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The caffeine hit or a geek meetup

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 20-Feb-2007 07:11

It all started because I work from home and I wanted to meet people in town. The first to come around was Darryl Burling, even before he joined Microsoft. Then came Craig Pringle, Peter Torr Smith and others. Australian Nick Randolph joined us during the time he was doing some contract work here in Wellington.

The routine is established: every Wednesday from 1:30pm people know I will be at Astoria Cafe for coffee, sometimes earlier for lunch. I bring my laptop and do some work from there. The folks at Astoria are cool with having a bunch of geeks using a couple of tables to spread their gadgets, tablet PCs, latptops and UMPCs around. It helps that they have a couple of wi-fi hotspots (Telecom New Zealand and Cafenet) right there.

Nick Randolph is back in Australia and is starting a similar "coffee group" in Perth:


Sorry about the late post about this, but tomorrow will be the first gathering of the Perth Caffeine Addicts - only kidding (well except for the Perth and the Caffeine bits).  One of the best things I did when I was in NZ was attend Mauricio's Geekzone weekly coffee group and I thought the concept could work well here in Perth.  So tomorrow, with support from Mitch and Alastair of the Perth .NET Community of Practice, we are inviting anyone who has an interest in developer technologies to join us for an informal chat at Tiger Tiger which is located here in the heart of the Perth CBD (opposite Star Surf Shop) from 1:30pm tomorrow.

Although this event is put together by the co-ordinators of the .NET user group I would like to take this opportunity to invite anyone who is doing application (be it web, smart client or otherwise) development here in Perth using any piece of technology to join us and talk shop.  We will be meeting each week, same time, same place, so if you can't make it this week, why not join us next week. 



We do have the occasional visitor to the group and we've also had someone just approach our table asking "is this the Geekzone meeting" or "Are you Mauricio, mind if I join you?".

People from Auckland say this never happens there. Doesn't anyone want to start a coffee group that way?





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