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Getting more involved in the Pittsburgh technology community!

A former member
We love spending time and learning with you at our classes and events, but we would like to see you at other tech meetups in the city too! Pittsburgh has a great diversity of events, and I bet there's at least a couple that would interest you. :)

It can be intimidating to go to an event for the first time by yourself, so we'd like to help you find friendly events where other members of the group are attending. We will be doing the following to help with this:


  • Posting upcoming local events on the discussion board. I recommend clicking "track this message board" to get updates when new things are posted. Please add events of your own and let others know if you're attending events already listed.
  • Tweeting about upcoming events at @gdipgh­. Please tweet at us about events of interest to you, and we'll retweet.
  • Encouraging ride sharing. We know parking costs or lack of a car can make it hard for you to attend events. Please help each other out with ride sharing from your part of town. :)


On a related note, I want to pass along an invite from OpenHackPGH to everyone in Girl Develop It Pittsburgh (see below). I posted the Febuary meetup on the discussion board if you're interested in attending.

I wanted to formally invite all of GirlDevelopIt to the next OpenHackPGH on February 25th.

Since GDI is focused on classes and learning, I think OpenHack would be a great way for your members to casually learn new technologies from people who are passionate about programming. During last month's event, I accidentally learned Clojure, even though I intended to just sit back and host the event.

Anyway, I hope that your members would be interested. They can learn more here: http://openhack.github.com/pittsburgh/­and get a free ticket here: http://www.showclix.com/events/16623­

Thanks,
Justin Reese
@justinxreese
A former member
Post #: 1
Julie, I wanted to say I think this is a great idea. It definitely makes it easier to go to an event of a group you've never been to before if you have a "buddy" to come along.

Just a question about OpenHack: is it a place that is welcoming to n00bs or do you need a lot of coding skills to really do anything useful there?
A former member
Post #: 6
Just a question about OpenHack: is it a place that is welcoming to n00bs or do you need a lot of coding skills to really do anything useful there?

Great question! OpenHack is definitely newbie-friendly. Justin sent an invite to our group because he thought it would be a good fit for people just starting to learn. The skill levels of the attendees vary a lot, and there are plenty of people in attendance (myself included) who are excited to help others learn. :)
A former member
Post #: 2
What kinds of projects do they work on?
Kate H.
user 12244779
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 1
Hey Andrea!
I'll be there and I'll be working on one of three things:
1. My personal site I'm attempting to manage with Ruby on Rails
2. A pro bono website for a local organization who helps the homeless
3. A paid freelance project.

Now, the first two are pretty advanced for me. I'm just learning Ruby on Rails and using this project to teach me more about it. The second has a lot of what I'm calling "artsy Javascript" since it's not a traditional website, but one that is showing off a lot of photography. I don't even really know Javascript that well so I'll be going to probably get some assistance in that part of the project from anyone who knows Javascript or Ruby better than I do.

What I am good at, and willing to help people with, is HTML/CSS and Responsive Web Design. I'm mostly a designer so I can collaborate with someone with a complementary skill set, but would not be opposed to helping anyone learn some tricks of responsive design or help with some HTML.

I'm still new to programming so if you are too, you won't be the only one!
A former member
Post #: 7
People work on a pretty wide variety of things at OpenHack. Some people were there to socialize. Some of the things I saw/heard people working on were: clojure, ruby, rails, python, javascript, web design, blogging, curriculum development (that'd be me doing that). Basically, if there's a thing you want to do, there's a good chance you'll be able to find someone with an interest there. :)
Jackie
user 4167587
Pittsburgh, PA
Post #: 2
I post events to connect Pittsburgh at http://www.3hourlocal...­

Other great event calendars:
http://builtinpgh.com...­
http://startupdigest....­
http://nextplex.com/p...­
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