MacDeployment is an Alberta-based group for Mac Admins, sharing current best practices in the area of deploying and maintaining Macs. We’ve held five conferences and now offer local meetups on a (mostly) monthly basis in Calgary.
We average about 8 meetups per year, most commonly on the third or fourth Wednesday night of the month at about 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Currently, our meetups are being held online, so people from outside our area are welcome to attend. We post information on how to join us in the MacAdmins Slack. You can also DM us on Twitter for the connection information.
Our format is open to “lightning talks” or mini-workshops (5-15 minutes each, although we’re open to longer), but we generally spend the bulk of the time in discussion. Anyone who wants to give a lightning talk should propose it (see below for methods). Of course, if there is a topic you want to hear about (because, for example, you’re struggling with it right now), you can also float the idea in one of our online channels and perhaps someone will volunteer to share what they know at the meetup. One possible topic for a quick talk is to simply explain your context — what do you support (type, quantity, scale), what tools do you use, what are you looking to change or improve? Regardless, you are always welcome to bring your questions to the meetup; we’ve already seen successful connections built.
There is no charge for the meetup, but if you intend on coming to an in-person meetup, please let the host know so they can have adequate space (and sometimes food & beverages) at the venue. There are three ways you can let us know:
- By posting in the #macdeploy channel in the MacAdmins Slack (this is preferred); or
- Sending us a message on Twitter (@MacDeploy); or
- By contacting the meetup host directly.
Our MacDeployment Conference has brought in top speakers from the Mac Admin community and is the main gathering place for our Alberta Mac Admins community biennially.
Our most recent Conference was held June 10-11, 2019 at the University of Calgary. Thanks to everyone who attended, contributed, and supported! Our next conference is planned for June 2021, maintaining the biennial schedule we adopted after the 2017 Conference.