Starting a Docker Meetup Group

Interested in launching a Docker Meetup Group ?

Fill out this form to get started and have our team reach out and create the user group on meetup.com! Our community team would be happy to work with you on solving some of the challenges associated with organizing meetups in your area.

 

What are the best practices for launching a Meetup Group ?

  • Attend similar Meetups to gain experience and gauge interest in Docker.
  • Contact people interested in Docker to help organize and promote.
  • Research companies in your area willing to host an event.
  • Check out the calendar to find dates that don’t compete with other events.
  • Understand what topics interest your local audience
  • Pay attention to the Meetup page aesthetics, add logos and pictures, invite members to leave comments and reply to these comments
  • Promote the event on social media and invite your peers

 

How does Docker, Inc support Docker Meetup organizers?

  • We send you some cool SWAG (t-shirts, stickers, etc)
  • We promote every Meetup on Docker.com, the Docker Weekly newsletter and Social Media
  • We help schedule speaking engagement from Docker employees and community members
  • We Connect you with other organizers, local users and companies willing to host or sponsor meetups in your area.

 

Are there any benefits associated with being a Docker meetup organizer ?

We see meetup organizers as members of the Docker family. Although there are no direct compensation associated with being a meetup organizers given the open source nature of the project, we often reward meetup organizer with free or discounted tickets to DockerCon, special swags, or treat you to a nice lunch (or a few beers) when you pay us a visit at Docker HQ.

 

How many attendees usually attend Docker Meetups?

Docker Meetups range from 30 to 400 attendees depending on the popularity of Docker in your city and the size of the venue we find to accommodate the meetups.

 

What’s the standard format of a Docker Meetup?

Docker Meetups are usually two or three hours long and start between 4pm and 7pm. We usually have from 1 to up to 3 main talks of about 30 minutes but sometimes adjust the agenda to accommodate 10 minutes lightning talks.

 

What are the typical first steps after the meetup page is live?

  • Post a message on one or all of the following Docker User channels including a link to your new meetup group: #Docker on IRC, Docker on Linkedin, Docker on Google+, Docker on Reddit,
  • Create a Twitter handle for your group and ping @docker to get retweets
  • Send an email to the docker-users mailing list including the link to your new Meetup group.
  • Look for a company willing to provide the venue for the meetup
  • Find a date for the first meetup that does not compete with other groups
  • Look for potential speakers living in your city

 

Am I allowed to use the Docker logo ?

You are allowed to use the Docker logo on the meetup group page as long as you respect our code of conduct. Check out our media kit to choose which versions of the Docker logo you’d like to use.

 

What happens if I no longer have time to run a Docker meetup group?

We really appreciate all the contributions Docker Meetup organizers make to the Docker community. Although we hope to collaborate with you in the long term, we totally understand it if you have to step down as an organizer, just reach out and let us know whether or not you’ve found a substitute.

Looking for more information on how to start and grow a Docker Meetup group? Contact us by email at meetup@docker.com  to learn about all the tips, lessons learned and best practices from our community team and some of the most successful meetup organizers.

 

Who should I contact if I my company wants to host / sponsor a Meetup?

We are always looking for new office space to host Docker Meetups or new companies to sponsor food, drinks, swag or video recording. If your company is willing to sponsor a local Docker Meetup Group, please fill out this form or contact the local organizers directly via meetup.com

 

Who should I contact if I or one my colleague wants to give a talk at a meetup?

Please fill out this form to get started and have our team reach out or contact the local organizers directly via meetup.com