JSFoo Hacknight, Fragments meetup in Chennai, AI meetup in Bangalore, upcoming openhouses, workshops & more!

The HasGeek Newsletter ✉️ — August 30

Hi there! 👋🏻

This week we saw a lot of AR announcements with Apple going full throttle with ARKit and Google launching ARCore. As someone who once had to almost return a sofa set just because I miscalculated the length by a couple of inches, I’m pretty excited that Ikea is working on this!

In other news, Google is coming up with “parking difficulty” icons on Google Maps. Having second thoughts on taking out your car to Commercial Street in Bangalore on a Saturday evening? You’ll soon be able to reassure yourself that’s a bad decision by looking at the parking difficulty sign on Google Maps.

Uber finally found a new CEO. Here’s to hoping that their troubled times have ended & things are becoming stable.


  • Updates on Kilter
  • Fragments meetup in Chennai on Satuday
  • JSFoo hacknight at HasGeek on 9th Sept
  • Computer vision in e-commerce meetup at WalmartLabs, Bangalore on 9th Sept
  • Upcoming open houses at HasGeek house
  • Series of workshops on React & React Native

What’s happening at our end?

Kilter updates

Kilter Keto & LCHF month — recipes and more. All through September on blog.kilter.in. Find out more about how to contribute here https://blog.kilter.in/kilter-contributor-guidelines-ae8f23b3fcc or write to tink@hasgeek.com with your inquiries.

Fragments meetup in Chennai on Saturday

People in Chennai, ICYMI, we’ve confirmed two talks for the Fragments meetup on Saturday.

  • Mario Stallone will talk about “Engineering for Good Design”. In this talk, Mario will share his experience, and how he has learned to empathize and work more closely with designers and product managers.
  • Girish Koundinya from Freshworks, will give us some insights into their journey towards cross platform development. Girish will deep dive on how to conduct a trade study to pick a technical solution that suits business and engineering needs & building tools to equip a team to try cross platform development.

RSVP now if you already haven’t. We have some slots open for flash talks. If you or someone you know is interested in proposing a flash talk, write to me at shreyaskutty@hasgeek.com.

When: 10 AM — 1 PM on 2 September
Where: Zoho Corp
RSVP: http://hsgk.in/fragments-chennai

JSFoo Hacknight at HasGeek house on 9th & 10th September

We’ve received a couple of really interesting hacks that some of you will be working on at the hacknight. Unlike regular hackathons, hacknights at HasGeek foster collaboration among developers who are passionate about building things.

If you haven’t registered, do it now!

Check out the website: https://jsfoo.in/2017-sept-hacknight/

Computer vision in e-commerce meetup on 9th September

On 9th September, we’re putting together a meetup at @WalmartLabs to discuss about the application of computer vision in e-commerce. One of the key areas in which computer vision is currently used in e-commerce is in “fashion”. Our speakers will walk us through some of the applications and use cases of the same.

If you’d like to get a sense of the applications of computer vision in e-commerce and interact with practitioners from the industry, this is a great place to be. RSVP now to reserve your spot!

Date: 9th September
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
Venue: WalmartLabs
RSVP link: https://anthillinside.in/2017-sep-bangalore-meetup/

Open houses at HasGeek house

The next three open houses, starting this week, promise to be super interesting! We have seating for 25 participants, at max, in HasGeek House. So RSVP asap.

If you can’t find a seat, or the traffic and rains in Bangalore prevent you from reaching HasGeek House, watch the livestream, and post your questions on Twitter using the appropriate hashtags.

Open House on maths and stats foundations for programmers

On 1st September, Amit Kapoor will be in conversation with Uma Sawant (LinkedIn), Eshan Jain (@WalmartLabs), Vinayak Hegde (IETF), Sherin Thomas (CoWrks) and Raghotham S (Treebo) to explore how much math you need to know if you are:

  • Interested in data science.
  • Want a job in data science.
  • Want a career in data science.

Date and time: 1st September, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
Venue: HasGeek House — http://hsgk.in/HasGeek-House

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/164410417454521/

Unable to make it? Set a reminder for the livestream and catch the discussion as it happens — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYD4Kynf_tc

Watch our Twitter handle @anthillin and use the hashtag #anthillin to ask questions.

Open House on scaling challenges in mobile development

In the lead up to Fragments on 12 and 13 September, Pratul Kalia from Uncommon and Amiruddin Nagri from GO-JEK will engage in a discussion with the community about scaling codebase, design and tech for business goals and the organization’s mobile strategy. This open house is open to everyone, irrespective of whether you are attending Fragments or not.

Date and time: 8th September, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
Venue: HasGeek House — http://hsgk.in/HasGeek-House

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468945379869092/

Unable to make it? Set a reminder for the livestream and catch the discussion as it happens — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD8AuifB5vk

Watch our Twitter handle @FragmentsConf and use the hashtag #fragments to ask questions.

Open House on Blockchain: Policy and future roadmap

Blockchain is indeed the newest kid on the block. Everyone is talking about it, so why not us!

On 22nd September, Sunil Aggarwal, author of the book ‘Bitcoin Magnet’, will provoke a discussion on the political theory of Blockchains. We are inviting proposal for four flash talks — of five minutes each — on concepts and applications of Blockchain, as part of this open house. Send your submission to editorial@hasgeek.com. We are looking forward to a provocative discussion, in the lead-up to 50p.

Date and time: 22nd September, from 7 PM to 8:30 PM.
Venue: HasGeek House — http://hsgk.in/HasGeek-House

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/462587310791307/

Unable to make it? Set a reminder for the livestream and catch the discussion as it happens — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJqSY62M7zU

Watch our Twitter handle @50pConf & the hashtag #50p to ask questions.

Series of workshops on React & React Native

React beginners workshop

This workshop starts with understanding the basic internals of React before exploring how to “think in React”, best practices and solutions to real problems that you will experience while building an application.

Date and time: 9th September, from 10 AM to 5:30 PM.
Duration: 6 hours
Instructor: Siddharth Kshetrapal
City: Bangalore

More info here: https://reactfoo.in/2017-react-beginners-workshop/

Workshop on automating Android, iOS and ReactNative build Pipelines using Fastlane

Learn how to automate tedious tasks like generating screenshots, dealing with provisioning profiles, and releasing your application with few simple lines of code which you face while building Android, ios and React Native apps

Date and time: 17th September, from 9:00AM to 1:15PM.
Duration: 4 hours
Instructors: Abhinandan Kothari and Mudit Maheshwari
City: Bangalore

More info here: https://fragments.in/2017-build-pipelines-workshop/

React Native workshop

Learn how to build native iOS and android app using React Native such that it can easily be extended to any platform such as Windows Phone, Web, Desktop, Electron and even VR*.

Date and time: 17th September, from 1:45PM to 6PM.
Duration: 4 hours
Instructors: Atul R and Rahul Gaba

City: Bangalore

More info here: https://reactfoo.in/2017-react-native-workshop/

Fragments is on 12–13 Sept, Bangalore:
ReactFoo is on 14 Sept, Bangalore:
Call for Proposals | Tickets
JSFoo is on 15–16 Sept, Bangalore:
CMS Conf is on 1 December, Bangalore:
Call for Proposals

That’s it from our end. Have a great week!

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