Highlights from Stack Overflow Worldwide Meetups

by Laura Dobrzynski-Gessner

on May 3, 2012

Thank you to everyone who organized or attended a Stack Overflow meetup! Our Meetup Everywhere community has grown to over 4,400 people in almost 600 cities, and many of those people signed up for meetups in their areas this year. Many meetups were small, but we hope you all had a good time and that those smaller groups had an even better opportunity to get to know each other.

Our official hashtag is #SOmeetup, and we've seen a lot of great pictures and stories on Twitter, Flickr and YouTube so far. If you haven't had a chance to upload yours yet, please do! Take a look at some of what people have shared so far:

Milan, Italy

The Milan meetup group was our largest this year with 101 RSVPs to their event! Check out some photos and write-ups (some of which are in Italian) - the folks at StartMiUp event streamed their event in HD video online.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Orsolya explaining the success of Drungli"]Orsi's expertise in clear communication is reflected in her gorgeous and meticulously prepared slides.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Rigel takes the stage... again..."]Rigel's incredible communication skills are clearly reflected by this picture. The audience is clearly in awe and captivated by his unique charm.[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="310" caption="Live video stream setup for #SOMeetup in Milan."][/caption]

Barcelona, Spain

The Barcelona group made this great video of their meetup!

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=87id1VIM0Sw&lt[/embed]

Colombo, Sri Lanka:

Cambridge, MA, USA

There are at least half a dozen Stack Exchange moderators that live in the Boston area - here's a shot of some of them at the Cambridge meetup!

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Boston Mods"]Boston Mods[/caption]

Kevin (on The Great Outdoors)

mattdm (on Unix & Linux)

stoicfury (on Philosophy)

Thomas Owens (on Programmers and SO user #572)

Matt Chan (on Fitness & Nutrition)

Kyle Cronin (on Ask Different and SO user #658)

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy delightful group of Stack Overflow enthusiasts:

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="The whole Cambridge Contingent: Kyle Cronin, Kyle Brandt, David Donahue, Kevin, Thomas Owens, Derek Erdmann, stoicfury, Martin Burns, Matt Chan, Andrew Stevens, Mike Anderson, and Ramsey Abouzahra (probably not in that order, possibly not with those names)"]Stack Overflow Meetup[/caption]

Zagreb, Croatia

The Croatian meetup was hosted by Infobip, an IT company based in Pula:

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="310" caption="Presentation"]Presentation[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="290" caption="Mingle time!"]Mingle time![/caption]

Sydney, Australia

New York, NY, USA

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="260" caption="Fog Creek developer Kevin Gessner talking about the magic of elasticsearch"][/caption]

The New York City meetup took place in two parts: the first was a series of talks at Projective Space (a coworking space on Manhattan's Lower East Side), and the second was socializing over beers and snacks at Onieals on Grand.

The first session's talks provided information on cool new technologies and gave people some conversation topics.

Bobby Grace shared knowledge about responsive web design and designing Trello for multiple devices.

Kevin Gessner spoke about how elasticsearch's database is "magic."

Stack Exchange developer Matt Sherman taught us how to meet "hot singles" in our area - a.k.a what tech recruiters can learn from online dating.

[caption id="attachment_11647" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Stack Exchange developers Emmett, Nick, and Matt chatting with Trello designer Bobby Grace"][/caption]

We had most of the Stack Exchange core developers and Careers developers on site.

Bangalore, India

Here's the agenda our Bangalore group brainstormed on their meetup.com page:

  1. Agenda/Plan/Activity Announcement or Meetup start

  2. Screening tech talk videos.

  3. Lightening talks 5 ~ 10 minute presentations about whatever

  4. Talk to the Gurus (If there is anyone with more than 5k reputation or any senior programmer) - Share your experience or QA session.

  5. Barcamp style - One track - a 'lab' kinda area where people can plugin laptops and show off.

Stack Overflow name tags (shown on the left) helped people get to know each other and allowed them to show off their current amounts of Stack Overflow reputation.

Paris, France

The Paris meetup was hosted by DojoBoost. Though turnout was fairly small, it seems like everyone had a good time and engaged in interesting discussions.

Presentations

We've also found some of the slides online for presentations given at meetups around the world. If you missed this event and want to see what people were discussing, take a look at these:


Thanks again for being part of our second annual worldwide meetups! And if you have any suggestions for how we can make our next Meetup Everywhere even better, let us know in the comments or on Meta Stack Overflow.