On Monday night over eighty people showed for Refresh Philly’s inaugural meeting. When we initially met to plan for this meeting I’m not sure any of us thought there would be such a turnout of energized people right out of the gates. I hope that those that attended are just as enthused now as they were on Monday.
The meet & greet was to start at 6 but people began pouring in just after 5:30 and we heard there was a bit of a line to get through security. There is little we can do to ease the security issue, it comes with being able to host the meetings within the Comcast Center. Still future meetings will continue to be held on the 45th floor on the first Monday’s of the month. Something to keep in mind as February’s meeting isn’t too far off.
The first speaker, Tom Boutell, went into the technical history and benefits of Symfony, a Ruby on Rails styled framework for PHP. If you’re unsure what some of that means you wouldn’t have been alone, a good 75% of the audience were not developers. The second speaker(s), Phil Charron and Russ Starke of Think Browntone, talked about designing for better User Experience (UX) and how to approach the process for better results. They gave some background on what UX is and methods for keeping UX in mind through out the project’s cycle. They then approched the audience for ideas for Refresh to be used a demonstrations of how to implement the processes they just spoke about. This group discussion also helped bring out some of the various interests and thoughts on how to refresh Philly. In the comming weeks the Refresh team will have their web pressence set up so the conversations can continue onlie after the meetings.