I recently did an interview about the Hawaii Flash User Group (HFUG) on Activetuts+
It was a basic question, of why did I start the user group in the first place.
Back in 2009, tere were no local places a flash designer/developer could meet and discuss flash & related Adobe products. I also contact many of the flash user groups on the mainland to see if they held on-line meetings, but they did not at that time. I asked around and found out setting up a user group was very easy and you did not have to be an expert on everything related to flash to start a group. I would like to thank my friend Chris Griffith from the San Diego User Group for all his help in getting me started.
If you are interested in starting a local user group in your area, please do so, you can get information about starting a group here
I did just this, as I felt that here in Honolulu, with a great local digital art & developer community that I could fill a void that was missing in Honolulu! After talking with many people here, they all though it was a great idea!
In March 2009 the Hawaii Flash User Group was started, but it turned out I was not the first one to have the user group were as Alli Mills had the group here back in the late 90s, I also talked to him about starting the group.
Even though meeting spaces have been hard to come up at times HFUG has turned out to be a great place where local Flash designers and developers could meet and discuss the Flash platform. I usually try to have meetings that members have interested in, but have had meetings from everything to basic flash, using frameworks, Flex & ColdFusion, and Mobile, etc.
In time I noticed that plenty of people from outside of Hawaii were joining the group. I then started to host the meetings on-line through connect, with the help of the co-manager Gabriel Peart who has been a big help in managing the on-line portion of the group. So not only are the meetings held locally, but many people around the world can also join the meetings.
We have grown to about 90 members in a short time, and if you would have told me that this would have happened when I started I would have told you “No Way!”
you can see the Interview on Activetuts+
You can find HFUG below