Tech Talks

Speakers

Jenny Tong

Michael McDonald

Friday, November 14 | 4:20 PM to 5:00 PM | Hudson Hall 125

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Modern applications like Facebook, Twitter, Uber, and Snapchat all rely on realtime data transfer to create the interactive user experience that each is known for. These services require a ton of engineering resources to ensure that all data is transferred appropriately, and at a hackathon, you can't reimplement years of engineering in 24 hours. Enter Firebase, a realtime state synchronization platform that allows you to quickly build the next educational collaboration tool, energy usage monitor, or global pandemic tracker. We'll spend a short time talking about what you can do with Firebase, then we'll live code an app that shows just how simple Firebase is to get started with. Bring your friends, come learn about realtime data, and grab some awesome Firebase swag!

Speakers

Dennis Li

Yang Su

Yixin Zhu

Friday, November 14 | 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Teer 203

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Three engineers from Coursera, including recent Duke alums Dennis Li and Yang Su, will be giving a talk on coursera both from a product and engineering perspective.

Speaker

Baris Yuksel

Friday, November 14 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Teer 203

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Enter the magical world of machine learning and big data with this introductory hands-on workshop. You will build your first machine learning application using publicly available data, which can predict weather patterns. You will learn the fundamental concepts of machine learning & big data, and experiment with Zero-R, One-R, Decision Trees, etc using open source & free machine learning software WEKA. This workshop is good for beginner and intermediate levels.

Please bring a laptop with most recent of WEKA and Java installed!

Speakers

Ben Madison

Dion Larson

Claire Treyz

Saturday, November 15 | 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM | Hudson Hall 125

Speakers

Sanjay Joshi

Lee Surprenant

Saturday, November 15 | 1:45 PM to 2:15 PM | Teer 203

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Come join us for an overview of Bluemix, a web-app hosting platform from IBM. Lee will guide you through getting the most out of a 30-day free trial by flying through how to get your app on the web in minutes, providing an overview of our catalog of APIs (IBM Watson, anyone?), and demonstrating fast-and-easy continuous delivery to improve your hackathon team's development workflow. Thirty minutes could save you 15% or more in development efficiency.

Saturday, November 15 | 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM | Teer 203

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Citrix reveals and explains the inner workings of a program that designed to expose underrepresented youths to computer science and their efforts to demystify the subject.

Speaker

Andrew Shim

Saturday, November 15 | 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM | Hudson Hall 125

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Greetings from LearnSprout! Come by and hear how we as a community of programmers can hack the future of education.

Speakers

Ben Madison

Dion Larson

Claire Treyz

Saturday, November 15 | 3:15 PM to 3:45 PM | Hudson Hall 125

Speaker

Rickey Bloomfield

Saturday, November 15 | 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM | Teer 203

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mHealth promises to be the next big growth industry for tech startups. The pressure is on hospitals to cut costs by increasing efficiency, all while providing better care. Thus far, they’ve failed. Can technology save the day? Maybe, but it hasn’t yet, and far too many mistakes are still being made by well-meaning and industrious entrepreneurs who lack health experience. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, navigate federal regulations and, most importantly, integrate with electronic health records.

Speaker

David Crook

Saturday, November 15 | 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM | Hudson Hall 125

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When building solutions on ANY platform, Azure can serve as the backbone cloud compute to host services. Azure offers the ability to consume and create WebAPIs to power your client apps. This session will show you how to build your own WebAPI and consume it from a client application. Azure supports all relevant Frameworks and Languages through either VMs or directly hosted on the Azure fabric. And it is all available to you as the basis of your hacks this weekend.

Speaker

Grant Oakley

Saturday, November 15 | 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM | Teer 203

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An overview of Google's VR development kit, including a brief history, technical underpinnings, and an introduction for developers. Cardboard allows developers to experiment with an immersive virtual reality environment using only the phone in their pocket and an inexpensive viewer.

Speaker

Andrew Shim

Saturday, November 15 | 4:45 PM to 5:15 PM | Hudson Hall 125

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The kingdoms in the land of Hackers have been waging a war against each other to win the Javascript Throne. The Houses of Angular, Backbone, and Ember have long dominated the field, but a new House has entered the fray. Hailing from Hacker Way, in the Area of the Bay and the Land of the Book of Faces, enter House React! Building a UI army unlike any that has ever been witnessed, House React stands to turn the tides in the war for the Javascript Throne.

Speakers

Sanjay Joshi

Lee Surprenant

Saturday, November 15 | 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM | Teer 203

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Interested in calling IBM Watson services from your project? Looking for a one-stop shop of free APIs you can add to your application to make it stand out from the rest? Come learn from IBM experts on how to take your HackDuke project to the next level by leveraging the catalog of service APIs on IBM Bluemix.

Speaker

Baris Yuksel

Saturday, November 15 | 7:15 PM to 7:45 PM | Teer 203