I biked to HICapacity at the Manoa Innovation Center and arrived 15 minutes before 5pm. I passed out nametags and felt a strange feeling bubbling up. Haven’t felt it in a long time – Impostor Syndrome.
As more developers piled in to attend the first Hawaii iOS Developer Meetup, I started feeling the Impostor Syndrome ramp up. Good sign right? This means that I’m not the smartest person in the room. And I’m gonna learn things I didn’t even know I did not know.
We had a great first meeting but I wanted to start out with something that might help other people with their own meetups. According to Gitte Klitgaard, Imposter Syndrome “affects smart people. 70% of people you know suffer from it.”
Part of Impostor Syndrome comes from being made aware that you do not know nearly as much as you do. We freak out and imagine we’ll be found out if we don’t know everything.
In the YouTube video, Gitte suggest that networking allows you to know people that know the stuff you don’t know. Now, instead of freaking out that you don’t know everything, your brain can chill and minimize the internal freak out.
She also mentions that getting out of your comfort zone pushes you into the learning zone. I found that pushing your limits is the secret to slowing time.
Prior to the meetup, weeks seemed to be racing by. This week, it’s slowed to the point of feeling like no time has passed at all.
Impostor Syndrome minimized, let’s get to the meat of the meetup.
“I have learned one thing. Showing up is 80 percent of life. Sometimes it’s easier to hide home in bed. I’ve done both.” – Woody Allen
Here’s a list of the developers who attended the first meetup:
Joseph is working on donation app for non profits. Focused on payments facilitation with PayPal. His strengths are building teams. His weaknesses are mobile. He can help with best coding practices.
John is new to Hawaii. He moved here from Washington state. He has experience working on TV apps that feature live streams and security cameras. His strength is OCD. Which allows him to work on a problem until he gets it working. Interestingly, his weakness is that he stops once he’s hit MVP and has a hard time finishing after his proof of concept. He needs help with UI. He is willing to help out with backend.
Mike is originally from Osaka, Japan. He’s been in Hawaii for 15 years. He’s been working for wedding companies. A couple of years ago he started making his own apps in Cocos2dx and Unity. He’s released 5-6 apps on the App Store. His weakness is not knowing Swift. He’s hoping to learn Swift at the meetup.
Chae started in Swift 1 and is now learning Swift 3. He’d ultimately like to put Swift on a server. He’s currently learning Vapor, a web framework for server side Swift. He’s also working on an energy auditing app and wants to put it on a server.
Jonathan is HICapacity member who is finishing up his degree in EE.
He’s currently playing with Elixir, Erlang, PureScript, and ElmEmail servers in Elixir and Phoenix.
Eric attended a bootcamp on Swift. He’s currently doing Unity game development. He has experience using SpriteKit to do games. But he’s interested in switching gears to focus on AR and VR in Swift. He’s also interested in leveraging Siri Kit. Eric made a SpriteKit template for anyone with an idea to drop right in. Eric is also a artist and painter who does animation.
Paul has a PhD in electrical engineering. His background is in C, C++, and ObjC. His strengths are algorithms. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have enough time to play with new stuff. He’s developed in Obj and enjoys hardware projects.
Jesse doesn’t have much programming experience. He’s interested in creating VR music videos. He’s just purchased a $700 3d camera that arrives in March.
Notes for Improvement
With such a varied group of developers I struggled with how to best serve them and make Thursdays from 6-7pm as beneficial as possible.
Initially the meetup agenda pivoted on introductions. I was hoping that the introductions would be a launching pad for informal conversations and camaraderie. And I still believe the format is right. Now, I see how important it is to provide a second track for developers who aren’t ready to share their progress.
I feel like it’s important to provide some kind of learning time which could take the form or a info session, article discussion, or free form conversation. I’m going to try this out at the next meetup today.
I will be requesting suggestions from the developers to build up our repository of interesting articles, tutorials, resources, open source projects.
I sent out messages to all attendees for feedback on the first meetup. The number one most common request was to move the start time from 5pm to 6pm. Now we are meeting at 6pm.
That’s it for the recap of the meeting. I am eager to see how this meetup evolves over time. I am confident that the start time will allow more people to attend.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP for one of our weekly meetups here.
- Post XCode keyboard shortcuts
- Post screenshots of current projects
- Schedule first talk
- List articles we are interested in talking about
- Text to speech
- Push notificaitons (Ray Wenderlich)
- Lets Encrypt
- Swift Style (Ray Wenderlich)
- List book recommendations
- Lingering questions:
- Why swift on the server?
- Can work with MySQL
- What else?
- Why is this better?
- Swift playground online?
- Installing Swift on linux
- Installing Swift on Windows 10 / 7