7:30pm - 8:15pm: Drinks, demos, delicious food.
8:15pm - 8:20pm: Lightning introduction to modern front-end development and design.
8:20pm - 8:40pm: Angular.js Testing End-to-End with Protractor
8:40pm - 8:55pm: Browserify Deep Dive
8:55pm - 9:15pm: Rebuilding Zelda with Ember.js and Sails.js (node.js framework).
9:15pm - close: Hacker hours with speakers and Dave(our resident prodigal son).
After a packed house at our first meetup, we were lucky enough to speak with a number of developers in the audience and heard a few key suggestions repeated over and over again:
1) "The space is great, the talks are great, but let's also get our hands on some code" - We are now going to add hacker hours after talks to get down and dig into specific frameworks or projects after hours, collaboratively.
2) "The best meetups I've been to have been:
a) a mix of experimental projects that are fun and inspire, and
b) real-world lessons that I can apply to projects right now."
Following this advice, we will have a few tooling/testing talks per session along with presenters that have had interesting off-the-beaten-path experiences experimenting with new tech.
3) "I get the most out of roundtable discussions"
"Hey, what has your experience been with..." is often the best way to casually start the conversation that leads into a much deeper exploration of fundamental issues. Many developers are most engaged in this type of environment.
Our next meetup will be an experiment with these different formats. First, 2-4 quick talks, followed by collaborative sessions. If you would like to present or contribute ideas, please email [masked].