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JTN004 - Bay Area Technical Meetings

Introduction
Geographical Groups
Programming Languages
Platforms
Software Engineering
User Interface
Bioinformatics
Robotics
Lectures
Computer Societies
Looking for More?
Additions and Corrections

Introduction

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to a lot of technical professionals, and, not surprisingly, a lot of occasions for those professionals to get together. Unfortunately, information on these events is scattered over a number of sources. This tech note is an attempt to gather a list of recurring technical meetings in a single place. All meetings are free, unless otherwise noted.

Note that meeting times and locations change from time to time. Check each group's web site for definitive information.

Geographical Groups

SDForum is the Software Developers' Forum, which typically holds multiple meetings per week, on a variety of business and technical topics. Meetings are a various venues around the south bay. Charge for meetings. http://www.sdforum.org/

SofTECH is the north bay software developers organization. Its general meeting is on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Autodesk's headquarters in San Rafael. The organization also includes numerous SIGs (Special Interest Groups) such as marketing, telecom, and web design. Charge for meetings. http://www.softech.org/

NBMA is the North Bay Multimedia Association, covering roughly the same geography as SofTECH, but dealing with multimedia applications. Their main meeting is usually on the 3rd Thursday of each month, with many additional SIG meetings each month on topics ranging from Web Development to Job Hunting. Charge for meetings. http://www.nbma.com/

EBIG is the East Bay IT Group. This group is a newcomer to the bay area, having started in early 2003. Meetings include a Java SIG and a Design SIG focusing on User Experience. http://www.ebig.org/

Programming Languages

C/C++

ACCU is The Association of C/C++ Users. They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in San Jose. http://www.accu-usa.org/

Java

Silicon Valley Java Users' Group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Netscape's campus in Mountain View. http://www.svjug.org/

MarinJava, the Marin County Java Users Group meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the offices of RiskInfo in Larkspur. http://www.jera.com/marinjava/

Java By The Bay Meets infrequently in San Francisco. The website is out of date, but there is a mailing list. http://vircon.com/events/javabythebay.html

International Java Meetup Day is a phenomenon where people interested in Java meet at various locations around the world on the 3rd Monday of every month for a social gathering. Meeting locations in the bay area include San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. You're also free to start a new meet-up location. http://java.meetup.com/

Perl

San Francisco Perl Mongers or SFPM meets the 4th Tuesday of the month in or near San Francisco. http://sf.pm.org/

Python

BayPIGgies is the Bay Area Python Interest Group. They meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, at Stanford. http://www.baypiggies.net/

Platforms

Linux, BSD & Open Source

The Bay Area Linux Event list is a comprehensive list of Linux, BSD, and Open Source events around the bay area. Rather than attempt to duplicate the information here, I suggest you go straight to them: http://linuxmafia.com/bale/

Macintosh

Too numerous to mention. Go to Apple's website at: http://www.apple.com/usergroups/find/ and choose California from the States pop-up.

NeXT

BANG is the Bay Area NeXT Group. With NeXT's assimilation into Apple (or was it the other way 'round?), they now meet in an auditorium on the Apple campus in Cupertino on the 4th or last Wednesday of the month. http://www.bang.org/

Palm

San Francisco Palm Users Group or SFPUG for short meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at Grounded Internet Center in the SOMA district of San Francisco. http://www.sfpug.org/

Software Engineering

Silicon Valley SPIN is a group dedicated to CMM-Style process improvement. It meets on the last Wednesday of each month the offices of General Dynamics in Mountain View. Because the host is a defense contractor, non-US-citizens need to RSVP for meetings at least 2 weeks in advance to allow time for a background check. http://www.gd-ais.com/sv-spin/

BayXP is the Bay Area Extreme Programming Users Group. (They also discuss other agile software development methods.) The meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at PARC in Palo Alto. http://www.jera.com/bayxp/

The Silicon Valley Patterns Reading Group meets every Tuesday at Hobees Restaurant in Cupertino. Usually around a dozen people get together to discuss an article or book chapter on some topic in object-oriented design. Unfortunately, their website is out of date, so your best bet for information is the Yahoo! mailing list archive: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/siliconvalleypatterns/

User Interface

BayCHI is a Bay Area offshoot of the ACM's SigCHI (Special interest group on computer-human interaction). They meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at PARC in Palo Alto. http://www.baychi.org/

BayCHI North Bay SIG meets the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at the offices of Fair-Isaac in San Rafael.

BayCHI East Bay SIG meets periodically on the campus of UC Berkeley.

Bioinformatics

The Bay Area Bioinformatics Discussion Group meets on approximately the last Thursday of each month in Munzer Auditorium on the Stanford University campus. http://www.bayareabioinformatics.org/

Robotics

The Robotics Society of America meets the first Saturday of the month at SFSU. http://www.robotics-society.org/

dorkbot SF is "a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the [San Francisco] area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)" Meets the first or second Wednesday of the month someplace in the bay area. http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsf/

Lectures

PARC Forum PARC Labs (formerly Xerox PARC) has a lecture Every Thursday at 4:00. Most are open to the public, and topics range from PARC projects to movie special effects. http://www.parc.xerox.com/events/forum/

Did you know Carnegie-Mellon University just opened up a campus at Moffett Field? Neither did I. They're starting what looks to be an interesting lecture series at their new campus. http://west.cmu.edu/seminars/index.html

Computer Societies

(Note that these groups cater more to the general public than the technical professional. Included for completeness' sake.)

The Silicon Valley Computer Society holds various monthly meetings in and around the south bay. Their general meeting is on the second Wednesday of each month.

The Golden Gate Computer Society hold various monthly meetings in and around Marin County. Their general meeting is on the fourth Monday of every month. http://www.ggcs.org/

Looking for More?

Here are some good resources listing technical meetings in the bay area:

Craig's List is a non-profit classifieds site for the entire bay area. (It also has sister sites for various other regions.) Lots of technical meetings are listed here. http://www.craigslist.org/sfo/tce/

ba.announce is a regional newsgroup announcing events (not necessarily technical) in the bay area. If you don't have a newsreader set up, the easiest way to access it is via Google's newsgroup archive. http://groups.google.com/groups?group=ba.announce

Additions and Corrections

If you have a group you'd like added to the list, email John Brewer mailto:jbrewer@jera.com with the group name, a brief description, meeting date, and URL. Only recurring meetings thought to be of general interest will be added to the list. Also, if you see any information on the list that is incorrect, or out of date, let me know so I can correct it. Thanks!