Adobe was called in to be a last minute sponsor of MuraCON. Over (70) ColdFusion and Web Developers attended a 2 day conference at Drexel University campus in Sacramento. Nice venue right by the river and down the street from the California capital building. The MuraCon organizers assured me that they wanted to start small with this event. In fact, they weren’t even sure anybody would come! Boy, were they surprised when their conference sold out a month prior to the conference; and, they had a decent size waiting list too.
I was helping out Josh Adams (@jladams97) our Sales Engineer for ColdFusion. Josh was speaking at the event and needed help at the Adobe table. And as it turned out, there were several Adobe User Group Managers and their members there. The community aspect was great, but what is this Mura stuff? They were at MAX, but I’d never heard of them.
WHAT is MURA?
Mura is a CFML based Content Management System (CMS) that was created by Blue River Interactive Group, a full-service interactive agency based in Sacramento, California.
Blue River was founded by 3 guys who played in Sacramento area rock bands. They wanted to find a simpler way to update their band websites. So one thing led to another and they developed a flexible web based content management system. They’re young, agile, and they have got some great clients.
Mura is discovering that they are the verge of creating a new community of CFML developers and designers.
Getting A Community Started:
I was asked by one of the founders (“Malcom”) this question: ” When does a software company know when to support a User Group Community? “
Awesome question! I replied: ” Hmm, you’ve held your first user conference; and, it sold out a month ago….Seems like you already have a community! No time like the present to start engaging them! ”
I also added a couple of things:
A good book to read is Jono Bacon’s (Ubuntu Community Mgr) book: “The Art of Community“.
Here’s a video below of Jono talking about the rise of communities in corporations/foundations.
The Software Giveaways! + the Swag
We gave away several copies of Flash Builder Premium 4.5 which comes bundled with ColdFusion Builder 2. There were also developer t-shirts and some assorted swag. In talking to a couple of the winners, they had lots of ideas on creating ColdFusion Builder extensions; and some even had an interest in creating Mobile Applications with FlashBuilder 4.5. There was one developer who works for a military organization who wanted to create an Android App and reader device for Java Card ID’s to access their internal intranet. Sounded interesting! All in All, there were a lot of happy CF developers.
|Adobe User Groups @MuraCON
Met a couple of Adobe User Group Managers and members at MuraCON:
I certainly hope so! The guys from Mura could probably do it with additional sponsorship. Adobe will likely be there, but all depends on how things are organized!
objectivebias Tony Garcia:
#MuraCon was amazing. Was a privilege to meet so may passionate developers. Now let’s see how much Irene messes up our homeward travel plans
grantshepert Grant Shepert:
@davidpanzarella sure, maybe Thursday? Heard you met my bud @JasPanesar … jeez, there goes the #MuraCon envy again
heatherbowman Heather Bowman:
East coast next 🙂 RT @stevewithington : #MuraCon went so fast, can’t believe it’s over! maybe we should take this thing on the road
#MuraCon went so fast, can’t believe it’s over! maybe we should take this thing on the road #ColdFusion #MuraCMS #opensource
southofshasta South of Shasta:
#MuraCon was awesome! Left w/ lots of ideas, and a ton of excitement about some project ideas. Winning the raffle prize didnt hurt either 🙂