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From David Boney <l...@semanticartifacts.com>
Subject Organization Meeting - Austin ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining
Date Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:16:42 GMT
An organization meeting for forming an Austin chapter of the ACM Special Interest Group on
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) will be held Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at
7:00 pm at CoSpace. This was formerly advertised as Austin Hackers Dojo - Big Data Machine
Learning. The meeting is open to the public and ACM membership is not required.

Cospace is at the southwest corner of Lamar and Anderson, in a brown brick L-shaped building
called Lamar Gateway. Cospace is upstairs right in the crook of the L (there's an elevator
and stairs).911 W Anderson Lane Suite 203 | Austin TX 78757.http://cospaceatx.com/contact-us/

The goal is to establish a professional group, under the auspices of ACM, Association of Computing
Machinery, of Austin area software engineers, computer scientists, statisticians, and researchers
who have an interest in machine learning, particularly big data machine learning. Big data
machine learning algorithms are the cornerstone of many startup companies and at the leading
edge of computational mathematics. One objective is to start a weekly hackers dojo to learn
big data machine learning algorithms using Hadoop and Mahout to improve the skill set of the
Austin software community.

To form an ACM chapter we will need 10 people who are, or willing to become, both members
of ACM and SIGKDD. We will need to elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary/Treasurer. ACM
will provide us with an IRS EIN as a non-profit organization. This will allow a tax write-off
for organizations that make donations to the group. 

Agenda
1. Vision
2. Organization
3. Virtual Dojo
	a. Technical Infrastructure
4. Votes
	a. ACM SIGKDD Officer Elections
	b. Meeting Day - many people are against Tuesday or Thursday
	c. Permanent Location	
5. Topics / projects to study for the first couple of months

Sincerely,
David G. Boney
list@semanticartifacts.com
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