I thought it would be fun to start to organize a monthly (or so) Portland MeeGo Meetup … because that’s what community managers do. 🙂
As Intel’s Community Manager for MeeGo, it’s about time for me to start some type of meetup here in my adopted hometown of Portland. I’ll be kicking off these meetings, but I would love to have some help in organizing the meetings and finding presenters, so let me know if you are interested.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with MeeGo, it is an open source operating system for small form factor devices (netbook, handset, in-vehicle, tablet, connected TV, etc.) You can get all of the details about MeeGo and learn more about it at meego.com.
I checked Calagator and the third Monday of every month is looking fairly open, which would put our first meeting on October 18.
When: October 18 from 6pm – 8pm
Where: Lucky Lab 1945 NW Quimby St in Portland
RSVP: On Upcoming to help us plan
Agenda for October 18
6:00pm – Introductions
6:15pm – MeeGo Overview & Demos
7:15pm – Discuss potential topics for next month
You can also join our new Portland MeeGo Network Google Group to receive updates for every meeting and any additional information.
For those of us who manage global online communities, meeting people in person isn’t always easy. However, it is important to find ways to meet people in real life whenever possible, and we should be careful not to underestimate the value of making these real world connections. Last week, I attended LinuxCon where I gave a presentation about the MeeGo Community and did more demos than I can count, but the real value of the conference was in the conversations that I had with community members.
Some thoughts on why this is so important:
- You put a face to the name and start to build better relationships with people.
- People will provide different feedback in person and will often talk more frankly about community issues that they would not be comfortable putting in writing in a public forum.
- It’s fun! These are people that you have something in common with and you can have some really interesting conversations with people and make new friends in the process.
- I return from conferences refreshed with new ideas that come from having conversations with people outside of the typical daily routine.
Part of a series of community manager tips blog posts.
Photo by Aaron Hockley of Hockley Photography.