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Web414 October Meeting

Thusday October 13, 2011 - 7:00pm-9:00pm

Enjoy the great warm indoors at the October meeting of Web414. This month’s main session will feature an informative social media debate in the style of Shelby Sapusek and Jim Raffel of She Said He Said.

Shelby and Jim have developed an ever-growing list of topics that apply directly or indirectly to social media, marketing and communication. These are topics that occupy a large percentage of their working days. Normally, they publish about three topics that will be addressed, then one of one of them selects a topic from the list and throws it out to the other for an opinion. Next, the originator of the topic responds and they go back and forth a bit. Anyone participating in the #shehechat is, of course, encouraged to jump into the conversation. The conversation is normally spirited and often sparks ideas for future #shehechat topics. Learn more about She Said, He Said by visiting http://jimraffel.com/shehechat/.

Also on the October agenda, James Carlson, director of BucketWorks, recently attended the 2011 Chaos Communication Camp in Finowfurt, Germany. James has volunteered to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to share his exciting experience with us. Chaos Communication Camp is an international, five-day open-air event for hackers and associated life-forms. It provides a relaxed atmosphere for free exchange of technical, social, and political ideas. You can learn more about Chaos Communications Camp by visiting http://events.ccc.de/camp/2011/.

Last, but not least, Clint Laskowski will give an informative presentation on developing a web project using various prototyping tools (Balsamiq, JustinMind, etc.).

BucketWorks is located on S. 5th Street, just north of National Avenue. As always, admission is free, and there's plenty of free street parking after 6pm. Come down and join us, we look forward to seeing you there!

Web414 August Meeting

Thursday August 11th, 7pm-9pm

Join us for an exciting evening of Virtual Cloud Hosting by Rob Martin (@version2beta) of Quintessential Mischief LLC. Rob’s background includes accomplishments in networking, virtual servers, databases, and server-side programming. He will compare and contrast the various services offered by cloud hosting companies such as Amazon, Rackspace, and Linode. Escape the August heat while enjoying our presentation in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the BucketWorks facility. BucketWorks is a health club, for the mind!

Web414 July Meeting

Date: July 14, 2011
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Bucketworks, 706 South 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Topic: Mobile Page Design

Join Dave Brixius(@CoderDx) and Dustin Filippini(@dustyf) on the evening of July 14th for an exciting presentation on mobile page development. Dave and Dustin will cover all aspects of designing and developing for the new mobile web. This month’s topic comes to us compliments of Web414 member Paul Copsey(@PaulRCopsey). If you have a meeting topic to suggest please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen. Hope to see you there!

Web414 Event Coordinator

In our ongoing commitment of service to the Internet and web technology community, Web414 is pleased to announce the creation of a new administrative position within our organization. Please join me in welcoming Clint Laskowski (@Clint326) as your new Web414 Event Coordinator.

Clint will be taking our ideas and suggestions for monthly meeting topics, and then following up with the legwork required to make them happen. Clint has professional experience in meeting coordination and is looking forward to applying that experience to benefit the Web414 organization. Clint’s goal is to create and maintain a monthly meeting schedule as far in advance as possible, so start sending your ideas!

In Clint’s own words, “I think the more we can set standards (meeting dates, meeting formats, topic calendar, etc.) the easier it will be for everyone to climb on board this new Web414 train”.

Please feel free to contact Clint directly with your ideas for monthly meeting topics, and any related questions you may have. Welcome Clint, and thank you for steeping up to the plate. We all look forward to the exciting and informative monthly meetings you will be coordinating from our suggestions!

David Brixius
Organizer - Web 414

Social Media Coordinator

In our ongoing commitment of service to the Internet and web technology community, Web414 is pleased to announce the creation of a new administrative position within our organization. Please join me in welcoming Benjamin Pett (@benrobn) as your new Web414 Social Media Coordinator.

Benjamin’s responsibilities as Social Media Coordinator will include maintaining Web414’s social media interfaces (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and streaming our monthly meetings live via our Web414 USTREAM.com channel (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/web414). Benjamin’s focus will be on providing the latest news and informative updates to our members and enthusiasts, to keep them engaged, while also providing an interface for those who are unable to participate in our activities directly. In Benjamin’s own words, “I think, over the long term, it will also help us discover the strengths and passions of all of our members and get them more involved”.

