[Chicago] Python/Ruby/Web meeting

Ian Bicking ianb at colorstudy.com
Thu Oct 13 07:34:12 CEST 2005

Hi Mike.  I'm being a very bad organizer, and doing a bad job of keeping
on top of everything.  *But*, there's lots of other people involved, so
in the interest of moving this along I'm copying everyone to open it up
a bit...

The people:

Mike Saia <mikesaia at msn.com> is with the DePaul Computer Science
Society, and they are interested in sponsoring a special meeting, around
Rails, Django, Python, Ruby, agile web development, etc.

David Heinemeier Hansson <david at loudthinking.com>, author of Rails, guy
to do talking.  He's coming to live in Chicago, and has said that early
December would probably be a good time.

Adrian Holovaty <adrian at holovaty.com>, author of Django, another talking
guy.  His schedule is fairly open.

John Long <ws at johnwlong.com>, head of the Ruby Meetup group in Chicago,
interested in helping organize.  Also in that group is Ryan Platte
<ryan.platte at pobox.com>.

Chicago Python group (ChiPy) <chicago at python.org>.  There's a bunch of
us, and somehow half of us our out of town, having babies, or otherwise
occupied right now, so we've actually cancelled the October meeting.
But besides this odd concurrence of otherwise-occupiedness we're pretty
active.  Some of the other people who have been active in organizing:
Michael Tobis, Chris McAvoy, Brian Ray, David Rock... just to name a few.

Anyway, this is the cast of characters.  We're not exactly event planners.

Some initial thoughts we've had:

* Given enough lead time (which we'd have for a December event) we think
we could get a pretty good audience.  For instance, we were thinking
about trying to get Slashdot to post something asking for questions for
the event.  A bit of publicity, open up questions ahead of time, and so
forth.  And the blog world loves these things.  100 people perhaps?  But
I have no idea.

* Food... I don't know.  If it's a problem, we certainly don't need
food.  If it is an after-work event, though, food can be nice.

* I think audio equipment of some sort would be useful, this could
certainly turn into a podcast or something.  I don't think visual
equipment is as important; I don't know if we'd have any slides or
anything.  I doubt it.

* Topic-wise, we're thinking "agile web development".  There's also
possible language discussions, though comparing and contrasting Python
and Ruby might be a little too detailed a conversation, with less
relevence to people who aren't using either.

Sorry again for not being more responsive.  I'm heading on vacation, so
I won't be able to follow up for another week, but I'm hoping the other
people involved can do better.

Ian Bicking  |  ianb at colorstudy.com  |  http://blog.ianbicking.org

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