Starting an OTS in London - Let's build a London Team!

(giorgia) #1

Hi everybody!
After Flossie 2013 we found general interest in have coding workshops in Ots style.
So here we are for build a team and start to do some awesomeness in London as well!

We already have three valid girls that are work on it but of’ course more we are better is it.
So if you are interest in help out and get involved in a London Ots, follow this thread, give a small introduction about you and help out organize new event with your fresh ideas! :slight_smile:

Please meet @vikkiread, @danielle and @michelle, our London team so far

(Gen Ashley) #2

Hi @anaketa - got your email, so I’ve joined here now. As I’ve mentioned in my email, I’d be interested in finding out more and co-organizing OTS London. So, let me know when the first meeting is going to be. Cheers, Gen.

(giorgia) #3

Welcome @coderinheels. Nice to see you here.
As you can see from the meetup page a guy already suggested an event just for meet people and discuss, and that’s the same idea we had.
I joined the meetup conversation and suggest a better description for the event.
Now needs to find a location. If you have any in mind…
Please join the suggested meetup as well to get involved.

Please @vikkiread and @danille meet @coderinheels. She would love to get involved in ots organization so keep her in the loop for any further organization stuff :slight_smile:

(Vikki Read) #4

Hey @coderinheels, welcome! Great to have another person on board I think there’s a meetup planned for next Monday on meetup.com but we were discussing getting together before that to prep if you’d like to join us?

(Gen Ashley) #5

Hi @vikkiread, sure, will join. When shall we have the prep meeting?

(Gen Ashley) #6

The proposed meetup date is Tuesday, December 17, 6:30pm. Shall we meet the day before, or even on the same day, say in the afternoon?

(Vikki Read) #7

So I work til 6 so I don’t think I can meet in the afternoon I’m afraid, but maybe the evening before would work? Where’s good to meet? I work near Spitalfields / Shoreditch, but happy to meet in the middle. Not sure if Danielle’s on this thread yet, hopefully we can all meet up!

(Danielle) #8

Hello, Danielle is now on this thread :slight_smile: Are you suggesting that we get together the evening of Monday the 16th? This is also the evening of Flossie drinks in London shall we meet there and plan? Here is the link: http://www.meetup.com/Flossie-org/events/151946922/ Let me know your feedback!

(camus) #9

Hello all
Georgia told me about this thread after having suggested a meeting on meetup. I just thought I’d drop a line to say if there’s anything I can do to help, give me a shout- I’ll be happy to help.
Also, I was wondering what do you guys have in mind for this group, how do you see this working, what format do you think future meetups will take? Lacking experience in similar groups and meetings I’m curious to see how such a group functions.

(Gen Ashley) #10

I’ve got a Christmas Party to attend on Monday night, but can drop by the Flossies do, say for an hour. Would that work? We can agree on the time.

(giorgia) #11

Hi and welcome Camus!
So maybe is nice to give to @camus and @coderinheels an intro about Opentechschool, who we are and what’s the goal of this group so you have a better idea about what we will going to do.

I’m Giorgia, i’m based in Berlin and I’m part of the first Opentechschool organization born in Berlin 1 and half year ago.
Recently I’ve been in London, at Flossie conf., to present our idea and our model and there I met several people interest in it. In particular @vikkiread and @Dane11e.
Opentechschool is already in different city like Stockholm, Tel-aviv, Nairobi, Melbourn, Zürich, Brussel,… So we decided to start a new chapter in London and see how people like it.

What is opentechschool? You can find everything on our website:


but basically we are a community offerering free workshops and meetup aimed to empower people and make beginners learn and start code. Actually we do more than just code, we cover everything is tech related.
(Javascript, Python, Html/css, Arduino, Android, Processing, …)
We do several different event from 1/2 days workshops, to regular follows up, to monthly meetups, to collaborate with Conference and so on.
We are super open, we keep all our materials online where everybody can fork and use, on our website there is all the infos for start a new ots in your city or for just take some format and run somewhere. You don’t nee to ask us anything, you can take and use our material.
We believe that every city is different so every group can decided what is the best to do in that city, we have just 3 basic rules:

  • Be open (all gender, races, ages ,experience levels,…)
  • Be Free/free of charge
  • Be hands-on/ no teaching just coaching

All our events are based on voluntary, so coaches give their free time to help people.

At the moment, the idea is to get more people involved in the core organization group(that anyway will be always open to growing) in order to find a place, a workshop and start with the first workshop after the holiday

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(Gen Ashley) #12

Thanks for that Giorgia, it’s very helpful. So @vikkiread, @camus, shall we meet with Danielle on Monday, the 16th, in the evening, at Flossies’ Christmas meetup?

(camus) #13

@anaketa - thanks a lot for the info- highly appreciated! I think I’ve got some reading to do (opentechschool.org). I’m a bit ashamed I haven’t done so yet to be honest. I will come back to this thread if I have any questions or ideas.

@coderinheels - I think I’ll wait for the group meeting for contributing- being a parent I’d rather focus my time and energy on one session. I suppose we will discuss on the 17/12 whatever you guys will discuss the day before, so that everyone could contribute ; )

(Gen Ashley) #14

No worries @camus. We’ll share whatever will be discussed on the evening of the 16th. @vikkiread, I’ve just re-read the thread and from an earlier message you are good for a Monday evening meeting. So let’s go ahead and meet up with Danielle at Flossies’ Christmas do on Monday evening. I can get there for 6:30pm. Does that work for you?

(Vikki Read) #15

Yep sounds good, looking forward to meeting you guys in person. See you Monday!

(Gen Ashley) #16

Great! See you @Dane11e and @vikkiread on Monday at 6:30pm.

Cheers,
Gen

(Danielle) #17

Hello,

I will not be going to the flossie meeting this evening as we will not be having the Open Tech Course tomorrow and I have been called into a last minute meeting this evening.

Please can we have another meeting to discuss, I think that we are planning one in Jan? Or before then? Let me know!

Kind regards,

Danielle

(Vikki Read) #18

OK, no worries, thanks for letting us know! When would you like to meet? I’m not sure when the meeting in Jan will be, I think we’re trying to get space at Google Campus and then set up the meeting. I’m not sure I’m going to be able to meet in London before next year now (sorry!) but happy to Google Hangout or email or whatever if you want to chat sooner

(Gen Ashley) #19

I"m happy to do it via Google Hangout, just let me know suggested dates

(Danielle) #20

Hi Guys, sorry for some reason I was not receiving these messages. How does a google hangout sound before 2pm on Saturday the 4th of Jan or after 2pm on Sunday the 5th of Jan?

Sorry that I have been out of loop, I will try and check this more often but if you could email me at daniellenanton2 at gmail dot com, I will be able to read your messages with more certainty.

Update: Hi everyone,

We have now created our first event for Open Tech School London. Please find the link here and register if you are able to make it: http://www.meetup.com/opentechschool-london/