East Bay Django Hack Day

East Bay Django Hack Day. Come with your laptop to work on your project, give and get help over the shoulders of others. Accelerate your learning or hone your Django skills. Beginners welcome.

We'll have at least one mini-session on a Django topic of interest, and more based on the interest of those who come.  This is a first time East Bay effort: the hope is to make this a regular event, similar to the ones the Ruby community runs in San Francisco.

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  • Joe G.

    I set up the next meeting for Tuesday, November 13, 6-9PM


    October 23, 2012

  • Scot H.

    So stoked that an East Bay group is starting up, but won't be able to leave work for this. Looking forward to future meetings on weekends, or after work hours (best).

    2 · October 18, 2012

    • Joe G.

      No problem, Scot - this is going to be monthly, and it will be Thursday nights, once/month. Will be putting up the next meeting time by early next week.

      1 · October 19, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Kickoff event for East Bay Django went very well. 10 people.

    Half the group were beginners, while others ranged from between beginners to very experienced. Very friendly, everyone helping where they could. Ate lunch together after. All want a regular monthly meetup so I'll make it happen.

    October 19, 2012

  • Bryce N.

    Good vibes and conversation. Hopefully we'll get some true pair programming going, and really start working on real projects.

    October 19, 2012

  • Dan O

    Ugh. I really would like to come to this, but I'm out of wife credits.

    October 18, 2012

  • Bryce N.

    Tech Liminal is an easy walk from BART: good venue!

    1 · October 16, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Please note that I've changed the location to Tech Liminal after speaking with the owner, Anca Mosoiu. I also reduced hours to 9-12 (Wordpress support group meets at 12:30PM). Tech Liminal will ask for a $5 contribution for each attendee.

    After 12:00 may be a good time for some of us to lunch together nearby.

    I see Tech Liminal as a great location for a kickoff event and possibly a regular meeting location. We can choose the regular meeting time and location based on feedback from the group and attendance numbers. I'll be stopping by tomorrow to meet the people and tour the space.

    1 · October 15, 2012

  • Joe Golton changed the location from Joe Golton's office to Tech Liminal

    October 15, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Tech Liminal = https://www.twitter.com/anca other meetup events there have asked for $5/person .. Thanks for organizing!

    1 · October 11, 2012

    • Anca

      Thanks for connecting us, Lisa!

      October 15, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Joseph - While beginners are welcome, the idea is to be working on Django projects of your own - even if it's just working through the Django tutorial. If you haven't started the tutorial or done anything with Django before, here's how to get up to speed for this or future events:

    Run through at least Part 1 of the Django tutorial to the point where you have a web site showing on your development environment that is displaying something more than the Django welcome screen. Come prepared to continue working through more of the tutorial, start a new project, or work on an existing project. We'll help each other.

    Here's 2 links to my primary resources for learning Python and Django:



    If you don't have time to do this before this first event - no worries. My plan is to make this a monthly gathering.

    October 14, 2012

  • Joseph

    I have some familiarity with python but have never used Django. Would this still be a worthwhile event ? thx.

    October 14, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Thanks Lisa. I've called them and Anca will be getting back to me Monday when she's back in town. Seems like a great possibility but I'm exploring others as well.

    October 11, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Thanks to those who sent suggestions. I'm looking to see if any of the following organizations will host us without charge:

    Internet Archive (Richmond location)
    Pandora (Oakland)
    Tech Liminal (Oakland)
    MOG (Berkeley)

    If anyone has contacts or influence with any of these, I'd greatly appreciate help getting through to the right person. I've contacted Internet Archive so far and will try to contact the rest today.

    October 11, 2012

  • Lisa B.

    Tech Liminal?

    October 10, 2012

  • Joe G.

    Great to see all the interest! The number of people attending is already beyond the capacity of my small office. I'm scrambling to try to find a larger venue but am happy to consider any/all suggestions for something not too far from El Cerrito, Berkeley, or Richmond - preferably near a BART station.

    I'll update once I've secured a larger venue.

    October 10, 2012

  • Bryce N.

    If the group size gets large, do people have suggestions for an alternative venue?

    October 10, 2012

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