Facebook developer meetup in Chicago

From the Chicago Ruby mailing list:

This weekend (8/18/07) a member of the Facebook Platform Team will be in Chicago to introduce the Platform and answer questions. Please join us to share ideas, troll for partners on your latest project, check out app demonstrations, seek developer support direct from Facebook Developers, or just socialize with people like you.

Members of the Facebook Platform Team will give an introduction to Platform, discuss best practices around product design & viral marketing techniques, and hold a technical Q&A. Plus other talks on monetizing FB apps, lessons learned, and more. Free snacks, lunch, and drinks/beer will be provided.

Details: http://www.facebookchicago.com
RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=2642140688

Wiring Bucketworks

2007-09-01 09:00

Wiring BucketworksSaturday, September 1st, 2007 — 9am

Bucketworks
1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Brad is going to be leading the team at Bucketworks for the final push to get the wiring done.

If you have any networking supplies you'd like to donate or if you just want to lend a hand (I hear Brad is a great project manager :D ), meet us to help get Bucketworks ready for BarCampMilwaukee2!

Bring a flashlight if you have one and clothes you don't mind getting dirty and sweaty in.

Thanks to everyone that can lend a hand!

August 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the August 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded. It's available via Ourmedia or the Internet Archive. (This work has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

The first part is Jeff Fitzsimmons and Kris Gosser of ComicWonder talking about their site, after that is discussion about BarCampMilwaukee2, scheduled to take place Oct 13/14, 2007 at Bucketworks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

If you're interested in BarCampMilwaukee2, please join the mailing list so you can stay up-to-date and help us plan the event.

Tech Cafe / BarCampMilwaukee2 Planning Meeting

2007-08-18 09:00
2007-08-18 12:00

Tech Cafe / BarCampMilwaukee2 Planning MeetingSaturday, August 18th, 2007 — 9am

Bucketworks
1340 North Sixth Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A Tech Cafe is an informal geek gathering focused around a single tech topic. The Tech Cafe topic for Aug 18 is BarCampMilwaukee2 planning. Plus we'll have some general tech talk, including maybe some discussion of future Tech Cafes and DemoCircuit.

BarCampMilwaukee2

Well folks, you've been asking for it, and we are doing it. And by "we" I mean me and you, and everyone else who likes to make BarCamp happen. (Don't know what BarCamp is, see what Wikipedia has to say.

We're lucky enough to have our good friends at the World Famous Bucketworks host us again, for 30 straight hours of tech fun, creativity, geeking out, and general interweb nerdery.

It's happening October 13th & 14th, 2007 at Bucketworks in Milwaukee. (Bucketworks has moved to 6th and Vliet, so check your maps!)

Details will follow soon. If you want to help us plan this thing, join us at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barcampmilwaukee/

Oh, the new site should be up at barcampmilwaukee.com soon...

Flickr Group

Did we mention there's a Flickr Group for Web414? Well, there is. You can find it at flickr.com/groups/web414/ of course.

General Discussion

There's a few folks who have started taking photos at the meetings, and honestly, if you use Flickr and have other images/photos that might be of interest to the group, go ahead and add them to the pool.

(The photo above is from John December, and was taken at the July 2007 Web414 Meeting.)

Web414 August 2007 Meeting

2007-08-14 19:00
2007-08-14 21:00

August 2007 Web414 MeetingTuesday, August 14th, 2007 — 7pm

The Brady Corp. Conference Room (MSOE)
1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Room R-101

Jeff Fitzsimmons of Area 444 will talk about ComicWonder, a web site which serves as a competitive arena for joke-tellers. (See article in the Business Journal: Shooting for a million laughs.)

This will also serve as a BarCampMilwaukee2 planning meeting, and afterwards, we will go to Bucketworks and tour the facility.

Web414 would like to sponsor BarCampMilwaukee2, for which we need to raise $200. If you will be donating, please bring cash with you to the meeting or speak to either Pete or Ashe to make other arrangements.

