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It’s All Fun and Games at the Hack Shack!

by Dale Rensing

Can you believe it? Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will be holding its first major in-person conference since 2019 in just over a month! HPE Discover 2022, the Edge-To-Cloud conference, will be held in Las Vegas at the Venetian/Palazzo Resort from June 28-30th. The HPE Developer Community team is really excited to be able to engage with attendees in person once again. Make sure you register soon so you don’t miss out!

A place designed especially for you

HPE Discover 2022 attendees will have plenty of opportunity to sit and hear about all the newest HPE solutions and technologies throughout the event. But once you enter the Hack Shack, things get personal! This is where developers, data scientists, and IT technologists have the opportunity to sit down with experts and discuss topics that are important to them. Experts on hot topics like zero-trust security, data lakes, machine learning and analytics workloads, and open source projects will be hanging around just so you can get your questions answered.

Within the Hack Shack, you’ll engage with members of the HPE Developer Community in topical meetups. These 30-minute sessions are informal gatherings where you can listen to various subject matter experts (SMEs) and then engage in further discussion on the topic as a group. SMEs will also hang out for a bit after each session in case you want to delve into further detail regarding your own specific needs. (Stay tuned for our next blog post where we’ll get into details on these meetup sessions.)

There will also an opportunity for you to sit down with the HPE UX design team to help them improve the user experience across HPE products and services. Share your opinions and make your voice heard by participating in a variety of user research activities that will inform the design and direction of HPE products and services.

Compete in games and win prizes!

While many come to the Hack Shack to connect with subject matter experts and get their questions answered, many also come to enjoy a little competitive fun with their colleagues. We’ll have a fussball table out on the front lawn, a Jenga and cornhole game in the backyard, chairs to relax in, and a Shield console to play some cool video games.

In addition to these popular games, the HPE Developer Community team has developed a couple of other diversions for you. The first one is our Treasure Hunt. Designed to familiarize players with the HPE Developer web portal, this scavenger-hunt style challenge encourages you to check out all the resources that are available on the site, including the virtual Hack Shack. To be sure, there is treasure to be had, so be sure to check out the Terms & Conditions for details.

We also designed six role-based hands-on challenges for you to take. Each onsite participant has the opportunity to go home with some nifty swag. Six of those participants will walk away with a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Extreme kit after having successfully completed one of the challenges and correctly answered the associated quiz. Grand prize winners will be announced at our Hack Shack celebration on Wednesday night. Note: You must be present to win. Please see the Terms & Conditions for details.

Are you ready to take these challenges?

  • Cloud Architect Challenge – VM Desired State Management in HPE GreenLake – Your mission is to deploy a VM in HPE GreenLake using the open source configuration management tool, Terraform. For this challenge, you’ll describe the desired state of your environment and use Terraform to analyze and build the necessary infrastructure artifacts. You’ll be provided with everything you need in a nice and friendly Jupyter Notebook environment with little to no code to write. Take an hour to experience Infrastructure-as-Code on HPE GreenLake and earn a chance to win a prize.
  • Open Source Advocate Challenge – Play with Python or Discover Ansible – Your Choice! – Feeling competitive? Expand your Open Source skills with a chance to win cool prizes. In this challenge, you will be tasked with completing one of two popular HPE DEV Workshops-on-Demand. Choose from Python 101 – A simple introduction to Python programming language or Ansible 101 – Introduction to Ansible concepts and respond correctly to the quiz for a chance to win a prize. An hour should be enough for you to complete this challenge!
  • Developer Challenge – Building Modern Software with Zero Trust Security – In today’s highly distributed modern software environments, security is a major concern. Who do you trust? In this challenge, choose one of two workshops, SPIFFE – SPIRE 101 – An introduction to SPIFFE server and SPIRE agent security concepts or Creating a Zero Trust Model for Microservices Architectures with SPIRE and Envoy, to understand, in less than an hour, how open source projects SPIFFE and SPIRE enable zero trust security at the heart of your solution and compete for a prize.
  • ML Engineer Challenge – Deep Learning Model Training at Scale with Determined – Deep learning at scale is difficult, right? Explore the fundamentals of Determined, the open-source deep learning training platform, to learn how it can help. Take this challenge and respond correctly to a quiz to try and win a cool prize. In this challenge, you will train a TensorFlow model in Determined using one GPU, and scale up your training across multiple GPUs using distributed training, while finding accurate models faster using state-of-the-art hyperparameter search methods.
  • Data Scientist Challenge – Finding the Data You Didn’t Know You Needed – In this challenge, you’ll get to see how Project Data Map can help you discover new and meaningful datasets that enhance your model building experience, all whilst keeping track of the datasets you know and love, so next time you don’t have to go digging through old notebooks to find them! You’ll even learn how you can share them with your classmates or trade them for valuable tokens! This challenge should take out about an hour and gives you a chance to win an awesome prize.
  • Data Driven Developer Challenge – Build a house on a Lake! – Know little to nothing about Apache Spark? Maybe you’ve heard of the terms Data Lake and Data Warehouse? Yes or no, you’re perfectly prepared to step up, put on your Data Driven Developer hat and create your first Lakehouse architecture! Ingest data from a Data Lake and convert it to Apache Spark Delta Lake format. Then perform SQL queries on it, create streams of data, and verify ACID compliance! Within an hour you’ll be ready to build a house on a lake and qualify to win a cool prize.

