Handmade Network lead and developer of The Melodist
I want low-level programmers to thrive and feel connected and empowered. My approach is to create a conference that stands as a strong alternative to the behemoth that is JSConf. It'll take years of growth and hard work. Casey started the cons, and I intend to make them mainstream.
If you've started up a local Handmade community, or are thinking about it, let's chat!
We've brainstormed some things on the team about aiding in-person meetups with the site, and giving them streamlined ways to be organized.
It also has the possibility of kicking Handmade out of the "obscure unorthodox thing that a few people online believe in". Would you agree that in-person organizations with real, demonstrable results are good ways to legitimize perception and adoptability of a set of ideas?
...If this were paired with regular city-based meetups, it could really enhance the community and further the promotion of our general ideas about programming.
In Seattle I've met with a few developers gauging interest for monthly meetups. I have rather ambitious plans for Handmade Seattle 2020, so whether I can actually coordinate this is an open question. But if I can't, for sure one of these developers would take the mantle. E-mail me so you can count on a Seattle chapter.
I dream of the day I travel to some state (or country!), go to Handmade Network, and see there is a nearby Handmade Café Session on a Sunday morning :-)
Hopefully the other cities got in touch with you too (or you with them?).
I make apps and games for Mac OS and iOS. Avid terrain park snowboarder. Park City, UT.