We had a preliminary meeting on this subject last week, and we came up with some potential plans. This week we'll meet again, flesh them out and actually set them in motion. Our meeting this week will be Wednesday NIGHT at Genuine Joe (we normally meet there during the day).
Its' time I made it so other members of the group can play a role in conducting, and hopefully improving, our meetup group. Please come and have your say in what this group will be doing in the future. We'll talk about any new ideas that anyone wants to bring up, and then specifically consider the following ideas that we came up with last week:
1. I'll put a request out to the group for a new logo for ADVAnet. Anyone interested in taking a crack at it can send me their design submissions, I'll whittle them down to three or four, and then the group votes on the best one. This'll give our group a new look to be hyped about (better than the one I came up with two years ago).
2. I should get at least one new co-organizer, so if anyone is interested in working with me on scheduling and running meetups for our group, the door is wide open. We'll have more discussion about this soon.
3. I need to get help paying for the group. I don't want to start making annual or monthly dues mandatory, but I am going to set up the group to accept donations. It costs me $144 a year for Meetup alone. Plus we'd like to have some money available to do other things, like prizes for contests, for example.
4. More ways for our group to interact with and collaborate with other meetup groups in Austin. We have a huge community here that's involved in media, communication, design, the arts, etc. etc. We should find ways to be more involved with them, not just sticking to ourselves.
5. Last but not least: we need people in our group who are willing and able to give presentations to the group. They can be about almost anything design-related, though we don't want to get too far into hardcore coding; we'd like to stay within visual parameters. They don't have to be presentations that take up the whole meeting; people with a short idea can do one as short as 15 minutes, and we can combine two or three in a meeting.
But we DO need people who want to do these presentations themselves; the benefit is that it actually is something that looks good on your resumé. To that end, we're going to have a contest later this month. Everyone will submit their proposals for doing a presentation of some kind, I'll choose maybe half a dozen that are the best, and then we'll vote on one of them. Everyone who submits a proposal will get a chance to do theirs, but the winner will get a cash prize. We have $50 pledged from our sponsors Leap to Success, and if I can get enough in donations though our Meetup page, I'll raise it to $100.
Please come Wednesday night, if you're available, and help our meetup group move into the future.