HCCUG.org™ is now HybridCloudGroup.org™

  • HybridCloudGroup.org preserves HCCUG.org LOGO & URL as they have 10-years of history, local and online (a.k.a. Google juice)
  • Per HCCUG.org's 10th anniversary announcements, as of 2019, all HCCUG.org efforts are powered by HybridCloudGroup.org … more info see About us

✥ Our streamlined community user groups/meetups

continuing to provide something new/fresh/different with the Cloud from — Google, Microsoft, RedHat, DIY Cloud, etc.

2019 ♦ Houston TensorFlow & Applied AI/ML user group … to focus on Data Sciences +++

2019 ♦ Houston Kotlin user group … JetBrains approvedORGANIZER: Zane Moreign

2018 ♦ Houston Google Cloud user group a.k.a. GDG Cloud Houston … Google approved … ORGANIZER: Valentino Moreign

2017 ♦ ~~~ revamped ~~~ and exploded from a cozy <300 members to ~1K in 1 year … see about us

2010 ♦ Houston C & C++ user group… to focus on what {Tex} calls Crux Computing (covering Rust, D, etc.) … ORGANIZER: David Cravey

… Houston C++ user group was founded by Microsoft MVP of MVP's, our friend, & all-round great guy, DAVID CRAVEY, … Expanded focus , with David's blessing, to include more C lang and other cover new languages RUST & D efforts of Zane Moreign and in now powered by HybridCloudGroup.org

2008 ♦ Houston Cloud Computing user group… {HCCUG.org} to focus on Performance Computing (includes Cluster, IoT, and Quantum computing)

… founded in 2008 as Houston Cloud & Cluster user group focused on HPC & the "then new" thing called Cloud… was renamed to Houston Cloud Computing to highlight us as THE Cloud folks for Houston, after all our founder/Tex was part of the Microsoft's cloud happenings under NDA… David Cravey sponsored & strongly encouraged us to list on Meetup.com and between 2017-Feb-21 and now we already have 1K+ members… 2019 after 10 YEARS, we now have HybridCloudGroup.org so this group can focus better on its roots Cloud + Cluster to achieve Performance Computing


HCCUG.org™ and Houston Google Cloud User Group (a.k.a. GDG Cloud Houston)

— Valentino Moreign, Organizer of GDG Cloud Houston a.k.a. Houston Google Cloud User Group

Gist of how this got started

  • In Dec2017, Google reached out to HCCUG.org and asked if HCCUG.org could run their Cloud User Group for Houston. Tex had to decline as HCCUG.org is an established vendor-neutral pro-privacy community effort.
  • Google then stressed that, (a) this was not about the regular GDG (Google Developer Group) that had failed in Houston, (b) but rather a NEW Google effort called GDG "Cloud" meetup group, and (c) that we would be free to continue our local modus operandi established by HCCUG.org
  • It seemed like a good idea that would benefit our Community & Google, so, I/Valentino agreed to be the organizer for their GDG Cloud Meetup, and in true Texas-Spirit, did all I could to bridge & grow the 2 worlds, Google Cloud with our Houston Cloud community, and that started by naming it Houston Google Cloud User Group, per the local community nomenclature, which was fine by them, at that time.

Recently/2019 Google instated NEW folks & guidelines for all their GDG meetups.

✥ One in particular, their NEW Post-Event Survey, required all GDG meetups to provide the "Sexual Identity of Speakers & Attendees" after every GDG meetup/event.

⟹ NOTE: I/Valentino, as the Organizer for GDG Cloud Houston, reiterated to Google that we are PRO-PRIVACY to the point that we have never even given email addresses to our Sponsors, so, profiling attendees/speakers is an absolute NO.

⟹ RESULT: Google is honoring our Pro-Privacy values ~and~ the Post-Event Survey (that requires the Sex Identity data) … is NOT mandatory for us, Houston Google Cloud User Group a.k.a. GDG Cloud Houston meetup.

REST ASSURED, as long as I/Valentino am the Organizer of GDG Cloud Houston, you can attend any event knowing you will NOT be PROFILED, as I continue HCCUG.org™ values forward :-)

Am extremely THANKFUL for and to

⟹ our Friends & Community for giving me the support

⟹ HCCUG.org™

(a) for funding EVERY GDG Cloud Houston event to date — either in-full or in-part,

(b) for helping me get Google a footing here — fyi: regular GDG Houston failed twice,

(c) for giving Google the HCCUG.org™ bump — including sharing their Dec-2018 party, and

(d) for their pivotal role in helping me make the very FIRST effort of GDG Cloud Houston a success!

While we are at, it is important to remember those who stood by us steadfast for 10+ years

✥ MICROSOFT Houston for honoring all our values, giving us venue & more whenever we needed it … thank you!

✥ HYBRID DECISIONS, our Patron, our Volunteers, Speakers, Attendees, and vibrant Houston community :-)

Jun-22: Saturday Special (day-event closed)

HybridCloudLabs™ ⟹ Simple_Safety™ for our Community Silverbacks™

Zane Moreign and Valentino Moreign (participating NOT as the GDG Cloud Organizer, as this is NOT a Google event)

Jun-25: Monthly Cadence (evening)

Network-n-Talks + HybridCloudLabs™ ⟹ Machine Learning basics (TensorFlow, Jupyter, Julia)

✥ Speaker ⟹ Chris Athaide

In this session, we will introduce the most basic problem in Machine Learning (ML) : recognizing handwritten digits from the MNIST database. This is one of the earliest success stories in ML and at one time, about 10% of checks in the United States were processed using this software.

