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Building the Chicago AndroidListener Community - AndroidListener Chicago, July 2017

Building the Chicago AndroidListener Community - AndroidListener Chicago, July 2017

or: What I learned starting a Meetup without really knowing what I was doing.

Some history of why I started this meetup and some tips if you're ever considering starting your own meetup and trying to build out the community.

My last talk at AndroidListener Chicago before moving to the Netherlands for 2 years.

Ellen Shapiro

July 19, 2017
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  1. Building
    the Chicago AndroidListener
    Community
    or: What I learned starting a meetup
    without really knowing what I was doing
    Ellen Shapiro || AndroidListener Chicago || July 2017
    spothero.com || justhum.com || @DesignatedNerd

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  2. Fun AndroidListener Facts
    — First Meetup September 2013
    — 38 Meetups
    — At least 10 different locations
    — Dozens of speakers
    — Extra Special Guest Hosts Kevin McMahon and
    Graham Hensley
    — Over a dozen talks by me

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  3. Know why
    your community should exist

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  4. Start small
    (you're going to whether you want to or not)

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  5. Building word of mouth
    is a shitload of work

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  6. Start simple
    — Twitter
    — Meetup
    — A website
    — Google Docs
    — Videos

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  7. Start simple
    — Twitter
    — Meetup
    — A website
    — Google Docs
    — Videos

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  8. The RSVPs are a lie

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  9. Don't let the bastards
    weather-related terrible turnout
    drag you down

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  10. Be ready to talk
    on super-short notice

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  11. Re-evaluate regularly

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  12. Technology
    comes at ya fast

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  13. The people
    are the point

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  14. You have to ask
    for help

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  15. Say thank you

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  16. Thank you all
    for four awesome years!

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