Dear Pittsburgh Geeks,

When we started PGOD in early 2011, we were fired up about open spaces and thinking, "There are so many smart technologists in Pittsburgh and not nearly enough opportunities for them to get together and geek out."

Fast forward three years: we have even more smart technologists and way more opportunities for them to geek out. There are more user groups on more niche technologies, coderetreat, codefest, startup weekend, etc. This is by no means a bad thing! It does mean that PGOD has to work harder to define our "brand" and entice people to come to sessions. Unfortunately, none of us have the time and energy to make that happen.

We are still passionate about open spaces and plan to keep our Meetup running. But instead of hosting our own bi-monthly open spaces events, we will use it primarily to advertise existing open spaces events in town. We will also use what we've learned to help other tech groups plan and run open spaces events at their user groups meetings, meetups and conferences. This allows us to keep doing what we love–facilitating and participating in fascinating discussions with smart people–without dedicating a huge chunk of our lives to begging people to come to events.

This message is also posted on the Meetup message board. Feel free to add thoughts and comments.

And thank you to all of you who have made this group what it was the past 3 years!

Brian and the PGOD facilitators
Large group session

What are Pittsburgh Geek Out Days?

Pittsburgh Geek Out Days (PGODs) are semi-regular meetings of technologists to discuss software engineering, how to be rockstar programmers, trends in software, and anything else that people find interesting.  We do this by following an Open Spaces (or unconference) format.  

How do I get involved?

Join our Meetup Group and sign up for the next Meetup!

What's a PGOD like?

Each meeting follows roughly the same schedule:
8:45 am 9:00 am Arrive, nametags, etc.
9:00 am 9:15 am Kick-off, introduction spiel
9:15 am 9:30 am  Propose topics
9:30 am 9:50 am Session 1 - short (20 mins)
9:55 am 10:15 am  Session 2 - short (20 mins)
10:20 am 11:00 am  Session 3 - medium (40 mins) 
11:10 am 12:05 pm  Session 4 - Long (55 mins) 
12:10 pm 12:25 pm  Session 5 - group session (15 mins) 
12:30 pm 1:00 pm Wrap-up session (retrospective)
Afterward: those want can can get lunch

Each meeting also has an "inspiration." Past examples have been design, change and learning. You can always propose anything you like, but these inspire those who don't have an idea and inspire us to branch out.

The session topics are determined at the conference. Here's an example schedule:

Example schedule