Web & Interactive Media Pros, (WIMP)
This Meetup group started in April 2011. It's main meetings are located at North Bay iHub in Rohnert Park, CA.
They also have WIMP lunches in various locations, often in Santa Rosa and have been holding WIMPshop workshps.
They swap stories, trade tools, collaborate and learn at WIMP meetings. Freelancers, students, cubicle monkeys, designers, developers, marketers — all are welcome regardless of emphasis or experience.
For more info, meeting schedules and topics, go to WIMP.
Follow WIMP on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/northbaywebpros.
Wine Country Content Strategy, (WCCS)
This Meetup group was founded in February 2012 by Jeri Hastava, an outspoken Web developer who says, "content is a valuable asset, and a successful Internet strategy requires a commitment to planning for, publishing, and maintaining meaningful and compelling content."
Their meetings focus on "content; findable, actionable, measurable and shareable content (FAMS®). Call it Content Strategy, Content Marketing, or common sense, it's what the people we want to reach care about."
This group is for business owners and Web professionals who are interested in learning the value of Web content, how to integrate content strategy into their processes, and how to create, deliver and manage clear, concise, and compelling content.
For more info, meeting schedules and topics, go to WCCS.
North Coast Mac Users Group, (NCMUG)
This Mac-centric group was founded in 1984. Yearly membership is very affordable. Non members are welcome to come to their monthly meetings for a small fee. They have 500+ members.
Besides their monthly meetings, held in Rohnert Park, there are special interest groups (SIG's), workshops, members only discounts from major Macintosh vendors, members-only email lists that keep people sharing around the clock. These resources are available to members, whether or not they can attend meetings.
For the last 18 years NCMUG has hosted the Mac Computer Expo (MCE). This year MCE will be produced by a small, local company. The event is in Petaluma and is in early October. To learn more about MCE, go to maccomputerexpo.com
For more North Coast Mac Users Group info, meeting schedules and topics, go to NCMUG.
North Bay Adobe User Group, (NBAUG)
This Adobe sanctioned user group started in 2007 and is hosted by Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). They have 10 meetings a year covering everything Adobe. Meetings are often run by one or more SRJC instructors. The instructors are some of the finest college-level teachers around.
Adobe allows NBAUG to raffle off big prizes (complete Adobe suites) twice a year. The raffle is free.
For more info, meeting schedules and topics, go to NBAUG.
Golden Gate Computer Society, (GGCS)
This Windows-centric group was founded in 1981. Yearly membership is very affordable. GGCS offers monthly General Meetings (open to the public without charge), numerous smaller Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and occasional classes held in their classroom in San Anselmo, a monthly newsletter, discounts at various providers of hardware, software and computer services, and a program to refurbish used computers for schools.
Members are retirees, CPAs, engineers, doctors, hobbyists, office personnel, computer professionals, students, lawyers and business-persons of all ages.
For more info, meeting schedules and topics, go to GGCS.
This group was founded in March 1994. There is a yearly membership and discounted student and trial memberships. Non members can attend meetings for a fee.
SofTECH is a non-profit trade organization based. It is committed to fostering communication, cooperation and educational opportunities for the success of business and technology professionals and companies in Marin and Sonoma counties.
SofTECH usually meets at the San Rafael Corporate Center in San Rafael.
For more info, meeting schedules and topics, go to SofTECH.
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