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Five Suggestions To Improve the NY Tech Meetup
I’d like to share/propose five suggestions to improve the NY Tech Meetup. I’ve attended a good number of the monthly event and you can review my past coverage. Many people have shared comments about the meetups with me and I have some suggestions as well on how to make the monthly meetup even more effective. These are all minor tweaks which could have a great benefit for the group as a whole. I have already addressed several times the need to improve the actual demos themselves, these suggestions are for the overall Meetup.
Suggestion #1 – Vary The Meetup Leader
I’d like to see variety in who is the evening’s leader. I’d love to lead a meetup and I am sure there are others as well. It’s not to say Scott is doing a bad job, but the meetup is about NYC tech and there’s many people (company professionals, bloggers, journalists, developers, etc.) who could rotate around too. My proposal is to have a different leader each month.
Suggestion #2 – Location
This is something I’ve heard several times since the move to IAC over the past two meetings. Most have shared with me that the location is very inconvenient. I think the Cooper Union spot was easier for public transport overall.
Suggestion #3 – Remove $5
Considering this is the largest tech meetup, I don’t understand how we can’t get a sponsor each month to take care of the door fee. Assuming 500 people show up x $5 = 2500, get a sponsor to pitch in that amount and they get one of the 5 minute demo slots. This might make the meetup feel less rigid.
Suggestion #4 – Missed Meetings Results in Probation
This meetup is always overbooked, yet not everyone shows up. I suggest a policy that you get one miss, after that you are prohibited from signing up for the following three months. This way those who signup will actually attend and those who don’t will no longer be allowed, thereby leaving slots open for those that do want to show up.
Suggestion #5 – Increase the Networking
Better nametags would be a good start – would be nice to have a professionally-made nametag with name, company info, etc. and color-coded so others know what we do. At a minimum, color-coding would be great. Also, instead of putting names on the post-demo portion of the meetup, list the company name. Lastly, add a space for those hiring and those seeking in the after-demo portion. Combined with color-coding, this will allow parties to matchup as needed.