Since yesterday I've received a number of emails appreciating the idea of smaller Mahara Hui. This seems to be a good way forward. How can we now make that happen?
Anyone can run a small Mahara Hui (Kiwi Mahara User Group meetings) and we'll support them as best as we can with access here to the site so that information can be put up and also insight into running a hui. We do want to keep the effort needed for running these smaller events low and have seen that happen nicely in other places, esp. the Mahara User Group in New York. It may be more shoulder tapping for presentations or asking here on the site rather than a full CFP. The principle is: Keep it simple, affordable and accessible to Mahara enthusiasts around the country / region.
If you are interested in running a small Mahara Hui in your region, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss it further. Ideally, organizers will have a room available at no or little cost that could host between 20 and 30 (or a few more) people. Lunch could be BYO, but the availability of coffee / tea would be appreciated so that there may even be no event fee for participants.
The events don't need to be run at the same time, but rather can be spread out over the year so they are held at times that are suitable for the users in that region.
Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas for the events. I am excited for next year's.