Why should I start a technical meetup?
"85% of all job opportunities come through personal connections."
One of the best ways to meet people in your industry is to run a successful technical meetup. You'll learn through teaching and generate good will amongst your community. Moreover, if you are passionate about your technical platform or programming language of choice, why not socialize out with like minded people and share that enthusiasm.
I don't have time, I have no idea how to get started.
Running a meetup group does take some time, but lucky for you Guildflow is here to help. Lots of organizer tasks can be automated and simplified into basic checklist-style lists.
Guildflow will teach you what you need to do and why it's important for the heath of your group.
Guildflow will automate what can be automated so you can spend more time with people and less time with software.
Who is going to speak at these events?
You don't need speakers to start a meetup. While a hallmark of a mature group is members presenting to other members, in the early days there are lots of non-presentation, goal-oriented events you can host. Book clubs, code jams, architecture practice sessions, pair programming with code katas and open source project days are all great ways to get people to show up and collaborate.
Should I even bother during COVID?
If life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. While we are all anxious to get back to face-to-face events, there are many advantages to starting a new technical meetup group right now.
- Some people have a extra time and are looking for personal growth opportunities.
- Online events are cheaper to run with no venue fees or food costs, so more room for experimentation.
- While online events tend to draw fewer people, the social bonds of the people who show up can be even stronger for it.
- There is a large social need for people helping people right now, this could be a path for that; one that you are uniquely qualified to offer.
Using Guildflow to Launch Your Meetup
Guildflow is dedicated to technical meetups and provides the tools new organizers need.
Step 1: Build a home base: your group website.
Prospective members need a starting point and current members need a place to call home, this will be your Guildflow group website.
With some basic background about your group, you'll quickly have a custom group website with all the foundational tools you need.
- Curate members through customizable membership applications.
- Host events, collect RSVPs and archive slides to create a rich archive of group knowledge.
- Publish custom pages with Markdown content to share group rules and expectations.
- Communicate with your members though event-specific or broadcast-level emails.
Step 2: Define your flow: the leadership task list.
Everything in life is easier with a checklist. While organizing a meetup group through Guildflow you'll have access to a dynamic lifecycle-based task list that helps you and the rest of your leadership team design and execute the meetup experience you want to deliver to your members.
- Craft lifecycle tasks that need to be done for:
- each event type
- new member onboarding
- inactive members checkins
- sponsorships responsibilities
- Share the task list and its responsibilities with your fellow leadership team.
- Save time through automations like posting event announcements to Twitter or new member notifications to Slack/Discord.
- Customize your solution through a modern GraphQL API endpoint.
Step 3: Don't wait, get started!
My only regret is, I wish I had started sooner. Technical meetup groups, and communities in general, are a long game. Better to start now and evolve as you learn than wait and do nothing.
Book a Demo and see how Guildflow works. If you like what you see you'll be setup with beta access so you can experiment on your own.Schedule Demo and Beta Onboarding
Join the Announcement List
If you are not ready but want to hear more as Guildflow continues to evolve and approach a public release, join the mailing list. You'll get an email about once a month, no spam, just us.
Guildflow vs Meetup.com
A few things to keep in mind when considering Guildflow vs Meetup.com to host your group.
Group and Data Ownership. Unlike Meetup.com, You own your group with Guildflow. If you choose not to renew your subscription, we won't sell your group to the first person who shows up with a working credit card number. In fact, Guildflow has a dedicated system for group export and migrating your data off Guildflow should you find a better solution for your group as it grows and evolves. No hard feelings.
Member Emails and API Access. Meetup.com hides access to member emails and limits API access behind their most expensive subscription Meetup Pro, which is $35/month. The API limits are a particularly sore point for some who saw a community come together to help validate and built upon the early API only to have API access moved to the tallest paywall.
Better Privacy Options. Unlike Meetup.com, Guildflow defaults to privacy for things like publishing a group's member list, and thus the individual member details and social media info. Even within a group members have more options about sharing their RSVP status. As the world starts to appreciate the implications and importance of privacy, Guildflow is a privacy advocate, with strong privacy defaults and clear member options when they want to share more.
Simple, honest pricing.
Each group subscription is $14 per month or $140 per year.
- Up to 1,000 members.
- Up to 10,000 emails per month.
- 20 GBs of storage for things like presentation slides.
If Guildflow is not saving you personal time worth the subscription cost, then please let us know.
Meet the Developer
My name is Mike Zornek and I'm a fellow meetup organizer and developer from Philadelphia, PA.
I created Guildflow because I saw how stagnant and abrasive Meetup.com had become, particularly when it was part of WeWork. I started to wonder if Meetup.com would even be around in a few more years.
Looking to sink my teeth into a new project I started what is now known as Guildflow. Guildflow's goal is to help people run successful technical meetups.
I've gotten so much out of my own personal meetup experiences and the people I've met along the way. I hope through Guildflow I can give back to the community that has given so much to me.