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Las Vegas Developers Message Board › Meeting Notes: 2014-02-25

Meeting Notes: 2014-02-25

Adam E.
Las Vegas, NV
Post #: 9
Here are the notes from the meeting:

We did introductions and got some feedback on what the attendees were trying to get from the group as a whole.

Las Vegas Dev Event Calendar
Jimmy is working a shared community calendar to help better coordinate events and hopefully prevent as much overlap.

What do you want from LV Dev?
We had everyone write down up to five things they would like to get out of the group and they were organized into the following categories:

Connect with people
Group project
Open source
Casual Co-working/Hacking
Hack-a-thons for local start ups
Meet local developers
Help our local community

Cloud/Big Data
Right sizing solutions
Education on solutions
Large data and computing in the cloud
Semantic Data Frameworks
Cloud Solutions IAAS/PAAS

Language Specific
Language Challenge
Help start a Python user group
Help start Java users group

Personal/Professional Development
Share skills
Personal branding/reputation management
How to get a job as a developer
Development methodologies
Coding katas
Programming/computing history
Low level/portable language compilers
Concepts in computer science
Valuable niches that need help
Support network for telecommuting developers
Build a WordPress plugin

Dev Ops Puppet/Chef/AWS
Testing Methodologies
Tool and framework demos
Verilog programmable logic
Free and open source software
Web page development and tools

No recruiters?
One of the items of discussion was if we should allow recruiters in the group. No decisions were made and it will be left up to the greater group as a whole. There were to basic scenarios discussed. We can either give recruiters limited access through limited sponsorship of refreshments at events for a chance to briefly address the membership or we can not allow recruiter involvement at all.

Recurring meetings
We decided to try a once per month standard topics based meeting where the topics in the "what do we want" section will be covered. The majority of the talks would come from group members as submitted talks and occasional subject matter experts would be brought in. We may also have reps from tech companies talk where appropriate.

We also discussed a casual co-working/hack night to try and fill the Jelly void. We will work with the existing language specific user groups to try and see if we can merge some of them to provide a larger pool for ideas and experience as well as freeing up nights for user groups to meet without overlapping. The Las Vegas calendar is packed right now and there are no open nights.

As promised, a few of us went to socialize at a local establishment within walking distance of the meeting.

Next Steps
We will be scheduling the regular monthly meetings and the 4th Tuesday of the month looks like the day. We will also be creating user survey base off of the information provided at the meeting.
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