Be a Doll, Give a Doll

The Black Doll Affair community is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with chapters across the United States. Their mission: “to change the way black girls are perceived and, more importantly, perceive themselves.” 

The movement has received national attention as a past recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts.


In celebration of Black History Month, they partnered with Macy’s to host a very special “Be a Doll, give a Doll” event, where members got dolled up in their favorite Black Doll T-shirts to “Be a Doll”, and give back to the community by bringing black dolls for donation. It was a huge success.

In their words: “This is where black girls grow into their true essence and awesomeness! This is where black gives back. This is where Black Dolls have more fun!”


“I started Hackers and Founders Meetups years ago as a way to find people similarly interested building tech startups.  Who knew that helping entreprenerds connect over beer would strike such a chord with people because Hackers and Founders Meetups have now been held in 115 cities and 45 countries and over 250,000 people have attended HF events.

Since then, we’ve protested laws that threatened to break the internet, we’ve worked with the White House and Mayor Bloomberg’s office to help immigrant entrepreneurs get visas to launch their companies in the US, we’ve become advisors to law schools as well as the SEC on problems small businesses have.

Amazing things can happen when you meet people and pay it forward for years.”

Jonathan Nelson, Organizer

Meetup Fair


Meetup is proud to announce a very special partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation’s Creative Collisions program to bring you the Meetup Fair.

The Meetup Fair is an evening mash-up of superlative local Meetup groups from Quidditch Players to Doodlers, Technologists to Pop-up Singers, Filmmakers to Consciousness Hackers.

Creative Collisions is a series of programming sponsored by the Swanson Family at The Tech Museum of Innovation, designed to bring together makers and shakers of Silicon Valley for one-of-a-kind experiences.

Join us on February 16th to connect with creative leaders from your community and experience the diversity and wonder of San Jose Meetups featuring:

It will be a night to remember, showcasing Meetups in the valley about most everything, and for one evening, you’ll find them all in one great place.

We hope to see you there!

Becca and Steve at Wedding

“My fiance and I moved away from Fargo, so we transferred ownership of our Meetup to another organizer. We moved from our family homes originally in New Jersey to Fargo, North Dakota and now to St. Louis, Missouri.

I have Meetup to thank for the family of friends we have forged in both new cities. Were it not for Meetup, we never would have connected with the various people we now have come to know as family; in fact, at our wedding in March, we will be seating at least 10 guests we met exclusively through Meetup, or through other people we met thanks to Meetup.

Meetup has made the transition from city to city incredibly easy, and has lessened the time it has taken for us to integrate ourselves with the local culture. What’s more, we get to find the people and activities in which we really want to engage without having to poke around bars or other local hangout scenes and try to find people who share our interests.”


Thank you, Metal Steve




Sydney’s Women’s Boxing Bootcamp Meetup is all about getting physically fit, having fun, de-stressing, and empowering women. They make good on their mission: “Real training. Real change. Real women. And lots of sweat!”

That’s a mission we can get behind, and the perfect way to kick off a dreary winter week…except in Sydney, where the sun is shining and their gloves are glistening.

Upcoming Meetups include Anti-Valentines Day Boxing Fun, where women can “expect a fun environment where you will always be challenged no matter what level of fitness.”

Not for the faint of heart? On the contrary, this Meetup is all heart, all the time.