February's DC-Area API Meetup to Feature Talks on Artificial Intelligence and APIs 101 (Part 2)

It's that time of the month again.... time for another API Meetup in Washington, DC.  Since January's meetup was canceled due to snow (basically, all of Washington, DC shut down for the occasion), we will be running with the same agenda (same speakers, same topics, same pizza, same beer and other beverages) for the February edition on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2020. So, with apologies, what follows below is a massively plagiarized version of the summary that I wrote for last month's intended meetup. But if you're looking for coverage and videos from the previous DC meetups, then we've got you covered

I will be hosting this meetup at the offices of the digital agency U.Group.  

So far, in addition to the free pizza and drinks that will be provided to you compliments of sponsorships by the DC-based technology consultancies 540.co and U.Group (respectively), we have two great presentations lined up. One of these is being delivered by CapitalOne's Director of Platform Services Matthew Reinbold who is giving a talk on how success with Artificial Intelligence depends on APIs. 

According to Reinbold, AI has tremendous business potential to turn Big Data into sustained competitive advantage and thusly, harnessing AI insight is high on many companies' 2020 strategic plans. However, developing the technical foundation necessary to support a successful, secure, and *ethical* program requires API expertise. In his presentation, Reinbold will share his experience on the challenges that go with the newer AI approaches and how those challenges can be overcome with a sound API approach.

For the second presentation, I will be delivering Part 2 of my ongoing API 101 “college course.” Don't worry! If you missed Part 1, there's still time to catch-up via the delayed broadcast! With few exceptions, these parts will be ongoing each month nearly indefinitely. In this part, I will pick up where my January presentation left off, and describe the many advantages that accrue to organizations as a result of what's known as the API's technical contract (described and defined in part 1). This part will get into the business advantages of modernizing an organization’s legacy IT, moving more towards a microservices-driven API-led infrastructure and how the technical contract behind an API fuels numerous efficiencies that can, directly and indirectly, impact the bottom line in a positive way.

And then, who knows? We’ve been known to add presentations at the last minute! 

If you live in the Washington, DC area (or will be in the neighborhood on Feb 4, 2020) and want to rub shoulders with other members of the local API community, then this is the meetup to come to. So, I hope to see you there!

Finally, as always, we are very grateful to the meetup’s enduring sponsors for making our monthly gatherings possible; the U.Group for providing the beverages and the venue and then 540.coGithub, and MuleSoft who take turns buying the pizza. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the meetup, feel free to reach out to me at david.berlind@programmableweb.com

Be sure to read the next DC-Area API Meetup article: Lessons Learned From Building APIs For the US Federal Government