It's December, which means we're on the last page of our calendar. Team NetSquared is working hard to wrap-up some this year's projects. We've now completed all seven of our NetSquared Camps and have just one more Global Leadership Council meeting left. But just because some things are coming to an end there's no reason for tears - rather let's reflect back on what we've learned over the year and share the gift of knowledge on the Washington DC group's quora page.
The future of NetSquared
The recent reorganization of NetSquared sees the emergence of a unified content and community team for both the NetSquared and TechSoup brands. Sheetal Singh is our new TechSoup champion, taking over from Billy Bicket who is going to concentrate more intensively on building out the new platform. What does that mean to NetSquared organizers? I'll be able to share more a bit later when Sheetal sends her community update, but in the short-term you'll start to see a regular stream of new content on the NetSquared community blog.
Sheetal has a degree from the University of London, was most recently TechSoup Global’s Director of Development, and is becoming TechSoup Global’s Director of Content and Community. She has been with CNET, has founded two NGOs, and served as our Senior Content Manager when TechSoup.org was very young. So we're in good hands!
This fall's major initiative was the NetSquared Camps, which were seven regional unconferences and workshops produced by our local organizer network. The camps were an amazing opportunity to expand the NetSquared local experience from a brief daytime or evening event into an all-day extravaganza. It was also a great excuse for us to get local organizers together for face-to-face meetings. The big lesson from the Global Leadership Council experiment was that we can kickstart inter-organizer relationships by getting people together in the same room. Each of the camp organizers has written a blog post sharing their insights, photos and video. There's lots of great ideas to steal for your own events!
The tenth release of the NetSquared platform is now live. Many of the changes were beneath the hood, but you'll definitely notice the improvements to the community blog. We're now randomly featuring bloggers from the local network. You may see your face next time you go to http://www.NetSquared.org/blog!
Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest
The Windows 8 Apps for Social Good Contest invites both new and seasoned developers to create an app for "social good" and you could win cash prizes to help fuel your dream and keep it going! There are already five entries in the contest. Check out their project pages and use the social share buttons on the one you think is coolest. Note: the contest is only open to residents of the USA. But anyone can vote and share!
A quick scan shows ten events happening across the NetSquared local network. That's a big drop from the 21 in November... Curse those holidays! :-)