July 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the July 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded. It's available via Ourmedia or the Internet Archive. (This work has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

The first hour is Larry Clarkin from Microsoft talking about Silverlight, and the second hour is discussion about BarCampMilwaukee2, scheduled to take place in Fall 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

If you're interested in BarCampMilwaukee2, please join the mailing list so you can stay up-to-date and help us plan the event.

July Meeting Changed!

Note: The date for the Web414 July 2007 Meeting has changed! We have moved it from Thursday July 12th, 2007 to Tuesday July 17th, 2007.

We hope you can still make it, or if you couldn't make it before, maybe you can now...

July Meeting Change?

Just a heads-up folks, we may have to move the Web414 July 2007 Meeting from Thursday the 12th to Tuesday the 17th, due to crazy Summertime activities in Downtown Milwaukee. (If you had to find parking in June, you know what I mean.)

We'll decide in the next day or so if that's what we'll do, and then update the site and let everyone know about it.

Thanks!

Web414 July 2007 Meeting

2007-07-17 19:00

July 2007 Web414 MeetingTuesday, July 17th, 2007 — 7pm

Note: The date and location has changed! We have moved it from Thursday July 12th, 2007 to Tuesday July 17th, 2007.

The Brady Corp. Conference Room (MSOE)
1235 N. Milwaukee St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Directions to the room are as follows.

  1. Walk in the doors to Rosenberg Hall
  2. Take the stairs up to the second floor
  3. Enter first door on your right (across from the vending machines)
  4. Sit in comfy conference room chair

(Oh yeah, parking downtown in the Summer can be a nightmare, so come early, and plan on walking a few blocks.)

Larry Clarkin will be demonstrating Silverlight, which is a platform for creating Cross Browser / Cross Platform Rich Internet Applications with Microsoft's .NET technologies.

This meeting will also serve as a planning meeting for BarCampMilwaukee2, and we'll also touch on DrupalCamp and DemoCircuit.

Other details to follow...

DrupalCamp Wisconsin

A few months ago, Blake Hall had a great idea: getting together all the folks interested in and/or working with Drupal in Wisconsin. He set up a wiki and waited for DrupalCamp Wisconsin to self-organize. Well, probably not that passively, but nonetheless...

So this week, Blake emailed all the people who have signed up on the wiki to date. "Let's set up a planning meeting," he said, with a proposed date and place. The response to that email has been a little underwhelming.

If you're interested in getting together sometime this fall to learn (and teach, and discuss) all things Drupal, and content management, now is the time to make it happen. Sign up on the wiki, or leave a comment here, ideally with a date and time that you could make a planning meeting in the next two weeks. If you can come to Madison, actual people will meet there. Blake will also set up an IRC channel for virtual participation, so even if you can't be there in person, it's no excuse.

When this thing starts rolling, I'm sure a great time will be had by all. But first we've got to get the ball to the top of the hill.

June 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the June 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded. It's available via Ourmedia or the Internet Archive. (This work has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

Sadly, I started the recording a bit late, so the first 20 minutes or so of Phil's talk is missing, but you do get to hear his great pizza delivery story, and plenty of questions and discussion from the group.

(If anyone wants to set up Drupal to create a podcast feed for these, get in touch with me. I'd like to be able to just plug in the URL to the MP3, not upload it into web414.com using Drupal...)

Fishbowl discussion

Hi all,

Here's a neat idea for how to hold a discussion with a large group of people without it getting out of hand (aka say-your-piece-itis). It's called a fishbowl. Chicago blogger Kesa describes how it was used in a user group meeting:

The room we met in was kind of an atrium type of space. Everyone arranged themselves into a circle, and at the center of the room there was a smaller table with 6 chairs. The function of the central table was for this discussion game called fishbowl. Basically there are 6 seats, and any 5 people can sit in them at any time (always leaving one chair open). People start talking about stuff, and if at any point someone wants to join the discussion then they sit down in the empty seat, and someone who no longer wants to talk can get up and leave. At all times the 5 seats needed to stay filled.

May 2007 Meeting Recording

If you missed the May 2007 meeting, you can download an MP3 we recorded.

(This work has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.)

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