Meetups are Boring. Let’s Change That.
I have found that a typical Philly tech meetup is boring. You grab beer, pizza, and awkwardly try to socialize with drunk people. Then you sit down for a 40 minute PowerPoint slideshow, in which half the audience falls asleep or not pay attention.
What I can change that?
That’s where TacoJS comes in.
I had a few simple ideas in mind for a new meetups:
- Give people more of a reason to come that’s not “free food.”
- Instead of pizzas, let’s have tacos.
- Make the talks shorter, short enough that it’s hard to zone out.
- Let’s save the drinks for until after the talks.
I did not know it at the time, but it turns out that similar meetups already exists. A web search for similar meetups out on the west coast - WaffleJS and DonutJS, which in turn were heavily inspired by BrooklynJS. I decided to pay BrooklynJS a visit and it turns out that everyone actually enjoyed the meetup – which rarely happens in Philly! Shameless plug: BrooklynJS and QueensJS are super-duper hype and you should attend them at least once in your lifetime.
I took that format down to Philly, got a few speakers, and BAM! We held our first meetup in July 2016, and the rest was history.
I built a website for TacoJS using Jekyll. It’s open source on GitHub and you should totally check it out. I also worked on some sweet logos, a PowerPoint theme, and nametags for the meetups:
Come speak at TacoJS!!!1!