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October 2014 Meetup!!

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The October 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for October 20th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Next-Gen Experiences with Oculus Rift & Unity!

Abstract:
The Oculus Rift has the potential to change the way people can interact with game worlds. Unity makes building complex games much easier. In this talk, we will talk about how to use the Oculus Rift in your games. We will also show how to use Unity to access some of the features of the Oculus Rift.

Speaker Bio:
Doug is a Principal Consultant at Improving Enterprises in Columbus Ohio. He started developing software as a high school freshman on a TRS-80 16K. Since then he developed software for Graphics Kiosks, Rules Engines, Specialized Hardware and ASP.Net websites. Over the last two years, he has helped grow the Windows Phone & Windows 8 Developer Community in Central Ohio and he spends his free time developing Windows 8 and Windows Phone applications. Connect at @doug_mair.

Chris is a consultant at Fast Switch located in Columbus, Ohio. In a career that spans over 20 years, he has had clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to one person startups. Thriving on the most challenging projects, he strives to deliver value to the customer. He considers himself lucky to wake up every day and develop software. For the past three years, he has been spending his free time developing mobile apps and now experimenting with VR. Connect at @ellisc2.

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September 2014 Meetup!!

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The September 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for September 15th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Architecting the Internet of Things!

Abstract:
There is undoubtedly a lot of hype around the Internet of Things, with a flood of products and services coming to market. Examples range from devices for tracking personal activities, to monitoring your home, your car, your business, or even the world. So how do these work behind the scenes? In this presentation we’ll discuss a real-world activity tracking system in detail: how it is designed and architected using various cloud components, and how its architecture has evolved over time so that it can scale for higher capacity at a lower cost. We will also discuss the many lessons learned along the way, as well as plans for what’s next. Join us as Vince & Nick unpack the future!

Speaker Bio:
Vince Fabro is the Practice Manager of the Enterprise Microsoft Solutions practice at Cardinal Solution’s Columbus, Ohio, branch. Vince loves building things and fixing things, and working with teams to achieve success. He’s been applying those passions to the IT industry for well over 20 years now – the past 20 as a consultant wearing many hats (developer, trainer, architect, mentor, manager). As a former certified trainer he has enjoyed training hundreds of students, and has presented technology topics at IT conferences and user groups for many years. Vince has specialized in Microsoft’s .Net technology stack for more than a decade now, and is always striving to learn more effective ways to build applications that solve challenging IT problems. Vince attended The Ohio State University to earn both his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and his Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. He thoroughly enjoys his work, as well as bicycling, skiing, and traveling with his family.

Nick Martin is a senior consultant at Cardinal Solutions, with 10 years of experience developing and architecting enterprise applications. Nick is passionate about helping clients get the most out of their development efforts through following best practices and Agile processes. He also helps lead an internal development user group to help bring out the passions and share the expertise of his colleagues. He recently started his toughest project to date: developing a decent human being (fatherhood).

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August 2014 Meetup!!

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The August 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for August 18th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
The World of Arduino with a Windows Phone Interface!

Abstract:
Join Anthony Russell as he explores the hardware platform “Arduino”. In this talk, you will get a crash course into building Arduino projects, coding them and controlling them with your Windows Phone. All you need to bring is something to take notes with and ambition to learn. This will be a hardware + software smackdown – magical stuff!

Speaker Bio:
Anthony Russell, DVLUP Expert and international hackathon competitor, was born and raised in North Eastern Ohio. After 6 years in the Army Anthony decided it was time for a change and started coding. Fast forward a few years and now he works for a leading ECM software company and has competed in over 7 hackathons in the last 12 months. His teams have brought in over $15,000 in cash and prizes. You may find Anthony as @Anth0nyRussell on Twitter.

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July 2014 Meetup!!

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The July 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for July 21st from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Cross-Platform Mobile Development!

Abstract:
It’s 2014 and it’s insane not to support every mobile platform to reach broadest user base. Let’s keep this simple: Cross-platform Hybrid Mobile development | One codebase | Telerik Platform| AppBuilder | HTML5/JS | Cordova | IDEs | Backend Services | Prototype/Test/Deploy/Manage | End-to-End Mobile.

Anything else special?
Yep – you’ll get a preview of the new Windows 8.1 Store app for our UG!

Speaker Bio:
Samidip Basu (@samidip) is a technologist, Apress/Pluralsight author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, believer in software craftsmanship, gadget-lover and Developer Advocate for Telerik. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik stacks. He passionately helps run The Windows Developer User Group (http://thewindowsdeveloperusergroup.com/), labors in M3 Conf (http://m3conf.com/) organization, serves as INETA Secretary (http://www.ineta.org/) and can be found with at-least a couple of hobbyist projects at any time. His spare times call for travel and culinary adventures with the wife. Find out more at http://samidipbasu.com.

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June 2014 Meetup!!

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The June 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for June 16th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Azure Mobile Services!

Abstract:
Windows Azure Mobile Services serves as your mobile backend in the cloud & provides a straightforward way to connect your data to multiple applications across any mobile platform. In this presentation, Dave will show how to expose cloud data via a REST interface and connect to that data from applications running on Windows Phone, Windows 8, iOs and Android. You will learn how to secure your data and to send push notification to your client application. This is not your age-old backend services talk – come prepared to dig into advanced topics like notification hubs, security, identity, x-plat push notifications & much more!

Speaker 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 solutions & applications in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at www.DavidGiard.com.  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons. Find him on Twitter at @DavidGiard.

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May 2014 Meetup!!

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The May 2014 Meetup of The Windows Developer User Group is scheduled for May 19th from 6PM to 8PM @ TechColumbus. Please see details below & kindly RSVP.

Topic:
Building Universal Apps for Windows!

Abstract:
With the release of Windows Phone 8.1, the Windows Phone & Windows 8 Store app development is converging into a common model. Come learn about this new way to develop apps on the Microsoft platform. No longer do you need to select between the smartphone or tablet/PC form factors – it’s all in one codebase with shared components & even UI. There will many demos & walkthroughs showing off the features of Universal App development. Chris will show several in-development apps and what he has learned so far.

Speaker Bio:
Chris Ellis is a consultant at Fast Switch located in Columbus, Ohio. In a career that spans over 20 years, he has had clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to one person startups. Thriving on the most challenging projects, he passionately strives to deliver value to the customer. He considers himself lucky to wake up every day and develop software. For the past three years, he has been spending time developing mobile apps on the Microsoft technology stack. Chris is @ellisc2 on Twitter.

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