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SF Scala January 2015 Newsletter and Survey

From: Alexy K.
Sent on: Sunday, January 11, 2015 12:10 AM

Greetings pragmatic functional programmers — Happy 2015!

We started the year on a high note, with the Big Data Scala meetup at Twitter, with Oscar Boykin, Avi Bryant, and Ian O’Connell.  The photos are on Flickr, along with most of the galleries from our other meetups and conferences.

Since the new year is a reason to try to make things better, one of our new year resolutions is to achieve fairness in RSVPs.  Last year, SF Scala had become the largest Scala meetup in the world.  The show/RSVP ratio fell too, while every meetup we announce sells out in about an hour or two.  The question arises, what’s the most equitable way to allocate RSVPs to those folks who will most reliably honor them or maintain them diligently, and how to do it fairly across all of the meetup members?

During the year, we plan to try several techniques.  One of them is a nominal fee for admission.  The fee should be fully refunded to those who come.  The amount needs to be better understood.  Another method is to pool those who want to attend first and then play a lottery, with those who honor their RSVPs better weighted higher.  In all cases, we’ll continue to monitor meetup attendance closely, and will ask all arrivals to physically check in.  We’ve put together a survey where we detail various options:

Until we collect and process all of the survey results, we removed any RSVP restrictions.  Please maintain them accurately!  We do ask a programming questions for the hackathons as it’s important that we gather with actual hackers there — we may hold a bizdevathon or a recruiterathon separately...  Please bear with us while we work through these ideas -- we respect and want to accommodate each and every member of our large and diverse community.  Always let us know if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns via the surveys like the above, the email below, and direct email to the organizers.

We have three following events scheduled:

— PredictionIO and StumbleUpon talks, at StumbleUpon 1/22

— Scala.js Hackathon at Nitro with Haoyi Li, James Ward, and Dick Wall on 1/27

— Scala Notebook at Nitro on 2/5

The RSVPs to these are free as before.

We’re always looking for better ways to organize the meetup — please email us with any ideas, feedback and proposals on RSVPs and hackathons, and anything else at [address removed].


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