Hi, I’m Brian Jimdar and I am the organizer of the Seattle MaidSafe Meetup group and I wanted to share a few thoughts from the event and my experience.
We’ve had about 20 people from the Seattle area join the Meetup group online and we had 5 show up for the event on Friday night. It lasted about an hour. We watched some of the videos on MaidSafe from the YouTube channels, had some discussion and I did a presentation on MaidSafe farming.
It was fascinating for me to get out of my office and actually talk to other people about the possibilities for the platform. What I discovered is that at this early stage, MaidSafe is kind of like a Rorschach test in the sense that each person is seeing in it their own personal take on what they would like the future to be.
For example, my presentation: “Sustainable Farming in the Coming Ambient Cloud” was about the potential to generate revenue off of an investment in hardware by becoming a MaidSafe Vault Farmer. The presentation was a reflection of my personal view of what excites me about MaidSafe.
The reaction to my presentation was polarized: two people who were IT-Admin types without programmer skills we’re completely sold and wanted to know “where to sign” and how soon they could setup their “farming-rigs” and start mining coin. Another individual was a programmer and seems to have shown up with a vision of MaidSafe as a distributed “buddy-share” network where all storage, network and compute resources would quickly approach zero cost, and was excited about the application possibilities in an environment without infrastructure costs.
From my experience it seems to me that there is a need for separate user groups for Builders and Farmers and it’s probably too early to start evangelizing becoming a Farmer. I think the focus of this Meetup group going forward is going to be strictly on the MaidSafe developer API and opportunity, and I’m thinking of starting a separate “MaidSafe: Farmers” meetup group after the beta goes live.
What do you think?