Technology moves too fast to rely on formal education to keep your skills sharp. Social coding mixes developers of all skill levels and orientations together to learn from each other in an informal environment. Marianne Bellotti talks about the benefits and challenges of social coding groups: how to start one, find the resources to support them and keep them from becoming cliquish or unwelcoming to newbies.
Marianne Bellotti is one of the organizers of Hacker Hours and cofounder of CodeWorking-- NYC's first programming specific hackerspace. She currently works as a Prototype Engineer and Developer Evangelist for cloud software company Basic6 and frolics around the world in search of the perfect hot spring.