The Las Vegas Adobe User Group held a meetup/tweetup event on 3 Sep 2012 to kick-off the Photoshop World (PSW12) festivities. The event was totally and organically organized by the Adobe User Group community and Adobe Community Professionals flying-in to participate in PSW12. I was invited to come represent Adobe, chat with attendees, and of course, bring the prizes. We had CS6 Photoshop Extended (boxed software), Creative Cloud T-shirts, Adobe Touch App Shirts, buttons, and much more to raffle off to those folks who registered. (Congratulations to the Winners: Jeff Schumacher, Mike Reeves, Oscar Nonis, Peter Order, Mike Reeves, Terri Begas, Mike Kubeisy,& Rocky Montez-Carr)
There were no formal presentations… that is the beauty of a meetup/tweetup event. And “Rock-Star presenters” will just come hang-out and not feel as though they have to present anything, just chat about geeky Photoshop & Camera stuff over beer and snacks. Refreshments & snacks were provided by Adobe and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). And, we had some special guests!
Special Guests: Adobe Evangelist Terry White, Colin Smith (PhotoshopCafe), Stephen Burns, Wayne Posner (Las Vegas Event/Concert photographer), Kevin Stohlmeyer (Adobe Community Professional) + a bunch of other cool folks stopped by.
All in all, we had 80+ attendees signed up. The room we had was a nice size, but not large enough to fit everybody. We had a consistent crowd of about 60 folks (from 7pm-10pm) (This was our first time out with a tweetup/meetup, so we really didn’t know what to expect) The Staff at RiRa Irish Pub @MandalayBay were very accomodating and even turned on their PC + Projector, so we could display a “Tweet Wall”. A rep from Scott Kelby & Photoshop World, stopped by briefly, and expressed an interest in supporting a community event in Orlando in 2013. We’ll see how it goes? The event was A LOT of fun and folks were genuinely appreciative of Adobe’s support for the event. And I would definitely do another event at RiRa if an Adobe event was nearby.
– Aaron Houston
Adobe Community Mgr – North America
Here are some photos from the event:
|Social Media StatsNate Ludens from Digital Royalty (and Las Vegas AUG co-mgr) shared some social media metrics with me after the event. In the preceding 18 hours before and during the event, we got 279 clicks on the twitter posts from folks arriving to Las Vegas for PSW12 and who stopped by RiRa Pub or retweeted. Something to build upon! (We’ll have more stats from the EventBrite registrations page, forthcoming)|
Here are the Page views from EventBrite for this event: