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Jul. 21, 2017 12:38 pm

16 DC meetups where technologists build their network

Whether you're interested in big data, civic hacking or a specific language, here's where to meet others who share the passion.
At a DC Tech Meetup.

At a DC Tech Meetup.

(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)

Looking to get more involved in #dctech? Luckily, there are plenty of gatherings every month that can be an easy way to get introduced to the people who make up the community, and what they’re working on.

Tech isn’t just one category, so there are plenty of chances to find what you love. It could be big data, civic hacking or a specific programming language.

On Aug. 16, Technical.ly is organizing Super Meetup at WeWork White House. It’s a meetup of meetups that’s a chance to network, and recognize the leaders that keep these groups running.

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For a primer, we put together a list of some of the meetup groups in D.C. with the most members. Here they are, in no particular order.

DC Tech Meetup

  • “The DC Tech Meetup convenes technologists, entrepreneurs, investors and the broader innovation community regularly to learn and share.” With more than 20,000 members and rotating themes each month, it’s a central convening point for the whole tech community.

Data Science DC

  • “Data Science DC is a non-profit professional group that meets monthly to discuss diverse topics in predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, and data visualization.”

Women Who Code DC

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  • “Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.”

Data Visualization DC

  • “Data Visualization DC is a non-profit professional group that meets monthly to discuss data visualization, data communication, infographics, exploratory data analysis, charts and graphs, perceptual psychology, and more! Our members are data journalists, data scientists, business intelligence professionals, and others who tell stories and persuade with data.”

Big Data DC

  • “We’re open to all topics related to ‘big data’ — distributed algorithms, machine learning, probabilistic data structures, performance and reliability. The focus will be on the practical solutions to real world big data problems rather than just a single processing or storage platform.”

Code for DC

  • “Code for DC is the DC chapter of Code for America Brigade — a national network of civic hackers who contribute their skills toward using the web as a platform for local government and community service. We’re building new tools and liberating data to help DC work better.”

Web Content Mavens

  • “Meet other managers, technologists, marketers and enthusiasts in web and mobile.”

DC Ruby

  • “Stay up-to-date with the latest Ruby and Ruby on Rails happenings. Network with other Ruby developers.”
  • “NodeDC brings node.js developers together to share ideas and solutions in Washington, DC.”
  • “We use Design Thinking methods and Human-Centered research to collaboratively tackle problems facing underserved people and communities.”

Girl Develop It

  • “We decided it was time to provide a place where all questions are OK and everyone can learn in a supportive environment. Our courses focus on coding, leveraging existing technology, and having something to show for it (aka building sweet websites).”

DC Legal Hackers

  • “Technology bustles ahead, but our legal tools and tech policy hardly reflect this. What gives? This monthly meetup challenges Legal Hackers to find creative solutions to some of the most interesting issues at the intersection of law and technology.”

Transportation Techies

  • “The Transportation Techies meetup group is a community of people involved in transportation and technology. The group primarily consists of programmers who love playing with transportation data, and others interested in transit, biking & walking.”

DC Area Drupal Meetup

  • “Meet with others in your local area interested in building and strengthening the Drupal Community. Discuss new and exciting Drupal-related news — or just socialize with like-minded people!”

React DC

  • “React DC works to bring React developers together to share ideas, best practices and skills. We are open to developers of all skill levels and interest in React and JS front-end frameworks.”

DC Web API User Group

  • “Our objective is to provide Web API enthusiasts, people who are thinking about, interested in, or actively developing Web APIs, a space to get together, share ideas, and discuss techniques and technologies in a vendor neutral environment. Please come and join us, learn from each other, and have a little fun.”
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