On 2009 April 21st, I gathered a small group of people with the drive to give our favourite software further publicity. With guidance from Ton Roosendaal, the first Blender User Group Meeting is held to help build a Blender community. Those who attended this meeting are:-
Sacha Goedegebure — Instructor @ 3dsense Media School, Director of Big Buck Bunny
Sim Pern Chong — Industrial Designer
Soh Weelian — Instructor at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of InfoComm Technology
Daniel Yam — Creative Director of The Creative Room
Victor Yap — Solution Architect
As this is our first event and held at almost dinner time, it was decided to be a “Bring Your Own Snacks” theme. Each one of us brought snacks to share while I provided drinks as well. Since its the first meeting, we pretty much hammered out what the objectives of BUGS and immediately set to work on our first event, a workshop to showcase Blender.
Sacha showcase some of the things he is working on and Sim also showed his portfolio and what had done to create interest for a Blender Workshop previously. Weelian also showed his passion for airplane modeling and guiding us to his latest youtube tutorial.
It was fun getting to know each other and finding out how different our backgrounds are but coming together with a common goal as Blender users. From different points of view, here is what we envisioned the objectives of the Blender User Group of Singapore:-
- To provide support of local Blender Users
- To showcase individual, groups, and/or organizations Blender projects
- To spread the usage of Blender to both professional and new artists
Next meeting should be somewhere around June/July. Right now, its the Blender Workshop in May.