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Hackers! Here’s Where You Can Meet Up With Your Kind

I know, I know. It’s a lonely world out there for a hacker. You hacking all alone in a desert, with little or no friends. Lying awake at night, crying your eyes out, singing “Lonely no more” to yourself … Oh where oh where can you find hackers of your own kind??? That’s the question, isn’t it? After all, we know about the benefits of networking and human interaction.

Well wonder no more. And be lonely no more. Here’s where you can find your brethren.

Meetups

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Meetup groups are all around the place. For an introvert like me, it’s perfect. I’ve joined several meetups ranging from board game meetups to data science.

They are a perfect way to broaden your network. Coders meet at various places like cafes, co-working spaces, workshops and other venues. While it is rare that these events actually involve coding, you can bounce your ideas off each other, share your insights, stories and more!

Of course, it’s not enough to just join a meetup that’s dead. Look at their activities, and if they are still alive and kicking, join ‘em! And most important, take part in them!

To help you get started with this meetup business, here are some several active meetups in Bangalore:

You can find more details of techie meetups in Bangalore by checking out this page.

Go on. This post can wait. Check out the meetups!

Hackathons

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Hackathons are a 24 hour (sometimes 48) code-fest where nerds hang out to build cool stuff.  Perhaps you have even taken part in some. Catch up with hackers from varied skill sets, better your skills, and perhaps best of all, have a great time! Have fun, network and code … a perfect recipe for success.

And you know what? If you don’t have time to attend a complete hack, I suggest that you at least attend the presentation ceremony after. You can learn from what the participants have built. And you can talk to a bunch of people. That’s the name of the game, isn’t it? Talk to people and build your network?

Not fully convinced yet on why hackathons are the place to be? Check out this post telling you exactly why.

Alright, I think you are now persuaded that attending hacks helps you spread your wings. But where to hack? That’s the question, isn’t it?

At Venturesity, we have a bunch of upcoming hacks and code-fests for you to sink your teeth into. Check out our webpage for more details. (For a good starting point, I recommend that you take part in the Cloud Hack for Digital Ocean.)

LearnUps

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Meetup groups are a great starting point to meet your kind. But take it from me, the best way to develop developer friendships is to work on projects together. To that end, we introduced a LearnUp, a hybrid of a meetup and a hackathon. You get to learn from and discuss with great developers at a LearnUp. The session ends with you working hands-on in teams to build a cool project. And who knows? Your teammates may become your best developer buddies!

I should know this first hand … I went to a LearnUp myself. As an attendee. You can read the story of how I had a blast. And how it helped me build my network.

Have any suggestions for LearnUp topics? Tell us in the comment section below.

Conferences

You know, at times, it’s just good to sit back, listen and get gyaan from experts. I know, I know, conferences may not have the sex appeal of hackathons but they still fulfill a vital need. You get deep industry insights that you might not have been exposed to otherwise. Better yet, if the conference is developer focused, you will be able to interact with developers working at the tech frontier. Form valuable partnerships and learn about various niche opportunities and domains.

Also, many a time, these conferences are participant-driven. So don’t be afraid to speak up!

Here are some examples of upcoming conferences in Bangalore:

For details of more conferences in various domains, check out this link.

Online Communities

I am not much of a coder. Hell, the last time I seriously wrote code was way back in 1999.

But occasionally, I get a wild hair and code up a storm. For fun, of course. During these periods, I find it very useful to browse through online Q and A communities. Sometimes, during a back and forth, I end up developing a good developer friendship.

Some of my online haunts:

But of course, my online activities are not limited to just Q and A. I’m a member of several facebook communities. Just like meetup groups, these communities are a good place to interact and find out about the latest developer events. Who says facebook is only for dissing people on social media?

But if you really don’t like facebook, browse through LinkedIn! Grow your professional connections and connect with cool people.

Participating in Open Source Projects

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We at Venturesity have always maintained that the best way to learn, connect and grow is to work collaboratively. As such, you could do no better than to work on several open source projects. In one of our earlier posts, we described some of the hottest projects out there. Best of all, you don’t even really need to code. If you are a writer, you could work on the technical documentation. If you are a graphics designer, contribute to the amazing design.

Here are some projects that you could get your teeth into:

And how will working on these projects help you in meeting your own kind? Well, I don’t know about you, but if hackers in the know have said that working on these projects have helped them build their network, I see no reason to doubt them. Also, signing up on various mailing lists helps you exchange and brainstorm ideas with your peers.

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