We will recreate the neural networks (NN) to solve this problem using TensorFlow. Along the journey, we will introduce a few core concepts in ML. If time permits, we will solve the same problem using Julia, a powerful language for high-performance numerical and scientific computing developed at MIT.

click here to SELECT your FOOD and RESERVE your seat ~ Confirmations will be sent on a rolling basis

Jul-30: Monthly Cadence (evening)

Networking-n-Talks ⟹ Launching NEW Houston Kotlin User Group

✥ Speakers ⟹ Zane Moreign, and Scott Wierschem

click here to SELECT your FOOD and RESERVE your seat ~ Confirmations will be sent on a rolling basis

save-the-date "Saturday, Oct-19-2019"

for the FIRST "HybridCloudNow™ Conference"

... followed by the HybridCloudFest™ (after-event)

✥ venue Sponsored by MICROSOFT Houston

✥ NEW launches happening in 2019/2020

⤷ BUT our core principles remain, such as, MEMBER PRIVACY (attendee list, food choices, etc.)

      • In 10+ years, we have NEVER given out our member/attendee list, and thank our sponsors for respecting this!!
      • new Sponsor-invitee Feedback: Sponsors need to know who they invited and who showed up. Sponsors get a list of, "ONLY those attendees who flag they were invited by that particular Sponsor" during attendee registration (e.g., those who flagged "via Google employee" for event-190220) — Launched!

⤷ New streamlined focus between meetups & events,

      • new entity HybridCloudGroup.org to take over HCCUG.org's efforts & more — Launched!
      • streamlined Houston Cloud Computing user group back to our roots of performance/cluster/distributed computing & more Launched!
      • new Houston TensorFlow & Applied AI/ML user group — Launched!
      • new Houston Kotlin user group — Launching July-2019 !
      • new C language focus added by Zane Moreign, with David Cravey's blessing, to David's C++ user group — Launched!
      • new Monthly Cadence (LAST TUESDAY**), multiple Venue option, multiple focus User Groups, and more — Launched!
        • More venues to be announced for other events as needed.

⤷ New "NETWORKING" focused programs & events:

      • new HybridCloudLabs™ BRING YOU LAPTOP program for hands-on topics, such as, Machine Learning, Azure, Linux, Zane's Simple_Safety™ series, etc.
      • new Network-n-Talks program to focus on more time for Peer-to-Peer networking/connections/chats, while still having some focused Talk(s).
      • new first HybridCloudNow™ conference with HybridCloudFest™ (after-event), HybridCloudConnect™, and New HybridCloudInsiders™ are in collaboration with HybridDecisions.com
      • new LIMITED Sponsor program ~ we want our members to feel comfortable attending without being badgered with access to select vendors, e.g., Microsoft, Google, RedHat, Amazon/AWS, etc.

⤷ New membership program:

      • ALL our Meetup.com user groups will continue to be @no-charge membership :-)
      • We strive to ensure NO WASTAGE of — (a) Food, (b) Effort, and (c) Resources, e.g., denying a seat to someone who really wanted to attend/learn/network — while still trying to provide more services/benefits (e.g., dietary constraints) and taking care of those who take care of such things, and recognize Speakers & Volunteers, etc.
      • Therefore, ONLY confirmed reservations will have access to events. Ensure you are a registered HybridCloudGroup.org member. Only those registered on this site are eligible to be confirmed and can provide us their preferences, such as, food choices/dietary constraints!
      • To be able to afford these things, we will be launching new LIMITED sponsorship program, new option for members who wish to pay/support our efforts (of course with new benefits) … and welcome any ideas/suggestions!
      • Those who know us know we support those who support us
        1. Those who braved traffic/weather/etc., over the years to attend our events, i.e., Active Members*** before 2019 will be grandfathered into one of the new paid membership levels ~ let's continue to grow together!!!
        2. Those who Serve(d), e.g., our Veterans, etc. we aim to provide extremely feasible options

** NO monthly meetings in Nov & Dec as that's family time but stay tuned as there could be some surprises :-)***Active Members are those who have attended at a minimum of "1" in-person event, yes you read that correctly, "one" event/meetup in a 12 month rolling period and are registered here/HybridCloudGroup.org!

… it has begun …

IF you recognize and desire to be a part of this wave

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    • then, and only then, register for one of our events directly on this site
    • and we will enroll you at the still FREE Membership Level
    • Meetup.com DOES NOT COUNT — as we want to give you more that what Meetup.com offers. i.e., food & drink choices,



♥ Support those who support us/you ♥

So, YOU have "no-charge" events with refreshments

      • BTW: Do you want to Sponsor | Advertise ? click here

Hybrid Decisions® — Founding Patron, since 2008

  • Our Founding Patron for everything, including getting us Microsoft & Google resources/sponsorship
  • Hybrid Decisions Corp has been funding ALL our expenses since inception in 2008

Microsoft — since 2008 … for trusting us

Houston: for providing us with speakers, venue, and trusting us to lock-up after!

Redmond: for providing us with speakers, and trusting us with early/pre-release content, etc.

Google — since 2018, for partially sponsoring few of their Google events,

and Hybrid Decisions for sponsoring EVERY Google event, in-part or in-full for most events.

In addition to our groups (listed above) ~ we believe the below groups/events provide value for our members

  • NOTE: We are NOT paid by any of the following entities/persons to list/advertise their events here.

SQL Saturday Hou & BR

we thank Houston Area SQL Server User Group for having us speak at every SQL Saturday in Houston, and brssug for inviting us in 2018

Houston SQL Server User Group

Baton Rouge SQL Server Usr Group

we thank them for having us every year (except 2018 due to schedule conflict)

Houston .NET User Group

Houston AZURE User Group

Houston LINUX User Group

more to be listed