Geek Meet January 2007 summary
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.
Robert, this is truly a great initiative. It is really singular in the www-universe (as far as I know).
I've tried to attend a couple of times but my timing is really lousy. But I feel envious everytime I read about the latest Geek Meet. So, I hope to attend the next one, especially if it is NOT on a Thursday 🙂
Well, you know how it is to be a father, time is a rare commodity…
Take care and Good Continuance on the New Year (is it possible to say this in English, I think I just did)!
Here in the UK, more specifically the Midlands, we have The Multipack. We meet up once a month for a social get together and discuss web-related stuff as well as general technology. You mention John Oxton made your meet, and although he signed up for the Multipack, he is yet to make one of our meetings – so if you're reading John, come along to the next meeting in February which is in Birmingham.
We're hoping to organise some more formal events this year, with presentations and everything… and definitely going to organise the second Geek in the Park – so look out for that!
Okay Rob, now look what you made me do. Oh well… brand new pictures uploaded.
Thanks (again) Robert and Phil, for a job well done!
Back in Slovakia again! We really enjoyed the meet (and not just pizza and beer, really 😀 ) as well as the rest of our trip. Thanks to everyone involved. It was inspiring for us and the atmosphere was really friendly. Thanks again.
Ah, well, maybe on day you can make it! And yeah, I definitely know about time and fatherhood… 🙂
Great, thanks for sharing the pics!
It was great seeing you guys! I'm glad that you enjoyed your trip, and I hope we will see each other again.