After deciding to start a .Net community the next step was to decide why dotNet Miami should exist. It’s not enough just to have a desire of community. If I was going to start a community what benefit would it provide? How would this new community provide value to it’s members and the Miami technical community at large?
So this got me thinking, what would my ideal .Net user group look like? First of all it would be full of people who genuinely enjoy being around each other. The community members would be diverse both in ethnicity and in thought. There wouldn’t be a meeting where ninety percent of the attendees walk into a meeting and leave without saying a word to anybody. It would be inviting for both the seasoned technical professional and the college student. The meetings would be full of diverse technical content. The topics presented will interesting and relevant to what I do at work. The speakers would be a great blend of well known names in the industry and members of the community that investigate a topic and then present on it. This way the expertise stays within the community and all can benefit from it. And we wouldn’t have presentations from sponsors that are just bad product demos. There wouldn’t be any charge for attending a meeting or any membership fees. And we would never, ever, call it a user group.
Yes, my ideal community would be all of those things but most of all it will be about people. People who freely share ideas together. People that can answer each others questions when it arises. People who encourage one another to be better both technically, professionally, and personally. Yes, this is what dotNet Miami is all about and here is how we describe ourselves.
Who We Are
We are a group of developers that are passionate about technology. We primarily focus on Microsoft technologies but are open minded to other platforms and ways of thought. We are diverse in our experiences with technology some of us are seasoned corporate developers while others are students. Within the group we see each other as equals and are able to learn from our unique experiences.
What We’re About
We believe that together we can make each other more awesome than we already are. We are firm believers that community makes us better developers and better individuals. We believe that community is more than a meeting of like-minded individuals that sit in the same room for an hour listening to a speaker then leaving without interacting with one another. We believe that community is actively engaging with one another. Whether it’s an intense discussion over a new product or just shooting the breeze over a drink, together we can improve each other’s skills, technical or otherwise. We also love it when our members present to the group. We always want to provide a place where our community can improve their speaking and presentation skills. We also believe in encouraging other technical communities in the South Florida area. We are not competitors, we are comrades.
What We Promise
We strive to deliver content that appeal to our members that are just beginning their journey into technology and those that have been on their journey for a while. This means that most meetings we will have a presentation introducing a topic and a main presentation. We will also treat, with respect, everyone that desires to participate in the group. We want everybody to feel that dotNetMiami is a safe place for interesting and challenging technical discussions. We can agree to disagree but we will not tolerate disrespectful conversations. We also love our sponsors. We think their products are amazing and we hope you do too but we feel that sales presentations are boring. We promise to not sell you products but give you information about products that could save you time and make you a rock star in the office.