North Shore Web Geek Meetup this week, now with talks!

This Thursday we’re holding the next North Shore Web Geeks Meetup, our monthly meeting for web geeks who live up in the Northeastern Mass/Southern New Hampshire area. This month we’re changing to a new format. So far we’ve been completely unformatted…everyone simply showing up and talking for a while. This has worked out well, but […]

This Thursday we’re holding the next North Shore Web Geeks Meetup, our monthly meeting for web geeks who live up in the Northeastern Mass/Southern New Hampshire area.

This month we’re changing to a new format. So far we’ve been completely unformatted…everyone simply showing up and talking for a while. This has worked out well, but it occurred to us that most of us specialize in some topic or another. For example, we have John Eckman who specializes in open source enterprise software, Will Bond who is writing his own PHP frameworks, and Tom Summit who, as a talent recruiter looks at LinkedIn in a completely different way than I ever would. In other words, we learn a lot from each other. (And these are only three of the folks out of the 100+ or so who have attended the meetings) We’ve had SEO experts, entrepreneurs of many stripes, an IP lawyer, programmers, marketers, front-end wizards, and all sorts of folks that I honestly had no idea lived in the area.

So this week I’m going to be giving a short talk…the first of what I hope to be ongoing short talks at the meetup. I’ll start it off by giving a talk on Designing for Sign-Up, the ins and outs of getting people to sign up for your web application/software. This will be a first draft of the talk I’m giving at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York in September. So I’ll get practice giving the talk, hopefully improving it by listening intently to the valuable discussion that follows. It will also be a fun way to help folks who are dealing with the problem and to have a point of discussion to go forward with.

Back in the spring I gave a short talk (along with Ethan, Dan, and Scott) at the Markup and Style Society meetup, and it went really well. Folks seemed to like the focus of discussion. At the North Shore meetup we’re going to try something similar, but have only one talk instead of 4.

Also, I wanted to give a shout out to the Build Guild, a meetup that just had their first gathering last week in Salem. It was started by two guys who had previously come to a North Shore web meetup, Marc Amos and Angelo Simeoni. I think it’s awesome to see more folks get meetups started in their towns…it sounds like they had a really good turnout. So if you live in the Salem/Peabody area and are looking for a local meetup, check it out.

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See you on Thursday!

Published: July 14th, 2008

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