An astounding 170 folks showed up at last week’s inaugural Meetup on June 2 at Chinatown Brasserie to enjoy the dim sum (thanks to Patch). We uploaded photos, taken by Jigar Mehta, so feel free to tag them.
What we appreciated was that it was a pretty even balance of hacks and hackers, not to mention men and women. That’s New York City for you.
Lots of ideas came our way. We hope these will all happen sometimes in the next few months. Watch our calendar.
- A hackathon of sorts.
- A “speed-dating” event between hacks and hackers so they can meet each other and see what they are working on.
- A demonstration of YouTube’s lates work regarding news (The head of their news and politics team now works out of Google’s New York office).
- A briefing about the New York Times “Moment in Time” project, which gathered 10,000 photos from around the world.
- A demo session for different content-related startups.
In addition, we’d like to get a talk about design and usability, if anyone has any suggestions for speakers/format/topic.
As these get more traction, we’ll put out a call for volunteers. Also bring us more ideas, we’ll probably let you run with it. Email the organizers at nyc at hackshackers dot com.
Spaces & Venues
Thanks also to Meetup, Gawker and Gotham Schools for volunteering venues for future gatherings. Space donations are always welcome — especially if capacity is greater than 100.
Last, but not least, Hacks/Hackers is putting together a crowd-sourced survival glossary that it will release under a Creative Commons license to sits like Poynter.org. Take a look, and see if you have something to add/tweak.