Tech Meetups ‑ Cool People, Free Knowledge

September 13, 2013 | Bounteous x Accolite

Tech Meetups – Cool People, Free Knowledge

In the tech industry we never stop learning. We utilize many tools of which are changing on a consistent basis and meetups offer an easy way to stay on top of what is happening.

I always enjoyed going to local tech user groups and meetups even before moving to San Francisco. Since so many tech companies are located in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, a lot of interesting and related meetups can be found around this area.

Meetups allow you to stay up to date on what’s going on in the tech industry, meet new people that are as interested in the field as oneself, meet contributors of projects and tools you use at work and have a chat with them! Apart from gaining new knowledge for free and meeting cool people, you also get to see a lot of start-up offices from inside, many of them with cool features.

Tech Meetup attendees mingle

pizza boxes laid out for tech meetup attendees

tech meetup presentation

There are different kinds of meetups, most of them are presentations, but others are more hands-on workshops. Personally, I will go to meetups with topics of personal interest and, of course, work related topics. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the local Ruby meetup with a search related talk for the night. The event was called, “Secrets of a Super Search Stack” and was held at the Indiegogo offices in San Francisco.  Ryan Gehring of Indiegogo gave a presentation featuring Indiegogo’s deployment of a brand-new search stack built on ElasticSearch. It was interesting to see what others do in that area and even give them hints on what they could improve, too. So you see, it is not just about consuming, but also about sharing knowledge.

The most popular source to find meetups is, but some others use Eventbrite, too.

Since we like meetups so much, ID is hosting meetups, too. Please feel invited to join one of the next Bay Area TYPO3 User Group (Bay TUG) or San Francisco Magento meetups at our office. If not at one of these, maybe we will bump into each other at one of the many meetups in the city and the peninsula!