Ok, so I'm a few days into the Apple Watch. Quick impressions...
The user experience is wonky because none of the functions of any of the buttons are consistant, except, obviously, the scroll dial. When you're in an app, you really have no idea if what you're trying to do is going to be a double tap, a deep push, a click of the dial or a click of the side button. Apple should have given some more UX guidence on this one.
The battery life isn't that great.
Connectivity to the phone is better than my Fitbit was, but it's not perfect.
For some reason, I can't get my contacts to sync, which is really annoying, so texts only show up as phone numbers. Please don't tell me just to restart it or resync it. There's got to be a better answer.
Still, it's a pretty damn nice looking watch.
And it's handy not to have to reach into my pocket for everything--especially tracking all my bike rides with the Strava app. (Feel free to follow me... 3200+ miles since May.)
I think we'll get to the point where if you're going to have a watch at all, you might as well have a smart watch, unless you're wearing it as a piece of jewelry. What that means is that Fitbit better figure out a way to start monetizing people over and above selling them hardware.
Otherwise everyone's favorite step tracker...
...will be caught dead in its tracks.
On Wednesday, General Assembly and Toptal will present a panel, Mentorship & the Next Generation of Diverse Tech Talent. The evening will focus on the role of mentorship in building the next generation of top talent and empowering people from diverse communities around the world, ideas that both companies are partnering to promote.
Mentorship is an incredibly important career ingredient, and I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for the guidence of the people I worked with at the General Motors pension fund and the partners of Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital. It's one of the things I'll be looking to work on a project around for the NYC innovation community in 2016.
Over the last month or so I'm feeling a little bit of writer's block on my blog. So, what would you want me to write about? Just reply here with a topic. Make it something good. Not like "How to raise money."
Join General Assembly and CourseHorse on Sunday, December 13 for Tech-Festivus 2015 -- an afternoon of creativity, conversation, and good cheer. The festivities kick off with lunch and networking, followed by expert-led breakout sessions, including a crash course in 3D printing, a panel on giving good from insiders at THINX and Harry’s, business tips from The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman, the year’s best tech demos from Savvy, ListenLoop, Tribute, and more.
ThoughtWorks 99 Madison Ave., 15th Floor - New York, NY
With the constant increase of data volumes, comes many scaling challenges. Hadoop has been the front leader for the last decade and has given us many tools to lean on for the “Big Data” processing. Spark is the new kid on the block and its quickly proliferating the ecosystem. Whats not to like about Spark? It’s fast, scalable and can process both streaming and batch workloads. Coupled together with Amazon Web Services, it can be a very potent combination. Learn first hand what it takes to deploy Spark and Yarn on AWS and how to take advantage of Spot instance to take advantage of the cloud’s elasticity and reduce your operating costs. Presenter: Alex Rovner is the Director of Data Engineering at Magnetic.
Work-Bench 110 Fifth Avenue, Fifth Floor New York, New York 10011 - New York, NY
Abstract: A fresh take on presentation originally called 'How you convince your manager to adopt Scala.js in production: Take 1.' given at SBTB August 2015. People, who's never touched Scala.js before, could still learn quite a bit from the overview part, where we talk about moving parts of Scala.js. Those who is no stranger to Scala.js land, will likely enjoy the main part of the talk where we will present different ways of using Scala.js, coast-to-coast and beyondBioBioWith a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Katrin has spent the last decade working in software development, with experience in kernel mode Windows drivers, multi platform distributed systems development, Java2EE, full stack web development and single page applications. More recently, Katrin has taken a shining to Scala, Play and system architecture, and hopes to pass that passion along to our team and clients.
Design Driven NYC: Design, UX, UI, Technology, and Startups
The New School 66 West 12th Street - New York, NY
This month's Design Driven speakers include:• Khoi Vinh (@khoi), Principal Designer at Adobe and former Design Director at the New York Times •Anil Dash (@anildash), Founder of Makerbase •Sara Chipps (@SaraJChipps), Founder of Jewelbots •Gail Anderson, award-winning designer, writer, and educator with a career spanning Rolling Stone, Broadway and beyond
#BetaNYC, NYC's open data, open gov, & civic tech community
Aaron Davis Hall at City College of New York West 135th Street and Convent St - New York, NY
For our end of the year event, we're partnering with Silicon Harlem. Please join us on December 8th at Aaron Davis Hall where you can donate unwrapped toys, gifts or donations, enjoy music, food and networking as we enter the giving season. Join us for a special panel discussion titled “Camp Data”, featuring Public Advocate Tish James, Chief Digital Officer Amen Ra Mashiriki, CEO of Vizalytics Aileen Smith, Founder of I Quant NY Ben Wellington, and Executive Director of BetaNYC Noel Hidalgo. The event is free and we are asking for you to donate toys for 2 different Harlem locations. Please bring an unwrapped toy. TO attend the event, please register via Eventbrite.
