Since October of last year I have been running an organizing in San Francisco called Urban AgTech (Website | Meetup) to discuss urban agriculture technology (vertical farming, indoor growing systems, food computers, etc.). We're currently a 237 person group of engineers, makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, hobbyists, and enthusiasts. Our mission is to accelerate innovation in the urban agriculture technology movement.
Now that the FC community is up, running, and thriving; I would like to see if there is interest among the San Francisco Bay Area FC makers to get together in person to discuss the food computer and urban agtech. The "club", would be in the spirit of the Homebrew Computer Club. I think the first lines of its history on Wikipedia explain my aim:
"The Homebrew Computer Club was an informal group of electronic enthusiasts and technically minded hobbyists who gathered to trade parts, circuits, and information pertaining to DIY construction of computing devices. It was started by Gordon French and Fred Moore who met at the Community Computer Center in Menlo Park. They both were interested in maintaining a regular, open forum for people to get together to work on making computers more accessible to everyone."
Although this forum is incredibly useful! (I wish I had this when I was building Rose), I have found that being able to discuss issues in person can significantly reduce the amount of time spent on the issue. Also, with an in-person meetup we can, for example, better share locally-available resources, find people to collaborate with, and ultimately grow this idea from a hobby to an industry!
I've already found a few people who are interested off-line and we'll be having initial discussions about the club this Tuesday (6/28). See here for details. If you're interested, leave me a comment on this thread or email me at me [at] adrianllu.com.