After having thought about it for quite some time, I’ve finally decided to start a developer user group in my home town of Tracy, California. This group titled, The Tracy Developer Meetup, was started to give developers living outside of the Bay Area, a chance to collaborate with other developers in the same position.
If you’re unfamiliar with Tracy, it is a town about 1.5 hours from San Francisco and Mountain View, but significantly more affordable and home to many engineers that commute to the Bay Area for work.
So what do I hope to accomplish with this developer group? Here is what I have listed on the Meetup landing page:
This is a group for anyone interested in software development, whether that be web, mobile, or game development and everything in between.
We cover a very wide range of topics not specific to any particular programming technology. Some topics that might be covered include, but are not limited to, Node.js, PHP, Go, Angular, Vue.js, Docker, Unity3D, Internet of Things (IoT), Java, TypeScript, NativeScript, Android, and iOS.
The Tracy Developer Meetup is family friendly. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to come and participate.
The group is always looking for speakers. If you’re interested in sharing something awesome with this group, shoot us a message.
I, like many developers, am a polyglot. We like learning about new technologies and how we can use them at our day jobs. With The Tracy Developer Meetup, local developers will be able to meet, share what they know, and use the knowledge to be successful elsewhere.
Not only will having a local developer group benefit developers, but it will benefit Tracy and the Central Valley as well. The Meetup group will prove that there is plenty of local talent and hopefully bring more jobs outside of the Bay Area to a more affordable living area.
If you’re in one of these cities, I recommend you registering to the group:
Being a part of the group is free. My hope is to find sponsors to cover the cost of the venue, food, or any other Meetup expenses that would make the group better.
If you’d like to be a part of this group, make sure you register on Meetup.com.