There’s nothing like meeting up with people for a drink and a chat, and unfortunately remote working is nothing like meeting up with people! While I love remote working I also really enjoy face-to-face opportunities. At the Open Knowledge Foundation we use MeetUp.com to support us in organising local events.
“Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.”
Anyone can use the Meetup site to set up their own group – though there is some cost involved.
Yesterday I went along to an Meetup at Supermarkt, a co-working space in Berlin. The theme was warming up for OKFest, the largest global open knowledge community gathering in the world that will be taking place in Berlin next July! OKFest is going to be be four days of participatory sessions, lectures, workshops, hackathons and satellite events. Something to get excited about and start planning for – hence the Meetup.
To get us in the mood we got to participate in speed geeking (people get 5 minutes to introduce their projects/initiatives/passions as the rest of us move round the tables).
The talks were:
- Open Knowledge Festival
- Code for All / Germany – Julia Kloiber
- Free Software Foundation – Lucile Falgueyrac
- Open Bank – Ayoub Benali
- Hacks/Hackers – Annabel Church
- Hackidemia – Stefania Druga
- Open Product Data – Katelyn Rogers
- AfricaHackTrip – Martin Stadler
It was great fun and very informative, so big thanks to Beatrice and Zara who organised it all. So now people just need to get ready to participate in next year’s OKFest!!
Photos from the night are available on Flickr.