Web group aims to get connected

00:17, Feb 19 2014
Ralph Kingston
CONNECTED: Internet user experience architect Olly Barrett, left, and internet entrepreneur Dan Randow in the Bridge St Collective. The inaugural evening session of the Nelson web meetup group is this Thursday.

Plenty of web orientated chat combined with pizza and beer will be on the agenda at the Bridge Street Collective for the inaugural evening session of the Nelson web meetup group.

Tomorrow's presentation will be by freelance internet user experience architect Olly Barrett.

Nelson-based internet entrepreneur Dan Randow and founder of the Nelson web meetup group and nelsonmeetups.org.nz, the online hub of four Nelson- based meetup groups, is running Thursday's show and says that the groups' origins can be traced back over three years.

The first meet was in October of 2010, almost a year before Mr Randow moved to Nelson, in the form of a casual coffee with Galen King of Lucid Design, and web architect Tama Easton who is now the group co-ordinator, the trio discussed niche sectors within Nelson and how to grow them.

"By August 2011 we had started to meet every second Wednesday, we all thought it would be a good idea to have people from the web industry to meet up and swap ideas."

The group's current aim is to have the monthly evening meeting on the third Thursday of the month and open it up to anyone who has an interest in the internet.


Mr Randow said "the idea is to get more value out of this sector by sharing it amongst ourselves".

The main attraction of Thursday's meetup is to have a guest presentation for the first 30 minutes, Mr Randow has at least a year's worth of speakers lined up, before moving into group discussion and networking.

"While there is not a large web sector in Nelson, but we still have some people who do some really interesting stuff."

This Thursday's guest speaker, Mr Barrett, who moved to Nelson at the end of last year, plans on shedding some light on what purpose internet users are actually coming to a particular website with and the blueprint behind website flow and design.

Mr Barrett is a big fan of the meetup project and its networking potential.

"We are connecting the dots between those who are directly involved in the web or have an interest is what this group is about." Mr Randow offers free public or private hosting on nelsonmeetups.org.nz, giving users the ability to have discussions between meetings.

Doors will open at 5.45pm tomorrow at the Bridge Street Collective.