Featured Events

2021 UPDATE: as we prepare for life after 2020, we are pruning & re-aligning …

excluding this page, ALL past events (including our Christmas Parties) are purged from this site

Below are 3 of our Exclusive Special Events … stay tuned for more!

We remain thankful to the various speakers, since 2008, for some amazing presentations over the years and for flying/travelling at their expense — personifying giving!

Special shout-out to Microsoft South Central, Redmond, & Research!

Disclosure: event info prior to 2021 has not been ported over to this site, with the exception of 3 on this page.

This PHOTO/PICTURE was taken AFTER the event, SORRY, we do NOT have EVERYONE in this shot!

10-19-2019: HybridCloudNow™ Special "OpenSource⋆AI" Event : {TensorFlow All-Around}

NO PRESS/MEDIA ~&~ NO RECORDINGS even by attendees at this event, per Google's PR.

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⥤ to the first 50+ who followed instructions and registered on this site in THREE days!

NOTE: the "3 days" significance — we announced on a Friday of a long-weekend/Monday-off and Tuesday was tax-day — yes, we know we are geniuses :-)
    • to all who followed instructions and registered here/this-site. Sorry, unable to ACCOMMODATE/CONFIRM ALL for this SPECIAL EVENT.

    • to those who let us know that could not make it, respecting our instructions

    • to the attendees for respecting our request, and switching off their phones during the event, and making it easy to comply with Google PR's simple terms!

⥤ to our Speaker for being a true friend — thank you Massy!

  • Massimo Mascaro — was here as a FRIEND of HCCUG.org™ COMMUNITY and is NOT here in his official capacity, i.e., Technical Director of Applied AI at Google.

  • He has been in pivotal roles at various Tier-1's (e.g., Microsoft Research), and has an uncanny ability to straddle Research and Real-world. What matters to us more is that he is a polite no-bull straight-shooter and above all a genuine person!

  • PROOF: at no cost to us, he is here on a Saturday, sharing with us his family time!

⥤ to those who helped make this event possible

    • Google PR for fast tacking the clearance of Massimo to speak and keeping it simple for us!

    • Microsoft Houston, for sponsoring our venue on a Saturday at no-cost to us

    • our volunteers, specifically Tin Le, John, and especially Scott Wierschem ... for being there always!

    • last but not the least, our Founding Patron (Hybrid Decisions Corp) without whom we would NOT be around.

*** Even with all our announcements and multiple notifications that only CONFIRMED registrants can attend ... and NO Walk-ins ... we still had to turn-away folks!

We did this to recognize the MANY folks who TRULY VALUE the amount of effort that so many of us (e.g., Speaker, Volunteers, Sponsors, etc.) put in to make events like this happen especially at NO-COST for our community/attendees ~and~ follow the instructions!


✥ ALL CONFIRMATIONS SENT — note: regret we could not accommodate/confirm all who registered

✥ EXTENDED HOURS REGISTRATION is exclusively for those who, (a) are long-time active members, friends, and supporters of our HCCUG and Houston Linux UG, (b) are already vetted and pre-confirmed, and (c) contacted us and requested for special consideration.

LAUNCH of our Houston TensorFlow & Applied AI/ML User Group on 02-20-2019

with "Lak" (Google's Big Data & ML Tech Lead)

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⥤ to the first 108 who followed instructions and registered on our HCCUG.org site in THREE days!

NOTE: the "3 days" significance — we announced on the day before Valentine's Day and had to close registrations the day after Valentine's Day — what were we thinking :-)

    • to all who followed instructions and registered here/this-site!

    • to those who let us know that could NOT make it, respecting our instructions!

⥤ to our Speaker for being a "Lak", Google's Big Datat & ML Tech Lead !

⥤ to Hybrid Decisions Corp, for being our Founding Patron, for sponsoring all our efforts that led to this awesome event, and continuing to fund us with all our endeavors!

    • Google regional for reaching out to us

⥤ to our volunteers, for being there always!

*** Some folks thought our Feb-20 event was a Google event, so, here's some clarification:

⟹ These are HCCUG.org™ events and our attendees can rest assured that Google (just like all our previous sponsors) is very understanding of our local group's practices — e.g., member privacy, your registration information will not be disclosed/shared without your consent — to date we have NEVER given out our member/attendee list :-)

⟹ HCCUG.org™ periodically runs specific technology focused SPECIAL EVENTS (such as this one) , and we always highlight the Vendor (Google/Microsoft/Snowflake/Canonical) that sponsors a specific event ( in addition to our Patron :-)

⟹ Big-shout out to those who understand us and continue to support us & our values:

  • Microsoft for recognizing our vendor agnostic, member privacy, and still giving us venue, speakers, content, etc., without even asking to be named co-sponsors of specific events, since 2008

  • Google, for recognizing & following suit, since 2018

  • Hybrid Decisions, our Founding Patron, for having funded us since 2008, and helping us grow while keeping our values!

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