We had a great turn out last night for the 1st Berlin Open Source Meetup. I counted 30 people at one point but I suspect there were a couple folks fetching more beer, so it’s safe to say we had just over 30 people attend. There were, of course, a number of the usual suspects. There were also a large number of people that I had the pleasure to meet for the first time. Thanks everyone for coming out!
One thing that I think many of us regret is that we mostly only got a chance to chat with a small segment of the people present. I’d have liked to chat with more people but as we occupied 4 seperate tables inter-table conversations were rather rare. I did manage to hop from table to table more than most but with the number of people it’s probably impossible to have meaningful conversation with everyone.
For this reason, and the fact that we had a lot of fun, we’ll probably be organizing another of these in a month or so. Sunday seemed to be an alright day and Prater was also quite nice, save the 30+ degree temperature were having in Berlin at the moment.
Regarding the format of the Meetup, several people expressed surprise that it was really no more than having beer and conversation. The extent of our organization was to set a time and place, throw up a Google+ event and get to Prater to claim a table. There was no hidden agenda other than having drinking your beverage of choice and chatting. However, the fact that some folks expected there to be a little more structure and planning involved may mean that we should organize such an event. I’m just throwing this out now, and it seems that would be something we could discuss at the next meetup.
I was happy to see a number of people involved in open source web technologies attend but I’d love to see more of those folks attend the next meetup. My current circle of friends consists mostly of Linux (KDE & GNOME mainly) developers so I’ll largly have to rely on encouraging other attendees to inviting them. Consider that a nudge.
In summary, it was fun and we’ll do it again soon. Prost!