Come party with us

One of the most anticipated events at HPE Discover is the Hack Shack celebration. Planned for Wednesday evening, we’ll be serving refreshments and hosting a very special speaker who will be presenting the CanaKit Raspberry Pi sets to our lucky winners of the role-based challenges.

Stay tuned! We’ll be publishing more details on the meetup sessions and the schedule in an upcoming HPE Developer Blog post. You can also refer to the HPE Discover 2022 Edge-To-Cloud conference catalog for details on HPE Developer sessions.



Don’t Miss All Things Software in the Hack Shack at HPE Discover

Calling all developers, data scientists, data architects, and machine learning engineers! The HPE Developer Community is excited to welcome you to Las Vegas, June 28-30, 2022 at the Hack Shack at HPE Discover 2022, The Edge-to-Cloud-Conference. The Hack Shack is a place specifically focused on software – from development, to design, to use. There, you can connect with our experts in meetup sessions, try our unique software challenges, and go on a treasure hunt to discover a wealth of resources for open source and HPE technologies. It’s a fun place to collaborate, learn, expand your technology skills, and win prizes!

Register here for HPE Discover 2022!

We invite you to explore all our sessions on the content catalog to build your own agenda. You can create your personalized agenda here. To find our Hack Shack Meetup sessions in the catalog, simply go to the search bar and type in Hack Shack. You’ll also find them listed below for easy reference. All sessions are listed in PDT.

Spark Your Curiosity at the Hack Shack Meetups!

Our Hack Shack Meetup sessions are designed to help you get your questions answered. These 30-minute discussions are led by technology experts who’ll introduce the topic, point out important features, and then engage in conversation with you as a group. You’ll also have an opportunity to connect with them after each session to go into further detail about your specific situation.

Discover the Developer’s Journey

In the Hack Shack (DEMO701), you’ll be introduced to HPE Developer, a program designed to help people like you build applications and develop integrations with HPE products and solutions. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with experts in secure connectivity, hybrid cloud, AI, and unified data analytics — and learn more about the latest trends. You’ll also hear about unique software products that help you extract the most value from your data wherever it lives, turning insights into outcomes at the speed required to thrive in today’s complex world.

To help you navigate the event, we’ve put together a list of recommended Hack Shack Meetup sessions to include in your agenda builder. Note: Live sessions, demos, and hands-on labs in this article are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

Our 13 Hack Shack Sessions

Session ID: HSM5292 | Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 12:30 p.m.

Speaker: Matthew Morris (HPE) Does Your Data Lake Need a Little Chlorine? Clean Up and Modernize Your Apps

Have things become a little murky with your Hadoop solution? Join this meetup to hear how HPE Ezmeral Runtime Enterprise can modernize your applications and enable cloud-scale elasticity while tightly coupling the data at the edge with your applications running on-premises and in the cloud. You can even take advantage of cloud economics as you have it fully supported from beginning to end with HPE Professional Services and deployed as a service. Much cleaner, right?


