Stefan Haslinger runs the Ember.js user group – quite probably the framework with the cutest logo (although… it might just be a tie with Golang’s gophers). Find out why he started his meetup group and what his plans for 2015 are.
When did you start the Ember.js user group and why did you decide to start it?
When I started using Ember.js I was so impressed by the framework and the community around it that I wanted to join the local user group. As it didn’t exist, I had to start it myself.
Next step was organizing a room – I had already enough material to giving two talks myself – so I went full in. I had already attended vienna.rb and the Freelancer meetup at sektor5 so I thought, I’d give it a try. Christoph responded immediately and sektor5 has hosted us since then.
How did your user group evolve, what possible initial hurdles did you surpass?
We have just had our third meet-up, so we are still in the very early stages. It’s always a challenge to find people volunteering to give a talk. But interestingly, the discussions after the talks already lead into two hour lively discussions, every time.
How many members does your user group have today, how many show up at meetups on average?
We are currently 29 Embereños, the growth is quite linear. We had 5 people on average at the meet ups, so it’s quite cozy still.
How much time do you spend moderating your group on a weekly basis?
It varies heavily between nothing and 5 hours in the week before the meetup.
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Are you planning something special for 2015?
We are switching to a regular 2-monthly schedule to be more cosistent. And we fix the day of the week to Tuesday (starting February 24th, red). One of our goals is to bring more people to the meetup. Most of these nice people don’t know each other yet.