The Index #139 (December 8, 2023): Vector Search, OpenAI, and a Recap of AWS re:Invent 2023

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Unlocking Semantic Search: Building a Java-Powered Movie Search Engine with Atlas Vector Search and Spring Boot by Tim Kelly

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:spiral_calendar: Mark Your Calendars

Every month, all across the globe, we organize, attend, speak at, and sponsor events, meetups, and shindigs to bring the DevRel community together. Here’s what we’ve got cooking:

GenAI and No-Code with MongoDB Atlas: December 8th, 9:30pm–9th, 1:30am, (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Developer Day Berlin: Dec 11, 2023 - Dec 12, 2023
Frankfurt MUG: December 12th 2023, 9:00am – 11:00am, (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
MongoDB Day: Adobe Lehi: Dec 12, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 AM PST
MongoDB User Group Florianópolis: December 12th 2023, 1:30pm – 4:00pm, (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Chicago MUG: December 12th 2023, 4:00pm – 6:30pm, (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Pune MUG: December 15th 2023, 8:30pm – 16th 2023, 12:30am, (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time

We’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive recap of our community journey at this year’s re:Invent. It was an event brimming with innovation, particularly around generative AI and MongoDB’s capabilities. Let’s dive into the highlights of our multifaceted involvement and how we supported the vibrant tech community.

First up, a session titled “Building Generative AI-Enriched Applications with AWS & MongoDB Atlas.” In this session, @Benjamin_Flast and Seth Payne took us on an insightful journey into integrating generative AI in application development. Truly a fusion of creativity and technology!

Then, we had the privilege of learning from Rick Houlihan in “Schema Design for Fast Applications.” This was a masterclass in enhancing application performance – essential knowledge for anyone working with MongoDB.

We also hosted a hands-on workshop titled “Join the AI Party: Exploring MongoDB’s Vector Search Features.” Led by Chuck Freedman, this workshop was an in-depth exploration of MongoDB’s cutting-edge search features, empowering participants with the latest in AI-powered search capabilities.

The community engagement was unparalleled!

Our MongoDB Community Happy Hour at Sugarcane was a memorable affair. It offered a fantastic platform for community members to network, share stories, and spark innovative ideas in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

We featured 10 community-led lightning talks focused on Generative AI, retrieval-augmented generation, and LLMs, led by community experts. These talks were a powerhouse of knowledge, offering quick, insightful dives into various AI-related topics.

re:Invent was also about celebrating developers.

In partnership with Brand Marketing, we interviewed numerous developers for an upcoming “Love Your Developers” social series. This initiative brings to light the stories, challenges, and triumphs of developers building in this new era of AI and how being involved in a community can benefit developers.

And finally, the AI Collective kick-off! Join the collective, a platform where AI enthusiasts and experts can come together to share knowledge and experiences and drive innovations in the field of AI.

Outside of re:Invent, MongoDB sponsored AWS Community Day Mexico on November 11th, and MongoDB community member Héctor, Director R&D at Kata Software, spoke to an audience of around 80 developers about enhancing LLMs with retrieval-augmented generation and MongoDB Atlas Vector Search.

Moving on to our MongoDB User Groups, or MUGs, as we call them…

The First MUG KL Meetup at Asia Pacific University was a blast! Attendees connected over food, tech, and trivia.

In the tech talks, Phong Le, Senior Solution Architect, shared insights in “How MongoDB Atlas Supports Modern Application Architecture,” focusing on trust-building and digital innovation.

Tech Lead @WorqApp Mehrshad Jalil then delved into a fascinating journey in “Jumpstart on Atlas Search,” showcasing his expertise in system design and development. Kudos to organizer @Lai_Kai_Yong for making it a tech-filled evening.

On November 25th, MUG Leaders @DarshanJayarama, @Manosh_Malai, @Pallaav_Sethi, and @Naveen_Kumar2 in Bengaluru orchestrated an engaging event at Toyota Connected. The meetup featured three insightful talks. The first delved into the transition from replica sets to sharded clusters, presented by Aayushi Mangal Agrawal. Following that, Vivekanandan Sakthivelu, Lead Engineer at Toyota Connected India, shared valuable insights on MongoDB Data Modeling best practices.

The third talk, led by Deepak Singh from Capillary Technologies, explored the crafting of an effective framework for implementing and expanding search capabilities in a multi-tenant environment. With 60 attendees, the event concluded with a trivia session providing a platform for networking, learning from industry experts, and staying updated on the latest MongoDB database concepts.

A sincere thank you to Toyota Connected for their support and collaboration in making this event a success.

MUG Leaders @Matthew_Seaver_Choy and @haifacarina hosted an insightful MUG meetup at AWS Manila in the Developer Show and Tell format. Industry experts, including Ian Odiaman (Singlife), Warren Ezra Bruce Jaudian, and Ryan Azur shared experiences, both good and challenging, about using MongoDB for production workloads. The event took place at the AWS Office, which provided a vibrant space for the community to come together.

The Leeds MongoDB Meetup was held on November 30th and developers gathered for networking, food, and drinks. Sam Redman, MongoDB Solutions Architect, shared insights on client-side field-level encryption, offering a deep dive into securing data between servers and applications. Paul Brennan, Head of Architecture at Universal Credit DWP Digital, enlightened attendees with “Tech Evolution at Scale,” showcasing MongoDB’s role in enhancing digital infrastructure. The night wrapped up with a lively trivia session, and lucky participants scored awesome MongoDB swag!

Upcoming events are bringing us to Frankfurt, Utah, Chicago, Santa Catarina, and beyond. For a full list of events, head to Developer Center.

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It was such an incredible week!!!

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Yesssss! :star_struck: What an amazing event with so many cool people.

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