Between June 1 2013 and Dec 1 2013:
- At least 3 intro / diversity events get run after consultation with the fellow in each of the first and second half of the fellowship
- At least 3 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the first half of the fellowship and at least 5 user groups improve their speaker diversity in the second half of the fellowship
Within the first month:
- Will announce the project to the group-organizers mailing list.
- By Mon June 10.
- Will actually send Fri June 14; blog post will go live today.
- By Mon June 10.
- Write an outline for the informational index page that has info for user group organizers.
- If time this month, turn that into a high-clarity web page.
- Will probably try to get in person feedback from Michelle Rowley when I visit Portland for Open Source Bridge.
- Will publish the source to the website as a git repository on presumably Github, to accept pull requests and other feedback.
- Outline by June 17.
- Identify 20 Python user groups and get in touch with their organizers, presumably by email, indicating these goals of the meta-organizer fellowship, linking to the guide, and asking if they'd like to participate and/or chat about the guide.
- To help me do the contacting in batch, first I'll be making a spreadsheet or similar table of these groups, with estimates for their sizes.
- Initial contact by Wed June 26.
Let's start by making it Asheesh's tips for a great user group.
- Think about newcomer-friendliness in your topics
- Don't do it alone (see also Yannick summary)
- Host lightning talks
- Have a social thing after the talks
- Run a BPW clone
- Keep track of your success
- Random sampling is a good tool in general, if you can't reach everyone
- Funding tips
- PSF wants to fiscally sponsor you probably/possibly
- Get your Meetup fees refunded
I also already know some text changes I should make, having used the text as part of convincing ChiPy to do project nights.
Pinging user groups
Groups where I think I can make a difference:
- ChiPy http://www.chipy.org/
- SF Python http://www.meetup.com/sfpython/
- Pinged them with a possible speaker.
- This could lead to 1/3 speaker diversity goals.
- DC Python http://www.meetup.com/dcpython/
- 1 woman speaker in the past year
- It seems likely that I can help connect them with speakers. Next unmet speaker slot is in December.
- Though I wonder if it'd be interesting to have, like, DC Python Data Science lightning talks at the upcoming data science-y one.
- Other relevant groups:
- ~200 peoplle Vancouver Python http://www.meetup.com/vanpyz/
- I sent them a ping. Could be a good target for a project night.
- I should send them a fresh ping.
- Paris Python http://www.meetup.com/Paris-py-Python-Django-friends/
- Probably they'd love to do a project night. Yay Sylvain Zimmer.
- ~200 Python Ireland http://www.meetup.com/pythonireland/
- Super healthy group: women leader, seems to be fairly diverse in attendance and speaking.
- 20-40 attendees per meeting
- Could possibly add a project night. Pinging.
Groups where further research is required:
- NYC Python http://www.meetup.com/nycpython/
- SF Django http://www.meetup.com/The-San-Francisco-Django-Meetup-Group/
- Austin Python
- NYC Django http://www.meetup.com/django-nyc/
- Sydney Python http://www.meetup.com/sydneypython/
- Brisbane Python http://www.meetup.com/Brisbane-Python-User-Group/
- Oslo Python http://www.meetup.com/oslo-python/
- Miami Python http://www.meetup.com/python-miami/
- Pune Python http://www.meetup.com/PythonPune/
- Hyderabad Python http://www.meetup.com/Hyderabad-Python-Meetup-Group/
- Cleveland Python http://www.meetup.com/Cleveland-Area-Python-Interest-Group/
- Django Stockholm http://www.meetup.com/djangosthlm/
- Pittsburgh Python http://www.meetup.com/pghpython/
- Python Chile http://www.meetup.com/python-chile/
- Central Ohio Python http://www.meetup.com/Central-Ohio-Python-Users-Group/
Groups that seem OK:
- Boston Python http://www.meetup.com/bostonpython/
- I presume they have things under control, but maybe I should check in anyway.