Lastly in our meetups for tech, we cover some alternatives to the standard tech talks format that don't fit elsewhere.
Longer than the starndard meetup, this could be 2-3 hours or a whole day. You go deep into a topic or a few related topics usually with some type of coding exercises or learning activities.
You could run this yourself or with a local company, or get someone else in to run it.
These take more time to organise, as you will need a venue, you may need funds to cover costs and often you will need participants to do some work up front, installing software, answering questions or making sure they are up to a certain level in a subject.
This could be at tech talk or a workshop, but it is aimed at those with no knowledge. If you want to increase numbers for your meetups or are starting off your meetup then consider some of these to begin with.
Beginners will come from a variety of backgrounds and tech skill levels, so you may be surpised at some of the questions that come up. Beginners are great at helping each other having often recently experienced the pain another is having in a subject.
Playing with Tech
This involves looking at new tech, often more fun than practical. You can introduce it, demonstrate it and look for ways to interact with it as techies.
Tech Exeter tried out the HoloLens in recent months and .NET Exeter were looking at skills training for the Amazon Alexa.
These are quite often popular with non-regulars, who may not want to spend an evening at a Tech Talk but will do something that sounds more like fun than work.
Next we cover the Joint meetup, the Hackathon and the Tech Project