A couple points about how we've been organizing things so far and what seems to work:
Technical presentations are SO AWESOME. What works best with our slightly nomadic nature and the loose format of the meetups is a 15-minute talk that can be done on a whiteboard. Because everyone is from a slightly different discipline, 15 minutes is a good amount of time to introduce people to a concept without going too far into it for those who it doesn't apply to. Having one or two of these leaves a couple hours for people to just hang out, during which time a more involved conversation about the topic can begin, you can show code examples and demos to a smaller group more familiar with the technology, etc.
People have been wonderful about keeping their RSVPs updated, and it's very much appreciated. If you think you can make it to a meetup, go ahead and RSVP "Yes". If something comes up later you can't, it's helpful if you change your RSVP within 48 hours or so. However, don't feel like you can't RSVP "Yes" unless you're 100% sure you can make it. It's a useful tool for coordinating meeting space and snacks, but it's assumed to be an estimate, and we'd always rather have you show up when you can than worry too much about RSVPing!
There have been a couple male developers who've expressed interest in the group - some have even joined! Guys, it's totally cool if you want to join the group to show support or in case we have a meetup we invite men to in the future. However, all meetups should be assumed to be for women only unless it's explicitly stated otherwise. The one exception is sponsors. We understand not every organization who might be interested in sponsoring this meetup may have a female dev available to come and represent.
We do serve alcohol at the meetups. So far it hasn't been relevant, but we do welcome students and women under 21 in general, so if that's you please include an alternate beverage preference when you RSVP! Same goes for anyone over 21 who doesn't drink - just include any requests in your RSVP.
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