Second, we'll aspire to make meetings approachable to individuals while trying out different formats. Vendor show-and-tell and lecture-format meetings should be part of it, but drawing from the community of Vue developers in the RTP area we should be able to build up an ongoing conversation.
Third, just to take it up a notch, we won't be feeding you pizza at meetings. How or when we will be able to provide complimentary meals is unknown, but if you get free food it probably won't be pizza. Not that we hate pizza; it's just been done too often.
This is the kernel of a vision for the group. Perhaps it will change, and maybe it is could be more objective. But in an ideal world,
Vue Raleigh will grow into an engaged, self-sustaining community of professionals and enthusiasts aspiring to be adept in the Vue ecosystem - who lead by example to foster learning, exploration, and through their skills contribute in tangible ways back to the community.
Format of Meetings
Anticipate a mix of round table discussions, show and tell, lightning talk presentations, code-labs and workshops. Presentations by vendors and consultants making conference circuits may or may not be part of the mix, if we can arrange them. We might even find a time and place for co-working. Nothing is set in stone.
A common theme should be that we're often active participants, not just observers sitting in on a lecture.
The focus will be on exploring the Vue framework and related technologies, but we'll be open to topics on other modern software practices as well - anything that impacts the Vue world and developers' work experiences.
Meetings should start no earlier than 6:30pm and end by 9pm. During certain times of the year, members may have opportunity to continue conversations at a late night restaurant in the building.
If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring please contact one of the organizers!
Home base is the comfortable and accessible Avent Ferry administration building at NC State University in Raleigh. It looks like an old motel, across the street from the Mission Valley Theater.
Parking is open after 5pm but stick to employee or visitor parking - stay out of Student designated parking spots. During business hours parking is by temporary permit or in paid parking decks around campus. Free Wolfpack buses circulate around the campus as well.
I'm working on secondary venues in the greater RTP region as well. (Our first social lunch was in 1887 Bistro, inside the Talley Student Center on the main campus.) If there is a change in venue for a particular meeting, it will be announced in the event notice.
We are adding yet another Slack channel to your lineup - VueRaleigh.slack.com - anyone in the workspace can send an invite, just ask around at a meeting.
Food and Drink
The main venue will have numerous restaurants/bars nearby. If we offer food at all it will be whole food, not packaged snacks. Brown bagging will be allowed - but please do not bring alcoholic beverages on campus. It remains to be seen whether we will find a sponsor for complimentary meals. However, we are confident we won't offer pizza.
Code of Conduct
Everyone deserves to participate and have great experiences at the events. All speakers, attendees, and volunteers should expect to adhere to civil conduct:
The group is dedicated to providing harassment-free special interest events for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of attendees in any form. Sexual language and imagery in connection with the events are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from an event without at the discretion of the event organizer and/or venue host.
Member Dues and Sponsorships
In the short term, we are not collecting any kind of dues or donations at this time.
Longer term, it will cost $$$ to keep up hosting on Meetup and this is out-of-pocket for Mitch at the moment. Sponsors are welcome to inquire.
If you really feel strongly about making a financial contribution at this time, please consider what you might do to support Evan's efforts directly (evanyou on Patreon) or via a transparent expense support (OpenCollective dot com/vuejs).