HPMOR Wrap Parties: Resources, Information and Discussion

by Habryka3 min read4th Mar 201546 comments


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As many of you probably read on the HPMOR author's note last month, I am the coordinator of the HPMOR Wrap parties. Many of you have reached out to me, I put hundreds of you into contact with each other, and over 20 parties on 4 continents are now going to happen. Now it is time to get as much attendance to the events as possible, make sure that we all get the most out of the events and use the momentum that HPMOR has brought this community. This post will serve as a central location for all information and resources available for the parties, as well as a place for discussion in the comments. 


I set up a few different systems to coordinate everyone, and make it easier for everyone interested in the wrap parties to connect. Here they are: 

The Map:

This map can help you get a quick overview of how many people in your area are strongly interested, and who might help you with organizing an event. Remember that not even half of the people currently RSVP'd for Facebook events have added themselves to the map, so this map is the absolute minimum level of engagement in your area. I will be adding all events to the map as they are posted in the Facebook group. Please add yourself to the map if you can! (But please be careful to not destroy the pins of anyone else, to use the correct pin type, and to not create any empty pins.)

The Facebook Group:

This is the main location for discussion of the wrap parties and also the location at which all of the events are conveniently collected. You can find all events under the "Events" tab, and if you add your own event in this group you can conveniently invite everyone who has added themselves to this group. I would still additionally advice you to invite all of your friends who might be interested, since they might not have joined the group. 

The Organizer Mailing List: 

This mailing list is the fastest way for me to reach all of the organizers at the same time, and also the fastest way for all organizers to be kept up to speed with the newest resources available. Use this mailing list to discuss ideas and get help from other organizers. 

Parties [Updated: March 9th, 10:00PM]

To help you quickly get a sense of whether there is a party happening in your area, here is a list of all the parties that I have so far learned about, with links to their respective Facebook events. Currently everything is on Facebook because that is much easier to coordinate, but I will try to add contact information for organizers for all of these parties very soon, so that people without Facebook can easily find the information that they need:

Parties in Asia:

  1. Singapore
  2. Mumbai, India
  3. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  4. Herzelia, Israel
  5. Kharagpur, India
  6. New Delhi, India
  7. Bangalore, India
  8. Bangalore, India Nr. 2

Parties in Australia:

  1. Melbourne
  2. Sydney
  3. Canberra
  4. Christchurch, New Zealand

Parties in Europe:

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Sheffield, United Kingdom
  3. Brussels, Belgium
  4. Krakow, Poland
  5. Cambridge, United Kingdom
  6. Belgrade, Serbia
  7. Berlin, Germany
  8. Turku, Finland
  9. Madrid, Spain
  10. Ireland, Dublin
  11. Germany, Cologne [marcel_mueller@mail.de]
  12. Copenhagen, Denmark
  13. St. Petersburg, Russia
  14. Warsaw, Poland
  15. Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

Parties in North America:

  1. Berkeley, California
  2. Mountain View, California
  3. Phoenix, Arizona
  4. Washington DC
  5. Portland, Oregon
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Sarasota, Florida
  8. Gainesville, Florida
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Fort Collins, Colorado
  11. Lawrence, Kansas
  12. Seattle, Washington
  13. MIT, Massachusetts [14th of March]
  14. Cambridge, Massachusetts [15th of March]
  15. New York, New York
  16. Chicago, Illinois
  17. Middleton, Wisconsin
  18. Charlotte, North Carolina
  19. Ferndale, Michigan
  20. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  21. Mexico City, Mexico
  22. Toronto, Canada
  23. Austin, Texas
  24. Atlanta, Georgia
  25. Salt Lake City, Utah
  26. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  27. Waterloo, Canada

Party Count: 54
Country Count: 19
Continent Count: 4

Please comment on this thread, send me a message, or add an event to the Facebook page (and invite me) to add your own party to this list!



To help everyone get their party started, Brayden McLean compiled a wonderful handbook for party organizers: 


Free Books:

We are providing free copies of the first 17 chapters of HPMOR to all parties in the U.S.! Just fill out this form today or tomorrow, and we will try to send you as many copies as you think you will need to hook all of your friends. 


The Party Spreadsheet:

I compiled a spreadsheet with all of the parties that I've gotten to know of so far. This will hopefully help people without Facebook get into contact with the organizers of the closest party, and generally make information easier available. Commenting is enabled, so if you are one of the organizers and want any of the information changed, please leave a comment on the spreadsheet and I will change it as quickly as possible. 


Call for Stories:

I want to read a few HPMOR stories at the Berkeley event, and also just generally allow people to share how HPMOR has affected their lives. For that, we have the Call for Stories document, which allows people to write their own HPMOR stories and share them with the world. 

I will continue keeping this post updated with all valuable material that is sent to me. 

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