Community Night Feb 2011
So I guess I should cover the background a bit. What is this beast we call ComNight or Community Night (Yeye I know really cool name). Well it started some time back when sitting with a few like minded people at our work canteen one day discussing user groups, MVPs and how companies like Microsoft engages. We noted that the pains (well being an old hat at UG’s I have felt em all to often) around running a UG and around getting companies involved are similar on both sides of the fence.
This set wheels in motion to look for an options to enable UG’s and to make it easier and fun for Company staff to embrace the UG mentality. Thus the modal of Community Night which in it’s simplest form is “Open the buildings and facilities to UGs to meet and network on a reoccurring day/night of the month, all are welcome and the format is open so everyone can do their own thing but be part of a greater experience”. Behind the scenes it gets a bit more complex, but that’s what we do.
So it happens every second Tuesday from 4pm to 9pm at the Microsoft Offices Jozi.
This last Tuesday was yet again outstanding, we had a real full house with over 5 UG sessions going on and visitors form other UGs that want to get involved (even non MS UG’s )
We also had a VIP this night as Minkey of TechEd graced us with his presence and has given the imitative a thumbs up.
He even took part in the SQL UG presentation, I got to speak at the Information Worker Presentation, but alas no pics of me my strutting my stuff.
I have entered pics on my Facebook page as well.
We are also starting a group for you all to share your experiences, sadly I have noticed the FB groups have become very restricted but lets see how it goes… (ComNight FB Group)
Oh and another cool piece of info, Many Thanks to the Develop Platform Group, we now have a Kinect sponsored for ComNight so you can make a fool of yourself like I do and become part of the Kinect Madness club .