Open Session Cards (aka Whats MelbJVM interested in?)

From: Kon S.
Sent on: Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:34 PM

Hi MelbJVMers,

Firstly, thanks to all of you who made it to Augusts MelbJVM.

TL;DR

Here's the cards we collected at the end of the meetup.

https://trello.com/b/4iOzng2O/august-2013-meetup-suggestions

There is also a spreadsheet version of the cards if you'd like to see the data a different way.

Feel free to add more cards with more topics.  You can also vote on the cards.  Its a good way to see what we can discuss in future.  Thanks!

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For those with a bit more time...

As a quick recap, toward the end of the night we attempted the beginnings of an open spaces session about what is interesting to our members in the Java/JVM space with a view to use this for inspiration for topics to discuss and present on at future meetups.

For those that weren't there, what we did is have everyone contribute a card with their name and write some suggested Java/JVM interest points on it.  I've taken down the cards into electronic form and created a Trello board whereby we can review, move and add to them.

https://trello.com/b/4iOzng2O/august-2013-meetup-suggestions

The next step of an open spaces conference involves finding the common themes in the cards and find what topics others would be interested in.  

For example, a lot of people suggested web frameworks such as Grails and Play and so we could have an open discussion about the benefits of each.  NoSQL, Scala, Amazon also featured highly and we could have high level overview discussions or indepth discussions about the various aspects of each.

What I'd like you to do now is take a look at the Trello board and all the cards.  I've added some columns to group the topics.  You are free to add more lists and move cards too.  If you've had more ideas since the meetup, or if you just weren't able to make it and you'd like to contribute with further topics, feel free to add a card to whatever column you'll see fit. 

Also you can vote on other peoples cards.  It would be great to see what other ideas everyone liked.

After everyones had a chance to look at and manipulate the board, I'd see a few possibilities:

1) we could run an open spaces mini conference - have a MelbJVM where we pick out a few popular topics on the board to base discussions on, and then split into groups to discuss them.

2) someone who is using/inspired to hack goes on a particular topic comes up with a short lightning talk or full presentation they'd want to present to the group

3) a mix of both of the above or something else more useful we didnt really expect

I hope that's explained ok, but please let us know of any questions.  

Thanks

Kon


ps Please let me know if you are unable to view or edit the links and I'll fix up for you. 

pps There is also a spreadsheet version of the cards if you'd like to see the data a different way.

ppps Also apologies in advance if I spelt anyones name wrong

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