Howe Center - Stevens Institute of Technology Bissinger Room (4th Floor) 8th/Hudson - walk up River St to 6th St., then up Wittpen Walk to Howe Building - Hoboken, NJ
Join us with Eric Schurenberg President and Editor-In-Chief of Inc. Before joining Inc, Eric was the editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com and BNET.com and managing editor of Money Magazine. As a writer, he is a winner of a Loeb and a National Magazine Award. @EricSchurenberg. Join us with Eric Schurenberg President and Editor-In-Chief of Inc. Schedule: 6:45 (sharp!) - 7:15: Speed Networking & Pizza, 7:15 - 8:15: Welcome/Startups present, 8:15 - 9:15: Fireside chat with Eric Schurenberg and Aaron Price, 9:15+: Closing remarks/head to Little Town (local bar) with food/drink specials. Startups: TBD. Follow @NJTech for the livestream (meerkat and periscope links) when we go live. Apply to pitch your co at a future NJTM. Stevens students/faculty free: RSVP here
Join us for our weekly hacknight for Django developers + newcomers to work on their projects and/or connect with other developers. For best results, bring your laptop.Say hello on IRC! We're #django-nyc on Freenode.
The New York eCommerce Meetup is proud to announce that our next guest speaker will be Marcio Cots of “Cots Advogados”. Marcio will address why Brazilian eCommerce is an untapped market and how easy it is to sell online. Brazil also ranks as the top eCommerce market in Latin America. Marcio will share more with us about the size of the Brazilian market and how easy it is to sell online to Brazilians, without having an operation in Brazil. The Meetup Structure: The Meetup Structure: 6:30 - Doors open for Networking, 7:15 - 30 second introductions from all our members, 7:30 -Marcio will be speaking with a Q&A, 8:15-9:30 We will be having pizza and networking
Rise, in partnership with Barclays 28 West 24th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY - New York, NY
A Design Sprint is a great way to begin work on a new digital product or feature set. By using structured design thinking exercises, you can get your entire product design and development team on the same page, reduce the risk of downstream mistakes, and generate vision-led goals for the team to measure their success. In this talk, you'll learn how to plan, facilitate, and optimize the five phases of a Design Sprint: Understand, Diverge, Converge, Prototype, and Test. You’ll learn why and how Design Sprints work and how you can use Design Sprints to enhance your own design process.
Pivotal Labs 625 Avenue of Americas, 2nd Floor - New York, NY
Kaiser Fung and Ray Vella will provide a walk through on contemporary Visual Story Telling at its best! This is a how-to on ramping up your data to engage readers globally with high impact graphics. Both Kaiser and Ray have been on the faculty of NYU’s Data Visualization program; Kaiser is a statistician by training, and Ray, an illustrator. In this collaboration, they integrate design sensibility with statistical sense. Currently, Ray works as an Information Designer at Mastercard and Kaiser directs the Applied Analytics program at Columbia University. Kaiser Fung offers dataviz training and writes dataviz criticism at the 10-year-old Junk Charts blog. Ray Vella is an illustrator who works in the Data Visualization community and has worked for USA Today, BusinessWeek Magazine, Bloomberg LP and now MasterCard.
PLEASE REGISTER THROUGH EVENTBRITE. It's that most wonderful time of the year: The NYC UX Holiday Party! Get ready to join the greater New York UX community as we kick off the holiday season. Last year, it was an amazing SOLD OUT event with over 250 attendees! So join us again this year and come share some UX stories over a drink or two, re-connect with old and make connections anew, perhaps find a new gig for the upcoming year but most of all enjoy some holiday cheer! The event is open to everyone, but you must purchase a ticket to attend. IMPORTANT!! Space is limited. Please only RSVP if you know you can attend.
Please note that you must have a ticket from Eventbrite (purchased through our site) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. Information Architecture: How to Make Sense of Any Mess: Presented by Abby Covert, author of "How to Make Sense of Any Mess"Price: $15 for early birds, $20 for regular. Information Architecture is a practice of making sense. A set of principles, lessons and tools to help anyone make sense of anything. Whether you are a student or professional, a designer, technologist or small business owner, an intern or executive – join this talk to learn how information architecture can help you make sense of your next endeavor.
New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West (77th Street) - New York, NY
Hi everyone, We are excited to invite you to a very special event! Paul Ford (@ftrain), software engineer, writer, editor, co-founder of Postlight, and general provocateur of all things world wide web, will speak about the True Nature of Digital Talent: what talent means, how it's created, recognized, measured, motivated and sustained. Paul will joined on stage by rockstars Stacey Mulcahy (@bitchwhocodes), Anil Dash (@anildash), Chris Wiggins (@chrishwiggins) and more, who will talk about their work in the talent space.
