This morning, Open Coffee took place in the Rubicon center from 10am til 12pm.
The topic of the morning was Cork Open Coffee itself, to see if any members would like to make any changes to how OCC has been working over the past 2 years or so.
There was some great feedback and I took plenty of notes while we all talked. Thank you everyone for all the feedback.
In general, it looks like people want things to stay much the same with just a little more notice about events, some time keeping when talks are going on and keep it tech-based.
Below are my notes in no particular order. I will be working on lining up speakers to demo products and services for the next several open coffees so please get in touch if you would like to give a talk, even if you have given a talk in the past.
- Fortnightly is good, don’t change to once a month for meetings.
- Needs a little more structure for talks, a moderator for talks being given to prevent topics going on and on
- Every now and then, when doing the initial round-table introduction, give an individual in the audience a few minutes to explain a little more about their business, similar to BNI but not formal.
- A person/business doing a presentation to show their product or service could pay for the coffee?
- 10 – 15 minute presentations, 10- 15 minutes for discussion
- Have Topics for meetings such as SEO, Sales. It doesn’t need a presentation to be made, just a topic for discussion with a person to start it off.
- Have some more conventional talks such as Sales / Marketing with a tech slant
- Leave behind the Open Coffee’s that take place in coffee shops in the city.
- Try out other venues such as the National Software Centre / Web Works with a board room type environment like the Rubicon.
- Possibly take in donations to pay for coffee & nibbles
- Possibly a Linked-In group for discussions
- If people are looking for someone at a meeting, perhaps have a minute when introducing oneself to say what they are looking for eg: A developer for a project, A designer for a logo
- A page on the website to list profiles of regular members.
- Perhaps recurring talks about relevant topics such as Sales/ Investment/Funding
- Looking into funding to pay for Coffee & Nibbles?
- Try to make resources available to OCC such as access to libraries.
- Have events trough out the year, such as Summer BBQ/Christmas Party events to break up the year.
- Invite in Kieran Moynihan (The new Entrepreneur in Residence at the Rubicon) to talk about his new role in CIT/The Rubicon.
Scones are kindly sponsored by Hayfield Manor
The turnout for yesterday’s OCC was smaller than usual as expected due to the Bank Holiday Weekend. However we did have some superb conversations mainly focused on mobile, mobile services, SMS, Jaiku, Swarmteams and Location Based Services. A very interested side-chat occurred on To-Do list applications and how weak many of them are. Our current tool in LouderVoice (Remember The Milk) is good particularly due to Google integration but still frustrates.
I’m delighted to announce that the Rubicon Centre will be sponsoring the coffee at OCC from now on. A big thank you to Paul Healy for making this happen. A big thank-you also to Mr Cotton who has been providing the high quality product at each session.
A while back Diarmuid Wrenne of Lukulu made the great suggestion that we hold Cork OCC in the Rubicon out in CIT. We had the first of two trial meet-ups on Friday and I think it was a roaring success. It looked to me that more than twenty people came and went in the two hours. We had regulars, Rubicon incubator companies and new attendees too which was particularly gratifying.
Paul Healy who runs the two Rubicon Centres (a new one with hot-desking facilities opened on Model Farm road recently) made sure to get the word out and co-ordinated onÂ coffee etc.Â The eventÂ couldn’t have happened without him, thanks Paul! We did a quick round-the-room who-am-I which was a big help and the conversation roamed from Seed Capital Scheme to Nokia N770s to SeedCampÂ to guerrilla coffee marketing.
Another major improvement was the attendance of Phoebe and SinÃ©ad. Apart from the first OCC and possibly one other, the meets have been 100% male until now. I hope they become regulars and encourage more women to attend.
This really had injected new energy into Cork OCC and I’m looking forward to the next one hugely.