Photo from last night’s Data-wiping for Good Meetup, where members got together to prepare 40+ laptops donated to their fledging coding school and the computer lab at Buch for refugee students.

From their Meetup group description: “We believe that every human being has the right to live up to their potential and to improve themselves. Our aim is to help refugees to build and expand their qualification as software developers and provide them the opportunity to work with startups and tech companies. We do this by creating a coding school. This Meetup group is to engage and organise volunteering to create a supporting community for Refugees on Rails.”

Q: Why are you called Refugees on Rails?

A: We are inspired by the Ruby on Rails open-source web framework that’s “optimized for programmer happiness and sustainable productivity”. We also want to signal movement and progress, because that is what we aspire to.

Q: What is your vision?

A: To change the perception of refugees. We wish that countries will see refugees as a blessing and as assets and hence start arguing about which country is allowed to welcome more.

Q: What is your mission?

A: A European network of tech labs for refugees teaching hundreds of people how to code. Our aim is to help refugees to self-organize and find jobs in the tech industry. We aspire to create a franchise to support the operation of these programs on a global scale.

Q: What are your core values?

A: We believe in the inherent dignity of all human beings. We believe diversity drives business innovation and human progress. We believe in co-creation and we think this is really great.

Q: How can I help?

A: Right now, by donating your laptop. We would also love your help to spread the word amongst your friends about the project.




Each quarter we host an all staff meeting and family style lunch at Meetup HQ with select local organizers. It’s a fireside chat moderated by Meetup’s CEO and co-founder, Scott Heiferman.

This past week we heard about the fantastic Meetup journeys of three organizers: Ria from Blood Ink: A Horror Writer’s Collective, Josh from Texpats NYC, and Bridget from the Irish/British Genealogy Meetup group.

This was a quiet moment right before things got started.

Thanks to all three organizers for stepping up, telling their wonderful stories, inspiring their members, and being an inspiration to us too.



Old Dudes on Dirtbikes is a Meetup based in Spring, Texas that brings together a wide age range of older riders, which makes it stand out from the pack (early 30’s to mid 70’s).

Their Meetup is not just about getting older riders together, they work with the Sam Houston National Forestry Service to remove debris and cut down fallen trees on their multi-use trails.

These members are improving roads less traveled, one Meetup at a time. Proving, once again, that great things happen when people Meetup.