The first DIYcity SF meetup is a week away.
I expect much of this first event to be devoted to carving out what our goals are and how to tackle them.
We've been talking about three potential formats/directions to aim for with DIYcity SF meetups. What do you think? Which works best for you? Do you have other suggestions?
1- Open Foo- / Bar- camp style – The space is divided into a couple of presentation areas; anyone who wants to present signs up for a slot and describes their topic on a board up front; people read the board and attend the presentations/discussions they're most passionate about.
2– Devote the meetings to presentations of best practices and ideas. Each session will include 1-3 speakers who will present successful projects they're working on, or have completed, that fit into the DIYcity realm; or just demonstrating great things they admire that others have built and that we can learn from. After the presentations we can mingle with the speakers and one another to exchange contacts and ideas and to form new working teams.
3– Devote the meetings to brainstorming and defining. Each session would be devoted to a particular subject (a specific problem, neighborhood, technology, etc.) and we'd meet up to brainstorm ideas to improve life in the city along the lines of the theme. Participants would form teams that will build out the ideas after the meeting.
4– Devote meetings to building. Go into each session with at least a rough specification of a tool/service/solution/space that we've already defined, and build it out.
Chime in and let me know which of these directions (if any) you'd like to lean towards and that will help define our first meetup.
Thanks and happy new year
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