People from Online was a small community of professionals that started in may 2008, structured as a club of professions in the web industry from Iasi that would meet every couple of weeks.
We wanted to grow faster: form a network of collaborators, share experience(s), get actively involved in developing the Romanian online medium via education, technical support and promotion for projects that would arouse our interest and respect.
While we collaborated on plenty of projects, held meetups for years, met professionals that we become friends with and still collaborate with, in the course of 2014 the organization self-dissolved, mainly because most of the members left Iasi looking for better professional opportunities.
Meeting were held every couple of weeks, we hold presentations regarding various topics (from PR to designing newsletters or architecture and programming of CRMs ), share projects that we’ve been working at, case studies for those that reached the analysis and feedback level from clients, offer insights and critiques and end the meeting over lunch.
We would often digress and debate over new gadgets, launch strategies and user interface failures of devices and websites. In fact, that’s how I found out about Client from Hell, Fredo & Pidjin and other similar treats. 🙂
Online Career Day 2013
Online Career Day was the main project PfO came up with trying to bridge the gap between students and the market requirements of the internet industry.
5 – 8 members or guests would share their professional experience and insights, answer questions from the public and offer to mentor a few of those interested to head on a career path in the web media. We’re talking about copywriters, PPC marketers, PR and social media aficionados, web designers, graphic designers, programmers, trainers and the list can continue.
Each had a story to share about their career path, the hurdles they faced and how they overcome their fears of pushing forward a medium that now became ubiquitous.
In the last 2 years, due to interest from students we had to organize the event twice in the course of the same year and also launch a few small editions for highschools.
We come to meet and later on hire your professionals that would become few of the base building blocks for the IT community of Iasi.