Networking Your Way to the Latest in Technology

People Network As an active participant in open source and other computer technology areas, I always try to stay up on the latest information and hopefully become an early adopter on the best technology. Since moving to Austin, I have discovered an amazing community of technologists willing to share their knowledge openly and am amazed that many people in the technology industry are not aware of these opportunities. My hope is that you will also take advantage of the willingness of these industry leaders to share their knowledge in your community.

Meetups

As a starting point, go to Meetup.com and do a search for your city. For example, I did a search in St. Louis, Missouri for Tech Meetups and found 33 different groups from Python to MongoDB to game developers. In Orlando, FL I found 66 Tech Meetups with groups like Java. If you find that your city offers no Meetups, go ahead and create a new group and promote it on your Twitter feed, Facebook, or other social media tools to recruit new members.

User Groups

Icons A second way to find groups is to search for user groups in your area; e.g. “user group Boise Idaho.” This will turn up a quality list of groups in your area to participate in such as Boise Drupal Group, Autodesk User Group in Boise, and Boise Idaho SQL Server User Group.

If you can’t find a group in a technology area that you are interested in, try visiting the home website of that technology to see if they offer any meetings in your area. As an example, I looked at the various communities for Linux Mint and found networking groups all over the world including Africa, Bangladesh, Brazil, Serbia, and so on.

In conclusion, take advantage of all these amazing groups of people who come together regularly to share knowledge and educate — and not only to learn more — but also to expand your personal network within your community.

Stephen Spector

Stephen Spector

Dell Contributor at Tech Page One
Stephen Spector is a Dell Cloud Evangelist promoting the global cloud strategy and product portfolio for Dell. He was previously the open source community manager for OpenStack and Xen.org at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, he founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Stephen holds a Bachelors of Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Computer Science from the University of Florida, and a Masters of Business
Stephen Spector
Stephen Spector
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