By Barbara Sharette
Ideas for meeting spaces/venues
- Local tech company spaces - ask people you know who work there, or ask your own employer if there’s a meeting space you can use. Don’t be afraid to find local Python companies and cold-email a public email address!
- For companies willing to let you use their meeting spaces, offer them the chance to do a hiring spiel to open the meeting.
- Check with the organizers of other tech meetup groups for venue ideas.
- Contact local hacker spaces
- Contact local coworking spaces
- Contact your local university’s CS department
- Workshops with themes/goals (e.g., one workshop on how to build a small webapp, another one where you try to use python to solve some brainteasers)
- Hold a small competition for your group where there’s a goal and you split into two teams and try to solve a problem faster, or better (performance, speed, etc.).
- Beginner Python and Git classes
- Get involved with hack days with other local user groups
- Brainstorm ideas for group projects, so that you have a collection of specific projects to work on for hack nights.
- Leverage Google Hangout to offer support to existing members on matters that hinge more on conversation than on in-person hacking (e.g., PyLadies recently hosted a hangout to chat about the PyCon call for proposals)
More event ideas can be found here!
Getting the word out
- Email the organizers of other tech meetup groups to ask them to help advertise your event.
- Put posters up at universities, or contact the CS student society. Ask the department secretary to contact grad students.
- Partner with other groups for jointly hosted events
- Get business cards to hand out at events
- Set up a Twitter account
More details on how to promote your events here!