What we're about
The IndieWeb (https://indieweb.org/) is a people-focused alternative to the "corporate web". Why rely on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or other sites you don't control to own your online identity and data when you can easily and inexpensively do it yourself or with the help of others?
✪ Your content is yours — When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost (or abused) all of their users’ data.
✪ You are better connected — Your articles and status messages can go to any and all services you choose, not just one, allowing you to engage with everyone. Even replies and likes on other services can come back to your site so they’re all in one place.
✪ You are in control — You can post anything you want, in any format you want, with no one monitoring you. In addition, you share simple readable links such as example.com/ideas. These links are permanent and will always work.
IndieWeb has recently been covered in Wired (http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/08/indie-web/), Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/3061357/the-web-decentralized-distributed-open), The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/08/the-new-editors-of-the-internet/378983/), The New Republic (https://newrepublic.com/article/133889/reboot-world), Newsweek (http://www.newsweek.com/building-first-amendment-web-and-other-hopes-internets-future-468597), and Slate (http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/04/25/indiewebcamps_create_tools_for_a_new_internet.html).
Homebrew Website Club (http://indieweb.org/Homebrew_Website_Club)is a bi-weekly meetup of people passionate about or interested in creating, improving, building, and designing their own website (and related infrastructure), in the same structure as the classic Homebrew Computer Club meetings of the 1970s, the first of which Steve Wozniak credits with inspiring him to design the Apple I. The club is a regular standing meeting of members of the overarching IndieWeb (https://indieweb.org/) community. We encourage everyone to own their own website/online identity with their own domain, own their own data/content, be better connected to engage with everyone, and provide users with more control of their content and identity online.
Join a community of people with like-minded interests. Bring friends that want a personal website. We happily support and encourage all programming languages and CMS platforms. Whether you're a professional developer, UX/UI design expert, or just want to start your own personal website, come join our growing technology movement.
What to expect: The first hour is typically an optional quiet writing hour for people to sit and work on their personal website, programming project, or even a blog post. The meeting officially starts with introductions and short presentations of what people have done on their websites recently. Following this there is a peer-to-peer session in which people are encouraged to find others they heard in the previous half hour that were interested in similar topics to work/collaborate. We also help newcomers with getting started with their personal websites. We expect participants to bring their own technology (laptops, tablets, etc.) if they wish to use them at the meeting.
Come and: ✪ Share what you’ve gotten working; ✪ Ask the experts questions; ✪ See demos of recent IndieWeb breakthroughs; ✪ Finish that blog post you’ve been working on; ✪ Use a pre-existing CMS/platform or build your own project (https://indieweb.org/projects) from scratch; ✪ Hack on new W3C specs and candidate recommendations like Webmention (https://indieweb.org/webmention) (a platform agnostic internet-wide @mention) and Micropub (https://indieweb.org/micropub); ✪ Integrate tools like Brid.gy (https://brid.gy/), OwnYourGram (http://ownyourgram.com/), Quill (https://indieweb.org/Quill), Teacup (https://indieweb.org/Teacup), Woodwind.xyz (http://woodwind.xyz/), OwnYourCheckin (https://indieweb.org/OwnYourCheckin), and many others; ✪ Make the web a better place
Any questions? Ask in chat: http://indieweb.com/irc/today#bottom
We look forward to seeing you!