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Happy Birthday Pittsburgh Bloggers and Developers!

November 9, 2007 – 7:11 pm

Coded Cake

Last night I went to two very well-attended geeky events celebrating simultaneous momentous occasions. Yesterday was Pittsburgh Bloggers‘ third birthday and the birth of DevHouse Pittsburgh.

While our celebratory cake was not quite as geeky as the one pictured above, the room was packed and we even had some new faces show up. Jim and Lloyd dropped by since they’re working on a new web 2.0 style home renovation show, My Home 2.0, which has been shooting in the Pittsburgh area. A local TV news crew also stopped by to interview the organizers and other local bloggers.

Afterwards, I headed over to the inaugural DevHouse Pittsburgh. While I enjoyed (and even filmed some of) the lightning talk presentations, I found the venue and format a bit odd. While the Rivers Club is a great venue for more formal conferences and gatherings, a high-end private business club might not be the ideal location for a self-described “non-exclusive hackathon.” While there were lots of great discussions and ideas generated, not much (if any) actual development was done.

I would recommend that the organizers switch to a venue that facilitates group-oriented development better and to stretch out the length of the event beyond just 6 hours. While I think this was a great introduction of the DevHouse concept to the Pittsburgh area, I think the next event could be even better if it focused more on actual development rather than just presentations and networking.

Similar points were brought up by other attendees last night and I recommended that they check out the upcoming Pittsburgh Game Jam. It takes places from November 16-18th at CMU’s ETC, with all the development being focused at open-source games for the XO Laptop (aka the $100 laptop from the “one laptop per child” foundation). It’s for a great cause and it should be a fun, productive weekend. And even if you’re not a coder, artist, or designer, you can still support the cause.

  1. 2 Responses to “Happy Birthday Pittsburgh Bloggers and Developers!”

  2. Wow, that is indeed a pretty geeky cake, Jia. But I would still RAM a few bytes of it down my throat. (Hey, cut me some slack, it’s the best I could do without a computer science degree.)

    It was great meeting you last night, hopefully you’ll get a chance to check out one of our block parties, tomorrow or next Saturday!

    By Jim 2.0 on Nov 9, 2007

  3. Great review.

    I hope to hear that DevHouse evolves. It sounds like it could be a good time.

    By Rachel on Nov 10, 2007

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