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Winners of the survey, survey results and future thoughts

From: Brendan M.
Sent on: Friday, July 20, 2012 7:23 PM

Hey everyone,

First things first. Congratulations to the winners, their usernames are: Meghna and William Richardson!

Thanks to all who participated! It was really interesting reading all your feedback and I look forward to implementing some of your suggestions.

To keep the email shorter, I've left the unpopular answers off some of the questions. Below the result you will find some of my comments.

1. Background - What type of user are you?

80% - iOS user (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
65% - General Apple computer user
60% - Software Developer
note: I think I could have worded this question better as some software developers selected both "Software Developer" and General user, while others only selected "software developer"

2. Expertise - How comfortable are you around a computer?

50% - Expert
24% - Intermediate
18% - I do everything using the command line
9%  - Beginner (new to the Mac)

3. Location - What are your ideal meetup locations?
77% - Downtown
30% - Midtown
21% - North York

4. Venue - Where would you prefer to have events held?

68% - Coffee shop
68% - Pub
44% - non-commercial location

5. Monthly events - If we were to add another monthly event what theme would you like to see covered?

60% - iPhone / iPad / iOS
47% - More developer events
32% - Apple TV / Mac as a Home Theatre PC
27% - Aperture / iPhoto / Photography
27% - Graphics and Design
24% - Final Cut Pro / iMovie / Video
24% - More general user events

6. Special Events - If we were to hold special bi-monthly, quarterly or annual events what would you like to see?
62% - educational presentations: Software Development
41% - product release parties (WWDC party)
38% - educational presentations: Advanced OSX use
32% - hackerfest (weekend coding conference and/or competition)
32% - something food related (Brunch, Dinner)
32% - educational presentations: General consumer apps (iMovie, GarageBand, iPhoto, iTunes, general OSX tips)

7. What is the number one thing keeping you from attending more meet ups?

65% - location
37% - time (write in answer)
20% - topic
15% - venue

So, now that we've got all this great feedback what are we going to do about it? The organizers are going to discuss the results and try to come up with some cool new events. We will keep you posted.

So far here are my thoughts:
New events

The NSCoder nights are starting up next month. This will hopefully become a monthly or bi-weekly event. Us starting these events was a direct result of the responses from the survey.

We've also got a Cocos2D Code Jam happening on August 25th. If this event is a success, we will try to hold a Code Jam on a quarterly basis covering a different topic each time.

We are also working on a Learn to Program iOS series that should be of great interest to anyone wanting to create an app for the iOS App Store. Once we get that off the ground I'd like to focus on more advanced topics.

Since the idea of a product release party seems to be popular we will also try to organize a special event for when the iPhone 5 and iPad mini are released. (Assuming the iPad mini is a real thing)


(Don't worry we haven't forgotten about the non-developers)

Educational presentations

Lining up speakers for educational presentations is a tough task. It takes a lot of time and effort to put together a presentation. With that being said, I'd like to incorporate presentations into the Code Jam series. If you have any interest in doing a short talk or a tutorial on any subject feel free to email Kevin or myself or mention it to us the next time you see us.


This is something i'd really like to see happen (and was hoping it would appear higher in the results list). It would however cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. Perhaps we can try something like this next year?

Location and meetup attendance

Seeing that Downtown is everyone's preferred location and location is the number one thing keeping people from attending more meetups we will try our best to hold more events downtown.


Kevin likes coffee and I like beer (i like coffee too but just not as much). Since these two answers were tied we will try to mix things up a little every once in a while.


Thanks again for participating in the survey,


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