The location for the 2-day meetup of April 9-10 has been decided: we're being hosted by the DEIB of the Engineering University of Milan (Polimi) which has offered us a very big conference room (258 seats, 120 with distanced seating) named "SALA CONFERENZE EMILIO GATTI".
Given the size of the room and the fact that the original interest check form received 60 replies, we have virtually no limitations on the number of people that can attend, so feel free to spread the word about the first ever European Zig meetup :^)
(FYI the first ever documented Zig meetup happened last year in Australia)
I've also created a dedicated Discord server to coordinate before and during the event. You are strongly encouraged to join it! Additionally, feel free to use it if you need help planning your trip to Italy.
>>> DISCORD INVITE <<<
The conference room is located in Via Ponzio 34/5, Milano. Note that Google Maps puts the civic number a bit to the left of where the actual entrance is, here's a link to the correct coordinates.
This is how the entrance looks like:
This event is aimed mainly at people who are already at least vaguely familiar with Zig and have a bit of programming experience, as we won't have sessions dedicated to on-boarding total newcomers. We are working on future events more open to all kinds of people.
The event will have frontal sessions in the morning, leaving afternoons mostly unstructured. The aim is to bring up interesting questions in the morning in order to have things to talk about in the afternoon. In the afternoon attendants will be encouraged to create small groups to discuss or collaborate on a project. Some of us might even bring a copy of that one tabletop game.
After the lunch break on the first day, all participants will be invited to introduce themselves and, optionally, give a 5min lightning presentation on a topic of their choice to break the ice.
Recommended watching / reading in preparation for the event:
- The Road to Zig 1.0
- Interfacing with Zig, a BDFL-run Project
- Maintain it With Zig
- Playing the Open Source Game
- Listen to some Calibro 35 (the band is from Milan)
The conference room is within walking distance from the Piola metro station. You can easily reach Piola from any other metro station in Milan. Google maps should be able to give you directions, otherwise know that Citymapper is also available in Milan.
As mentioned already, what matters is that you have easy access to the metro system more than staying in the vicinity of the event. As an example, staying anywhere along the green metro line (the green line is also called line #2) will allow you to reach Piola in a matter of minutes while also allowing you to get a place in an area of your preference. The same is almost equally true for all other metro lines, with the only caveat that you will have to connect with the green line through a hub station.
Given that this is a free event, and also considering that many are coming from abroad, we will not have any catering and instead will break up into small groups and go out for lunch. We will create a list of recommended places to try out, but you're welcome to do independent research and bring your group to a different place. Lunch breaks will be 2h long to give us enough flexibility.
- Doors open
- Loris: Welcome & basic information
- Andrew: Envisioning Zig's Future
- Community projects showcase
- Lunch break
- Lightning presentations (aka introduce yourself)
- Doors open
- Loris: Envisioning Zig's Future Ecosystem
- Motiejus Jakštys: How Zig is Used at Uber
- Lunch break