Attending Meetups

Thank you for taking the time to attend one of our meetups! They can be a great place for learning and meeting new people, but there can also be a lot going on. Below you’ll find all the information you need about attending our events.

Code of Conduct

Our community is dedicated to providing an inclusive environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Slack and other online media. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the community organisers.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing melbourne@awsug.org.au, contacting the organisers on slack, or via the website.

All our speakers, attendees, and anyone else taking part in Melbourne AWS User Group activities are expected to familiarise themselves with these policies. While these policies are open to discussion and change over time, participation in the community implies that you are willing to abide by the policies in place at that time.

For more information please see the long version of our code of conduct.

Agenda

Our meetup agenda varies month to month, but they all follow the same basic schedule:

Time Item
6:00pm Introductions
6:05pm What’s new in AWS
6:15pm Introductory Lightning Talk
6:25pm Short Break 🚽
6:30pm First Main Presentation
7:00pm Marketplace (Who’s Hiring)
7:05pm Main Break 🍕
7:30pm Second Main Presentation
8:00pm Networking + Close

Venue

Our main venue for 2020 is NAB House, 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Getting There

NAB House is near the corner of Bourke Street and William Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Tram routes 58, 86 and 96 stop on the corner. It is approximately a 5 minute walk from Flagstaff and Southern Cross Stations, and a slightly longer walk from Flinders Street and Melbourne Central Stations.

Inside NAB House

We’re in The Bowl, which is at the rear of NAB House. If you’re entering from Bourke Street go to the right, around the reception desk (you don’t need to sign in) until you see the glass doors before the stairs. You should see the Melbourne AWS User Group banner, and security will let you in to the area.

Accessibility

Our venue, NAB House, provides step-free access from Bourke Street through to The Bowl. Inside The Bowl, space is available for wheelchairs at the front of the seating, and at the rear.

Catering

All of our events are catered, and the catering varies from month to month, but we typically have the meetup staples like cold beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. Bottles of water are also available - hydration is important!

For food we usually have pizza, but we are tying to mix it up a bit, so feedback or ideas are welcome!

Dietary Requirements and Preferences

We always have a vegetarian option available at each event, and vegan or gluten free options by request.

We don’t order all dietary options for every meetup in order to keep food wastage down. We are more than happy to try and accomodate any requirements that you have, so please get in touch.

Presentations

We generally have two or three presentations at each event, though this varies month to month. Our speakers are donating their time and knowlege for these events, so we ask that all attendees are polite and respectful.

Some tips:

  • Be seated promptly when the presentation starts. This helps us keep the event to time as well.
  • Stop all conversations. If you want to keep talking you may, but please take it outside.
  • Wait until the end to ask questions. The most common answer to questions is “that’s my next slide”; give the presenter a chance to flow. (This is not a hard rule - if a presenter welcomes questions during the presentation then have at them, but don’t keep interrupting with questions).
  • Ask good questions. See below.

Asking good questions

Asking good questions is important to the flow of the night and the experience of everyone there. Here are some tips for asking good questions.

  • Ask questions not comments. Don’t just make a comment about the content of the presentation, speak to the presenter directly afterwards for those.
  • Ask polite questions that contribute to the discussion.
  • Nobody knows all the answers! Speakers often know a lot about their subject, but nobody knows all the answers to every question. Please remember that “I don’t know” is an acceptable answer.
  • Don’t try to catch presenters out. Maybe you know more about the presented subject than the speaker, but don’t try to catch them out by asking some super tricky or obscure question. It’s not polite.
  • Don’t have a conversation. If you feel your question might lead to several follow up questions, please speak to the presenter during the break or after the event and have a conversation with them directly.

Introductory Presentation

We like to encourage new speakers, and reserve a slot for a 10-minute lightning talk at the beginning of each meetup for someone who has not presented at the User Group before.

This can be a presentation on anything but is generally intended to be a Level 100 (Beginner to AWS) or Level 200 (Introduction to service) talk. Speaking Mentorship is available as well.

Find out more

Helping out

Many hours go into each meetup and many hands are a bounty, but it doesn’t take a large commitment to help out! There are tasks large and small at each event, such as setting out the catering, setting up AV, welcoming people or cleaning up.

No commitment is required (but also no refunds). If you’d like to help out please read more about volunteering.