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Announcing the first Tech Meetup at the White House

On Friday, April 17th, 50 Tech Meetup organizers from across the United States will convene at the White House for a very special Meetup, hosted by U.S. CTO Megan Smith. These organizers will be welcomed by representatives from the National Economic Council and the Obama administration’s Tech Hire initiative, for this historic one-day gathering.

Tech Meetups are on the rise across America, creating tech infrastructure, spurring innovation, and changing communities for the better. “Tech Meetups are engines for growth, and Tech Meetup organizers are important local leaders,” says Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman. “The power of these Meetups is enormous, and we’re thrilled to see their contributions recognized at the highest levels of government.” The Tech Meetup at the White House marks the beginning of an exciting conversation about the important role Meetups play in the technology community, and we’re excited to bring Meetup organizers together with their peers for a day of conversation, collaboration, and community.

Join the conversation using #WHMeetup, and watch the livestream from 9am – 12pm.

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Girl Develop It—don’t be shy, develop it!

“In 2010 we felt like there was way more talk about the gender gap in technology than there was action,” recalls Girl Develop It Co-Founder Vanessa Hurst. “We thought, ‘can I personally help one other woman feel comfortable learning technology?’ And the answer is yes.”

In 2010, Hurst co-founded the first Girl Develop It Meetup in New York City. “We decided it was time to provide a place where all questions are okay, and everyone can learn in a supportive environment.” Today that Meetup is over 7,500 members strong, and Girl Develop It Meetups have spread to 50+ cities around the country. Over 41,000 people belong to a local Girl Develop It Meetup, and the GDI community is growing faster than ever. “It’s an incredible thing to be celebrating five years of Girl Develop It this summer,” says GDI Executive Director Corinne Warnshuis. “What started as a single Meetup in NYC has become a nationwide movement. The strength and growth of our communities highlights how powerful and important it is to bring people together under a common purpose.”

This fall, Girl Develop It hosted their first summit in New York City, and we jumped at the chance to meet a handful of their extraordinary leaders and capture their stories on film.

 

Meetup Messages just got better

No more guesstimating your Meetup’s whereabouts. Now you can share your location privately through Messages with just one tap. No address? No problem. Meetup mid-hike, in the park, or at the afterparty. Open the map to find directions and be on your way—you’ll never be waiting on the wrong corner again.

Available now on iOS and Android.