Please feel free to contact Benjamin directly with any publicity or social media related questions. Welcome Benjamin to Web414, we thank you for your contribution and appreciate your service.

David Brixius
Organizer - Web 414

Web414 Website Makeover

We are currently assembling a team of designers and developers for an ambitious overhaul of the web414.com website. If you are a designer or developer and want to showcase your work on the Web414 website, please contact Web414 Organizer Dave Brixius (@coderDx).

The goal is to make the web414.com website into a collaborative sandbox environment where all flavors of Internet and web technology have a place to be represented. We will create a strong core (probably using Drupal) and build in extensibility that allows for growth in the direction of the other individual technologies.

The way it will work is once the core is in place, suppose a Ruby developer comes forward and has an idea to add some really cool functionality created in Ruby. That person or persons will be given a directory and the developer environment required to create their branch of functionality. They will also be given the ability to link or un-link their work to the core web414.com website as needed.

This is an exciting opportunity for new and aspiring developers and designers, as well as seasoned professionals, to gain valuable experience and get their feet wet in a prominent, public facing arena, and have some fun while doing it! It is also a great opportunity to work in a team environment that will be based on agile best practices.

If you feel this is something you would be interested in, and could benefit from, please contact me and we’ll get you on the team!

Thank you,

Dave Brixius
Organizer - Web414

A New Day

When I woke up this morning, my head was filled with much excitement over the great opportunities that lie ahead for us. At the same time, I was also filled with a great sense of gratitude for being selected to serve on the heels of all those who came before me. Before we move forward, I would like to take a few moments and express my gratitude to but only a few of those who have made Web414 what it is today.

First, I wish to give thanks to Pete Prodoehl(@raster). Pete’s five years of tireless service and dedication to Web414 are what has made the organization what it is today, and without which, I would not be here today delivering this message. Thank you Pete. You are very much appreciated.

Second, I would like to mention the BucketWorks organization(@bucketworks), along with James Carlson(@hypnagogic) and Jenn Turner(@Jennaddenda), without whose ongoing support, we would not have a place to hold our meetings. Thank you both very much.
And Lastly, I want to express are great many thanks to everyone that came out last night to our June meeting. Each and every one of you did or said something to make me feel very welcome and at home. Thank you all for allowing me to become such a big part of our organization.

That being said, I would now like to take a few moments and describe some of my vision for the future of Web414 going forward.

We are the public face of web and Internet technology in SE Wisconsin. As such, I feel we have a responsibility to achieve and maintain our place at the leading edge of that technology always. I also feel that together, we have an incredible amount of knowledge, talent, and motivation at our disposal to accomplish and maintain that position. But we do face challenges along the way.

The first action I am taking in my new position will be organizational. Supporting an organization the size I am hoping we will grow to will require growth in our infrastructure. I am preparing for this now by defining and implementing specific administrative positions within our organization.

The first such position has already been defined and filled. Please join me in welcoming Dustin Filippini(@dustyf) as the new co-organizer of Web414. Dustin indicated an interest in helping support the organization early on, and is now a proud member of our administrative team. Dustin will work alongside me and will be involved in the day to day operations of the organization. Welcome Dustin.

A second position we are creating is an event coordinator position. This will be the person who’s main responsibility will be to arrange and ensure exciting and informative presentations, speakers, and discussions for all of our monthly meetings. We are currently working with a person of interest for this position, and will make a public announcement as soon as there is one.

Additionally, I would also like to see a communications coordinator, technology coordinator, and possibly other positions be created. So look for these and other positions to be created as they are needed and defined.

I really can’t go too much further into the crystal ball at this time. But I can tell you I have many exciting ideas for the Web414 organization, as well as our direction moving forward. I promise to keep everyone in the loop whenever there is news or cool new stuff to see. There will certainly be more of that once our administrative and organizational chores are out of the way. Please stay tuned, as there is MUCH more to come!

Thank you,

Dave Brixius
Organizer - Web414


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My name is Dave Brixius, and this is my Web414 blog.

Thank you,

Dave Brixius

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