I recently anchored at the Web lovers Meetup 1.0 held by Joomdev. Joomdev is software design and development company. They were the people who hosted the event. This was their first time hosting an event, and the fifth time for me hosting an event.
From what I could understand, Joomdev held an event to understand how this could benefit them. Basically, an idea validation. They are in the process of figuring out how organizing these events could help them create a powerful community. Because, what I could sense, is that they’re moving towards WordPress theme development (they did Joomla development in the past), and almost all of the blogging community uses WordPress to host their blogs.
Clearly, if they are able to tap into the community, it would be profitable for them when they start publishing WordPress themes. I don’t know if other theme providers host independent events or not, but this is definitely something that can be worked upon.
This was their first event, and they weren’t expecting an audience of more than 25(But more than 25 people came). Again, as I said, they were only testing out the idea of how it would work out. I guess they would have got the idea by now. Depending on the response, they may or may not host events in future.
I got a token of love from Joomdev. To be honest, I didn’t expect the gift to be watch. My best hope was that it is a geometry box or a box of candles. But turns out, it was a watch. and I love watches.
Final words. I love these events because I get to meet more people in the same industry. They could have arranged for a bigger audience, but again, they were only validating their idea and testing out how these events might turn out for their business in the future. I think it is a brilliant idea for any WP Theme company to host independent events (only if they can afford it). In conclusion, I loved the event and would be glad to join them back if they host another one of these.