None of us had ever started a user group before. We bought a great domain name—mobileportland.com—and started scheming.
On the day of the presentation, I turned to Aileen and said, “I think we should announce Mobile Portland tonight. Any chance you can put up a quick web page?”
Nothing endears you to your coworkers like last minute requests for a web site when you’re already busy with client work.
In just a few hours, Aileen not only created a web page, but also created Mobile Portland’s distinctive mobile rose image.
From that humble beginning, the group has grown to average between 30 to 40 people per month. Nearly 300 people are signed up for meeting announcements or the Google Group. Interest in mobile continues to grow.
Gail Rahn Frederick has been a mobile developer for many years. She recently started teaching classes on mobile web development in her spare time.
When asked why she decided to start the class, she said that she felt disconnected from other mobile developers in the Portland area and figured teaching was one way to help build the community.
Those are the same reasons why we started Mobile Portland.
If you are in the Portland area, we’d love to see you tonight. If you’re a web developer, I highly recommend tonight’s presentation. And if you can’t come tonight, please join us at one of the future meetings.
Thank you to everyone who has attended meetings or joined the mailing lists for making this group a success. Thank you in particular to AboutUs for being such wonderful and gracious hosts. We’re excited to see the organization grow and change in the coming years.