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2017 will be MIGANG's last year in the Microsoft Building in Southfield. Although we are staying in Southfield, Microsoft is moving downtown, in lieu of our normal November meeting we are instead holding a one day tech conference to say goodbye to Microsoft and thank the community for its years of support.

This is a single track one-day conference with a greatest hits of MIGANG's past speakers:

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Speakers

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Registration - 08:00 AM

David Giard

You and Your Technical Community

IT Professionals often work in isolation and ignore the large number of other people doing similar work. But there are benefits to connecting with others in your community.

In today's presentation, I will share with you how others have helped advance my career and how I connected with them. I'll show you how you can enhance your career by drawing on the experiences of those around you. And how to have fun doing it.

Bio

David Giard is a former accountant, a former biochemist, and the former President of GANG, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades. Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at DavidGiard.com. His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Break - 09:30 AM

Brian Friesen

An awesome talk

TBD

Bio

Brian Friesen has been pretending to be a developer for the last 6 years and lives in constant fear of being found out. As an occasional public speaker, he prefers to talk about things that are slightly out in left field. This explains why some people know him as "the regex guy" or "the monad guy". Seriously, who wants to have those titles? Anyway, when he's not writing code, he's probably thinking about it, or, if he's sleeping, dreaming about it. In the rare case that no part of his mind is occupied by something vaguely code-related, he is probably playing with his kids or spending quality time with his wife near Detroit, where he has lived since April 2012, when he took a job with the best company he has ever worked for, Quicken Loans. He is also a raging smart-alec.

Break - 11:10 AM

Gaines Kergosien

HoloLens Mixed Reality for Fun & Profit

What innovations are the current generation of mixed reality devices capable of providing? Lets explore what a commercial augmented reality solution might look like using the Microsoft HoloLens and how you can get started building real business solutions.

Bio

Gaines Kergosien is an associate director at UBS, organizer of Music City Code conference, Microsoft MVP, and serves as board member for the Nashville Technology Council and Nashville .NET User Group. He also presents at software development conferences throughout the United States. With over 15 years in solutions development, his work includes consulting for such companies as Bridgestone, Deloitte, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), American General (AIG), Lexis Nexis, Gibson Guitars, and Cardinal Healthcare.

Lunch - 12:50 PM

Jennifer Marsman

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Making AI Easy

The rise of machine learning has produced an explosion of APIs to make your applications more intelligent. In this session, you will learn about the 20+ different Cognitive Services APIs that provide object recognition, face detection and identification, emotion recognition, OCR, computer vision, video services, speech and speaker recognition, language understanding, text analytics, sentiment analysis, knowledge exploration, search services, and more. You can also leverage these services in conjunction with the Microsoft Bot Framework to build an intelligent assistant. You will see powerful demos of these capabilities, experience the simplicity of calling this code, and walk away with ideas on how to leverage this functionality in your own applications.

Bio

Jennifer Marsman is a Principal Software Development Engineer in Microsoft's Commercial Software Engineering group, with a focus on data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. In this role, Jennifer is a frequent speaker at software development conferences around the world. In 2016, Jennifer was recognized as one of the "top 100 most influential individuals in artificial intelligence and machine learning" by Onalytica. She has been featured in Bloomberg for her work using EEG and machine learning to perform lie detection. In 2009, Jennifer was chosen as "Techie whose innovation will have the biggest impact" by X-OLOGY for her work with GiveCamps, a weekend-long event where developers code for charity. She has also received many honors from Microsoft, including the "Best in Role" award for Technical Evangelism, Central Region Top Contributor Award, Heartland District Top Contributor Award, DPE Community Evangelist Award, CPE Champion Award, MSUS Diversity & Inclusion Award, Gold Club, and Platinum Club. Prior to becoming a Developer Evangelist, Jennifer was a software developer in Microsoft's Natural Interactive Services division. In this role, she earned two patents for her work in search and data mining algorithms. Jennifer has also held positions with Ford Motor Company, National Instruments, and Soar Technology. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering and Master's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her graduate work specialized in artificial intelligence and computational theory. Jennifer blogs at http://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/jennifer and tweets at http://twitter.com/jennifermarsman.

Break - 03:15 PM

Ondrej Balas

Open Source Game Development in the .NET Ecosystem

With so many frameworks to choose from, aspiring game developers are often overwhelmed with options. In this session we'll explore the decisions that go into choosing the right framework for your project. Next we'll look at one in particular: Duality. Duality is a flexible and open source framework for developing 2D games with .NET. I'll show you the fundamental patterns and principles behind game development and walk you through creating a simple game in Duality.

Bio

Ondrej is the owner of UseTech Design, a Michigan-based development company that focuses primarily on .NET and other Microsoft technologies. Ondrej is also a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio and Development Technologies, a writer for Visual Studio Magazine, and is very active in the Michigan software development community. Ondrej works across many industries including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics. Areas of expertise include similarity and matching across large data sets, algorithm design, distributed architecture, and software development practices.

Closing / Raffle - 04:55 PM

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