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Hack-the-Mac Finale & Year End Wrap-Up

November 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us as the top three Hack-the-Mac finalists present their solutions and a winner is crowned! We’ll also have a wrap-up of Macbrained in 2015 along with a peek at where we’re planning to grow in 2016 and beyond. We’re being graciously hosted by GitHub on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.

Top 3 Finalists (in no particular order):

NBICreator​ – Erik Berglund | https://github.com/NBICreator/NBICreator
​NBICreator is an application that creates NetInstall images for the most common tools used today like System Image Utility, Deploy Studio, Imagr and Casper Imaging (Casper still in Alpha but soon completed support). It is designed to be an intuitive app designed to take NBI creation to more admins who otherwise don’t like using terminal or to bring advanced features to all admins in a simple and easy to use package. The main advantage is the support to save all settings as templates. That really simplifies the work when a new OS version is released and there is need for an updated NBI. The app is very actively developed and new builds and features are added almost every week. A few of the upcoming features are: Ability to create DeployStudio images from an OS X Installer instead of a system, batch-creation of multiple templates, command line support and much more.

Recipe Robot – Elliot Jordan, Shea Craig, Eldon Ahrold | https://github.com/homebysix/recipe-robot
​For many years, Mac admins have used AutoPkg recipes to automatically create software packages for Mac apps. But writing ​new​ AutoPkg recipes is something many of us still avoid. They can be tedious to write, prone to errors, and time-consuming to test. That’s about to change. Recipe Robot is a new tool that aims to make the creation of new AutoPkg recipes easy, automatic, and reliable. Available as either a Mac app or a Python script, Recipe Robot saves admins time by creating a baseline set of recipes for a given app. These recipes can then be tested and further customized by the admin.

Zentral – Henry Stamerjohann, Eric Falconnier, Andreas Schenk | https://github.com/zentralopensource/zentral
​Zentral is a new kind of tool. It is build in python and runs on a Django Web framework. It will initially help #macadmins as an answer for the question: How can I run a TLS server for osquery? We provide a central TLS server for osquery configurations and we add on the concept of probes with zentral/osquery – multiple osquery configurations can be combined with multiple actions and notifications. We already integrate with JAMF JSS, Sal API for inventory, we support Slack, email notifications, and last but not least we install two open source time based visualisation tools along with Zentral: Kibana4 and Prometheus. The data received by Zentral can be searched, processed and visualised in these tools.

This event is brought to your by our 2015 platinum sponsor, JAMF Software, 


 and our 2015 Hack-the-Mac competition sponsor, Code 42.




November 17, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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88 Colin P Kelly Junior Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States



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