Session ID: HSM5101 | Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: Milind Bhandarkar (HPE) Interactive Analytics Workloads with PrestoDB

PrestoDB is an open-source distributed SQL query engine for running interactive analytics queries against data sources of all sizes, ranging from gigabytes to petabytes. Join this interactive meetup to discuss how PrestoDB modernizes data at scale and how HPE enhancements increase scale, performance, security, and governance of PrestoDB. Learn how we integrate with a shared metadata catalog and a role-based access control system to provide a consistent view of disparate data sources.


Session ID: HSM4988 | Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 2:30 p.m.

Speakers: Ted Dunning (HPE), Paul Holland (HPE) Why Open Source? Discover the Value of Open Source Project Initiatives

Wondering why open source? Let’s face it, without open source, many of the products we take for granted today would never have been developed. That’s because open source development encourages collaboration. Come by and let’s talk about the hows and whys of open source and why HPE thinks open source is so important.


Session ID: HSM4989| Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Max Lambrecht (HPE) SPIRE Integration with Istio for Edge-to-Cloud Security Beyond Kubernetes Microservices

Current service mesh solutions do not support leveraging service identity beyond east-west traffic to support advanced attestation capabilities for end-to-end service encryption, granular policy management, and traffic flows across distributed environments. In this talk, we’ll discuss how SPIFFE and SPIRE integration with Istio complements Istio’s authentication and attestation capabilities to provide more robust and flexible attestation beyond Kubernetes namespaces and service accounts.


Session ID: HSM4990 | Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 4:30 p.m.

Speaker: Evan Sparks (HPE) Scaling Language Training to Trillion-Parameter Models on a GPU Cluster

Today, natural language processing (NLP) powers the latest conversational AI and translation apps. Join us to explore the collaborative experimentation process that machine learning teams leverage and the challenges they face while training these large-scale NLP models. See how Determined’s open source deep learning training platform helps model developers train models faster and easier using tools such as resource management, fault tolerance, and model optimization.


Session ID: HSM4991 | Hack Shack Meetup Tuesday, June 28, 5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Michael Mattsson (HPE) Get Started with Persistent Storage for Kubernetes with the HPE CSI Driver

Come learn about an open source Container Storage Interface (CSI) for Kubernetes that enables the use of multiple storage backends through powerful abstractions. In this talk, we’ll discuss features and capabilities available via the HPE CSI Driver and where developers can find resources to support any block storage platform with a management API.


Session ID: HSM4993 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 9:00 a.m.

Speaker: Anthony Dutra (HPE) Data Protection As Code: Introducing Zerto for Kubernetes

Zerto is a storage software solution designed for enterprise-class business continuity and disaster recovery in virtual and cloud environments. Using data protection as code, DevOps and I&O teams come together to protect apps from day one of their lifecycle. Join this meetup to discuss how Zerto’s cloud-native API-first solution enables storage-agnostic backup and disaster recovery, protecting all of the application resources.


Session ID: HSM4994 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 10:00 a.m.

Speaker: Eric Soderberg (HPE) Discuss How Grommet, an HPE Open Source Project, Helps Streamline the Way You Develop Apps

Have you heard about Grommet, a powerful react component library that provides accessibility, modularity, responsiveness, and theming in a tidy package? This open source project empowers designers and developers to quickly build a responsive and accessible UX experience for the web. Come and join this discussion to hear how HPE is using Grommet in its own products and services, and how the open source nature of Grommet facilitates this.


Session ID: HSM4995 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 12:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 11:00 a.m.

Speaker: Glyn Bowden (HPE) Establish a Trustworthy Data Pipeline with Project Data Map

Data consumers need trusted data to make their best decisions. Data producers require tools to share data safely with those who need it. Learn how HPE is working with the open source community to leverage existing tools and resources that extract metadata with the Common Metadata Framework and Project Data Map. Help us bring disparate tools and resources together, creating a system the whole community can contribute to for the best insights from quality data, no matter where the data lives.


Session ID: HSM4996 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ted Dunning (HPE) 10 Cool Open Source Projects and How You Can Contribute

Want to make your mark in the Open Source community? HPE has a long history of open collaboration and giving back. Join us in a Hack Shack discussion to learn how you can contribute to open source projects that are important to HPE, like Apache Kafka and Spark, Presto, Redfish, Grommet, AgStack, KubeDirector, and SPIFFE.


