Its great to hear from you! Our goal is to begin meeting the first week of January. We're thinking it would be good for everyone to commit to meeting a couple of hours once a week. We're thinking Tuesday nights could work well, but are open to other options.
As far as background... you don't have to have a strong coding background. I for example, have zero background The purpose of having the group is to have other members keep us accountable on our homework and to help answer questions that we come across.
Are you going to be able to make the meeting on Wednesday night?