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The best user group meetings are like a good party—you have a theme, good food, and people stay until the host kicks everyone out. Do you want to meet other people who use and hack on the same software? Have a great idea and want to just get together with like-minded people to talk? We can help you get started!
As the use of open source increases, so does the need to get people who develop and use that software together. And new groups are sprouting up all over! Whether it’s to drink beer and blog, or to start a brand new software project. All the groups we’ve watched start have one thing in common: a motivated organizer. And that can be you.
We’ll cover the following topics: fundamentals (a goal, people, meeting area) and where to find those things; topic ideas to kick-start your presentations; how to host speakers; how to keep the group rolling throughout your first year; and what to do when things go wrong. We’ll also share a couple of case studies from the Portland area.
Selena Deckelmann bikes herself to work everyday at Chris King Precision Components, a bicycle parts manufacturer in Portland, OR, where she is Information Systems Manager. She is User Group Liason for the PostgreSQL Global Development Group. She currently leads PDXPUG, a PostgreSQL Users Group, and is helping start a programming group, Code-n-Splode, whose goal is to get more women involved in open source. In her spare time, she collects eggs from her chickens, gardens and occasionally mixes drinks for her local Perl Mongers group.
Gabrielle Roth is a Network Engineer, but is still a biology geek at heart. She lives in Portland, OR with a small but ambitious Monstera deliciosa, Mia. After OSCON 2007, she started Code-n-Splode as an effort to get more women involved in open source projects. When she’s not tinkering with networks or databases, she enjoys crashing her mountain bike & practicing parade formations with the PostgreSQL Army of Smurfs.