I’m wondering if there’s any scope for more developer-oriented meetups at the Digital Greenhouse. I’m finding that since Beer Code Design merged with Lightbulb Nights, most of the developers who used to go to those meetups seem to have disappeared. I don’t know if it’s due to the time slot or what - I personally find 6-8pm quite an awkward time - but as a result Lightbulb seems to be more of a maker audience now. There’s some overlap for sure but I think there’s a gap for more focussed mid-level developer talks. The DG has plenty of entry-level developer stuff going on, and yeah some developers are also makers (I’m not), but there isn’t very much for developers with say 6m+ experience under their belt and really focussed on software dev.
I’ve thought about proposing more dev-focussed topics for Lightbulb but I think it would be too specific, it might not interest some of the people that go along to that, and given that so many devs from the BCD group don’t go to Lightbulb they’d miss out too.
So I’m thinking maybe a lunchtime thing, which is probably an easier slot for most people to just drop in on since most are probably around town, so more conducive to quite specialised topics than a 2h evening slot.
Subjects I’d be willing to pitch in:
- One or more Git talks (including maybe Git LFS which I’m a contributor to)
- Introduction to the Go language
- Graphics / game dev
- Lightning talks on specific interesting algorithms or development techniques
- Product development (customer focussed, how to decide what to make, etc)
- Experience selling independent software online to many countries, app stores vs roll your own
I’m sure plenty of other developers could pitch in specific talks too.
Thoughts & interest level? I’m a bit sad that the BCD group seems to have dissipated and would like to rekindle that a bit, and feel it needs a more specific pitch / different time slot than Lightbulb.