When: Aug. 13, 2015, 7 p.m.

Where: Braintree

Directions:

Go to the elevators in the middle of the building between the two security desks, and take them to the 8th floor. If building security asks you where you're going just tell them Braintree. The elevators will let you off right in the Braintree lobby.

Merchandise Mart 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza 8th Floor Chicago, IL 60654
Go to the elevators in the middle of the building between the two security desks, and take them to the 8th floor. If building security asks you where you're going just tell them Braintree. The elevators will let you off right in the Braintree lobby.

Topics


  • Data Games in Python
    (0:20:00 Minutes)
    By: C. S. Schroeder
    There has been recent work on the taxonomy of games which are based, one way or another, on real world data. Typically these games help people learn that data or how to cope with it. The traditional examples are simulation games (flight, driving, etc.), while other games incorporate data in such a way that it is beneficial to learn the real world data in the game play (trivia). These types of data-games commonly have a domain specific focus. We intend to explore the possibility of interactive games which help people to learn data analysis, in general, implementing some such games in python using web2py and Scipy.
  • Automating a fishtank with python and IoT sensors
    (1:00:00 Minutes)
    By: Benjamin Chodroff
    Fish tanks are simple enough that even a child can maintain them. I don't have children yet to maintain my tank, but luckily my very patient wife has allowed me to explore over engineering a solution. In this talk we'll explore how python scripts running on a Raspberry Pi can be used to measure and control many aspects of maintaining a fish tank or any number of IOT applications. A demo of the hardware connectivity will be shown which includes an Atlas Scientific pH meter, digital submerged temperature probe, liquid flow meter, liquid level sensor, video camera, and an eight channel relay controlling 12V DC water and 120V AC CO2 gas solenoids, peristaltic dosing pumps, and lighting. A live python coding demo with sample scripts will show how to connect to the serial devices and control the analog and digital hardware. We will broadcast the measured data and hardware states using the Eclipse Paho MQTT python client with the IBM IoT Foundation on BlueMix or IBM MessageSight to create a dashboard using a Javascript MQTT client and Freeboard.io. Finally, we'll create a linux script which allows the attached RaspiCam to live stream a HD video to Google's Youtube Live so the whole world can see.
  • Keep calm and conda install
    (0:20:00 Minutes)
    By: Jonathan J. Helmus
    Conda is a cross platform, package management system widely used in the scientific and data science Python communities. Although designed for Python packages, conda can be used to package and distribute software written in any language. This talk will cover how to use conda to install and manage scientific packages as well as how conda can be used to create isolated Python environment similar to virtualenv. Conda’s use within the Anaconda and Miniconda Python distributions will be discussed as an easy method for obtaining a full featured SciPy stack. Instructions on building packages with conda and hosting them on Anaconda.org will be covered briefly.