Since I joined the NodeSource team, I’ve been able to attend a lot of meetups and developer events, and that advice is 100% true. I’ve had so many good experiences and built so many relationships by going to meetups and in-person events.
Today I’d like to put together some of the resources and experience I’ve gained since joining the NodeSource team about in-person meetups, explicitly pointing to some of the most awesome meetups I’ve been to. Plus, I'll point you to several resources that can enable you to find meetups local to you if you’re not near the ones listed. I’m going to be focusing on meetups in North America, but will also be working on a similar collection for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) at some point soon.
Northeast North America:
- NYCNode is a long-running meetup in Manhattan that focuses on Node.js and the surrounding ecosystem, meeting on the third Wednesday of every month.
- Boston Node is an active Node.js meetup in Boston with 2000 members, having monthly meetups covering various aspects of the Node.js ecosystem.
- NodeSchool Toronto is a NodeSchool chapter operating in Toronto, that consistently meets to help enable those new to programming and the ecosystem get started.
- NodeDC is a Node.js-centric meetup in Washington D.C., consistently bringing developers together to share ideas and solutions once or twice a month.
Southeast North America:
- Modern Web is a mixed online and in-person meetup, gathering in Raleigh, North Carolina for the in-person portion and streaming on YouTube for the online portion.
Northwest North America:
- PDXNode is a Node.js-centric meetup in Portland, meeting twice a month for both monthly talk nights and hack nights.
- Serverless Seattle is a meetup in Seattle focusing on the Serverless (Functions as a Service) space across the various cloud providers - Node.js is a highly relevant subject, as it’s the most deployed serverless runtime.
- Seattle Node.js is a monthly Node.js meetup based in Seattle, dedicated to learning, spreading the knowledge of, and improving Node.js.
Southwest North America:
- UtahJS is a meetup conglomerate in Utah, with chapters in Salt Lake, Ogden, Lehi, and several meetups with more focused purposes.
- Node.js Denver is a meetup primarily covering Node.js in the Denver/Boulder/Fort Collins area, meeting on the third Thursday of every month.
Don’t see a North American city near you? Here’s how you can find one yourself!
Here are a few resources that you can use to find meetups near you:
- Google Developer Groups (also known as GDGs) are a pretty stellar resource for general knowledge sharing, and there are several hundred globally, including quite a few in North America. I’ve personally attended and spoken the New York Capital Region GDG and had a good experience.
- DevOps Days is another interesting and tangential global group of meetups, but one I’ve heard many good things about. They cover quite a few topics, including Node.js and topics that are related to the deployment and upkeep of Node.js applications in a production environment.
- AWS Summits are AWS-focused events that happen every year around the world. If you’re interested in the server-side aspect of the Node.js ecosystem, be sure to check them out - you’ll probably end up finding NodeSource team members!
At some point in the not-so-distant future, I’ll also be working on a very similar article for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region of the world, so if you live or will be visiting, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that.