BayNode is Back

(After Ghost ate this entire post, I grumpily updated to the latest version and re-typed from memory)

I work and live halfway between San Francisco and San Jose - right in the middle of Silicon Valley.

This is an exciting place to work, no, not because of the cash-craved startups and blood-thirsty VCs, but because of densely packed number of brilliant individuals from a variety of backgrounds.

This talent pool is one of the reasons that my company was interested in opening a small office in this area. Our group here is doing a lot of work with some really awesome scalable technology - specifically NodeJS and OpenStack.

But for all the talent in this area, there is a notable lack of NodeJS meetups and other gatherings in the south-bay area. Sure, you can drive 60 minutes north to San Francisco where there are Node meetups out the wazoo. I don't know about you, but a 1.5-2 hour commute on a weeknight puts a damper on my personal life.

Once we put together an initial development team here, I set out looking to find an active NodeJS community. BayNode was just about the only thing that turned up.

BayNode

BayNode was started because we were sick of waiting for someone else to start start a node.js group! Come out if you want to sharpen your Javascript skills and find out why node.js rocks! The great thing about node.js is it's so new none of us are experts... yet... So all are welcome!

The description sounded great, but there was one problem: it seemed dead. There had been a few meetups in November 2012, one in February '13 and one in April '13.

I reached out to Adam Crabtree the current leader of the group and extended an offer to help lead some events. After laying out some groundrules, Adam handed over the keys to the castle.

I put together (my first ever!) meetup in October and invited Ken Perkins (Rackspace) and Manu Sporny (DigitalBazaar & W3C) to share their latest work.

Ken Perkins Ken presented on pkgcloud, a library that abstracts away differences between multiple cloud providers.

Manu Sporny Manu, who chairs the W3C WebPayments and JSON-LD committees, talked with us about JSON-LD. JSON-LD "is a way to create a network of standards-based, machine-readable data across Web sites."

Their talks were well received (you can watch them here and here) and I got some great feedback about the event as a whole. This encouraged me to get organized for the coming year.

BayNode now:

We have our next meetup later this week. I'm excited to share my experiences with metrics using Node/StatsD/Graphite. Charlie Robbins (@indexzero of Nodejitsu fame) will be discussing how the internal architecture of the public npm registry is changing after the success of the #scalenpm crowd funding campaign. Finally, Adam Crabtree from LinkedIn will be presenting on Domains with NodeJS and his package, TryCatch.

Our December meetup is significantly over-booked, so we may have to find an alternative location for these larger groups. Right now we're limited to about 40 people in our conference room.

We've already received talk proposals for a January meetup but there's still space if you have something you'd like to present. Alternatively, if there's a topic you'd like to learn more about, please don't hesitate to request it!

My goals for this group are to provide:

  • Consistent get togethers
  • Diverse topics
  • Diverse speakers
  • Alternative events like NodeSchool, NodeBots, and hacker-nights.

We're off and running but I'm still looking for a few things besides more speakers:

  • Sponsors for food & drink
  • Video camera & mic (my personal equipment isn't good enough!)
  • Perhaps a larger venue for 50-60 attendees or hacker-space

I can help organize, but ultimately a community requires a group of individuals who want to build something amazing.

What will you contribute?

Reach out to me @rosskukulinski or via email, rossk -at- labs.asti-usa.com

Ross Kukulinski

My name is Ross. I teach the world Kubernetes and Nodejs through consulting, conference speaking, and training courses.

Philadelphia, PA