End of the madness!

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Ok, well there is clearly a demand for a London meetup, so after a long discussion with OpenJuice, we have decided to host the first dedicated C5 meetup in the UK.

Here are the provisional details:
Friday May 20th:
Part 1: 10 or 11am start at The Hub, Kings Cross. We'll have a dedicated meeting room available there along with unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits. We'll get things started by telling you a bit about who we are and what we do, and then I'm thinking that everyone who wants to can have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and their business. Along with general chat, this should easily take us up to lunch time.
Part 2: 1pm ish. Head out to a local pub for lunch. Bruno has a few ideas here, but generally we're looking for somewhere we can book a lot of space in and preferably has a decent beer garden in case the sun is out!

The aim of this meetup is two fold: First and foremost a chance to get together and put faces to avatars. Get to meetup with the other C5 professionals out there who make this little community work. Secondly, this is a great opportunity to start boosting the profile of C5 in the UK, so we'll be looking into ways to use this event to boost awareness.

Please chip in with your thoughts and ideas, we're keen to hear them!

Jon

jbx
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openly replied on at Permalink Reply
openly
Hi Everyone,

Open Juice & JBX Online would be able to co-host the event at The Hub Kings Cross, then we could move onto Camino (http://www.camino.uk.com/kingscross/about) which is just round the corner and sell good food & drink.

Cheers

Bruno
openly replied on at Permalink Reply
openly
Hi Everyone

I have created a meet-up on http://www.meetup.com/concrete5-Meet-Up/... so please check it out it would be great if you can come.

Cheers

Bruno
novelnova replied on at Permalink Reply
novelnova
See you guys there
openly replied on at Permalink Reply
openly
wow Barry your close by we are based in London but I live in Odiham
novelnova replied on at Permalink Reply
novelnova
Thats close, do you go to any other local web meetups?
openly replied on at Permalink Reply
openly
The local Open Source developer community in Basingstoke is too small to have an effective meet-up I think.

I regularly attend other larger ones in London as it attracts people form all over.
russellfeeed replied on at Permalink Reply
russellfeeed
+1 for Basingstoke.

I work in Chineham & live in Ascot
shadowcomputers replied on at Permalink Reply
shadowcomputers
I will be coming down from Suffolk, so I shall see you there.
pixelfish replied on at Permalink Reply
pixelfish
Great work guys organising this! Ill see you there.

Do you think we can come up with any ideas to try and maximise the C5 profile? It would be great if we could attract as many new C5 users as possible, so we could share our experiences.

I dont have any specific ideas, but just thought it would be nice as a way to give something back if we could help attract a few new C5 users.
jbx replied on at Permalink Reply
jbx
Pixelfish: I agree completely. We need to encourage new devs and users to come along and try C5 out and find out how they can benefit and hopefully spread the word.

The trick is going to be separating out the experience for Devs and users. I think one meetup for both could end up with devs getting frustrated that they can't talk techy enough and users getting confused by all the code talk. Maybe we need to work towards a C% Dev meetup and a separate C5 User meetup??

Thoughts??

Jon
russellfeeed replied on at Permalink Reply
russellfeeed
Hi all

have we got an agenda for the meetup or is anyone planning to talk about C5?

Firstly, I'm not a web designer - I don't do pretty pictures :-)

I'm interested in C5's capabilities as a general purpose platform for both front and back end applications, and comparisons with straight framework such as Zend, Codeignightor or Yii.

I'm already using C5's CMS and simple eCommerce features, theming, and block development. But I have also developed a back-office tool (for product catalogue management), used (cron) jobs to automate tasks and have developed some interfaces between C5 and Oracle.

I've done quite a bit of work with C5 and jQuery's Datatables plugin, and AJAX.

I use C5 to give me all the basic features such as rapid page/sitemap creation, authentication and permission management out-of-the-box, leaving me to concentrate on the business model I need to implement.

I'm keen to chat with those with experience of PHP Frameworks, either standalone of in conjunction with C5.

Cheers
Russell
openly replied on at Permalink Reply
openly
Hi Russell

I will try to put an agenda together and post it here before the end of the day, The main purpose of this first meet-up to put names to faces and find out how best to organise our selves so we get the best out of these meet-ups in the future.

Cheers

Bruno
cabinetuk replied on at Permalink Reply
cabinetuk
Hi

Do you think that long term we could meet up every 1-2 months on a Monday or a Tuesday night from 7.00pm onwards?

Cheers

Paul
jbx replied on at Permalink Reply
jbx
Timely comment Paul, I've just been discussing that this week with a couple of people. Yes I think is the answer. It will get discussed at the first meetup too, but I think we need to make it a regular thing and so evenings will probably suit people better then.

