August 3 2014 Startup Wichita and devICT Partnership
Next step: define MakeICT Institute Programs
- What: A discussion and voting on whether MakeICT should adopt Startup Wichita and devICT
- Where: MakeICT Headquarters
- When: August 3rd, 2014 / 1pm
- Kenton Hansen, Startup Wichita
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seth Etter, devICT
- Email: email@example.com
In the recent past, a growing number of people have become interested in drawing more attention to the new entrepreneurial movement in Wichita. Software, SaaS, Apps for all platforms, new products, and innovative new ideas are being developed all around Wichita, but the community connecting these groups is in need of nurture. Since organizing my first Startup Weekend last year, and the two since then, I've noticed that the overlap between MakeICT and the "Startup Wichita" is evident, and the people who learn about one are interested in the other. At this point, Startup Wichita is not an entity. While there are multiple efforts and programs surrounding the ideas that Startup Wichita advocates for, the creation of a company or organization has not happened yet.
For your consideration:
- Momentum of the idea
- Plans for the future Startup Wichita
- How I see MakeICT and SuW can overlap
- How I'd like the SuW program to interact with MakeICT
Just about two years ago, devICT (formerly UpFront Wichita) began as a developer meet up group for Wichita and surrounding areas. We've grown considerably since then and have on numerous occasions made contact with members of MakeICT. The two groups have quite a bit in common, though devICT has more of a focus on development in specific. We are currently at 120+ members on our Meetup.com community. As devICT grows we want to do bigger and better things that would benefit from being wrapped in an organization.
Our agenda will be as follows:
What is devICT
- History, where are we now
The services we provide
- Monthly educational meetups
- Occasional hackathons
- Civic hackathons
Plans for the future
- Larger, more frequent events
- Development book library
- Education and job finding resources
How can we help?
- Collaboration on MakeICT events
- Promotion within devICT members and attendees
Questions and answers
Members will have an opportunity to ask any questions, make comments, voice concerns, etc. The questions and answers will be posted here following the meeting.
- The output of this meeting will be a draft of document formalizing the partnership in detail.
- Once the draft is finalized, it will be published to members for approval.
- The vote will likely occur sometime after the meeting, but a quorum is required, and a simple majority will pass.
13:15 Dominic calls the meeting to order Introduces Seth and Kenton Seth talks about devICT Core focus: education Averages 25 people at monthly events Civic hackathons (like building startupwichita.com) Networking opportunities Has been running expenses out of separate personal (but separate) bank account Monthly costs: ~$100 $75/mo for labor party membership $15/mo for meetup.com $10-15/mo for digitalocean hosting Future Web dev conference? Scholarships for education, conference attendance, etc John H. asks "How will you sustain yourselves if you don't charge membership fees?" Goal: no membership fees (ever) Donations Sponsorships Don't want anyone to be left out simply because they can't afford it Jens T. asks "What will you do first with non-profit" Jacob: Low-hanging fruit. Maybe the library Seth: Eager to start working towards a development conference, but that probably wouldn't be first John H. - Relationship spectrum Seth: Really want to maintain the identity of devICT Kenton talks about Startup Wichita StartupWichita is not a "real" thing - it doesn't actually exist except in the mind Trying to connect oldies with newbies Started as something of a marketing ploy/experiment First event in 2013, second in November 2013 Has been working with Chamber of Commerce / Tech Alliance Future plans Code school More startup weekends Mixers John H. asks about a culture clash (openness vs closedness) Kenton - thinks the sharing aspect is alive and well amongst his peers, but less so from the "old guard" Ask for clarification on Startup Wichita (and the distinction from the Labor Party) Startup Weekend events Code School (assuming it works) Lots of good discussion about the culture (sorry, I am terrible at note-taking) Mangosteighn Open discussion Changes to accomodate? Where would devICT and SICT fit into the relationship spectrum? devICT: preferably no MakeICT changes other than finances throught MakeICT's bank account Startup Wichita: financial stability is important - Compensation for employees of the code school (so money in, money out) Board member position for both groups 15:05 - Meeting has ran over Dominic C. proposes to continue the discussion online via MakeICT forums, group agrees. He will start a document to formalize the relationship