In general, computer science majors arn’t the most social creatures.Â There’s no particular hang out that you would go to to hang out with other computer science majors (In person at least).Â This got me thinking about how other people meet other people.Â In general you meet other people through parties, classes, events or other people.Â Let’s cross off the first two on the list since I generally don’t specifically meet any other CS majors at parties and it’s summer, so class is notÂ in session.Â This leaves me with events and through other people;Â These two in particular are how I meet a majority of my friends.
Last Friday (05/16/08) I organized a get together with my fellow students to go out for a beer in celebration of completing anotherÂ school year.Â To my surprise people actually showed up and brought along some of their friends!Â On top of that, the people who came actually had a good time and wanted to do it again!Â Some already started talking about future events they had in mind.Â To me this demonstrated a need for a central source ofÂ events in Camarillo.Â For those of you still in Camarillo, let’s face it, there isn’t really much to do here.Â This is why it would be nice to establish a community of like-minded people to go hang out with.
I sit in front of a computer all day at work.Â The last thing I want to do when I get home is to continue to sit in front of another computer.Â I’d rather go outside and get active, hack on projects with friend, or simply enjoy a movie with others.Â These sort of events will give us a chance to meet new people, a chance to exchange ideas, or collaborate with peers.Â Already I met someone who was interested in collaborating on a project in python and showed me some stuff on recursive queries in MS-SQL.Â Neat!Â In general, I think this type of interaction is more important than interacting with a computer.
The obvious answer is to think of some events and send out invites!Â The key I found is to just set a date to do something and people will show up.Â Ideas I had in mind were LAN Parties (formal attire required?), simply going out for a beer (it seemd to have worked in the past!), movie nights (traditional and non-traditional), dinner parties, DevHouse (day-long hack-a-thon popularized in the bay area), and of course outdoor activities (camping, climbing, hiking).Â So to all of you CS/IT majors in Camarillo/Ventura County, expect some invites to some events this summer!