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October 19, 2005

Boston MySQL Meetup?

The mysql.meetup.com list is now up to 32 folks in the Boston area who are interested in a MySQL meetup. Today I got an email from a former Tufts employee who's now a MySQL DBA in the Boston area suggesting we get something started. I have been tempted to make the leap and step up as the meeting coordinator but have 1) never done something so outwardly social and 2) am not sure I have the time to commit to coordinating these. However, I think it would be a lot of fun and worth the time to be able to exchange ideas with other MySQL users.

Are there folks that are really interested in this? What makes for a good, first MySQL meetup? What would make the meetup compelling to attend? A good speaker or topic, the right location? If I talk to the right people I think I could line up a room at Tufts (either Boston or Medford campus). Is a function room in a campus building going to deter folks from coming (as opposed to a coffee shop somewhere)?

I would propose that the Boston MySQL meetup, if/when it does meet, use the "United MySQL Meetup" day and meet on the first Monday of the month. Unless someone else steps up and starts coordinating for a Nov 7th meeting (I'm at AAMC), I'm thinking of December 5th as a possibility for the first meeting.

As you can tell, I'm still not fully committed, otherwise I would have clicked on the "I'll be the planner" link and gotten things rolling. Any reason I shouldn't?

Posted by mike at October 19, 2005 8:05 PM