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Re: [baltimorecocoa] Baltimore Cocoa update

From: David C.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:49 AM
Greetings,

I would also prefer a face-to-face meet-up.  I stare at the screen long enough every day and enjoy getting out a bit.

If the group is going to be smaller, maybe we can just meet at a coffee shop or over beers or something.


On Nov 3, 2010, at 11:28 AM, Christopher Ashworth wrote:

> Hi All,
> 
> Definitely worth brainstorming every approach that might make sense.
> 
> My personal interests are more toward having a physical meeting, since to me that is a lot of what makes a Baltimore Cocoa group a Baltimore-specific group.  There's a lot more bandwidth, and things you can do in person that makes it more special than being in a chat room, etc.
> 
> I agree with Zach though that the monthly meeting was pulling fewer people than I had hoped, although of course it may be that these things simply take time to really ramp up.
> 
> Maybe one place to start would be to have a check-in with people to learn more about why they did or did not find themselves coming, and what adjustments might make people more likely to attend in the future.
> 
> Things like:
> 
> - Just not enough time?  Or time available, but not when we have been meeting?
> 
> - Were the topics not appealing?
> 
> - Topics too advanced?  Too rudimentary?
> 
> - Did you want something other than a slide presentation, e.g. hacking on your own projects with people around that could provide help?
> 
> - Was the location too far away?
> 
> - Anything else?
> 
> - If you could change one thing about it, what would you change?
> 
> etc.
> 
> Cheers,
> Chris
> 
> 
> On Nov 3, 2010, at 9:00 AM, Jeremy Paris wrote:
> 
>> If you guys are anything like me then I think the reason for the low turn-out rate is that most of us have very little to no free time.  Something that may work for me would be some sort of virtual Meetup.  Does anyone have any ideas of how that could work?  GoToMeeting maybe?  
>> 
>> Now that FaceTime is on the Mac as well as the iPhone4's, this group should work on an app that would allow a conference chat.  Maybe the moderator would be able to choose who the speaker is and their screen would be larger while everyone elses would be thumbnail size.  Then the speaker could toggle from camera to screen mode allowing the audience to see their screen while they presented. Just brainstorming.
>> 
>> Jeremy
>> 
>> On Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 9:31 PM, Zach Waugh <[address removed]> wrote:
>> Hi Everyone,
>> 
>> Just wanted to give you an update on the status of the group. A few of you have asked me if we're going to have a November meetup, and I'm afraid the answer is no. I've been incredibly busy the last few weeks, and am probably going to remain that way over the next few months. I have a lot of projects in the air right now, including trying to get at least 2 apps ready to go for the launch of the Mac app store. As a result, I haven't had anytime to think about Baltimore Cocoa or plan a meetup, and I think I'm going to have put the group into hibernation mode for the next few months, and re-evaluate in the new year. If I have more free time, and there's still interest, I'll look into starting it back up.
>> 
>> Thanks to everyone who has come out to the meetups so far. I have to admit I have been a little bit disappointed in the turn out, and have been questioning whether there's enough interest to sustain a monthly Cocoa meetup. Maybe it would be better to do it as a bi-monthly or quarterly group? If anyone is interested in keeping the group alive, and would want to take over as organizer, that's another option. Also, I wanted to extend an offer to anyone in the group, if you need help with a Cocoa problem, send me an email, and I'll be happy to help if I can.
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Zach
>> 
>> 
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