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Fifth Anniversary of NYC DAM Meetup

On July 20, 2009, Chad Beer started the NYC DAM Meetup with Michael Hollitscher.

When they started this Digital Asset Management specific meetup, I still remember how exciting the idea of having regular events about DAM was. And still is.

We would not have to wait an entire year for the few annual conferences to roll in for a couple days to network with the best in the field. It has become very clear that New York City is the DAM Capital of the world. No other area in the world has more DAM professionals and no other city has more people showing up to DAM specific events than New York City.

In January 2013, the author joined as a Co-Organizer to setup monthly Meetups for the Digital Asset Management community.

We doubled our membership from 300 members back in February 2013 to 600 members in January 2014.

To this day, we are still the world’s largest DAM meetup as seen here: http://digital-asset-management.meetup.com/

How did we do it?

  • Steady topics of interest to the DAM community
  • Great content consisting of panel discussions and speakers
  • Connecting with many like minded professionals willing to speak and share their experiences.
  • Scheduling events after work on weekdays
  • Using a model inclusion, not exclusion. We have rivals sitting next to each other and we are all okay with that. Interested students and job seekers are welcomed just like seasoned professionals.
  • Looking at multiple perspectives across many sectors, not just one.
  • Looking at the real world successes and challenges from the field of DAM. No unicorns and rainbows here.
  • Having a lots of networking opportunities in person.
  • Purposefully maintaining zero budget.
  • Having great organizations to host our events.
  • Maintaining free membership and free attendance to any NYC DAM Meetup. Just RSVP and show up.
  • In May 2013, we got sponsorships to video recording all of our speaking sessions going forward so these could be posted on a YouTube channel for the global DAM community to watch afterward.
  • Oh, I almost forgot… commitment, dedication and hard work. All of the NYC DAM Meetup Organizers do this on their limited spare time as volunteers to benefit their professional community.

You are not alone in the DAM world. It is just a matter of connecting with other professionals.

We will have a NYC DAM meetup scheduled to celebrate our first 5 years this month.

If you are interested in Digital Asset Management, you are always welcome to RSVP and join us in person.


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Atlanta DAM Meetup started

There are quite a few organizations based in Atlanta, Georgia. Many of them are either actively using Digital Asset Management (DAM) or are very interested in using Digital Asset Management (DAM), within and across their organization. It would only make sense that Atlanta would have their very own DAM Meetup group so they could discuss hot topics about DAM and learn from each other.

Elizabeth Keathley took the initiative to do just that. Atlanta DAM was founded June 20, 2013 and has announced their first event  in July.

You can find out more about Atlanta DAM at http://www.meetup.com/Atlanta-DAM/

For those in Atlanta who interested in DAM, this is the time to peel your fingers off your keyboards, mice and tablets for a few hours. This is the time to socialize with other people who work with Digital Asset Management. Join some like minded people in Atlanta who work with DAM and you will be surprised what you have in common across organizations when it comes to DAM. You are not alone in the world of DAM and there are plenty of you out there. Come out, share your experiences, challenges and successes. You might even learn something just by listening.

There are a few DAM Meetups around the world, including NYC Digital Asset Managers which I co-organize with over 520 members.  All you need is enough people willing to come out to one location and Meetup every so often to discuss Digital Asset Management. Do you have a DAM Meetup in your area?


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NYC Digital Asset Managers Meetups now shared on YouTube

Due to a global popular demand, the New York City Digital Asset Managers Meetup group (NYC DAM Meetup) is beginning to record and post their Digital Asset Management (DAM) Meetups on YouTube.

Who wanted this online

DAM professionals, people aspiring to become DAM professionals, people just interested in Digital Asset Management and people just interested in what is going on have asked for the NYC DAM Meetups to be recorded and shared online for the past couple months.

They emailed, tweeted, left comments and messages pleading to sharing this content online.

So the three organizers of NYC DAM Meetups, Chad Beer, Michael Hollitscher and Henrik de Gyor (author of this blog) figured out how we could  share this knowledge online with the right quality.

Why

We looked to see what we could do to make this happen. Why were these local events so popular and in demand?

Maybe it is due to the fact we had 33 Meetups since Chad Beer created the NYC DAM Meetup back in July 2009.

Maybe it is because we had 8 Meetups in the first 5 months of 2013.

Maybe it is the great content and discussion we have shared among our Meetup members in person, including panel discussions on topics people want/need to hear about, such as:

Maybe it is due to the fact that many people, even if they are in New York City, can not make it to the NYC DAM Meetup due to scheduling, geographic or limited space reasons. People still want to listen and learn from what is discussed at the NYC DAM Meetups. It only makes sense to video record our panel discussions in order to share this knowledge beyond scheduling constraints, across all time zones and through most geographic  borders.

This is is why we decided to share the NYC DAM Meetups. Openly. Globally. Video online.  Free of charge to all viewers.

How

As I visited other Meetups which I joined, some events were recorded while most were not. I visited a Meetup called MoDevDC (on Mobile Development in the Washington DC area. They record every Meetup because Mobile Application Development is kind of really popular right now and they too have a global audience. It happens that I know the person who is doing their video recording. So I did what anyone should do when they have an idea and see a potential solution in front of them. Ask lots of questions, explore what is possible and then plan a pilot project to see how realistic it is for all parties. We are very luckily, Anthony Allen was ready and willing to do this for the NYC DAM Meetup.

We are still working out the details on how to fund this initiative while we have people’s attention. Some are already interested in contributing to this.

Where

Since YouTube is one of the most popular channels we decided to post these videos so there were no limitations. Sharing and embedding from YouTube is easy. This will be shared elsewhere. Now all you need to do is visit http://www.youtube.com/nycdam1

What

We plan to record the NYC DAM Meetups going forward.

Now you can literally see what happens when you ask to share openly.