[Talk-us] Local user groups

David Fawcett david.fawcett at gmail.com
Thu Jan 16 00:26:04 UTC 2014


Despite the cost overhead of Meetup, it is definitely worth investigating.
Our local Python group started using meetup last year and it gave us a huge
boost in exposure and has brought in quite a few new people who didn't know
that we existed.  To me, the exposure to the (literally) thousands of
people in your area who might find OSM interesting is very valuable when
you are trying to get a group started.  Maybe there is a local company who
would be willing to help with sponsoring the meetup costs.  Maybe the local
Chamber of Commerce would see the value in it?

David.


On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM, Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com> wrote:

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> On Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:25 PM, Clifford Snow <clifford at snowandsnow.us>wrote:
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>> However the cost is expensive for individuals to start a Meetup group.
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> I recommend either crowd funding a meetup group or getting a local company
> to sponsor. Like Ian said, at OSM US we've spent quite some cycles on how
> we could support local communities US-wide with paying meetup.com fees
> but no matter how you turn it you're looking at a non-neglectible
> administrative overhead to manage this plus the very real possibility of
> paying for meetup groups that have gone inactive. Funding locally is the
> most organic and effective approach.
>
> Funding locally is also a great opportunity to create an active trust of
> meetup hosts or involve a local company in OSM :-)
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