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Austin AI, Machine Learning and Computer Vision Meetup

July 25, 2024 | 5:30 to 8:00 PM Central

Register for the event at the Capital Factory in Austin, TX. RSVPs are limited!

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About the Meetup

Date and Time

July 25, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM Central


The Meetup will take place at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin, TX. Snacks and beverages will be made available. Note that pre-registration is mandatory.

701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701


If you plan of driving to the event, here are some parking options.


  • 5:30 PM – Networking
  • 6:15-7:30 PM – Talks
  • 7:30-8:00 PM – Networking

Talks and Speakers

Decade of Decisions: How video surveillance in the cloud evolved from pure security to an AI-powered platform

Dean Drako
President CEO at Eagle Eye Networks

Dean Drako is the inventor and entrepreneur behind cloud video surveillance provider Eagle Eye Networks, Barracuda Networks and Drako Motors. Drako will share the strategic decisions and innovations that propelled Eagle Eye Networks from a physical security-focused solution to an AI-powered platform. There are hundreds of millions of security cameras worldwide constantly recording data. While only a very small percentage of that video data is of interest, AI can effectively analyze and deliver the 1% of video that’s relevant. The implications for physical security are dramatic: AI can alert business owners to take action when, for example, a person enters a restricted area, a large crowd is forming, or a child is nearing a train track. However, video data can be used for much more than physical security. A groundbreaking source of business intelligence, video data provides unique business performance metrics, complete with visual context. Drako will discuss how AI is revolutionizing video surveillance, the business world, and answer questions about how developers are leveraging Eagle Eye’s open RESTful API as a video source for ventures in industries as diverse as transportation, logistics, and more.

About the Speaker

Dean Drako has 25-plus years of experience building profitable, high-growth, high-recurring revenue technology companies. He is Founder and CEO of cloud video surveillance and AI analytics provider, Eagle Eye Networks; Chairman of Brivo, a cloud access control company, and Founder and CEO of Drako Motors. Previously, Drako was founder, president, and CEO of Barracuda Networks, where he created the IT security industry’s first spam filter appliance and then grew the company to more than 140 products and 150,000 customers from its inception in 2003 through 2012. Drako has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Elevating Security with Data-Centric AI: A Comprehensive Approach to Surveillance

Dan Gural
Machine Learning Engineer at Voxel51

Effective machine learning models crucially depend on high-quality data inputs. The security sector, grappling with vast volumes of video data, faces the critical task of building reliable models amidst unique challenges. In this session, we dive into the how by ML engineers are leveling up by prioritizing data-centric workflows to enhance model efficacy. Join us as we unveil strategies to identify errors, analyze embeddings, and assess security models with unparalleled precision using FiftyOne.

About the Speaker

Daniel Gural is a seasoned Machine Learning Evangelist with a strong passion for empowering Data Scientists and ML Engineers to unlock the full potential of their data. Currently serving as a valuable member of Voxel51, he takes a leading role in efforts to bridge the gap between practitioners and the necessary tools, enabling them to achieve exceptional outcomes. Daniel’s extensive experience in teaching and developing within the ML field has fueled his commitment to democratizing high-quality AI workflows for a wider audience.

Beyond his professional role at Voxel51, Daniel actively contributes to the growth and development of young entrepreneurs and STEM students at the high school and college levels, serving as a mentor. His dedication to fostering the next generation of innovators showcases his belief in the importance of sharing knowledge and inspiring others to embrace the world of AI.