Day time is great for occasional meetups, particularly if the intention is to get people from all over the country attending and run on for quite a few hours. But going forward, I think we need to run these things on a regular basis and in more parts of the country, so that other users and devs can easily attend.

Assuming this first one gets a good response (and it already seems to be getting a fantastic response) I'll work on organising something to happen on a regular basis in London, the Midlands, Cardiff, Up North (probably Manchester?) and Edinburgh.

That should keep me busy! :)
Teddie5000 replied on at Permalink Reply
Teddie5000
Let me know how you get on, I'm keen to get something going locally here in Manchester.
shadowcomputers replied on at Permalink Reply
shadowcomputers
From National Rail website:
"Proposed industrial action to affect London Underground between 16 and 20 May 2011.

Members of the RMT union working for London Underground have announced that they intend to take industrial action: From 21:01 on Monday 16 May until 11:59 on Tuesday 17 May; From 12:00 on Wednesday 18 May until 11:59 on Thursday 19 May; From 12:00 until 21:00 on Friday 20 May. The impact that the proposed industrial action will have on London Underground services is not yet known. "

Suggestions of what we should do if there is industrial action on the 20th?
cabinetuk replied on at Permalink Reply
cabinetuk
Cool

I have been using Concrete 5 for the past 2 years building sites for friends, but as it has matured I have been pushing clients to use it.

I have a list of modules/functions that businesses look for when evaluating software that will add real value to C5 and want to discuss these with other developers.

Plus I have been working Amazon AWS for a while now and would like to start a public AMI with Concrete5 running.

Cheers
shadowcomputers replied on at Permalink Reply
shadowcomputers
well, i have arrived at the hub and i am looking forward to meeting other c5ers :)
TheRealSean replied on at Permalink Reply
TheRealSean
Well this has totally passed me by,

hopefully I can catch the next one, I'm around Cambridge so not to far but would be good to meet up with fellow Concreters
bencox replied on at Permalink Reply
bencox
Well, I am now back in the office after a great first UK meetup. Nice to meet all of you and I thought it was a very positive start to getting a regular UK meet going.

Looking forward to the next one and hopefully to see some of you guys that could not make it today.

Ben
moth replied on at Permalink Reply
moth
Good to meet you guys yesterday.

I totally forgot to tell anyone my screen name - so I am (this is) Mike from Jellyfish/Uncle.

I'm sure that our hosts will probably write up the main things that were discussed. I don't get an awful lot of time to spend on the forums but I have some things I can share regarding C5 benchmarking that was discussed, including a perfect real-world example of how C5 deals with a massive traffic spike. Just need to write it up!
wagdi replied on at Permalink Reply 1 Attachment
wagdi
Great to meet everyone yesterday. Looking forward to the next one.

I've uploaded some rather fuzzy photo's on the Concrete5 Flickr Group. See them here-http://www.flickr.com/groups/concrete5/...

Please find attached an 11mb file of photos for those of you who asked for copies.
shadowcomputers replied on at Permalink Reply
shadowcomputers
Thanks for taking the photos, they are good.
Maybe they can be used on the C5 News area to show that the UK is starting to get active on meet-ups?

It was really good to meet everyone who turned up.
It was really nice to see that not only developers attend but some designers and even a couple of users as well.

Thank you Bruno and Jon for organising the event.
russellfeeed replied on at Permalink Reply
russellfeeed
Hi all

Found Friday really useful. Glad to know there are other people out there who we can use and exchange ideas with.

Oh, and thanks to the AA for getting my bike started after returning to find I had a flat battery! Maybe I *will* use the train next time ;-)

Russell
MattWaters replied on at Permalink Reply
MattWaters
Hey UK folks,

I gave out some karma points for people who posted that they'd attended the meet-up. If I left you out, or know someone I missed, send me a message and I'll make sure you get some points!
DavidEgerton replied on at Permalink Reply
DavidEgerton
Ah, so busy in May I missed all of this. Sorry.

I am based in Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire so a 25min train ride into London. (my partner is in Pensocola, US)

I would be very interested in how the group is developing, who is freelance and who is part of a larger business's etc. Collectively we seem to cover a large part of the UK and there may be scope for some joint marketing and collaboration to promote concrete5 and it's uk partners here. You have probably talked about this already so forgive me, but sales development of Concrete 5 and its partner channel interests me.
Teddie5000 replied on at Permalink Reply
Teddie5000
Hi

I am interested in getting something going in Manchester, maybe a quick beer in the Northern Quarter to have a chat about it and see what we want to do.

I have emailed a few developers locally but all would be welcome drop me a line and when we have about 4-5 people up for it we should meet up?


Edwin.