Meet-ups: A Grand Vision for a Humble Endeavor

Oct 16 12:00 PM EDT :calendar: to 12:25 pm

About This Talk

Meet-ups are one of the best places to bring new people into our communities, but it feels like each one is constantly reinventing the wheel. What if we thought about running meet-ups as a craft and talked about what we’re doing there as one of the most important activities that code communities can engage in? Python and Django have built fantastically welcoming communities, and now it’s time go out there and bring in the next wave of community members.

This talk is a love letter to meetups. We’ll cover how meet-ups fit into our larger ecosystems, what we could work on collectively to support each other, and maybe even make a plan for saving the world – one meet-up at a time.


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    Deb Nicholson (she/her)

    Deb Nicholson is a free software policy expert and a passionate community advocate. She is the Executive Director at the Python Software Foundation which serves as the non-profit steward of the Python programming language. She has previously served the open source ecosystem through her work at the Open Source Initiative, Software Freedom Conservancy, and the Open Invention Network. She lives with her husband and her lucky black cat in Cambridge, Massachusetts.