Why do we as Organizers care about the ETH Meetup community and what are we, as organizers, looking to accomplish?
At their core, enabling coordinated collaboration
Essentially capitalizing on the wisdom and knowledge amongst organizers to build on the pool of resources & best practices in an effective manner, driving efficient community growth
Channels of communication = telegram, Discourse
The main reason we’re having the monthly call is to take the Organizer relationship further and by doing so, building up the ETH Meetup community.
This style of communication will aim to fastrack growth around new Meetup initiatives driven by collaboration and allow minds to brainstorm solutions to unique pain points that certain Organizers are experiencing.
Try bring everyone together on a global scale
Engage in constructive conversation around the ETH Meetup Community in an approachable setting.
A "Round table" type meeting that may involve:
Meetup Content planning,
Meetup Marketing & Funding,
Catering your Meetups for levels of interest
Anything an Organizer would like to discuss
We’re looking to push forward and strive for a united ETH Meetup Community, run by the community.
Troels from ETH Copenhagen felt a place to share knowledge & resources was needed and a platform to allow people to ask questions around meetups & beyond.
This was lacking in the ETH Organizer Community
Troels put together https://ethorganizers.org which is a combined forum & resource sharing tool. A place to categorise & store resources for other members to access.
Provides a monthly summary update on changes within the site i.e. changes within each categorised folder allowing one to follow updates of interest. This can be done Daily is needed.
Discourse Run-through - setup similar to that of ETH Magicians DevRel Ring
List Meetups and their types along with resources used at the meetup
Call Agenda, Pre-Call discussions
Need help to categorise and make the page more intuitive.
Sharing content used for workshops & execution followed by sharing the results of the approach based on the audience and format.
Sharing resources is important but feedback on using those resources is equally valuable.
Reports on what worked and didn’t work
Work towards driving traction of the discourse page with back & forth referral to the discourse page.
Share project landscape amongst groups to look into contribution opportunities or background on the project other Meetups may have already hosted.
Security & Privacy
Admin of discourse can impersonate and send messages as another user
This group is in the spirit of collaboration so the chances of this type of malicious intent is not likely but must remain a concern.
We need to look into improving the UX in order to assist will adoption as it’s not too intuitive as it is. Front end landing page with more styles for example?
Encourage experience to present, to share their wisdom and then share on the discourse page.
CORE ELEMENTS OF AN ETHEREUM MEETUP
Making your Meetup Periodic & Sustainable
“Just host them, they will hopefully grow organically. (eg OzBerry-IoT meetup attendees who eventually attend after many events go by)” - James Zaki
Leverage off other telegram groups to fill your content plan for your meetup
Sydney mixed telegram groups: organisers, speakers etc
Small collaborative, more intimate meetups are an option.
Focus on the people who are keen to learn and the numbers will follow.
What works very beyond the traditional “Lecture”-type meetup is free-flowing conversation
Rotating panel (FishBowl) format from Web3Summit Giveth Node: "Decentralize NOW!"
Induces evolving conversation.
Consider open Coding sessions - have your closer, regular members commit to these first.
An effective Monthly Meetup (Flagship meetup) format that is working for ETH Malaysia:
Local Developer Present a current project he is working on
2 Guest Speakers (Local or international)
Fireside Chat/Q&A Session
If you’re involved with projects that have funding, look to leverage off their office space and minor sponsorship of food.
In order to convince companies for funding, use the argument that they can sponsor meetups to look for any future employees and flesh out a prospective employee database. This indirect investment could benefit the company in the future as they have better access to skilled employees. ENsure you approach bigger companies in advance as they will need to decide on this internally.
Consider partnering with student bodies in surrounding schools/colleges/universities to become ambassadors. These ambassadors could then create new leads to particular resources and members (space).
In terms of seeking out venues, co-working spaces could help in this regard too.
Consider optional donations at the end of the meetup to assist with expenses.
Meetup funding, will ask Grants group if funding meetups is a possibility.
DELIVER GOOD CONTENT = People will show up
Don’t focus on numbers, focus on who’s interested. Numbers will follow.
If space is limited and in-demand, charge for spaces to ensure attendance - adds skin in the game.
Making your Meetup more intimate and practical
For example Crypto Zombies Workshops, catering for levels of skill & interest
Gather people who are interested in a particular skill set that you are then able to offer new learnings on.
For example look to build a tangible end-result over a given period
Like ETH Toronto did where they developed a working coffee & gumball machine using blockchain. Focusing on all aspects going into the project (UX, Coding etc)
Can watch progression over the weeks, sense of the accomplishment
Note what your audience is looking for and cater for that i.e know your community.
Common Challenge mentioned by Brian from ETH Seoul:
With local projects being developed how do we, as organizers, attract attention outside of the local community in order to create global exposure. If we can attract global exposure, this will encourage our local community to innovate and create more real-life projects/startups. Essentially how we as organizers provide a means for local projects gain the exposure they deserve through collaboration of Organizers around the world. What would be the best to work on this? = CREATE OPPORTUNITY for our Communities.
Automatic Resource Gathering around meetups
Systemic information sharing
API data gathering
Nathan Waters (member of our telegram group) pooled Ethereum meetups via API.* James Zaki to follow up on this
Follow-up Call logistics to be done on DISCOURSE
Suggested Date (Take into account for festive season)