Hands-on means that there is no speaker. People come and work together in small groups — on whatever they feel like. Hyperlocal means it’s a neighborhood thing. If you need to travel to a GDG Garage for more than 15 minutes, you are doing it wrong, and you should create your own. Regular means it happens bi-weekly or more often. Think of GDG Garage as a D&D session, but instead of dice and sheets of paper, you have laptops and code. Or think of it as a local gym, but instead of excercising muscles, you excercise your coding skills.
There are four principles of GDG Garage. We believe that by agreeing on these simple propositions, the Garagists are able to have a much better time together.
It’s okay to ask for a code review or for help when you’re stuck.It’s not okay to mock someone for not knowing something.
Don’t work alone (you don’t need a GDG Garage for that).Don’t work in larger groups (5+ people) — it’s not effective.
Helping someone with their problem usually means you get to improve your own skills.A little help today can lead to a huge collaboration in the future.
Join us at first GDG Garage meet-up at 2.3. 2015 at ImpactHub Ostrava, Sokolská Třída 1263/24
Why would anyone want to go to (or create) a GDG Garage? There are many reasons:
But why does it exist, you ask? It is to make the developer community more connected and friendlier.
There are many similar concepts out there, so maybe it makes sense to also define GDG Garage by what it’s not.
GDG Garage is similar, but not synonymous to a hackerspace. “A hackerspace is a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and/or collaborate” (Wikipedia). GDG Garage is often not a physical workspace – it’s mostly just happening once every two weeks, and it can be set up at different places each time. It can be set up in someone’s garage or at the public library. The common interest is software development, and the emphasis is on trying out new things. No GDG Garage should be just about meeting or socializing. Also, no one in a GDG Garage should be working solely on his or her stuff alone.
GDG Garage is not a hacker dojo. Hacker dojos (and similar co-working places) are operated for profit, open every day, and mostly invite also non-programmers.
GDG Garages are not only for students, not by a long shot. Developers that are already employed benefit from the format at least as much as students.
GDG Garage is not a regular GDG meetup, because it’s more hands-on. There are no talks scheduled. For the organizer, it’s a matter of securing a place, inviting people, and making sure everyone knows what GDG Garage is about.
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