2017 Talks

Introduction to Ethereum with Alex Fisher

January 4, 2017 · 6:15 PM at Atomic Object

Come learn about the future of the web and "trustless" communications. This presentation will explain what a Blockchain is and focus in on a specific public blockchain called Ethereum. Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship, fraud or third party interference. These apps run on a custom built blockchain, an enormously powerful shared global infrastructure that can move value around and represent the ownership of property. This enables developers to create markets, store registries of debts or promises, move funds in accordance with instructions given long in the past (like a will or a futures contract) and many other things that have not been invented yet, all without a middle man or counterparty risk.

About the Presenter

Alex is nerdy and has bounced back and forth between engineering and business since he was a kid. He started his first business in high school, a computer repair company, that was featured on the front page of the Detroit Free Press. His most recent business, one of Michigan's largest web design companies, was acquired by a Chicago marketing agency in 2016. Today, he's head down in blockchain technology and helping build the Ethereum community as a self-proclaimed "Ethereum Evangelist".

- no meeting -

February 1, 2017 · 6:00 PM at Atomic Object

About the Presenter

Angular 2 CLI and more ... with Phil Huhn

March 1, 2017 · 6:00 PM at Atomic Object


Angular 2 was released in September 2015, and Angular 4 is around the corner.  Yet Angular 2 CLI is still in beta (1.0.0-beta.32.3).

Come and explore what Angular CLI has to offer.  CLI adds a standard infrastructure for end-2-end development process.

See a demo of a simple Angular 2 component with CLI code templates, Jasmine unit and end-2-end tests.


  • Some Angular Definitions
  • Sample Code Generation
  • ng server
  • ng test
  • Code Alert component
  • ng build

We will be electing a new board for 2017!

Every March, the group elects a new board for the year. All active paid members are eligible to vote, so make sure all dues are paid prior to the start of the meeting.

The board consists of the following positions:

President: Responsible for running the group, leads public meetings and board meetings, and helps solicit future speakers.

Vice President: Responsible for running the public meetings in the absence of the president.

Treasurer/Secretary: Responsible for membership information and collection of dues, and ordering of food and door prizes.

Quartermaster: Responsible for facility location, setup and tear down, and will fill in for any of the above positions in the event they are not available (except for president in the event the vice-president is present). Quartermaster is also responsible for speaker surveys.

Webmaster: Responsible for updates to Meetup.com, all social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and communication of information to the mailing list.

Program Chair: Responsible for coordinating speakers and soliciting speakers for future talks, and helps coordinate speakers during talks. This is an appointed position.

If you are interested in running for the board, please be sure to arrive on time to ensure your nomination.

After the election, we will continue with our normal format, including the following presentation:

About the Presenter

Phil has been a programmer for more than 25 years. In 25 years, he has been a Programmer Analyst, Data Communication Systems Engineer, DBA, Windows and Unix System Admin and Programmer / Consultant / Mentor.

Phil started writing web application in 1996. He worked with the Apache Server prior to the 1.0 version. He is very sad to see that http://hoohoo.ncsa.uiuc.edu/ does not exist. He has written classic Asp and Asp.Net 1.1, 2.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 web forms applications. Phil is currently a Programmer/Analyst and Technologist creating Asp.Net 4.5 web forms application in Novi, Michigan.

(also see 'board members' -> resources)

New Knowledge Domains: Coming Up to Speed with Tom Bellinson

April 5, 2017 · 6:15 PM at Atomic Object

Once upon a time, people spent their whole lives at one company. Nowadays, millennials tend to stay in a job about three years. That often means learning about new domains quickly. If you’re a consultant, this skill is even more critical.

The Internet turns an old problem on its head. Whereas once upon a time it was difficult to find information about a particular knowledge space, now there’s just too much information. How do you know who to trust? How can you tell if your focus is too narrow or too broad? What’s the secret to distinguishing one author’s opinion from standard practices? In this 45 minute presentation, we will break it down for you and give you the tools to come up to speed quickly so that you can be more effective when working with process owners and stakeholders.

Topics to be discussed/objectives:

  • Determining your focus
  • Identifying and using online resources
  • Using Amazon reviews to find good books
  • People power! Finding and utilizing the right mentors

About the Presenter

Mr. Bellinson has been working in information technology positions for over 35 years. His diverse background has allowed him to gain intimate working knowledge in technical, marketing, sales and executive roles.

Most recently, Mr. Bellinson found himself working with ITHAKA - the JStor people. In that capacity, Bellinson assists teams with the development of software to support the research mission of faculty, researchers, and students worldwide.

Prior to working for ITHAKA, Mr. Bellinson served as Vice President of an ERP software company where he helped design, sell and implement a new SaaS based system. He has also worked as an independent business and IT consultant, as chief information officer of an automotive engineering services company and as founder and President of a systems integration firm that was a pioneer in the Internet services marketplace. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bellinson held a variety of sales and technical positions.

Bellinson holds a degree in Communications with a Concentration in Management from Oakland University in Rochester, MI and has had a variety of technical certifications including Certified Scrum Master, APICS CPIM and CSCP.