Jun 242010

So how many of you South Florida Geeks have ever heard of “w00tstock“???

How about Wil Wheaton?  Of course you have.

Adam Savage?  Yea, THAT Mythbusting Adam Savage.

Well, they’ve been touring the country with music-comedy duo Paul and Storm to “…present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.”

Sure they’ve gone to places like LA, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Minneapolis, but as far as I can tell, they haven’t reached the East Coast (yet).

But that was before I had anything to say about it.

While I’m sure that places like NY, or NC, or VA might be trying to get them, I want to make South Florida one of their next stops.

According to Wil’s own blog:

Q: Will you come to NAME OF MY CITY for another w00tstock?

A: If you can get 300 of your friends together, we’ll probably come do a show for you.

So guess what, the count begins right here, with #1- me, the South Florida Social Geek.

Can we get at 300 Florida geeks together all in one place?

Tampa.  Orlando.  Sarasota.  Naples.  Gainesville.  Panama City.  Daytona.  Etc.  I’m looking at you.

Let’s put our differences aside and work together.  We all want the same thing, to geek out.

To show your support, just leave a comment below with the following information:

  • Name
  • City in Florida
  • Why you think “w00tstock” should come to Florida

Then help spread the word.

It’s time that we show the rest of the country that South Florida’s Silicon Beach is one of the great geek capitals of the country.

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Jun 192010

Thanks to everyone that came out on Friday, June 11th, to our TechCrunch Meetup.

For those of you who missed out, or did not hear about it, it all started on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 after TechCrunch announced that they were going to be holding Meetups nation-wide to celebrate their 5th birthday.  Later that same day, Steve Repetti, the Fort Lauderdale Organizer and member of the Data Portability Board, contacted me to inquire if our Social Geeks group might be interested in participating/attending.  After a few emails back-and-forth, I expressed that not only were we interested, but that I would welcome the opportunity to help plan/organize it with him.   It didn’t take long for us to formulate a plan and the pieces started to fall into place.

Our first successful hurtle came with the securing of our venue.  We knew we wanted this to be a party, not an “event”, and that being South Floridians, we wanted it by, or on the beach.  Enter Ocean Manor Hotel.  Located just behind their property sat probably one of the best kept secrets in South Florida, the Bamboo Beach Tiki Bar:

Within just a few short days, the number of meetups worldwide quickly rose and we quickly found ourselves competing with over 363 other Meetups worldwide just to get ONE of 50 tickets, worth almost $3000, to  their TechCrunchDisrupt conference next year in New York.

But we were not going to sit ideally by while other cities tried to pass us.  We reached out to the rest of our community and the response was incredible.  The result was, what we believe, was one of the best parties the South Florida tech community had seen in a long time.

By Friday, June 11th, the South Florida technological community had gathered together to show the rest of the country that ‘Silicon Beach’ is not just a slogan, but a state of mind.

We had representatives from several of the major local technology groups show up, including:

Deb Griffith from Incubate Miami

Steve Repetti from RadWebTech

Alex de Carvalho and Dean Bairaktaris.

Mark Laymon and the crew from NewTech

So now that we were gathered all in one place, we needed a way to show off to the rest of the country.

Enter, the man of the night.

The one-man Paparazzi.

The streaming specialist.

Francisco Jose Palacio Junior

See the results of all his hard work on our #tcmeetupsouthflorida channel over at livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free

And what would a birthday party be without cake:

So Happy 5th Birthday TechCrunch.  Here’s to another 5 years:

To see the whole album, and to tag yourself, we have two albums set up

 Posted by at 9:57 am
Jun 192010

photoSouth Florida Social Geeks

Don’t miss out on the largest social media gathering Palm Beach County has ever seen (We hope!)

Meet up with your friends, fans, tweeps and others from all over Palm Beach County (Of course, Broward and Miami folks – you’re ALWAYS WELCOME too!)

Drink specials, light refreshments, fresh baked cookies, entertainment, giveaways and raffle prizes.

Come for the social media event (#SMDayFL) , stay for The Funky Buddha’s popular Open Mic Night beginning at 8:30pm, hosted by the one-and-only RichyLaLa!

Facebook Event:

Boca Raton, FL 33431 – USA

Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 PM

Attending: 2

Details: http://www.meetup.com/sflsocialgeeks/calendar/13809736/

Jun 022010



It’s no secret that we’re geeks, or else we wouldn’t be a part of this group.

We love the latest and greatest technology, and love to talk about it even more.

We want to stay on top of the latest news and events so we can show-off to our friends and coworkers.

We know what the blosphere is and are either active members, or at least subscribe to their RSS feeds.

We’ve heard of sites such as TechCrunch, Engadget, Boy Genius Report, C|Net, Gizmodo, Slashdot, Ars Technica, Digg, Mashable, Tech Republic, The Register, etc, and we subscribe to their RSS feeds.

We know, or have at least heard, of such web celebrities as Mike Arrington, Mark Zuckerberg, Leo Leporte, David Pogue, etc..

So come help us celebrate five incredible years in tech with TechCrunch Meetups Everywhere!

On Friday, June 11, we’re currently planning a large meetup within South Florida, and it’s going to be HUGE.

TechCrunch has announced that the 50 largest turnouts for meetups nation-wide will receive 50 free tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt next year, so let’s make sure that South Florida gets its share!

Go join in, and invite two friends!

Come meet local folks from white-hot startups, featured in TechCrunch, and even a board member from the international non-profit DataPortability.org !!!!

To RSVP, please go to: