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Geeks need to eat too! Introducing GeekBreakfast.org

Geek Breakfast

We recently had another successful Nashville Geek Breakfast. It’s incredible to see how the geek breakfast has grown since I started it back in December. I think the first one had about 8 or 10 people max. There has been a steady increase since then, last time we had approximately 37 people!

The best part is that each month there’s a mix of new and old faces, so it’s refreshing to meet new people, but also fantastic catching up with friends too. I was speaking with Jim Rising, a software engineer from Userplane. He suggested that I post a message explaining what a geek breakfast is and how to create one. It’s a great idea which I hadn’t considered.

I was listening to Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation a couple of weeks ago and he had Bryan Pearson (the podcaster formally known as Bryper) on the show. Bryan was talking about the Social Media Breakfasts that he created in Boston. His breakfasts are much more structured with keynotes and presentations, which is fine too, but not what I had in mind for the geek breakfasts.

I commented on the show about our geek breakfast in Nashville, and Mitch mentioned that it was probably a spin off from the geek dinners which Mitch often attends. Jim made a really good point, I never realized the Nashville Geek Breakfast is a first of it’s kind. We’re breaking ground right here in Music City USA!

Thanks to Jim for pushing me to do this. I just purchased www.geekbreakfast.org which will link to a wiki page for anyone who wants to host their own. The Wiki will be similar to the ones for barcamp and podcamp.

I’ve also switched the RSVP system for the Nashville Geek Breakfast from Facebook to Eventbrite. Eventbrite is an easier was to keep everything organized, plus you don’t need to be a member. In Facebook I was creating a new event each month which was tedious.

Finally, a BIG special thanks to Chris Ennis for helping put this blog and wiki together. We’ve been working hard at getting it all in place. Thanks Chris!

See you all in August at Noshville. If you’re visiting Nashville please try to join us, we’d love to have you.

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • I can't tell from the EventBrite page, or here, what time the breakfast is. Could be helpful for newbies like me. :-)

  • rock. or maybe paper? definitely scissors. while running.

  • Hi Mashby: Thanks so much for pointing that out. I've revised Eventbrite to include the time. The Nashville Geek Breakfast always starts at 7:30 – 8:30 (ish).

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Great idea to start the org and wiki. I'm not really digging Eventbrite, though. Is there really no way for anyone except the event organizer(s) to see the attendees?

  • One thing I'd like to see is Fido become the new home of Geek Breakfast. I think we've outgrown Noshville and I really like having the space that Fido provides to move around and catch up with different people. I'd also hate for us to overstay our welcome at Noshville should noise and size of the group become a problem.

    Just some thoughts from the new face of Geek Breakfast. :)

  • Well done, Dave. Good ideas. See you at breakfast.

  • There is a way. I'm working on it. :-)

  • Thanks. I enjoyed Fido too, but they don't have table service. This means that we spend a lot of time lining up to order our food instead of chatting. I'm not sold on it, but if the group would prefer it. Maybe a vote is in order next time. Let's stick with Noshville for August and see how we do.

    We'll be sure to have all three long tables this time. Noshville have been warned that we're growing :-)

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Thanks Rob!

  • Dave:

    I heard that comment you left on Mitch Joel's Six Pixels of Separation Podcast, and I was blushing. Good to know that the Social Media Breakfast was at least part of the inspiration for your Nashville Geek Breakfast.

    And while most of our Boston breakfasts have some kind of an “educational component” in terms of a speaker or speakers who make short presentations, not all of the SMBs around the country and world have followed that format. Sometimes the gatherings are, indeed, roundtable discussions among all the participants. The beauty of the SMBs is that they are organized according to the needs and interests of the local communities.

    I wish you continued success with your Nashville Geek Breakfasts, Dave. Maybe I can stop by one time.

  • Thanks Bryan. I really appreciate your message. We'd love to have you.

    Cheers,
    Dave / http://www.davemadethat.com

  • i love the 'rocky horror-esque' butter on the toast.

    dave, just wanted to let you know that i have started a geek breakfast out here in Murfreesboro… :)

  • That's awesome news Jim! Thanks for letting me know. Be sure to upload those
    photos and tag accordingly. Thanks.
    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Congrats on the big steps, this month. Always knew you had it in Ya, Dave!

  • Thanks a million. I appreciate the kind words.
    Cheers.

  • Eventbrite's customer service is awesome. The bad part is that I can't show a list of attendees for repeating events. The whole purpose of using Eventbrite was to not have to re-schedule the breakfast every month. I'm looking into alternatives now.

    Leave it with me to work out a way that attendees can see each other, I think it's important too.

    Thanks.

  • Yay! Good work getting the attendee list to display. Still not a fan of Eventbrite, tho — since attendees don't have accounts, they also don't have avatars or contact info. Not too conducive for networking. Are you *sure* this is better than having to setup the events each month in Facebook? How about Meetup?

  • I agree with both desires — friendlier space like Fido and expedient table service like Noshville. Anyone know anyplace like that?

  • Jason Moore

    I'm really glad you posted about this and created the explanatory page. I have been interested in NGB, but this has convinced me to attend.

    nice work on the wiki and blog. Just enough information and no fluff! Much appreciated!

  • Thanks Jason. Please tell your friends. It would be awesome to see
    geek breakfasts everywhere.

    Cheers,
    Dave / http://www.davemadethat.com

  • Very nice job.

    Randomly, who is 365 Creative? I didn't notice a contact page.

  • Hi Nathan. Thanks.
    365 Creative is Chris Ennis. He's a local Nashvillian and all around great
    guy.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • Hi Nathan. Thanks.
    365 Creative is Chris Ennis. He's a local Nashvillian and all around great
    guy.

    Cheers,
    Dave

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