January's DC-Area API Meetup to Feature Talk on the Role of APIs in AI Success

It’s not just that time of the month. It’s also that time of the New Year and that time of the new decade. I may never get to say that again! So, what time is it? It’s time for the first monthly DC-Area API meetup of both the year and the decade. I, along with the General Service Administration’s Senior API Strategist Gray Brooks are hosting the January 2020 edition of the meetup this coming Tuesday, January 7. The meetup will take place 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.” 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 Jan 7, 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.co, Github, 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

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