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Chatbots and Building a Kegerator

The June meeting will be a double-header. The Next Innovation Center had a problem. They wanted to host a kegerator for the people who work in the building. Unfortunately, insurance frowned upon that idea. Eventually, they decided to limit the output of beer based on the reading of the badges used to enter the building. Chris designed a system using a Raspberry Pi to operate a valve based on the badge code sent to the system. He’ll be covering this project with us.

Following that, Ed Maillet will be talking about Chat bots. Chat bot technology exploded onto the scene in 2016 with a tremendous amount of fanfare. Come learn what they are (and aren’t) through construction and demonstration of a Chat Bot built using the Microsoft Bot Framework and Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services.

Chris’s Bio:
Chris has been programming since just before high school. For the last 5 years, he has worked for Kopis as a Software Developer designing custom software for a diverse set of clients. He also occasionally tinkers with new technology to see what he can make happen.

Ed’s Bio:
Ed Maillet is a Machine Learning enthusiast and has been developing software for over 20 years from embedded systems to large distributed applications. He is a thesis short of a Master’s Degree in Computer Science. He is currently a Senior Software Engineer for Unum Group and wanna be soil scientist. When not programming, Ed can be found wrangling chickens in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Sponsor:
Godshall Professional Staffing and Recruiting is sponsoring the meeting.

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