December 14, 2011
Geek Breakfast is 5 years old
I decided that it would be fun to keep folks together between BarCamp and PodCamp by meeting each month over breakfast.
The idea took off quickly. Each month the number of people grew substantially. So much so, that I had to split the breakfast into two seating times: 7:30 and 8:30. It was packed!
Wiki woes and Chris Ennis to the rescue
One attendee asked me how he could have his own local Geek Breakfast. Specifically, he wanted to know exactly how to organize one. He recommended that I start a wiki page dedicated to the topic.
I went ahead and made the wiki page, since I wanted to encourage others to create their own breakfasts too. Unfortunately, the page was being vandalized frequently, so Chris Ennis, proposed that he create a Geek Breakfast site.
CentreSource pitched in resources to design the site, while Chris tirelessly plugged away at the code. It was working really well as we watched new Geek Breakfasts launch in places as far away from Nashville as South Africa and Australia.
Then one day Facebook changed and this broke the way the site functioned. So Chris sprung into action re-coding and re-launching GeekBreakfast.org. We notified the local admins that it was now dead simple to add your breakfast info each month, and it’s always satisfying to see new ones added.
At this point, I’m hoping that more local Geek Breakfasts spring up around the world and that they are added to the site. It’s incredible to see so many smiling faces each month here in Nashville. It’s also rewarding to hear stories of relationships and businesses born over bacon, eggs and (free) coffee.
I sincerely want to thank Nicholas Holland and his team at CentreSource who helped design the site. I especially want to thank Chris Ennis for working countless hours (lots of them). All for free, because they believed in it.
Everything about Geek Breakfast is made for free. There are no sponsors and no strings attached. It’s a casual, networking opportunity, where you sit next to a stranger and start talking tech. Everyone is encouraged attend.
Thank you to everyone who has made Geek Breakfast what it is. If you haven’t returned in a while, it would be great to see you in Nashville this Thursday. If it’s your first time or if you’re visiting from out of town, please join us. The more the merrier.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about Geek Breakfast.