For our next and final meetup of 2015, we are pleased to welcome Evan Estola. Evan is Senior Machine Learning Engineer at Meetup.com, where he works on recommendations and other large-scale data problems. When Recommendation Systems Go Bad: Machine learning and recommendations systems have changed the way we interact with not just the internet, but some of the basic products and services that we use to organize and run our life. As the people that build these systems, we have a social responsibility to consider how these systems affect people, and furthermore, we should do whatever we can to prevent these systems and models from perpetuating some of the prejudice and bias that exist in our society today. In this talk I intend to cover some of the recommendation systems that have gone wrong across various industries, and attempt to provide some solutions for prevention. First and foremost among these is awareness, but approaches involving interpretable models, using ensemble models to separate features that shouldn't interact, and designing test data sets for capturing bias will also be explored.
Pivotal Labs 625 Avenue of Americas, 2nd Floor - New York, NY
NOTE: To attend, you *MUST* purchase a ticket at EventBrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nyc-ux-holiday-party-2015-tickets-19249895957. RSVP'ing to this meetup invite WILL NOT WORK. Get ready to join the greater New York UX community as we kick off the holiday season. Last year, it was an amazing SOLD OUT event with over 250 attendees! So join us again this year and come share some UX stories over a drink or two, re-connect with old and make connections anew, perhaps find a new gig for the upcoming year but most of all enjoy some holiday cheer! For students who wish to attend but cannot afford the ticket price, in the spirit of the holidays, a few attendees have offered to cover the cost for those that could not attend otherwise. Please send us an e-mail for more details. For students who wish to attend but cannot afford the ticket price, in the spirit of the holidays, a few attendees have offered to cover the cost for those that could not attend otherwise. Please send us an e-mail for more details.
General Assembly & CourseHorse Present Tech-Festivus 2015. About This Event: Celebrate the holidays with a look back at 2015’s best in education and tech. We’ve teamed up with CourseHorse for an afternoon of food, conversation, and creativity. Join in to take a crash course in 3D printing; learn about giving good from THINX, Harry’s, and more; or get business tips from The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman.
Bloomberg LP 731 Lexington Av. 7th Floor - New York, NY
Our speakers this month include: M.C. Srivas, CTO of MapR (Apache Hadoop distribution), Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight (enterprise software for customer success), Shant Hovsepian, Founder and CTO of Arcadia Data (visual analytics and business intelligence platform for Big Data), Stefan Groschupf, Founder and CEO of Datameer (Big Data analytics application for Hadoop), Gary Marcus, Founder and CEO of Geometric Intelligence (intelligent algorithms) ----EVENT TIMELINE: 5:45pm- 6:15pm: Pre-event networking, 6:15pm-8pm: Talks, 8pm-9pm: Drinks and networking.
Dentons 1221 Avenue of the Americas - New York , NY
Please join us for Entrepreneurs & Academics: 2016 Soft Robotics Trends. We have a truly exciting opportunity to hear from some of the leading robotics experts working on trends impacting soft robotics, including these cutting edge technologies shaping up to be very relevant in 2016: Modular Robotics, NASA’s Mission to Mars – Soft Robotic Components, and Manipulating Deformable Objects. Panel Moderated by: •Simone Braunstein, CEO and Founder, Paradox Robotics, and Founder of the Soft Robotics Technology Group Meetup. RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Soft-Robotics/events/222299065/ PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING PHOTO ID MATCHING THE FIRST AND LAST NAME IN YOUR RSVP FOR THE LOBBY SECURITY DESK.
We often do talks or panels and hang out afterwards at a bar nearby. We like to hang out at Rye, which is at 11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011, between Avenue of Americas and 5th. They have both drinks and food. http://ryehousenyc.com/http://ryehousenyc.com/
Note: Please RSVP to be sure your entry.- 2015 NYC Tech Holiday Meta-Party -When: 7:00 PM until ?, Monday, December 14, 2015, Where: Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine. NYC technical user groups are joining forces to hold another holiday party to remember! Everyone of all types of expertise and interests are welcome. The party starts at 7 PM and will continue until at least 10 PM. It is the ideal networking opportunity of the season, and a chance to connect with old friends and make new ones.Our generous sponsors are covering drinks and hors d'oeuvres for the evening. (Until the funds run out, at which point everyone is welcome to stay and partake of the cash bar.) Additional sponsors are welcome to join in and show their support for New York City's technical community. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Help us make the 2015 holiday party a success!
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