This meetup was basically an experiment to test the level of interest and the size of the Rust community in Montreal.
When I saw that @ioptio was speaking at the Rust 1.0 Launch Party in San Francisco (btw you can watch her short presentation here starting at 29:15), I thought this would be an excellent date for me to organize a meetup for Project SAFE: Montreal. I wanted to meet other Rust enthusiasts and talk to them about the SAFE Network and the fact that the codebase was recently migrated from C++ to Rust.
I only had a week to plan and promote the meetup, but I was really excited about Rust 1.0 and decided to do it anyways.
As I mentioned previously, there is currently no Rust meetup group in Montreal and so I reached out to a bunch of communities to try to find people who wanted to celebrate the 1.0 release of Rust and also to find people who wanted to present something about Rust.
I personally have very little knowledge of Rust at this point (although I do intend to dive into Rust in the upcoming weeks!) and so I wasn’t in a position to do a talk myself. I also don’t really like to give talks in their first place (I prefer having a good speaker such as @erick present while I focus on the logistics and promotion of the event).
The day of the event arrived and I still hadn’t found any speakers. I didn’t expect it would be that hard and I wasn’t sure what to do.
I was very lucky that (Theo Belaire), who arrived at the meetup at 5:45, had 1 month of experience with Rust and was willing to do his best to prepare a talk at the last minute
At 6:00, the rest of the attendees started arriving. I was expecting to meet a few more Rust enthusiasts, but most of the people who attended were completely new to Rust. I concluded that Theo would be the only speaker.
At 6:30, we ordered a bunch of sandwiches from a restaurant next door. I showed an introduction video to the SAFE Network and answered questions while we were waiting for the food to arrive.
At 7:10, when pretty much everyone had finished eating, Theo started presenting Rust using a set of slides he got from asking a question on the /r/rust subreddit.
@toomim seemed to enjoy the presentation very much and he was frequently asking questions to Theo and discussing with him.
I didn’t listened to the whole presentation because I was having conversations with the people who had to leave early.
At some point I started taking a few pictures. Shortly after that, the presentation ended.
Discussions lasted until about 9:00. We then took a group photo with the people who were still there.
Overall, it was an okay meetup. It could have been better, but at least we were there on May 15 with all the other worlwide meetups to celebrate Rust 1.0!
Happy Rust 1.0 everyone!!!
Conclusion: I’ll wait until I have a good grasp of Rust before organizing another meetup on it
And hopefully a Rust Montreal meetup group will form itself soon