Recently I found the blog of Joey deVilla (@AccordionGuy on Twitter) who is the Developer Evangelist for Microsoft up in Toronto, Canada. Joey has started doing something which I think is great for the IT comminity. He picks a coffee shop in the area, tells everyone that he’ll be there and plants himself there for the part of the day talking with and assisting where he can the local IT Pros and Developers.
Personally I think this is a great idea, so I’ve decided to “borrow” his idea (can’t really say I’m stealing his idea, he told me I should do it) and start doing Coffee and Code days here in SoCal.
Since I know there are more IT Pros and IT Devs in Irvine, there here in Riverside I figure for the first one I’ll head over there. So, Friday March 6th I’ll be at the Starbucks at the Tustin Market place (2959 El Camino Real Tustin, California) from 3pm until 7pm. Feel free to come by for a few minutes, or for the afternoon.
The reason that I choose a Starbucks is that the Internet isn’t that expensive and if you have AT&T Internet at home (or on your cell phone I think) you can use the AT&T Hotspot at Starbucks for free.
Now if you go to Starbucks a lot, most of the time Costco has Starbucks gift cards for sale. You get $100 worth of gift cards for $80.
So if you have some free time and want to come by and talk, code, and/or drink Coffee I’ll be there. If you are going to be there, please remember to by something from Starbucks so they don’t yell at us for being there. If need by we’ll move outside and take over some of the patio; weather permitting of course no one wants a wet laptop. Joey has posted some tips for working outside of the office which I highly recommend for those who aren’t used to using a coffee shop or restaurant as your office.
I may have a spare power strip I can bring, I’ll dig around to see if I do, since they only have a couple of power outlets.
See you at Starbucks on the 6th.