About HJUG

HJUG is dedicated to the use of the Java™ Technology. We are one of the many Java User Groups worldwide. HJUG thanks Rice University Computer Science Department, Professors Dan Wallach and Robert 'Corky' Cartwright for their continuous sponsorship.

HJUG also thanks the Computer Science Technology Department of Houston Community College System, especially Abbas Alamnehe.

HJUG Officers

Jim Bethancourt
jimbethancourt AT gmail DOT com

Vice President of Free Stuff:
Clay Smith
uhclay AT gmail DOT com

Java Resource Coordinator:
Adam Roberts
aroberts AT alum DOT rit DOT edu

Houston TechFest Coordinator:
Stephen Nimmo
stephennimmo AT gmail DOT com

Java Community Process Representative:
Daniel Solano Gómez
jcp AT sattvik DOT com

Talking to Alexa and Learning How to Speak Her Language

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Presented by

Ed Sarrazin and Roland Foster

Come and explore Natural Language Processing (NLP) technologies! NLP is currently being used in the home by way of Amazon Echo, Siri and later this fall Google Home. During this talk, we will explore how this technology is being used in Home Automation with "Alexa" and the Amazon Echo and examine the process needed to develop an application for "Alexa", known as a skill.

Roland Foster has been a software developer in the Houston Area for almost 20 years gaining exposure to various kinds of industries, such as: Oil & Gas, Health Care, Retail Energy, Education and Goverment. Roland has been involved in hackathons as well, once as a competitor in the 2014 Space Health Innovation Challenge and the Texas winner of the 2015 Texas vs Indiana Hackathon. Roland is zeroing in on emerging technologies in mobile/web, wearables and home automation. He has a passion for BBQ, Gourmet Food Trucks, Photography, Drones and Motorcycles.

Ed Sarrazin has been in software development for 21 years and has worked for startups to global 500 companies. Currently working in downstream, Ed is utilizing java and angular technologies to rebrand existing customer applications. Passions include auto restoration, racing, RC helicopters, and the outdoors.

Meeting Sponsor: Connective Talent

Our Mission:

To deliver connections that improve people’s lives.

At our core is a disciplined focus to help people succeed by connecting the right candidates with the right clients at the right time while having fun and making great friends along the way.

Connective has the tools, culture and experience to deliver on making the best connections.

Please RSVP

RSVP by going to Eventbrite. We will need an accurate head count in order to know how much pizza to order. Since there may be a large turnout, please only RSVP if you're certain you'll be coming.

Meeting Location: PROS

3100 Main
2nd floor
Houston, TX 77002

Suggested Parking:

Park across the street in the parking garage on Elgin on the 7th floor, taking a parking receipt as you enter the parking garage. Parking is free after 7:00 PM, so you won't have to pay as you exit. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor of the parking garage and walk across the sky bridge. The HJUG meeting will be on the 2nd floor on the left just before you reach the elevator bank.

Sponsor: ZeroTurnaround

ZeroTurnaround has a global team of 150+ individuals. The company’s go-to-market heart beats in Boston, Massachusetts, while our development feet are firmly planted (and rapidly growing) in Estonia, at two offices in Tallinn and Tartu.

About our venue sponsor: PROS

We aren't your run-of-the-mill software company. We're true to our word. When we say your success is our number one priority, we mean it. We'll work side-by-side with you to deliver on every promise every time. At PROS, we don't just see ourselves building software. We see ourselves as building blocks in our customers' success stories.

Our Core Values:

  • Ownership - We take responsibility.
  • Passion - We love what we do.
  • Pride - We accept only the best.
  • Trust - We can be counted on.
  • Integrity - We do what's right.
  • Innovation - We create possibilities.
  • Customer Centricity - We put our customers first.

Door Prizes and Giveaways! - must RSVP on Eventbrite to win

Upcoming Meetings

Free membership. Free meetings. Free food (usually pizza).

Talking to Alexa and Learning How to Speak Her Language

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3100 Main
2nd floor
Houston, TX 77002


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