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Celebrating Milestones and Community Spirit: The Austin LangChain User Group

By Colin McNamara
November 17, 2023
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Celebrating Milestones and Community Spirit: The Austin LangChain User Group

Hello, AI Enthusiasts!

It’s always exhilarating to share the latest happenings from our Austin LangChain User Group. Our recent meetup on November 14, 2023, was nothing short of inspiring, and I’m thrilled to bring you the highlights!

A Community That Applauds Together, Grows Together

One of the most heartwarming moments of the evening was the round of applause for Karim Lalani. His first accepted pull request into our project was a milestone worth celebrating. This moment epitomized the supportive energy that fuels our group. It’s this sense of camaraderie that makes our journey in AI not just educational, but deeply fulfilling.

Learning in the Open: The Heart of Our Mission

With over 100 members in our Meetup group and 22 in our Discord, it’s evident that our ‘learn in the open’ approach is resonating. Our experiment – simplifying LangChain learning and democratizing AI application access – is bearing fruit. The question we posed, “Is AI what turns Austin from a Tech Outpost to a Tech Hub?” seems to be answering itself with a resounding yes.

Upcoming Excitement: Happy Hour Mixer!

In line with our mission to blend learning with fun, we’re organizing a happy hour mixer at Central Machine Works on November 30, 2023. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to unwind, network, and discuss AI in a relaxed setting. Mixer

What Went Down at the Meetup

Our meetup was a blend of technical showcases, learning labs, and networking. The industry announcements were particularly exciting – from the introduction of DALL-E 3 API to the advancements in multimodal RAG and LangChain AI agents. It’s a thrilling time to be in AI, and even more so in Austin!

The Highlight: Showcases and Labs

Karim Lalani’s showcase on running AI agents independently using Mistral-7b was enlightening. Colin McNamara’s introduction to LangServe and LangSmith opened new doors for simplifying AI application deployment. These sessions not only offered valuable insights but also a peek into the potential future of AI applications.

Staying Connected and Informed

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @AustinLangChain for quick updates. Join our Discord here for deeper discussions, and our MeetUp here for upcoming events. Also, catch up on our sessions on YouTube.

In Closing: A Note on Our Ethos

Our meetup is more than just about learning; it’s about building a community that’s respectful, supportive, and inclusive. As we delve into the exciting world of AI together, let’s continue to uphold our code of conduct: Be cool, don’t be gross, and always support each other.

Until next time, keep exploring and stay curious!

Colin McNamara


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