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Bill G.

Location:

Westfield, NJ

Member since:

January 27, 2012

What kind of coder are you? (e.g. Junior/Senior Rubyist /Data Scientist, etc.) -OR- If you represent a social good organization, what is it called and what cause are you working on?

Re. technology: I have 15 years of in-depth experience in the design of both large and small web and database based applications. Re. promotional/marketing: I have successfully created partnerships/alliances to support both commercial and non-profit initiatives (from sales/marketing to operations management). Re. Social Initiatives: I have conceived and implemented international youth understanding projects involving tens of thousands of US and international students. I have also developed programs for promoting educational motivation. Finally, I am concerned about widespread lack of knowledge, understanding and even interest among my fellow Americans making them susceptible to easy political manipulation. Goal: I would like to apply my skills and experience to help efforts that would improve our society and especially improve the ability of the masses to participate intelligently in the democratic process that determines the future of our society.

Are you currently working on any projects that use technology for social good? If so, please share the website(s) so we can help, too!

I am thinking about several projects I might be interested in reviving, but would be interested in exchanging ideas with any others interested in making a positive difference.

Introduction

I am a recently retired web app architect and DB designer (in past 10 years I designed & oversaw dev of web-based ERP & CRM systems). I would like to help support application of technology to support mass political involvemnt, better education, etc.

What Bill G. is saying about this Meetup Group

The idea is great. Hats off to Vanessa for creating it (and keeping it going - so many meetup groups wither after initial enthusiasm). One suggestion is to find a different way to organize the discussions following the intro round. Currently is somewhat catch-as-catch-can chaos and each time some people I would have liked to talk to have left before I got to that side of the table. Perhaps something like dance card concept with 10 minute mixer to get on each others dance cards followed by 4 or so 10/15 minute time slots for one-on-one discussion. Another suggestion is a questionaire to fill out in advance online (one for orgs looking for help and one for those offering help). It is hard to really understand where people are at and needing or are able to contribute in a short introductory round table. Some are better/less good at presenting their situation in short time than others. Perhaps some people could set up for dance card slot before meetup based on questionnaire.


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