Finishing off our tech formats for meetups we look at the Joint Meetup, the Hackathon and the Tech Project, adding to our first three alternatives
If you want to shake things up or have a topic that intersects with another local group, consider a joint meetup with another group. This is also useful to increase numbers for a speaker or to fill a larger venue. The festive socials of the Exeter .NET and Python groups have combined for two years, having more people and less xmas parties.
This is a variation of the Road Trip social and you'll need to work with other organisers to finalise date, venue and other details. Both groups will benefit from the sharing of ideas and increased exposure for their events.
Consider joining with a non-tech meetup such as a blogging meetup or walking group for a truly different event!
Many of your techies will be able to code one way or another, so why not gather them together for some problem-solving at a hackathon, be it a 2-hour evening event or 24 hour experience.
You would work on an open source project, work on local problems, just play around or belong part of a larger event such as the annual NASA event.
To help organise a successful hackathon consider advice from hackathon.guide and klipfolio.com
If you're up for a challenge, consider a longer term commitment in the form of a joint project for the meetup. This gives your meetup a focus and a way for members to get to work together outside of the regular events.
In the Exeter Data Science Meetup we ran a Kaggle competition for a couple of months. A small group of us learnt to work together and I was exposed me to my first bits of the python language.
It will require a person or two to organise and drive it, some way for them to communicate and some clarity about what they are aiming for. Possible projects could revolve around helping a local group, exploring a new technology or entering a competition.
15 Meetup Types
So this brings our longer than expected formats for tech meetups to an end. Join us next time for a bonus on finding tech speakers.