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CTTDNUG–Windows 8 Camp Wrap-Up and Year in Review

Monday, July 16, 2012 12:27 AM

Over the weekend, CTTDNUG hosted a full day Windows 8 Dev Camp, sponsored by Microsoft (thanks Microsoft!). We were lucky enough to have not one, but two experts - Andrei Marukovich and Atley Hunter - come out to teach us all about Windows 8 development.

At first I was hesitant to run this type of event in the summer. The venue that I had my sights set on was only available in July. Would there be any interest from the members to give up one of their Saturdays to sit in a room all day in front of their laptops? Members had been requesting a Windows 8 dev camp, so this was a risk I was willing to take. 

The event was announced and fingers remain crossed as the registration page went live. Sure enough, we had a high number of registrations. Granted, there were some no-shows on the day of the event, but we still saw a 67% attendance rate. The room was full, and people were there to learn.

By the end of the day, as people filed out, they were shaking our hands, and thanking us for putting on this event. There has already been talk about what’s coming up in the fall when CTTDNUG’s regular sessions reconvene.  Receiving such positive feedback and seeing the value that our group provides to local area IT professionals is rewarding.

In fact, all year long, this has been the type of positive feedback we have received after each monthly session as well as from both of the full day events that we hosted. Clearly our members are happy and excited about the changes going on in the industry. The interest to learn more has been apparent as our monthly sessions have seen a high attendance rate consistently each month.

Our members are now more engaged than ever. With over 900 members subscribed to our mailing list, we still receive new registrations throughout the year. We get regular feedback and suggestions through our monthly surveys for upcoming sessions and event ideas. We have seen more of our members flock to our social media pages. In September, only 36 of our members had joined CTTDNUG’s LinkedIn Group, while CTTDNUG’s Twitter account had approximately 100 followers. Today, our LinkedIn Group has 97 members and CTTDNUG’s Twitter account has 160 followers.

It is this kind of engagement that makes it all worthwhile. For our user group, these are signs that show us we’re doing something right.