Starting, Running and Growing a Successful Developer Meetup

Starting, Running and Growing a Successful Developer Meetup

One of the most rewarding aspects of my career has been attending and then helping to run my local Apple developer meetup group. Meetup groups provide great learning opportunities but more importantly they provide great relationship opportunities for its members. In this talk I’ll share the story and lessons learned from running my local CocoaHeads chapter. After a quick review of the benefits and challenges of running a local developer group we’ll jump into actionable items for people starting, growing or running their own group. From defining success, to time expectations, marketing, sponsorship, planning content, tools and more.

This talk is targeted at those who are running or would like to run a local developer meetup. It may also be helpful to those who attend a current group that needs guidance and/or focus.

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Mike Zornek

August 15, 2017
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  1. STARTING, RUNNING & GROWING A SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPER MEETUP

  2. Michael Zornek @zorn

  3. December 9, 2010

  4. PhillyCocoa

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  7. “If you care about PhillyCocoa at all - past, present,

    and future - this is a meeting you really don’t want to miss.”
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  9. New Leadership

  10. 2010 2017 Meeting Format Changes New Website Embrace CocoaHeads Brand

    Promoting Show and Tell Meetup.com Side Project Saturdays Workshops Apple Store CocoaLove Conference Video Recording Book Club Return to IndyHall More Format Changes
  11. STATS * ~220 Active Members (1,100+ on meetup.com) * Monthly

    MAIN Meeting (35-45) * Monthly Side Project SatURDAY (8-16) * Weekly Book Club (5-10)
  12. Build the Campfire

  13. Meetups are Great!

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  15. STARTING GROWING RUNNING

  16. STARTING GROWING RUNNING

  17. STARTING A MEETUP

  18. Attend Meetups

  19. Pick a Niche

  20. Start a Mailing List / Website

  21. Define Success

  22. Know Your Time Commitments

  23. Finding a Good Venue

  24. Be Prepared to Run AV

  25. Build and Agenda / Meeting Format

  26. Have Lots of Time for Socializing

  27. Doing Early Talks Yourself

  28. Promote Your Meetup

  29. STARTING GROWING RUNNING

  30. Finding Speakers

  31. Confirm Venue / Speakers

  32. Send Out Reminder Email

  33. Be Excessive with Directions

  34. Collect and Manage RSVPs

  35. Order Food

  36. Show Up Early

  37. Welcome People. Be a Good Host.

  38. Follow the Agenda Times

  39. Round the Room Introductions

  40. Be Consistent

  41. STARTING GROWING RUNNING

  42. Add to the Leadership

  43. Use Meetup.com

  44. Other Event Types

  45. Alternate Locations

  46. Take and Post Photos

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  49. Sponsorship + Taxes

  50. Crossover Meetups

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  52. Michael Zornek @zorn