So thrilled to be quoted in Newsday in this great piece on how online classes can be used to further professional development. 

Fast Track Node: From 0 to 60 With Express

I’m thrilled to say that the first event of the newly rebooted Front End Innovators meetup was a success. 

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Joe Stanco, Front End Engineer at Buzzfeed, gave a great talk on Express, a web application framework for Node.js, inspired by Sinatra.

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A great group of technologists attended and kept the conversation going while mixing, mingling, and snacking on Num Pang sandwiches.

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If you’re interested in the presentation you can check out the source code and the hosted presentation itself.

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The next meetup will be January 15th and the topic will be d3 and data visualization. See you there!

I am incredibly excited because I just realized the 1 Second Everyday app is now available on Android. The creator, Cesar Kuriyama, did a wonderful TED talk, but I hadn’t heard of his app until I saw him speak at Chris Guillebeau's World Domination Summit this year. 

Cesar hated that he was forgetting so many things he’d done in the past so he started recording 1 second of his life every day. He uses these short visualizations to help him remember each distinct day of his life. He found that doing this also pushed him to do something memorable every day so that he’d have an interesting video to take.

If you do this every day for 10 years, you’ll have a 1 hour video chronicling the last decade of your life. If like me you’re around 30 and you start doing this now, you’ll have a 5 hour video of the last 50 years of your life when you turn 80. 

This simple app is so brilliant and powerful. I can’t wait to start using it today.

An Evening with Yext and NYC Hacker Union

My recap of Yext’s most recent event is up on their blog and also below:

On Thursday, August 8, the 
Yext engineering team welcomed 100 software developers, hackers, and innovators as we hosted the NYC Hacker Union for a Hacker Forum at our Madison Square Park HQ.

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NYC Hacker Union organizer, Brandon Diamond, and Sean MacIsaac, CTO at Yext, welcomed the crowd and kicked off the event.

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Left to right: Brandon Diamond, Sean MacIsaac.

The topic for the night was screen scraping, a technique to extract data from human-readable output on a website. The evening included three presentations:

  • Kevin Caffrey, Software Engineer at Yext, gave an overview of how Yext works and explained how they scrape sites to verify data accuracy on their 175,000+ active clients.

  • Cole Diamond, Program Manager at Microsoft, shared an anecdotal story from his hacker days at Columbia and explained that it’s important to conduct screen scraping in an ethical way.

  • Jonathan Dahan, Media Technology Developer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, demonstrated his api, scrAPI.org, and how he uses it to scrape data from theMetmuseum Collection.
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Left to right: Kevin Caffrey, Cole Diamond, Jonathan Dahan.

Attendees asked great questions, made new friends, and enjoyed an array of food and drinks, provided by the Yext engineering team. Special thanks to YextNYC Hacker Union and Brandon Diamond for organizing a fun and informative event.

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Want to hear about upcoming events? Join our mailing listfind us on Facebook, and follow @Yext and @HackerUnion on Twitter!

The wildly successful NYC Schools Gap App Challenge

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Check out the winners and all of the eligible apps here

Proud to have been part of this amazing competition!

Highlights of UserConf 2013

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On May 3rd, 2013 I had the pleasure of attending UserConf 2013: The conference about keeping your customers (happy). It was more informative, inspiring, and fun than I could have thought possible. Here are the highlights:

The speakers. The lineup was really impressive:

Richard White, UserVoice // Founder/CEO
Sarah Hatter, CoSupport // Founder/CEO
Darnell Witt, Vimeo // Director of Support & Community
Rich Armstrong, Fog Creek // General Manager
Marssy Benitez, Flickr // Support Operations Manager
Andrea Murphy, Meetup // Community Manager
Jon Lane, Harvest // Quality Assurance
Bill Bounds, Mailchimp // Head of Support
Max Crowley & Alex Priest, Uber // Community Managers

My favorite speaker was definitely Darnell Witt, Director of Support & Community at Vimeo. The love he has for his job and the Vimeo community really came through in his presentation. He also noted a direct correlation between support team morale and the number of GIFs in your workflow. 

imageThe venue. As someone who used to work in publishing, attending a conference at the Scholastic building felt like coming home. And having lunch on the roof on a beautiful day was a pure delight.

imageSwag and surprises. Frozen yogurt, cake, t-shirts, MailChimp dolls, temporary tattoos, a photobooth, and more added an element of fun that made the day truly memorable. 

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The next UserConf is taking place in San Francisco on October 18th, 2013. 

URL to IRL: Stand Out Online & Make Connections in Real Life

Looking for your first job? Starting your NYC internship? If so, join NY Creative Interns at Ogilvy HQ tonight, May 20, for URL to IRL: Stand out Online & Make Connections in Real Life

We’ll discuss how to balance your online and offline efforts, create introductions with both personal and professional heroes, and start conversations that carry over from the digital space to in-person meetings.

Meet other young creatives and gain insights from pros at Gilt.com, Social@Ogilvy, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

RSVP: http://www.nycreativeinterns.com/standout

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The @GaryVee Manifesto

Could not be feeling more excited to have Gary Vaynerchuk as the Keynote Speaker for Find & Follow Your Passion next weekend.

Find & Follow Your Passion at The New School

Keynote Speaker: Gary Vaynerchuk.

Do not miss this: http://conf.nycreativeinterns.com/

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Inside the Mind of HR: How Hiring Really Happens

Register: http://nycreativeinterns.com/insidehr