Refresh Miami is a social community for technology. It is based in South Florida and attracts technology enthusiasts from the surrounding area. The group is not only for developers and technical people - I've found web designers, entrepreneurs, web site operators, charity organizations, and foundations.
Refresh Miami holds one meeting a month. Usually this is the last Wednesday of the month, however, because of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, this month's meeting will be a week earlier, on 19 November.
We've hosted three Refresh Miami meetings in the Yahoo! office in Coral Gables. Yahoo! bought pizzas, salads and sandwiches as well as drinks. People started to show up around 6:00 PM. Several Yahoos from various teams including product managers, engineers, marketing and legal stayed around to meet the guests. The first part of the event is entirely social and everyone mingled and tried to meet someone new.
The second part of the event consists of presentations. There are typically three short presentations per event. At the last one, Alexandra Leite gave a talk on Agile development, which was informative and entertaining. A presenter from the James L. Knight Foundation spoke about how to get grants for projects.
The Refresh Miami meeting is more social than technical and this works well because of the diverse nature of the members.
If you're in the area, join us at the next Refresh Miami meeting on November 19. I'll be talking about the recent launch of YOS Yahoo!'s open strategy and our new application development platform.
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