Growing a Tech Community

Growing a Tech Community

10 tips for people growing a local tech community based on my experiences with the Ember.js NYC group. This was a 10-minute presented at GORUCO 2014. You may want to watch the video (http://vimeo.com/101020270) -- the slides don't cover all the material that I covered verbally.

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Luke Melia

June 21, 2014
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  1. Growing a Tech Community Luke Melia GORUCO June 21st, 2014

  2. About this Rubyist 2

  3. About this Rubyist 3

  4. 4 What am I going to cover? ★ Tips and

    tricks for growing a tech community in NYC ★ Mostly ideas I’ve put to the test growing Ember.js NYC.
  5. What is so special about Ember.js NYC? 5 49 events

    
 since April 2012 1100 members
  6. What is so special about Ember.js NYC? 5

  7. What is so special about Ember.js NYC? 6

  8. What is so special about Ember.js NYC? 6

  9. Top Ten Tips for Growing a Great Tech Community 7

  10. Tip #10 8 ★ Think like a promoter ★ Build

    anticipation with out-of-town speakers ★ Spread awareness with joint events with other meetups ★ Try not to schedule against “competitive” meetups
  11. Tip #9 9 ★ Nurture your speakers ★ Always be

    recruiting ★ Help with prep ★ Give positive reinforcement
  12. Tip #8 10 ★ Use the ‘net! ★ Meetup.com ★

    Twitter ★ YouTube
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  16. 14 Beyond the walls: video

  17. Tip #7 15 ★ Partner with venues ★ Find a

    win-win situation with a event host ★ Take care of the relationship
  18. Tip #6 16 ★ Be welcoming ★ Emcee ★ Connect

    people ★ Engage people
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  20. Tip #5 18 ★ Food and drink is how humans

    bond. ★ Don’t neglect “the event after the event.”
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  22. Tip #4 20 ★ Share the work ★ Enlist help

    ★ Delegate liberally ★ Embrace volunteer efforts
  23. Tip #3 21 ★ Trumpet your values

  24. I loved the ethos of the Ruby community… ★ There

    was no corporate dictator. No Sun, no Microsoft. ★ MINASWAN: “Matz is nice and so we are nice.” 22
  25. I talk frequently at our events about “Why Hacker Hours?”

    ★ In the beginning, it is vision ★ Eventually, it is truth 23
  26. Tip #2 24 ★ Consistency wins. ★ Hack: Always schedule

    next meetup before the one that is about to happen.
  27. Tip #1 25 ★ Small is beautiful. ★ Small groups

    facilitate bonding and foster a supportive environment ★ Everything big started off small…
  28. 26 The May 30th [2006] meeting of the NYC Ruby

    user’s group was incredibly well attended. By a lot of nerds. -@jcn
  29. Creative Commons photo credits: https://flic.kr/p/9wRWPN - Cropped. manipulated
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    https://flic.kr/p/737rp9, cropped 27 @lukemelia @yapplabs, @embernyc Q&A: Later, on a boat!