With the help of John Dugan and Tim Lowrimore of Coroutine, I've been working on starting a new software group here in Memphis. The idea initially was to start a "users' group", but I wasn't too happy with that mold. There are already a few user groups in Memphis, and I didn't want to limit the topics of conversation to a single technology. Furthermore, I really want a group that's collaborative and engaging, not just a lecture series.
I decided to model our effort somewhat after the Silicon Valley Patterns group, a few meetings of which I attended when I was living in the south bay. Though SVP tended to be more academic, I really enjoyed the level of discussion as well as the informal structure and atmosphere. Also, I appreciated the way the group did different tracks, each covering a unique and interesting field of technology.
So, with a general sense of what we wanted to initiate, a group of 7 or 8 of us met last Wednesday evening and established the MemBrain group! Our first track will be Ruby on Rails (surprise, surprise) and we will spend the next three Wednesday evenings building a web app that will show you interesting things about the folks to whom you are connected on Twitter.
If you want to learn more, you'll just have to join us next Wednesday, June 24th, 5:30PM at the EmergeMemphis building in downtown Memphis!
Or, you can check out the group's new website: http://membrain.ws