A couple nights ago I was reading my Twitter feed and followed a link to a blog post writen by @realmofzod (I believe his name is Brandon). Go read it and then come back, this post will still be here.
After reading Brandon’s post it seemed like a Portland WordPress Developer Meetup might be a good idea. I try to make it out to as many of the user group meetings as possible and from my experience there are usually many more “users” than “developers” in attendance. Having a second group that is dedicated to development topics makes a lot of sense in my opinion. Personally, I just want a group where I can get together and talk about WordPress code for an hour or two with a bunch of like minded individuals. I’ve felt this way for a while now and have talk to other who have shared similar opinions.
How Many Others Feel the Same Way?
I sent out some messages on Twitter about the idea of a WordPress developer meetup and got a pretty good response. 15 people seem to really like the idea. There are another 9 that I haven’t talked to yet as well as a few others that I think may be interested. This sounds like a pretty decent sized group … all in under 24 hours! Added to that, there are 3 businesses who may be able to host the meeting as well. Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked!
Are Two Groups Better Than One?
After some careful thought on this topic I came to the conclusion that a second group may be a really bad idea. If Portland had 2 group meetings each month, I would end up going to both – or at least try to. “Double the WordPress, Double the fun!” Right? Others may not want a double-dose of WordPress each month and may end up choosing between the two groups. I would really like to avoid this at all costs. I started to think of ways of having some developer fun without splintering the user group. I kind of like the idea of a …
Well, I guess “hackathon” in a very loose sense. I’ve only ever been to one of these in the past and I thought that the format was pretty cool. There were developers of all skill levels in the same room working on projects related to the common topic of Open Data. I learned a lot that day, met a few new people and had a really great time! This Hackathon had a very open format – every now and again someone would jump on the projector and share something that they were interested in or demonstrate an idea that would spark discussion.
In all honesty. I would be up for trying it out once and seeing where it went from there.
What Do You Think?
I think that this idea has some potential and feel that it is worth giving a try. What are your thoughts? Feel free to comment below.