Started by Douglas Repetto, 35, now the director of Columbia University’s Computer Music Center, “Dorkbot” is a place for the loose exchange of technological ideas. They’re about creation; loving the world you live in and finding ways to explore new ideas. The meetings have become a cult following all around the world. They were launched five years ago with only seven people showing up to the first meeting. Now, the meetings are large, spreading to about 50 cities in five countries.
“‘There is a need to have a casual way of talking about what you are interested in without pressure to succeed,’ says Repetto. ‘It’s a virus that our society has that the only one reason to do things is because you are going to get famous.’”