Last night we had yet another Geek Meet, Geek Meet January 2007, in Stockholm, and a staggering 40 people showed up! I’m really happy that people keep coming back as well as new ones getting interested and showing up.
Yesterday we even had the actual pleasure of having several people coming from abroad to visit our delightful capital, and Geek Meet. From the UK, we had John Oxton, and from Slovakia we had Igor and Milan. We also had some people from Gothenburg, where the guy with the grasshopper blog was also kind enough to show up.
There were two presentations: one front end-focused by Teddy Zetterlund on accessibility, and one back end-focused by Lars Rustemeier about Seaside. Both presentations are available as PDF downloads:
- Download Teddy’s accessibility presentation (PDF, 616 kb).
- Download Lars’ Seaside presentation (PDF, 850 kb).
A number of people took pictures last night, and I hope they will be shared as soon as possible in the Flickr Stockholm Geek Meet Pool (no pictures yet, but people might be tired from all the beer… eh… pizza, I mean :-)).
I totally missed this last night, but Phil Sherry, who, together with Teddy, helps me co-organize this event, actually had his birthday yesterday! I’m so sorry, Phil! The best of congratulations!
Meetings in other locations/countries
Apparently people like the idea with free Geek Meets to meet and discuss with people who are like-minded and deeply and genuinely interested in web developing. The Geek Meet concept is meant as a kind of franchise, and as of now there are two more locations:
- Geek Meet Romania (in Romanian). Just about to have their 4th meeting!
- Geek Meet Gothenburg. They have their first meeting in February, and you can sign up in Roger’s Geek Meet post or in Anton’s Geek Meet post (in Swedish).
Organize a Geek Meet in your city/country
You love the idea, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too far to get to Stockholm? Are you interested in organizing a Geek Meet in your own city/country, and you want it to be a franchise part of this? The general guidelines are:
- It should be free to attend
- It should be independent, i.e. no company will own the event or set up the rules
- Sponsorship from companies is allowed, but shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t interfere with the above guideline
- Everyone should be treated equal, and technical talks should be in a constructive manner
There has been some talk about one in the Netherlands and one in the UK, but so far nothing’s final. Interested? Don’t hesitate to contact me!
Next meeting will be some time within the next two months. Stay tuned to the Geek Meet web page for an update with the next date.