This is part of a conversation going on among the people helping organizing a tech community. First a quote from a previous message, followed by my reply. I would love to hear everybody’s opinion and create a constructive dialog. Disclaimer: I edited my reply a bit to correct some grammar horrors (yeah horrors, way beyond errors).
We saw last time the turnout has a lot to do with the topic. If we run this as a user group (like the WordPress, iPhone, and Ruby groups, etc.), then the turn out will be like last time. If we reach out wider with more general interest topics, then we’ll get 200 people.
Well I think some tech topics in a tech community won’t hurt once in a while. We need to remember that we want to build a tech community, not just a group of people as big as possible, otherwise we could just talk about sports and I’m sure we would get even 500 people to show up. The real core of Refresh Miami, in my opinion, should be “tech” and the concept of tech should go beyond using a computer, twitter, facebook or emails, cause nowadays almost everybody does those things already. I invite you all to check the schedule of the other Refresh groups (refreshingcities.org). I’m not saying it should be all about code, because that would be wrong as well, I think the September event about copyright and venture capital was great.
Refresh should talk about new technologies and help people creating tech businesses. If this means having 100 people who can put their head together and build (build, not just talk about building) cool projects (those are what really attract VC and press, not cool people), I’ll take those 100 over 200 generalists everyday.