[grok] — verb
- to intimately and completely share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity
- the intermingling of intelligence that necessarily affects both the observer and the observed
[ORIGIN: 1961, COINED BY AUTHOR ROBERT A. HEINLEIN IN HIS NOVEL STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND] Thanks to Joshua Blankenship for the definition.
The Origin of the Grok
The first Grok began in the tasty beer and pixel filled mind of Matthew Smith of @squaredeye & Cowork Greenville & now Zaarly.
It was an experiment gone oh so right. It was an incredible 3-day, mind-meld of awesome. Ideas were shared, friendships were made, BBQ was eaten and beer was drank.
I won't go into detail on the experiences here but I recommend you take a gander at what was said about Greenville Grok.
The day will be divided up into two hour blocks. Within those two hour blocks we will have 10/20s. 10 or 20 minute blocks of timed, rapid conversations. As we finish a 2 hour block and break for food the hope is that you take the opportunity and carry on those conversations as we socialize.
The Grok is open for anybody to lead a discussion about an idea you want to share, a business challenge, a technique or even demo something you've been working on.
You can take a few moments to plan something or present something adhoc. The planning isn't important but if you think you have something that'll hold the attention of a group of people for 10 or 20 minutes then by all means share it with us.