As the organizers of the Los Angeles Meteor Meetup group, we’ve hosted and coordinated multiple Meetups across a variety of offices and coworking spaces over the last 2 years. In the past, we’ve run sessions on the basics of Meteor, how to run on Docker and Tutum, implementing Redux, etc. The impetus for last week’s Meetup all started in the Meteor forums, when Aaron saw that a member had asked about whether or not there was an official Meteor Meetup that met regularly in Los Angeles. Since we had just moved into a cool new space of our own, one that was big enough to accommodate large groups, we thought, “Let’s get the gang together!”
It doesn’t take a whole lot to host a Meetup. We had the following on hand:
- An Epson PowerLite 1985WU projector (which took 3 whole devs to set up)
- Plenty of pizza from Joe’s Pizza
- Beers from Ye Olde Smart N’ Final
- Plenty of seating, as well as spots on our comfy couches
- A live stream camera, courtesy of our friends at Mevo
We also debuted our snazzy new Reaction Commerce tees from Bella+Canvas, which we gave away to all attending guests. If you’re interested in copping some of our gear, we’ll be starting up our own Reaction-powered swag shop in the very near future. Stay tuned!
“Meteor was the most open-sourced solution we could have,” said Aaron. “We wanted to be able to fork it and control our own destiny. Ultimately, it was all about flexibility.”
There were some minor technical snafus during Aaron’s presentation, which we’ll definitely work on and prepare for at future events. To watch the full live stream of his talk, click here. Skip to 31:40, unless you’re curious about what Aaron’s desktop looks like (spoiler: it’s a sweet photo from Palm Springs). Sometimes, Keynote works in mysterious ways.
Full-stack developer Dylan Sanders also gave a quick demo on Village, a music sharing app that aggregates content from YouTube, all built on Meteor. Thanks for sharing, Dylan!
Sara had three major takeaways from the Meetup:
- “For me, meeting Nick Alt and the team from VNYL was one of the highlights of the night. I’ve always admired what they are building.”
- “Pepperoni pizza was more popular than cheese pizza.”
Currently, the LA Meteor Meetup group is just the 19th largest Meteor Meetup in world— let’s change that! Let’s get the word out, help our community grow, and show everyone that the Meteor framework is going strong.