Next Utah Social Media Developers Garage Meeting: February 2nd

I have learned from Joseph Scott (a local developer at Automattic, the owners of WordPress) that Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress will be in town on February 2nd. Originally we were going to plan on the next Utah SMDev meeting being February 12th, but due to Matt’s appearance, we’re going to join other interested bloggers and developers on February 2nd at the Taj India at 12pm. A Facebook event will be created, but please also be sure to RSVP at the official event page here. Again, here are the details:

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2008
Time: 12:00 PM (noon)
RSVP: at Upcoming Event Page
Taj India Restaurant
3540 South State St
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115

Taj India has Wi-Fi so bring your laptops and be ready for a great time! Our next meeting will be the second Tuesday in April (April 8). I’ll announce that again here as plans are solidified.

UPDATE: I previously said the meeting was February 5th – that is INCORRECT. The correct date is February 2nd, so be sure your calendars are correct!

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