FAQ

User Groups

What is a User(s) Group?

User (or users) groups are organizations, created by people interested in sharing information about their computers and what they can accomplish with the help of digital technology. User groups are about the technology, but also about the friendships that result. Over 700 user groups worldwide have registered with Apple — some with fewer than 30 members, others with over 1,000.

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Who can join QMac?

Everyone can join QMac!

However, one will enjoy the full benefits of being a member if he or she is based in Qatar. We have regular monthly meetings that you just can’t miss.

Even those who are users of other platforms (e.g. Windows) but interested to know about Mac computers or those who are planning to switch to Mac, can join us, too!

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What happens at user group meetings?

Meetings vary depending on the group and the evening. Many meetings will feature presenters from the technology industry. Group members also often present — either about technology or about an individual project such as a short movie. Most meetings include time for question and answer sessions as well as some social and networking activities. You can ask any question imaginable about your computer, easy or difficult, and get an immediate answer from a knowledgeable fellow user. Many meetings feature a raffle or other giveaways. User groups often receive software and merchandise donations from industry vendors, and most groups share these items with their members via the monthly raffle.

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What else do user groups do?

User groups sometimes produce special events — training days, swap meets, gaming parties, computer shows, trivia contests, summer camps, picnics, and more. Groups will visit other locations, organizations, or events in the community such as libraries, book clubs, or fairs. Many user groups also initiate technology-related community service projects. They donate used computers to local charities and provide ongoing support, refurbish older computers for use in schools that don’t have the funds to buy new computers, or possibly donate equipment to the elderly and help them get started on the internet.

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How are user groups organized?

User groups are independent organizations run by local volunteer Macintosh enthusiasts. Apple promotes and supports user groups, but the company does not own, manage, or direct them. They are not organized into a formal hierarchy; each operates independently. User group members usually elect officers — a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, meeting coordinator, newsletter editor, webmaster, and volunteer coordinator — who manage the day-to-day operations of the club.

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Aren’t all user group members fanatics, freaks, and geeks?

Most user group folks are regular people – accountants, doctors, nurses, lawyers, policemen, artists, consultants, engineers, retail managers, medical technicians, writers, producers, artists, students, musicians, editors, film makers, secretaries, corporate executive, web designers, firemen, corporate executives, and small business owners.

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Why should I join a user group?

Joining gives you full access to all the benefits a group offers. Though membership offerings vary from group to group, you can look for a newsletter, personalized support, regular meetings, and a welcoming atmosphere. You’ll feel connected to the many other Mac users in your community. Check the website from time to time (remember, the group is still very new and constant website updates are being done) for many more benefits.

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What are the requirements to join?

a. If you need Mac or Apple support (or plain interested with any Apple gadgets)

b. Have knowledge to share

c. Just want to meet other Mac or Apple users OR

d. Just want to have Fun, Fun, Fun!

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Meetings

What is a Regular Monthly Meeting?

The Regular Monthly Meeting is held monthly every last Wednesday of the month at 8pm-10pm.

QMac members gather together at the Meeting Room, Clubhouse of Beverly Hills Al Rayyan.

This is the right time and place to ask questions and to meet the people with the answers. Generally each meeting consists of at least one demo, a video from Apple, Inc., or a guest speaker. Lots of shared Best Practices and Tips and Tricks. Each meeting focuses on a different aspect of the Mac so that we may have something for everyone.

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When is the Regular Monthly Meeting

Unless otherwise announced, the general meeting or the Regular Monthly Meeting is held every last Wednesday of the month.

QMac run also several activities and events for its members and special interest groups every month.

Check out the Events Page for more details.

Do you want to suggest an activity, workshop, tutorial topic, or event? Contact us.

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What happens at user group meetings?

Meetings vary depending on the group and the evening. Many meetings will feature presenters from the technology industry. Group members also often present — either about technology or about an individual project such as a short movie. Most meetings include time for question and answer sessions as well as some social and networking activities. You can ask any question imaginable about your computer, easy or difficult, and get an immediate answer from a knowledgeable fellow user. Many meetings feature a raffle or other giveaways. User groups often receive software and merchandise donations from industry vendors, and most groups share these items with their members via the monthly raffle.

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Do I have to be a member to attend the meetings?

Membership is not required to attend the meetings. However, your second visit will set you back QR 25, this will be waived if you decide to become a member on the day itself.

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What is Coffee Tuesdays?

Coffee Tuesdays is a social gathering of QMac members who wish to talk about something else. This is also where QMac members bond and get to know other members.

The name is coined on the initial meetings held by the founding members when they were discussing on how to start QMac. The meeting can be called upon by any QMac member and can be held on any other day and time.

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Special Interest Group

What is a Special Interest Group (or SIG)?

A Special Interest Group or SIG is a smaller group of QMac members who grouped together for a specific area, activity or software of interest. As of now, QMac has four SIGs: Photoshop, Video, Digital Photography and Kids Do Apps.

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Who can join the SIGs?

Any current QMac member can join any or all the SIG of interest.

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When do SIGs meet?

It depends on the SIG members and/or leaders. All SIG members are encouraged to attend the Regular Monthly Meeting. It is also possible that SIG meetings are also held during the date of the Regular Monthly Meeting. Timings and agenda is announced accordingly.

Kids Do Apps meet only every weekends (Thursdays and Fridays).

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I want to be a SIG leader, how do I become one?

As long as there are at least 3 members who are interested on a specific area and still not existing then QMac can create the SIG. You just have discuss wtih Doha iMum on this so necessary group updates and announcements will be made. Alternatively, you can use the Contact Page.

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What are the existing SIGs and its leaders?

QMac has four SIGs as of this writing:

1) Photoshop – Mohammad Bilbaissy

2) Video – Diaa Amer

3) Digital Photography – Michael Go

4) Kids Do Apps – Karim Ali

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