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April NYCPython Meetup

  • Apr 21, 2009 · 7:00 PM
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Return Path, 304 Park ave South (map: Note: Enter on 23rd St, and it's on the 7th floor. TOPIC: Lightning talks! So folks at the last meeting were interested in doing shorter talks on a broader variety of subjects. For the next meeting, we're planning on doing lightning talks. These can be fun, but are best when everyone gets involved. Q: What is a lightning talk? A: In short, a lightning talk is a 5 minute talk about anything. It should likely be something that your fellow python developers would find interesting, but that's about the whole of the guidelines. But you have to give your talk and be done in _5 minutes_, or you will be cut off. The beauty of this is we can get introduced quickly to a number of new topics, and folks can present on something without having to be willing to give a 45 minute long presentation. If things are going well, a beautiful thing can happen - while the initial lightning talks are going, more people will realize they have something to say and they'll start prepping a lightning talk in the back of the room. This can create a kind of conversation that can be fun to follow and be a part of. Q: Should I give a lightning talk? YES! The only way an evening of lightning talks work is if people sign up. THIS MEANS YOU. Especially if you're an experienced developer. I'm sure you have something to say - it's time to share it with us; we want to know. Q. What do I do if I want to give a lightning talk? A: Just respond to this email with a sentence describing your topic, and you'll be on the list. Q: What's a good topic for a lightning talk? Anything that you're wanting to get off your chest. But if you're struggling for topics, here are some that work well: 1. Why my favorite module / add-on package is X. 2. I want to do cool project X. Does anyone want to help? 3. Successful Project: I did project X. It was a success. Here's how you could benefit. 4. Failed Project: I did project X. It was a failure, and here's why. 5. Heresy: People always say X, but they're wrong. Here's why. 6. You All Suck: Here's what is wrong with our community. 7. Call to Action: Let's all do more of X / less of X. 8. A Funny Thing happened to me on the Way to the Mailing List / Newsgroup / Web Forum. 9. Wouldn't it be cool if X? 10. Someone needs to do X. 11. Wish List 12. Why X was a mistake. 13. Why X looks like a mistake, but isn't. 14. What it's like to do X. 15. Here's a useful technique that worked. 16. Here's a technique I thought would be useful but didn't work. 17. Why add-on package X sucks. 18. Comparison of similar add-on packages X and Y. 19. Why we should be paying more attention to X. 20. My Favorite Feature Ok, so by now you're thinking that one of those topics is something you can talk about. So just hit reply-all and let us know what it is you've got to share with us. Cheers, Dave

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  • Daniel

    This is a great pythonic group of people, David Christian keeps everyone talking and having fun!

    ~Daniel K., Co-founder

    April 22, 2009

  • Julie S.

    The lightning talk format worked out really well! Not only did we learn more about different things people are doing with Python, but it was also a good way to get to know the group members a bit better. Would love to see this become a regular feature (maybe every third meeting or something).

    April 22, 2009

  • Seven

    Awesome meeting.... xD :D :)

    April 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first, the lightning talk format was great!

    April 21, 2009

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