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Google Cloud AI Huddle: an open, collaborative, and developer-first AI forum driven by Google AI expertise

July 18, 2018
Puneith Kaul

Software Engineering Manager

Shantanu Pai

User Experience Researcher, Cloud AI, Google Cloud

We currently stand at the peak of the AI hype cycle, and the industry recognises that simultaneously, we have a skills crisis and a shortage of AI practitioners. At Google Cloud AI, we are committed to unblocking the challenges that hinder the broader adoption of AI, with products like Cloud AutoML and Machine Learning APIs paving the way for developers with no machine learning (ML) expertise to incorporate machine learning into their applications easily. But what about when you need to create your own model? To that end, we are now extending this commitment to provide more avenues for developers, customers, and partners to keep up with the pace of innovation in ML, and to enable you to learn how you can realize the benefits of ML on Google Cloud.

Today we are pleased to announce Google Cloud AI Huddle, an initiative to keep you up-to-date on AI-related developments at Google, and connect with AI experts at Google. The program strives to provide an avenue for developers, data scientists, and ML engineers to learn, discuss, and discover meaningful ways to solve relevant AI and ML problems using Google Cloud. To get closer to this ambitious goal, we are starting small, for now. The Huddle will feature a monthly meet-up with Google AI experts, open to everyone in the Bay Area. This monthly event will include topics from Googlers related to the newest developments at Google, best practices based on customer challenges, and new Cloud AI features and products. It provides a platform for you to meet and connect with Google experts, and to discuss your challenges. For those of you who can’t make it to the event, we got you covered. We will record and host the presentations for everyone to view globally. We have hosted two meet-ups recently, and would love to see you all at the future AI Huddles.

Why attend a Cloud AI Huddle?

Keeping aside the challenges of hype and skills crisis in AI, we understand that it can be difficult to keep up with the pace of innovation in this space. We want to alleviate some of the burden of staying up-to-date, and connecting with industry peers and experts. The Cloud AI Huddle is the manifestation of this commitment, and the monthly meet-up is just the beginning. Apart from getting to know about what’s happening in AI and ML at Google, the Huddle also provides you a chance to interact with AI experts from Google. It doesn’t matter if you are a researcher working on reinforcement learning, or an ML engineer taking models to production, or a developer building mobile apps: the Huddle will offer new learning for all to take away and apply. You can reach us at our Twitter hashtag #GoogleAIHuddle and tag your questions with #GoogleAIHuddle.

Where is it happening?

We started the Cloud AI Huddle in South Bay Area (Sunnyvale/Mountain View) this month, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Our goal is to expand this to more locations in the future. Here’s the calendar of Huddles planned for 2018:

VenueDateRegister Link
Google SunnyvaleThursday, August 9, 2018bit.ly/huddle-aug
Google Mountain ViewThursday, September 13, 2018bit.ly/huddle-sep
Google SunnyvaleThursday, October 11, 2018bit.ly/huddle-oct

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to this next meet-up. We will be recording these events and publishing the videos via our YouTube channel. Here’s a video from our first meet-up in June:

We’ve got you covered

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Some words from our first meet-up’s attendees:

Hope to see more! As a GCP customer, I would like to see more of this to accelerate our AI efforts.

, Data Science Manager

Amazing work! I look forward for more support on—and presentations of—other machine learning libraries.

, Data Scientist

If you'd like to stay up to date on upcoming Cloud AI Huddle information, track our updates on Twitter at #GoogleAIHuddle.

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