Yes, if you're not living close to Austin, you can come to Chicago instead. ;)
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We are open to any event ideas. For now, it seems like the first two events will be an Eclipse DemoCamp where participants get 5-10 minutes each to demo local Eclipse projects, and an Eclipse Ganymede overview.
We'll keep you posted. Otherwise, hang on in Chicago's windy weather!