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FLCreatives 33: Tech 3-ring Circus with Tim Howe

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Tim Howe and Ryan Price briefly discuss the idea of holding multiple user group meetings in the same building at the same time, much like a mini-barcamp.

Happy Hour is Feb 20th, 6pm at Urban ReThink

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Charlottesville, Virginia's version of Florida Creatives: Neon Guild

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I was sent a link to this article about a number of interesting things happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, including a meetup that, while it is 10 years older, should sound very familiar to anyone who has been to a Florida Creatives Happy Hour.
Neon Guild

Make up your mind: Inside Charlottesville's brainstorming revolution
by Brendan Fitzgerald,

One of Charlottesville’s best examples is also one of its oldest. Jack Smith founded the Neon Guild in 1996 as an informal technology meet-up and a subcontracting pool for his interactive entertainment company, Arrow NewMedia. Formerly called PeopleSpace, Inc., Smith’s company develops online entertainment for a variety of clients—“from Playboy to ‘Sesame Street,’” he says.

The guild’s membership is similarly diverse. A January 4 meeting attracted roughly 40 regulars, along with six or seven newcomers. Those on-hand included UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital employees, freelance software developers and graphic designers, and at least one plumber, who writes computer programs in his spare time.

Each meeting features a guest speaker, and offers two hours of highly engaging, highly informal shop talk over pizza and beer. However, attendance is voluntary. In fact, the bulk of the guild’s activities—technology troubleshooting, job inquiries and rumors—happen via a members-only mailing list. But while guild members don’t pay dues or fees, each must accomplish a simple mission to join the gang: Attend a single meeting and introduce yourself.

“We’ve been meeting all these years, and every single time new people come,” says Debra Weiss, founder of DRW Design and, for several years, the bubbly Guild Master. Without dues or fees, Weiss says, “people give what they give way more, because nothing is asked of them.”

With the Neon Guild, members have nothing to lose; consequently, they have everything to gain. The guild preceded Charlottesville’s dot-com boom, and membership continued to grow long after the bust—around the turn of the century, when companies like locally based “e-tailer” Value America filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 people.

Much like the Charlottesville Trade School, the Neon Guild meets wherever space is consistently available. While the guild currently convenes at Inova Solutions on Avon Street, it has bounced from the Pink Warehouse on South Street to the King Building on Water, and between the homes and offices of its members.
In 2003, a bespectacled self-starter from Northern Virginia decided to move his entrepreneurial ambitions and growing family to Charlottesville. When Jeff Gunther arrived, he found groups like the Neon Guild, composed of members who developed interesting ideas whenever they could find the room to collaborate. He decided to give them a permanent space.

The next section of the article goes on to talk about Open Space, a coworking facility in the region.

Nihongo Orlando

Nihongo Orlando
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Our goal is to have casual meetings in which to practice speaking Japanese, meet others who share our interests for Japanese language/ culture and offer advice for those seeking travel/work in Japan.

Of course, all are welcome;from native speaker, to someone who has yet to study Japanese.

The environment will be relaxed as to foster conversation in both Japanese and English. You will be encouraged to use what you know, or help those who may not. We do not have any set lessons or lesson plans, but please feel free to bring your own materials if you have questions or want to share a good text/plan.

Social Media Club Orlando

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UCF Executive Development Center
36 W Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801

SMC Orlando's primary mission is to promote media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.

Our hashtag is #SMCORL

We bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaboraters. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. We are more than just USERS, we are the reason the tools exist - we are the people who communicate our thoughts and ideas near and far. Join us and let’s shape the future together!

Our Tag Line: If you get it, share it

Founding Date: 
9 years 44 weeks ago
Meeting Time: 
2nd Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm


UCF Executive Development Center
36 W Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801

New Media Orlando May 2010 Meetup Notes

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At our May New Media Meetup last night, we took a tip from Open Space Technology and had everyone write down their name and a topic on a 3x5 card. We then discussed each topic for 5 minutes. By the time we reached the end of the last 5 minute topic, I had written all of the following notes into iEtherPad, a great tool for online real-time communication and document editing.

Creating New Community or Meetup Pages

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# Go to # Fill in a title for this community. If the meetup is regional, please say so (e.g. Refresh Miami) # Provide a link for the meetup's home page # Provide a brief description of the community purpose, or mission statement # Upload an image - otherwise, a default image is used. Please upload an image that includes people at a meetup. Logos are not encouraged. # Add the meetup to the wiki hierarchy. Under the "Book Outline" fieldgroup, choose "Florida" as your book, and the appropriate parent page.

Brevard Networking

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The best way to post about new meetups is to create a new Community or Meetup post. Feel Free to add more categories and groups/links to this list as you see fit, that's why we have a wiki. If groups meet on consistent dates and locations (i.e. third Mondays @ Crooked Bayou, Central Ave downtown), specify what you can. See a list of all communities on our site.

Photowalking Pool

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Join the Orlando Photowalking Group on Flickr

we took a walk around Lake Eola some time ago, and I don't think the photos ever made it up here on the site. Check them out!

October 30 Meetup at 7pm?

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Hey all Brevardians!

I'm sorry I've been off the charts. Some sudden changes in my weekly plans about two months ago threw me for a loop. I'm completely booked Mon-Thurs nights so there's just no way I can make a Thurs meeting between now and the new year.

Salem, MA: The Build Guild

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Jason Hawkins is a filmmaker and a former member of Florida Creatives who has moved on to other (greener?) pastures in Witch Country. He shot a little video at the first meeting of a meetup very similar to Florida Creatives. Check out his post:

Make Film Work » Salem, MA - The Build Guild

1 Salem, MA from Jason Hawkins on Vimeo.

Since moving to Salem I’ve been working on an idea to create video snapshots about some of the cool things I’ve seen here. This video highlights the The Build Guild, a meetup for people in the web industry, and is the first in (what will become) a series of similar snapshots.

Unfortunately, I was a little off my game when I shot this and as a result the audio suffered greatly. Sorry about that.

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