This past Tuesday I attended the most recent meetup of the Cleveland Web Standards Association. I have to say that it was without a doubt our best ever. Apparently I am not the only one who feels this way. Chris Miller gave the meetup a great review on Refresh Cleveland. Brad Colbow discussed how the meetup has grown these past few months, from a simple meeting with five web geeks to an association made up of web professionals from all over the area.
I have always had a great time at these events. Meeting others in area who share a love for working on the internets. Learning new things. Socializing over a pint of Guinness.
Tuesday's meetup, however, really moved everything to the next level. Starting off with a great microformats presentation by none other than the esteemed Eric Meyer. The evening then moved on to socializing and networking with friends both old and new.
In addition to setting a standard for the format of future meetups (pun intended), we also have some new digs. Through the efforts of James Golden and Al Wasco, we now have a home at Cuyahoga Community College's West Campus (Tri-C West for you locals). This space lends itself to the kind of format we are looking for which will include presentations, workshops and round table discussions. Oh, I can't forget the free coffee (thanks, Al).
Like I said, it really was a great time and I'm looking forward to many more. For those in the area who were not able to make it on Tuesday, here are a few links for you:
- David Meade's video of Eric Meyer's Microformats presentation.
- Liz Hunt's Flickr photos of the meetup.
- My Flickr photoset of this and past meetups.