As some of you may be aware, I run a humble site called Community Megaphone whose purpose is to help promote and discover developer and IT pro events in your local community. Late last year, I was approached by Dane Morgridge, with a proposal for a podcast that would focus on the local developer community, with a goal of helping folks who are thinking about attending local user groups or code camps to get to know the folks who are speaking at these events. His hope (and mine) is that by giving potential attendees a chance to hear from these local experts and community leaders, we can encourage more folks to get out and visit their local user groups and code camps, and spread the wealth of information that gets shared through these communities even further and wider than it is today.
So it is with great pleasure that I share in Dane’s announcement of the Community Megaphone Podcast!
I am very excited to announce the Community Megaphone Podcast. It is a new podcast hosted by myself and G. Andrew Duthie (aka devhammer) that focuses on community as well as technology. The guests will be developers and speakers that you would find at your local user group or code camp. Our hope is that this podcast will help you, as a developer, to learn more about speakers in your area and encourage you to visit your local user groups or code camps. The podcast is part of Community Megaphone and is a site dedicated to making it easier for software developers and IT professionals to promote and discover local community events. Community events are a huge help to many developers and we want to give you another resource to help you find the community events that will help you the most.
The podcast audio and rss links can be found at the Community Megaphone site as well as the podcast site: http://www.communitymegaphonepodcast.com. If you have any questions or comments or would like to recommend a guest, fill out the contact form on the podcast website.
The guest for our first show is Kevin Griffin. Kevin is a .NET Developer for Antech Systems, located in Chesapeake, VA. He’s the leader of the Hampton Roads .NET Users Group. Often, he can be found speaking at or attending other local user group meetings or code camps. He enjoys working with new technology, and consistently works on being a better developer and building the best software he can.
Check it out and make sure you get to your next community event.
As part of the announcement, I’ve launched a redesigned home page for Community Megaphone, which provides easy access to News (via the Community Megaphone Twitter feed), and the most recent podcast episodes, as well as improving the way we display event information. One note on that last part…as part of the re-design, we’re working on improved filtering for event results, so filtering is not available in the initial release…it’ll be back soon, and better than ever!
Please let me know what you think of the podcast, and send us names for anyone you’d like to see as a guest on a future show!