Once all of the attendees have arrived, give them minutes for fast networking, with the aim to go around, talk to each other and learn as much as they can. The attendee with the highest number of business cards at the end of the time wins a prize. Smart Badges As the name suggests, smart badges are a clever technology to improve networking. Fundamentally they use an app and mobile device to help pinpoint people of similar interests or specifically preset people to talk to and notify or light up when close to a match. Get attendees in agreement to questions to stand and then they can also see like-minded individuals they might like to talk to later. If you are using a polling technology merge this with an ice breaking opportunity by asking for discussion with the person next to them around some of the answers.
FollowFollowing Jun 17, I started a local meetup back in to meet fellow learners and coders. I had no idea at the time that it would help me so much and allow me to meet such amazing people. I created a group page on Facebook first, replacing an inactive local freeCodeCamp group that had started earlier in the year. Members started to join one at a time and there were about 20 - 30 when I posted the first meeting. In the beginning The first few meetings we had were filled with code and coffee. We got together at a local cafe and worked through freeCodeCamp challenges and projects, and talked tech. We had about 4 - 8 members show up at the first few meetups and, within a few months, we started to outgrow the small cafe.
Jeff Potts' personal blog about Alfresco, content management, BPM, search, and other stuff Menu February 17, 9 Things You Must Do to Have a Good Meetup I spend a fair amount of time encouraging the formation of local community meetups around Alfresco and, when I can, attending many of these in all parts of the world. Set an interesting, relevant agenda Some meetups are staunchly anti-agenda. They exist because it is fun for people in the same or similar profession to get together to socialize.
Flickr user Cedric Lange ] By Dorie Clark 4 minute Read We all know networking is important, but it can be hard to force ourselves to do it. Who has time for another meet-and-greet to swap business cards, or a committee meeting with droning conference calls? Charlie Hoehn, author of Play It Away: