March 2017 - Microsoft Special

Published on 09 February 2017

Aberdeen Developers are pleased to present a Microsoft special meeting, on Thursday 23rd March 2017 at the Robert Gordon University. We're joined by Martin Kearn and Martin Beeby who are both evangelists from Microsoft. The Martin's will cover 4 topics including the future of the web, Machine Learning, Document DB and Conversation-as-a-platform (bots). The focus will be on general technology so this event will be suitable for .net developers and folks on other stacks. We're hoping for a full house to make the most of this one-off special event.

Eventbrite - Aberdeen Developers .Net User Group - March 2017 Microsoft Special

Agenda - Thursday, 23rd March 2016

  • 1800 - 1830: Arrival and registration
  • 1830 - 1840: Welcome and introduction
  • 1840 - 1910: Martin Beeby - The Web on Day 10,000
  • 1910 - 1940: Martin Kearn - Machine Learning for Muggles
  • 1940 - 2000: Break
  • 2000 - 2030: Martin Beeby - DocumentDB: a NoSQL database-as-a-service
  • 2030 - 2100: Martin Kearn - The Fuss about Bots
  • 2100: Close

Speaker Bios

Martin Beeby

Martin Beeby has been a developer since he was 16. Having no garage, unlike his American counterparts, he began developing small sites, apps and hacks from the comfort of his bedroom. Today Martin works for Microsoft where he talks to developers about the Web. Martin has, over the past 17 years, worked on projects with many Major brands. Martin has written articles for, and been featured in, NET Magazine, Creative Bloq, SitePoint, ZDNet, the Microsoft Developer Network, and many more.

Martin Kearn

Martin is a technical evangelist for Microsoft based in the UK. In his role, Martin talks with customers, partners, start-ups and anyone who is willing to listen about developing applications on the Microsoft platform. This includes Windows, Office, Microsoft Azure and Web technologies including and the Edge browser. Martin has been working with Microsoft development technologies since the late 90's and has been working for Microsoft directly since 2005.


The Web on Day 10,000

We're fast approaching 10,000 days since December 1990 when the first website was published and changed everything. Martin looks at the future capabilities of browsers, devices and servers and how applications will be impacted by advances in those three areas. Using live code and demos he'll explores, amongst other things, Bots, Web Components, Web Assembly, Cognitive Services, Language Understanding, Speech and Serverless application architecture.

Machine Learning for Muggles

Artificial Intelligence is the latest hotness. Machine Learning sits behind artificial intelligence and on the surface it may seem like a deeply technical, scientific topic. We are here to tell you that it is more accessible than you think. We'll look at some of the basics around the Azure Machine Learning service. We'll also look some of the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs which make it very easy to implement artificial intelligence 'smarts' into your application with simple, standard REST calls.

DocumentDB: a NoSQL database-as-a-service

DocumentDB is a database for document and key-value data, provided as a service inside on Microsoft Azure. It has all the properties of a NoSQL database whilst retaining the ability to easily query the data with SQL. Martin will look into how it works, when to use it and how you can utilise it from many different types of applications.

The Fuss about Bots

Some people say that Bots are the new Apps and thr way we interact with our devices is going to fundamentally change to a world where we are using natural language to interact with Bots and Digital Assistants. Microsoft are investing heavily in bots and have a tool called the Microsoft Bot Framework. In this talk we'll look at what a bot is, deisgn patterns for bots and the Microsoft Bot Framework which lets you write a single bot that is published to multiple social channels such as Skype, Facebook and Slack.

Location and Directions

Venue: Room N117, The Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen, Aberdeen City AB10 7GJ, GB

Directions: Map showing Garthdee Campus

Prize Draw

All attendees will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance of winning one of the prizes from our fantastic sponsors.

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