I think it would be great to have a meet up where we actively try to get as many people working in the industry abroad to come along. Having the event one of the nights between 26th and 30th December would probably be best.
There are lots of small indie studios in Ireland but we don’t have a huge population of experienced developers so would be good to give people a chance to meet up. The expats can see what’s happening in Ireland and possibly get involved in some way. Even if people aren’t thinking of moving back to Ireland right away, perhaps when they come to their next job move if they know some of the companies in Ireland they might consider coming back and joining them.
What do people think – would this be a good focus for the shindig or would people prefer it as a separate event? Do the Christmas events tend to attract many people working abroad anyway?