In April 2013 I initiated the first AngularJs Berlin Meetup at co.up, followed by two other meetups in May and June. Although the first meetup attracted quite a lot of people, the next two left me with a mixed feeling.
My original idea was very simple: find other AngularJS developers to exchange ideas and experiences. Unfortunately most of the people that showed up had no former AngularJS experience.
That's not a bad thing at all! Quite the opposite: I love passing my enthusiasm for the framework to others. But this leaves me in a tough sport for the meetups:
I don't want to give an introductory talk every time. I gave one during the first meet up and another one at the apps.berlin.js meeting in June. On the other hand, I don't want to bore beginners with endless discussions about advanced techniques or very specific problems.
AngularJS as a topic is too specific to have talks and presentations at every meetup. I'd rather keep it as what I originally had planned: an informal get-together to discuss Angular's design, solve specific problems, answer questions to beginners or just exchange ideas about web development in general.
Maybe all I need to do is to communicate this concept better to help people have a better idea what to expect.
I would like to get some feedback from you on this? What directions should the AngularJS meetup take in the future? Please leave comments below: