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Me and my friend are young, 17. We live in Sydney, Australia.

We kindof know our stuff, we're not professionals, we're still in school; But we're young, motivated developers that have been all up in this jazz for about the past 8 years.

However we see noone else offering meetups/talks/q&a's on programming/development/what's-new-in-the-dev/hacker/etc world So we thought that if we can- we would love to do this job ourselves for other kids our age who want to learn/understand but do not know where or how to access this information.

Everyone these days has at least one device that is using a new technology/language which is buzzing these days as new or great in the dev world interesting people like us alot however 99.9% of the time everyone else has no idea "how it works" or "what is this programming nerd stuff anyway".

So many people want to find out. Information is limited to the internet. (at our age, I mean school teaches you nothing.)

As as much as we would love to help out and give talks/organise meetups for kids that are interested in this (aren't they all?) I fear that there would be no real chance that anyone would take any notice of this or be willing to turn up to a couple of kids with no real credentials talking about stuff they probably don't know about. (as far as they can guess).

What steps could I/we take in order to achieve/access any kind of backing for this kind of a project with limited money and within the next couple of months?

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  • As a basis for what kind of information we'd want to give we're interested in diving people straight into programming ideas how new things work/teaching practical examples, etc. i.e I would be presenting on what IPT/Software classes don't teach you (in terms of programming. Specifically aimed at js/node.js tech)


  • I totally thought this topic would be okay here since the 'about' states that "questions of the community" are accepted but whatever.
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Meta certainly isn't the place for this. I'm not sure about Programmers either but it is probably your best bet. Try reading their FAQ and having a look around. –  dmckee Jul 18 '12 at 6:51
I read the about for this meta and it said that question such as 'Ask questions of the community.' were fine. –  Michael Zaporozhets Jul 18 '12 at 6:58
The 'about' also states "Lots of topics are fair game, as long as they are about the Stack Exchange family of Q&A websites in some way.". This particular question is most likely suited to Programmers rather than Meta. –  Deco Jul 18 '12 at 7:19
This might be a better fit for quora.com which expressly invites discussion-y topics –  Pëkka Jul 18 '12 at 9:40

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I don't know where you live, size of town etc. But my initial thinking is that you should offer kind of programmers club at your school (you want your age), try to teach your friends and interested kids. If you find enthusiasts and can keep this business running (with support of your teachers), you might go and ask local companies to support you.

For first part I guess (!) most of your interests may have a computer themself, so all you need is time, a room and some paper copies to bring your teaching lesson to public. As well as you might use your internet connections to invite friends and their friends if interested. I would say you need kind of limit for the first round - don't expect to much interest but also be aware of sending people away because you cannot teach 30.

And after having a kind of regular base of people, you will work out your methods to teach and you might need some more technical support - that's the point where I would try to find local (IT) companies to support you. During whole process I would ask teachers about getting a room or basic stuff.

Or am I totally away of your ideas in your mind?

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updated question with location, and this can't be a progressive thing. We sort of want to do a couple of one off meetups. So this approach doesn't really help. We're also more interested in diving people straight into programming ideas how new things work/teaching practical examples, etc. i.e I would be presenting on what IPT/Software classes don't teach you (in terms of programming. Specifically aimed at js/node.js tech) –  Michael Zaporozhets Jul 18 '12 at 7:02
@MagicDev So you want to held kind of conferences and invite people with high knowledge to talk to students of your age about programming stuff? like //build in very small? –  Shegit Brahm Jul 18 '12 at 7:05
Basically, but we'd love to do the talks since we can really relate with the kids doing the subjects and we already know what the schools in our state teach so we would be able to avoid that entirely. –  Michael Zaporozhets Jul 18 '12 at 7:07
@MagicDev I didn't mean to ask teachers to teach, I mean to ask them for infrastructure. So I don't really get what you want to achieve. If you want to talk to people, you need a room & stuff. If you want friends to listen to other people, you need to ask them to come. Anything around to organize is infrastructure, regarding of tech equip and stuff. I just guess if you have that tech knowledge, you might have connections to this people with more knowledge. Otherwise you need to ask. –  Shegit Brahm Jul 18 '12 at 10:31
ahh right now i get what you mean, yeah I'll definitely try to contact some schools/get my schools backing on this but i know what you mean by infrastructure. –  Michael Zaporozhets Jul 18 '12 at 10:34

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