I was talking with Lee (LohnS) on IRC last night about a Blender meetup here in Adelaide. We bounced a few ideas around, but I figure instead of trying to outright guess the interest and pick a venue, etc we might as well discuss it openly here.
I know there are Blender users in South Australia but I can’t get a decent picture for how many. I was thinking for a Venue the foyer at the Mercury Cinema might be a decent central location. The Cinema itself would be fun if we had enough interest to make it worth while, screen some things and so on. However, if someone has access to a venue they think would be great - and preferably cheap :eyebrowlift: - then certainly I’m open to suggestions.
Timing we thought a Saturday afternoon perhaps, with the potential to go into evening if people wanted to hang out and chat more. Saturday also allows for travel better with Adelaide being rather spread out geographically if people had to make a bit of a trip in. Its something I keep hearing in other threads about meetups so it’s worth considering. However, not opposed to a weeknight if it actually works out better for more people.
Format - The Melbourne one I went to seemed to work quite well without being overly formal. A few (four or five) people give some pre planned presentations on what they have been up to or want to share with Blender (laptop, projector, etc). After that general chitchat and meeting other users, either at the venue or at a cafe/pub etc nearby. Pizza at these sorts of meetings always goes down well… actually pizza always goes down well so definitely up for that as an option. Plenty of other stuff we could do like competitions and such, but for a first meetup or two keeping it simple sounds good.
Depending on the venue and time, etc I should be able to bring in my machine to demo the Cycles renderer and some other things. (Runs awesome on my GTX460). Also I’d try and get permission from work to show some stuff, talk about Blender in studio usage with other software, field any questions about Durian if anyone still has them, etc.
Date is really up to what suits people, but July sometime seems a reasonable time frame to get something planned and let people know about it.
Of course this would be open to all who want to attend, noone is going to ask for a South Aussie birth certificate at the door… Even if you’re just curious about learning Blender we would love to have a chat.
So where to from here? If you are interested in attending, sharing something or have ideas on venue - let me know! Also, if you run a successful Blender User group elsewhere and have tips I’d be keen to hear them.
Hope to meet some of you soon!