Idaho Tech Community - Join Us!

by J.D. Mullin

Posted on Sept 30th, 2015

Our tech community craves staying connected, yet we've never been able to make something stick.

Anyone who has spent time with me knows I'm passionate about Idaho and software. After every local event I attend, I get the vibe that the community wants to stay connected, but we struggle to figure out how. Twitter tends to be the default answer, but it just isn't the right medium to continue the great conversations we have when we meet in person.

You know how it goes; log on to twitter, ready to hear from your tech friends, but that guy who posts brillant SaaS metrics links every now and again also rants about the BSU game ALL THE TIME and your feed is dilluted. Jess Flyn posts something amazing, but she posts at 11pm and you miss it. Jess doesn't want to be presumptious, so she resists the obvious urge to post again at 9am even though she knows more people will notice if she does.

We are a team. Slack is a fantastic tool for teams to collaborate. Tonight I'm launching a Slack team for Idaho Technology. I've seeded it with a handful of channels to give people a push in the right direction, but please add as many as you want.

To sign up, enter your email address here and you will receive an invitation.

Install the desktop and mobile apps, point them to the "IdahoTech" team domain, talk amongst yourselves and make cool things happen, Idaho. I know you can do it.

Uses for a Community Like This

At a number of events there have been people who have said they would love to offer up their business expertise, technical expertise, etc and be a mentor. Right now it's hard for those in need to connect with them. With this new community, mentors can subscribe to the #mentors channel, and those in need can ask questions and quickly get connected. One of the cool things about Slack is you don't have to be online to know someone has asked for help, you will get an automatic email letting you know (and if you don't want that email, there are notifications settings letting you configure how you are notified).

You are a tech entrepenuer and want to find someone who has "been there, done that" to bounce a couple of ideas off of.

You are new to the area and want to be quickly connected to the Idaho tech community. Or counter that, if you live here and want to make yourself available as a resource to those moving here.

You live outside of the Boise area and want to be directly connected to things happening in Boise. Or counter that, if you live in Boise and want to connect more with your peers in the rest of the state.

You are an engineer working through a problem, and want to quickly find out if the engineers at another local company have experienced something similar and can quickly help.

You want to grab coffee or a beer with a colleague to ask about a technology solution, modification to your scrum process, ask how they solve problem X, anything!

A way to have a conversation with your peers at an event that will persist and not be lost in the noise. Imaging creating a channel at the next Hackfort, and weeks later having the conversation still available for reference, plus links and now direct connections and the ability to message those participants.

A place for high school and college students to connect with industry professionals for advice and to make connections as they work towards entering the job force.

Do you I really think this could work?

Absolutely, but only if people create accounts and start chatting. If not it will most certainly fail, but it's absolutely worth taking a shot.

JD Mullin

J.D. Mullin

SVP Product & Engineering