Solid Events are an opportunity for the Solid community to meet in person locally.

Upcoming events

Date Event Organiser(s)
2019-12-10 Solid Enschede Erwin Folmer
2019-01-30 Solid Amsterdam Jeroen van Beele

(past events are listed below)

Solid Events are run by people like you. Here you can find a comprehensive guide to help you along the way.

Reach out to the Solid Manager on info@solidproject.org to set up a call and brainstorm the organisation of your event.

Content

There are many formats to host a Solid Event. Here are some ideas:

Speakers

Solid Events are a great opportunity to highlight local people building on Solid. You can shout out for local speakers on This Week in Solid. Partnering with local universities, particularly courses that teach linked data, is a great way to slot into the student network and integrate into the existing educational facilities.

Debate Panel

If you decide to set up a debate panel, define a theme or opening question. One way to focus the conversation is to set it up as a debate panel with multiple teams defending a specific perspective. Allocating people to defend perspectives they do not necessarily agree with is a good way to open the mind and expand the debate.

Entrepreneur-Investor Pitching

One format is to invite local entrepreneurs and developers to pitch an idea for a Solid app or Pod Provider. You can also invite investors to pitch why their funds are appropriate for Solid values.

Hackathons

Hackathons are great for passing on knowledge between those who are familiar with Solid to those who are learning. It is useful to have a concrete target for your hackathon that you can work towards together.

Team

A good team can make all the difference. Examples of roles include: promotion, ticketing, equipment support, presentation host.

Venue

Partnering with existing meetups or organisations that regularly host events has the benefit of learning from their experience and benefit from their existing setup. Make sure to select a venue that can accommodate the number of people you expect with sufficient tables and chairs.

Equipment

Organising a projector, sound system, and laptop for displaying the presentation in advance is important for a smooth running event. Make sure you have the right cables and preferably do a trial run before the event. If you partner with a venue that is familiar with hosting events, make sure to know who to contact about equipment setup.

Invitation

Eventbrite provides invitation services that have been popular with Solid Event organisers. A standard Solid Event invite text could be:

Introduction to Solid

About this Event

The web needs a mid-course correction. Solid, an open source project led by inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Solid lays the foundation for a future that puts users in control of their data and frees developers to focus on building apps that deliver value. Join us at {insert location} for an overview of Solid and an introduction to members of the Solid community. Learn how Solid works and how to get involved.The event will be organized by {insert organiser details}.

Agenda

{insert agenda}

Once your invite is published make sure to submit a pull request to add it to the listing above or reach out to the Solid Team to ask for it to be published.

Promotion

Make sure to spread the news about the event in local channels. Share the invite with people who organise events with a audiences that could share interests such as developers, data ethicists, and designers. Local media events, calendars, and developer groups can be a great way to tap into existing interest groups. Make sure to include your event in This Week in Solid.

Join the Solid Event Organisers

Join the solid/solid-events gitter channel to speak with other Solid Event organisers.

Continuity

Having a series of Solid Events in your city is important for the network of local developers to grow and nurture the implementation of Solid.

A Solid Event triplet is a series of three events in the same city designed to have incremental engagement with your local network.

  1. Meet and Greet Holding an informal meetup in a city is a good way to find out who else is working on Solid locally.

A general introduction to Solid to kickstart your Solid Event can be helpful for newcomers and to warm the attention of the crowd. If your event is general and targeted to a wide audience using Solid or looking to use Solid, it is important that you cover What, Why, How, When, described so anyone can understand. It is useful to talk about the core values that define the Solid design. Value based conversations can be an excellent route to moving these conversations forward. Questions to answer in the opening introduction include: What is Solid?Why should I use Solid? How can I use Solid?

Demos of Solid solutions preferably by locals building on Solid help the audience focus on practical implementations. You can also ask Solid app developers for recorded demos.

At the end of the first Solid Event it’s a good idea to announce your local Solid Challenge. A Solid Challenge is a small aim where individuals or groups can aim towards and compete. Try and design the Solid Challenge to be relevant to the local setting. Perhaps you want to gauge the temperature at the first event and collect contact details of those interested in a Solid Challenge rather than announcing it immediately. Either way, make sure to follow up with a written description of the Solid Challenge aim as well as the prize criteria and the jury. Partnering with a local university is a good way to engage with student activity and the incorporate Solid into the local academic training.

  1. Solid Challenge Prize Ceremony

Set a date for the second Solid Event where you can announce the winner. This is a good opportunity to invite local businesses and institutions who may be interested in implementing Solid with the people who engaged in the Solid Challenge.

Having speakers at the second Solid Event who can introduce Solid to businesses is helpful.

  1. Company and Institutional demonstrations The third Solid Event is a good place to gather local companies and institutuions who have been working on implementing Solid. The first demonstrations are likely to be early stage which is helpful so that you can understand how best to complement and support each other.

Past events

Date Event Organizer(s) Recordings and Slides
2019-11-20 Solid London Kartika Tulusan  
2019-11-21 Solid Montreal David H Manson  
26-10-2019 Solid London Kartika Tulusan  
11-10-2019 Solid Copenhagen Sarmad Reda  
10-10-2019 Solid Amsterdam Jeroen van Beele  
12-09-2019 Solid Berlin Christian Buggadei  
2019-07-20 Solid Beijing Ivy Dom Solid Beijing 2019
2019-07-05 Solid San Jose John Bartas  
2019-06-28 Solid Hague Bart Roorda The PLDN, Linked Data, Solid Intro & Demo
2019-06-12 Solid Oviedo Jose Emilio Labra Gayo  
2019-05-29 Solid Berlin Christian Buggedei  
2019-05-22 Solid London Paul Worrall Inaugral Solid London Video
2019-05-13 Solid Toronto Li Lu  
2019-05-08 Solid New York Brian Cort  
2019-05-02 Solid Seattle Jon Pederson  
2019-04-09 Solid San Jose John Bartas  
2019-04-09 Solid Utrecht Pieter van Everdingen  
2019-03-27 Solid Berlin Christian Buggadei  
2019-03-22 Solid Boston Kelly O’Brien  
2019-03-21 Solid Boston Kelly O’Brien  
2019-02-20 Solid Saxony Team 4C  
2019-02-08 Solid Stockholm Eduardo Ibacache Rodriguez  
2019-01-09 Solid Berlin Christian Buggadei  
2018-12-12 Solid Oslo Eduardo Ibacache Rodriguez  
2018-12-11 Solid Utrecht Pierluigi Casale  
2018-12-05 Solid Boston Mitzi László  
2016-04-11 Solid Montreal International World Wide Web Conference ————–