Archive for May, 2011

Alt.Net San Francisco – dinner

May 14, 2011

I attended Seattle’s Alt.Net conference last weekend, and I was quite impressed with the community up there. For all the awesome geekiness they were able to bring to the table, I was amazed and perplexed that San Francisco doesn’t have the same thing. After searching, tweeting, and making phone calls looking for information on this elusive community, I came to the conclusion that it doesn’t exist. Alt.Net, the major alternative community to the Microsoft hegemony over the .Net world, is nowhere to be found, or possibly just defunct, in the technology center of the planet! (I’m hoping I’m wrong, and I’ll have a comment below that it does exist).

I’m jealous, and I’d like to be able to have the community, conferences, knowledge sharing, expertise, and networking provided by a strong Alt.Net community. One of the main advantages of Ruby, OSS, Python, and other technologies here is their strong communities. There’s no reason we can’t do the same thing!

So, in order to get this off the ground, I want to host a dinner somewhere in San Francisco for Alt.Netters to come together, discuss the community, and interact with others like us. I’m proposing a Monday night dinner sometime in the next month (possibly May 23rd, 2011). Hopefully, we can discuss everyones’ experiences with the .Net community in the Bay Area, and figure out what people would like out of it. Ultimately, I’d like to be able to build up a community as strong as Seattle’s so that we could host our own Alt.Net conference here in the Bay Area.


1) Well, for now, I’d like to get your participation in the initial dinner. Contact me on Twitter (@joebalfantz), by e-mail (jbalfantz upon gmail), or comment below. If May 23rd is horribly bad for most people, I’ll create a different date. I’ve created a group for this:

2) What do you want out of the community? I’ve searched around for groups for 3 years in the Bay Area, and I’ve found a few decent ones, but I really found what I was looking for in that Seattle conference. Well, I’m not moving there, so I want to re-create that in The City. What do YOU want out of it?