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Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 - 7:00 pm          Review of Contract Language for Consultants 1

Consultants regularly require review of contracts and other legal documents whose language can have a substantial impact on the financial health and well-being of a consultant's business. This talk will address the key contract language and clauses that should be included in numerous documents, including consulting agreements, NDAs and licensing agreements for patents, trademarks or copyrights.

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013 - 7:00 pm          Building and Scaling Nerd Communities: Hacker Dojo and Dev House 2

This talk will describe the origins and evolution of Super Happy Dev House, its spread across the world (and Mexico in particular), and its evolution into Hacker Dojo. This story includes 2012's struggles with the City of Mountain View and the institution's ultimate move to a larger facility, its fundraising efforts, and its ongoing experiments in community management.

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Networking: A Competency You Need to Master 3

This talk will show how networking for a consultant can be easy, even for introverts. To get what you need, you need to give first - the terms "pay it forward," "boomerang effect" and "reciprocity principle" are all important in effective networking. This talk will also teach you five easy steps for networking, building on LinkedIn and other social media. You will learn how to boost your productivity 30% in 2013, and you will also learn a few networking tips for the holidays.

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Object Storage Coming of Age: Big Data and Lots of Users 4

This talk will provide an overview of Swift, an open source object storage system that came out of the OpenStack project. Specific examples of how OpenStack Swift is being used today will be described, including high-volume websites, mobile application development, custom file-sharing applications, data analytics, and operations teams providing private storage infrastructure-as-a-service. Also included will be a detailed overview of the design of the Swift architecture, including its components and its hardware failure recovery mechanisms.

Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Software-Defined Networking (SDN): Unleashing the Power of the Network 5

A lot of work is required to realize the potential of Software-Defined Networking (SDN), where we can enjoy the benefits derived from software automating software. This talk will examine some of the history that led us to the point where current networking architectures are no longer viable for cloud computing at mega-scale. Well take a look at the basics of SDN and some of its key elements  OpenFlow, network virtualization and orchestration  along with some of the initiatives and companies that are setting the stage for the next generation of networking.

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Beyond Virtualization: A Novel Software Architecture for Complex Multi-Core SoCs 6

Famed embedded software pioneer Jim Ready will illustrate the limits of virtualization (at least as currently available) and describe some new operating system approaches that look to provide a better fit between advanced System on a Chip (SoC) hardware and application software.

Moderator T. Kim Parnell, Ph.D., P.E., PEC and 5 panelists
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012 - 9:00 am

This dinner meeting will include the individual highlights and experiences from the careers of six former Bell Labs employees. It will be followed by a panel discussion on some of the things that made Bell Labs important and unique, how innovation occurred there, and how these experiences contrast with how R&D is done today.

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 9:00 am

Internet Marketing is here to stay and is a vital tactic to increase your brand awareness and name recognition. With the proper knowledge and tools you can make a great impact for your business! The presentation will be available as a seminar for in-person attendance, as well as a live webinar.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Bluetooth Re-Invented 7

This talk will address Bluetooth Low Energy and how it has been optimized for simple applications and the ability to run on coin cells for years. The first wave of applications are now being deployed, and there is support in mobile phones such as the iPhone 4S and Motorola Droid RAZR.

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 - 7:00 pm          Open Source Robotics 8

This talk will cover the vision of the Robotic Operating System (ROS) and how it became reality. It will also cover the state of open source robotics, including what the community is doing, what tools and resources are available for developers, and where there are opportunities to get involved.

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