[Chicago] Shall ChiPy have a "project night"?
asheesh at asheesh.org
Thu Aug 29 20:36:33 CEST 2013
Hey ChiPy folks! I'm a vagabond Python community organizer, and in a diff
thread, Brian mentioned my idea that ChiPy host a thing called a project
night. So I thought I'd take a moment to elaborate and see what y'all
Project nights are user group meetings where attendees come with their
laptop computers and a desire to work on something Python-related. These
kinds of meetings are often the first thing that user groups add when they
want to become more welcoming to newcomers. They're intended to be
open-ended, social, and inviting. No agenda, just encouraging people to
work on whatever they'd like and/or find other people to work with.
I explain more here: http://user-groups-beta.openhatch.org/#project-night
I'm on a mission to help more Python user groups be more interesting and
welcoming to newcomers, so I thought I'd see here what people think.
First, a quick request; I'm trying to gauge interest, so if you would like
this sort of meeting, reply to me <asheesh at asheesh.org> with:
The event is pretty easy to run; it requires finding a venue with laptop
space, and then making a sign-up page that has some friendly, inclusive
language. (And you can even copy other groups' sign-up pages if you click
on the above link to find samples.)
Some user groups (like Boston's) run one project night and one
lecture-style meeting night monthly. I would say, try doing one first, see
how ChiPy likes it, and then dream about committing to a frequency.
So, second -- if there's someone on the list willing to be the organizer
of such an event, please stand up. (-: If not, I'll have to call on
I'm on the list, and happy to discuss the idea further and take questions
about how it works, what the goals are, etc. Hopefully many of those are
answered at the link I gave, but who knows; that's why it says, "beta".
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