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Meet & Greet, Set tone & pace

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This is the club's initial meetup. Sweet! 

Let's use this as a meet & greet over coffee to help figure out what some of our future meetups could entail. We'll each have a chance to introduce ourselves and what you're into.

I'll also plan to give a longer introduction and share some web development basics to help get the gears turning. 

This meetup will set the clubs tone and pace. It should be pretty laid back. The goal is to get together and get motivated to build cool things. 

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  • Jon P.

    Every architecture has its usefulness, I'm glad we have a diverse group so far, a lot of skill sets keeping it interesting

    1 · September 26, 2013

  • Ben K.

    This form im filling out says you will see these comments I write, so I will write them with future members in mind in case they see it. This was a great first meetup. We covered a lot of topics--all over the place, really. Though the web and web development seemed the most popular, it was mostly a roundtable introduction/dicussion. A great group of people and it was extremely easy to jump into converstation and even break out into side conversations naturally. If a first impression counts, this group is really fun and talented. I wouldn't have thought Powershell, MMO's and Unit testing could all be mentioned in one meetup (without fights breaking out) so I think we're in for a good time with future meetups!

    September 25, 2013

  • Ben K.

    You know, we have an interesting moment here, where earlier we touched on local data. Doing stuff with the data is awesome and fun but we have a special oppourtunity here--we're away of the fact that we have to hunt it down before we can apply it to anything useful. Finding it, and the process of determining it's value is a large part of it. This goes to say about any project, I suppose, but it should proove to be a cool learning experience when the context is a village of people.

    Anyone want to hack on scraping local event data from various sources and displaying it in a sane manner? Maybe offer ical/etc formats as well so people can actually view local events in tool they enjoy using.

    Why? To make our village(s) smarter. Also a learning experience.

    Call me crazy, but I think East Troy could be something special in technology. Then I start thinking that the area in general is pretty great and technology can help it (while staying out of the way, of course!) ;)

    September 25, 2013

  • Jon P.

    Here's an idea for some meetups, someone should suggest a trivial problem that we need to each come up with a solution using what we know or can pseudo code our way through be it software or hardware, and we can present anything we come up with a the next meeting... Just a suggestion

    September 25, 2013

    • Ben K.

      Great idea. Maybe Phil's WordPress formatting issue is a potential potential candidate, if John hasn't already solved it ;)

      I like the idea of hacking away and meeting over solutions / show n tell. If we're solving real problems, thats even better. We could also use the time as a sprint, or sprints. If two or more people want to break off and dive deep into a particular thing, we should encourage that. Perhaps we have meetups... and other time we have sprint meetups where we can pair program, or build something with one or more people.

      Going to far into detail, but ya, im on board.

      September 25, 2013

  • Jon P.

    Had a great time! Wednesdays work. Maybe we should lay some ground work on some of the ideas we had for East Troy.

    September 25, 2013

  • Ben K.

    Had a great time, you guys. Thanks again for coming out. Seems like Wednesday nights are doable for most of us, so How's Oct 16th sound for the next potential meetup? A little earlier in the month due to Halloween festivities. Ideas for topics/activities?

    September 25, 2013

  • Ben K.

    Let's meet on Wednesday evening at 7pm at 2894 On Main (cafe) on the square. Hope you can make it.

    September 23, 2013

    • Ben K.

      That should be fine as the cafe is staying open later just for us and I don't want to overstay our welcome! :) Can't wait!

      September 23, 2013

    • John James J.

      I'll likely only stay until 8pm also.

      September 25, 2013

  • Ben K.

    Put together a loose agenda for tonight to pick from: https://gist.github.com/bkeating/6702068

    September 25, 2013

  • Ryan M.

    I won't be able to come to tomorrows meeting because I am not moving to the area until Friday.

    September 24, 2013

    • Ben K.

      No problem. We'll meet up soon. Will try and share useful notes from this first one. Happy moving ;)

      September 24, 2013

  • Eric M.

    I was going to say Friday was better for me, as I will have my kids until then.

    September 17, 2013

  • John James J.

    Wednesday is best here.

    September 17, 2013

  • Ben K.

    Thinking next week on either Wed, Thu or Fri at 6pm to 8pm. Hows that looking for you (everyone)?

    September 17, 2013

  • Ben K.

    No problem! Excited to meet everyone in the area. The date is TBA for no reason other than waiting to collect some interest. Since some of you have already found it we can start thinking about a date soon. It will likely take place at the brand new square roots cafe on the town square.

    Maybe sometime next week we can set a date.

    September 14, 2013

  • Eric M.

    I RSVP'd for the first meeting, but until the date is announced I can not be sure I can make it. As soon as something definite is set, I will let you guys know.

    Thanks for getting something going, looking forward to meeting some more enthusiasts in the area.

    September 14, 2013

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