Norfolk.js Turns One Year Old

Norfolk.js just celebrated its first birthday in November!

Norfolk.js is Hampton Roads’ JavaScript developer user group. It was founded in Norfolk, Virginia, by small group developers and has grown to nearly 200 members are from all over the area. The goal of this user group is to create the most accessible way possible for local developers to meet to discuss all things related to JavaScript. In 2015, we hope to continue the momentum of the group by focusing on topics of particular interest to our members.

Norfolk.js has been a tremendous experience and a bigger success than I, or any of the other organizers, could have imagined. The success of of Norfolk.js isn’t just due to the dedication of any one of us, but because of support of our entire local development community. The financial and logistical support from local sponsors (like also allows us to deliver a quality experience that rivals groups in larger cities. We’ve been able to learn from  existing user groups like 757.rb and HRNUG, and get feedback from our peers about what works for them in a developer user group. We open-sourced our website and our organizing discussions, and use Github to facilitate this valuable feedback and to make Norfolk.js as inclusive as possible.

Over the last year we’ve hosted some of the best developers in the local area and have had visits from some amazing out-of-town JavaScripters, like Chris Williams and Mike McNeil. We’ve also hosted special events like International NodeBots Day and Worldwide Meteor Day. We typically meet on the third Monday of each month to eat, drink, socialize, and listen to an interactive talk. Every four months, we have a social meetup, Beer.js, at a local pub or brewery. This month, we welcomed Hiro Asari from Chapel Hill, NC to discuss unit testing and continuous integration with Travis-CI. In February, we will be partnering with the Chrysler Museum for the first time to host our meetup in their museum space and get a private viewing of their “Art of Video Games” exhibit.

Norfolk.js has provided a way for our members to meet new people and try new JavaScript-related technologies that might have otherwise been unavailable in this area.

We are always happy to welcome new speakers, sponsors, and members. Contact one of our organizers if you’d like to get involved. To get a list of our upcoming events, please see our events page.

About Linda Nichols

JavaScript developer and organizer of Norfolk.js. Also an artist, sci-fi enthusiast, runner, and collector of cats.
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