Last week the Web Standards Group reached a milestone of 5,000 members, and thanks to SitePoint the lucky 5,000th member has scored some awesome prizes. (For clarity, the WSG is a grassroots organisation focussed on educating designers and developers through the sharing of knowledge, both online and at regular presentations — not to be confused with the Web Standards Project, who works with browser vendors and tool creators.)
From the announcement that went out to the group’s members this afternoon:
Our first meeting was held on 6 March 2003 in a pub in Sydney with 8 people. We currently have 5,009 members from 109 countries. We also have meetings in a range of cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane … Wellington, London, Singapore and Moscow — with more to come in the next few months.
Becoming a member of the Web Standards Group is free. Anyone can join, and membership provides you with access to a range of online resources, the ability to ask questions of the (very active) mailing list and forum, and free attendance at meetings.
(Disclaimer: I am the organiser of Melbourne’s WSG meetings).
Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.