I want to thank you all for the support for the Israeli Tech Talks Initiative.
While talking to some of you, I figured out that many of you did not get the suggested form of the talks.
I know many are used to gatherings/meetings/conferences/... where you all seat and listen to a talk but this is NOT the suggested form.
Gatherings like I mentioned above are good for "teasing" us to "think" about new technology or methodology. Usually attendees to such gatherings are VP R&D, CTOs, Lead Developers but not all your development/tech team. Those that should implement and work with technology are not being engaged because they don't attend the talk. It also usually keep the talk on the general (management) level and real life questions, hurdles and challenges are left out.
What I was suggesting is what I find as a better way to drive knowledge to the actual people that will do the job. Pick a talk and a speaker and bring him in-house to your company to talk to your team. I found it as much better way to engage team members and "fire them up" towards a new technology or methodology. That way you also give them the ability to ask the questions that involve the day-to-day aspects and be sure they know get sufficient answers.
What we will also create is a network of knowledge that can result in calls like - "Hey Ran, I have few questions about my Cassandra setup, any chance to have a coffee and talk it over?".
I know, most information can be found out there in forums, mailing lists, StackOverflow, ServerFault, just google your question and you got it. But the ability to have a cup of coffee with an expert that went through your hurdles, in Hebrew and work things out is sometimes life saving.
I think we have the knowledge here in Israel, but we just don't know where to find it.
ILTechTalks is that kind of place where you can find other companies that have been through some technical challenges, solved them and are willing to share their knowledge with you and your team.
All you need to do is:
Go To our site.
If you have (and I know every company have at least one thing they see as their "craftsmanship") and list a talk.
If you want to ask for a talk you can do it here.
the wiki is invitation based so please register to our mailing list and ask for invitation.
Thanks and good luck to all of us.