Geeks of Santa Cruz Unite

Well, I have been talking about it for some time but it looks like it is finally happening. Doug Erickson and I started a New Tech Meetup in Santa Cruz.

Inspired by Myles’ event in San Francisco and Vinnie’s group in Palo Alto, we decided that there were enough geeks in the area to make this happen. We are tired of Silicon Valley being the center of gravity. The Silicon Beach needs to make it happen as well.

So we have the Meetup all set up. Now all we need is:

  • A venue
  • A sponsor or three to pay for the beer and pizza
  • Companies to present
  • People to attend

Beyond that we are all set to go! Actually we do have some leads on the first three and I am not worried about getting people to come. Of the few people we have talked to about this everyone seems to be starved for it. But, if you have any suggestions on the venue, sponsors, or presenting companies please let me know jonlcrow [at] pacbell [dot] net. The venue will need to have audio visual capabilities for the presenting companies.
There are also a lot of other interesting projects underway to build community in Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Design + Innovation Center, Santa Cruz Next, Citizen Santa Cruz, and many more that I probably don’t know about (feel free to fill me in). There seems to be a tipping point coming, a mass of activity that needs to occur in order for these things to really take off. Hopefully we can create something in the New Tech Meetup that is different from these groups but feeds into them and derives energy from them.

Which brings me to – what is the purpose of this group?

What we are trying to create is a meeting place in Santa Cruz for anyone and everyone to discuss new tech and the latest trends, provide a venue for local companies or startups from over the hill to showcase their hot new thang, and draw some key talent to talk about innovations from some of the better known players in the space.

Here is where you come in. What would you like to see out of this event? What types of companies would make you want to flick your bic for an encore?

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4 Responses

  1. Hi,

    For paid venues, there’s the Kuumbwa and Pasatiempo, probably Chaminade as well. Loudon Nelson center used to have rooms, but I don’t know the status now. The library won’t let you use their meeting rooms if you charge admission or have anything for sale, and the meeting must be open to the public.

    As for topics, it would be great to hear from some of the local software companies–I know there are still some small ones around–a game company downtown, shop.com in Monterey, and some others. The environment hasn’t been too encouraging after Borland sort of self-destructed and tried it’s ill-fated CodeGear attempt. Still, there’s SurfControl in Scotts Valley and probably even more I don’t know about. It would be great to hear about how these folks are surviving and thriving and how they are using Web 2.0, if at all.

  2. Stoked folks. Just let me know how I can help make this happen!!!!!

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/seanpatricktario

  3. Wish I still lived in Santa Cruz, or at least hanging out there — although cold miserable New Hampshire is OK too.

  4. Neat! You’re in SC, I had a friend who lived there for over 12 years. He moved back here about four years ago 🙂 I saw all of his photos and videos, you live in a beautiful locale! I am green with envy!

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