Session ID: HSM4997| Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Didier Lalli (HPE) Calling all Developers, Data Scientists, Data Architects, and Machine Learning Engineers

Are you looking for the resources you need to design and build the best possible software and architecture experiences that harness the most value from your data? Join this interactive meetup and learn how to connect with the HPE Developer Community to build, communicate, and collaborate. We’re all developing something. Let’s do it together.


Session ID: HSM5100 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 3:00 p.m., Thursday, June 30, 12:00 p.m.

Speaker: Navaneethan Venugopalan (HPE) Preview the New HPE GreenLake Developer Portal

Many ITOps teams are eager to see HPE expose application programmable interfaces (API) and SDKs to provide programmatic interfaces to HPE GreenLake to power their as-a-service transformation. In this session, explore the new HPE GreenLake Developer Portal, a self-service portal for developers to access published APIs of various HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud services like Compute, Networking, and Storage.


Session ID: HSM5099 | Hack Shack Meetup Wednesday, June 29, 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Don Wake (HPE) Accelerate Analytics with HPE Ezmeral and Apache Spark with Delta Lake

Interested in accessing data lakes directly using a lakehouse? Do you need reliable and consistent data for real-time and batch analytics with ACID transaction support? Join this interactive meetup to discuss and learn how to accelerate your analytics with HPE Ezmeral and Apache Spark with Delta Lake.

Work Hard, Play Hard

In addition to our classroom-style Hack Shack Meetup sessions, we invite you to come, relax, and participate in our fun and rewarding community activities. These include our Treasure Hunt, physical games, software challenges, and our Hack Shack Celebration Party (complete with beer and pizza!). You’ll even have the opportunity to win prizes – from HPE Developer hats and t-shirts to a hoodie or a CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Extreme Kit. Details below! (Please look here for participation details.)

HPE Developer Treasure Hunt

Want to win a new HPE Developer t-shirt or even possibly a hoodie? Participate in our scavenger hunt-style Treasure Hunt! To answer the questions correctly, you’ll need to explore the physical Hack Shack in Las Vegas and scrutinize the HPE Developer portal. Those who complete the Treasure Hunt will have the opportunity to receive a t-shirt. Twelve lucky winners who answer all the questions correctly and attend our Wednesday evening Hack Shack Celebration Party will also win an HPE Developer hoodie. Look for the QR code in the booth to easily participate on your phone or use one of the provided laptops in our booth. (For complete details, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.)

Software Challenges

In an earlier blog post, It’s all Fun and Games at the Hack Shack, we went into detail about our Hack Shack challenges. These role-based software challenges, which you’ll find listed in the HPE Discover 2022 catalog as session HSC5227, are available daily at the Hack Shack. Those who participate in these challenges and enter in the provided token key from June 28-30th can receive an HPE branded t-shirt. Take any of our software challenges on Tuesday, June 28th or Wednesday, June 29th, and be entered for one of 6 grand prizes. One grand prize winner will be selected for each challenge. Participants must be present at the Wednesday evening 5:00-6:00pm Hack Shack Celebration to win a grand prize. (For complete details, please refer to the Terms & Conditions.)

Join the Party!

Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:00pm, you’re invited to join us in the Hack Shack for our Celebration Party. Attendees will be treated to food (pizza, yay!) and refreshments (including beer) and get the opportunity to go home with some additional swag. Sit down, relax, and listen to our master of ceremonies, Robert Christiansen, VP of Strategy in the CTO Office at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

You’ll also meet our hardworking HPE Developer Community members who deliver the program, as well as our special guests, Kirk Bresniker and Dr. Eng Lim Goh. Kirk Bresniker, HPE VP and HPE Labs Chief Architect, will hand out the grand prizes for our software challenges. Dr. Eng Lim Goh, Senior VP and Chief Technologist for AI, will announce the prizes for our Treasure Hunt winners.

Don’t Miss Out

Build your agenda today and take advantage of the many things the Hack Shack offers to developers, designers, data scientists, data/ML engineers, open source advocates, and IT technologists.

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