Some advice on running online meetups

IBM Developer SF hosted over 100 online meetups in the past two years and I also shared how to scale Developer Relations with online meetups. In this blog post I want to share what works for us, how we run the online meetups, what we do before, during and after the event. Pick what you believe will work for you.

Online meetup on Crowdcast

Before the online meetup

This is what we do or try to do before an online meetup.

  • Publish the online meetup 3-4 weeks before the event (like a regular in-person meetup)
  • Promote the event via regular channels such as Twitter, LinkedIn (like a regular in-person event)
    • If hosting an event with a partner, ask them to promote the online meetup to their community
  • Publish on Meetup, Eventbrite or any other platform you usually publish events on
    • A note about Meetup: they seem not to like when people post to many online events but I don’t know their official policy on that
  • Make it clear where to register for the online event
  • If the event is with a remote employee or external partner, schedule 15 minutes dry-run a few days before to make sure the software you are using works for them and they can share their screen
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TensorFlow, Deep Learning, Red Hat OpenShift – watch February 2020 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following are online meetups we hosted in February 2020. Register for any future events on Crowdcast.

Introduction to TensorFlow and Watson Machine Learning
February 5, 2020
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Deep Learning Master Class II – Computer Vision
February 6, 2020
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Fraud Prediction using AutoAI
February 12, 2020
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DL Master Class III – Model Performance, Quantization, & Hyperparameter Search
February 13, 2020
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Deploy Microservices with Red Hat OpenShift
February 19, 2020
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Serverless Mobile Backend as a Service
February 26, 2020
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How to scale Developer Relations with online meetups

Online meetups (webinars, web conferences or webcasts) is one of the best ways to scale Developer Relations. In most companies Developer Relations teams are small, probably under ten people. Even if we look at some of the big companies with hundreds of people in Developer Relations organizations such as IBM, Microsoft, Google, AWS and some others – they cannot be everywhere to host in-person workshops, meetups and attend conferences. You cannot scale with people.

Even if you could send a Developer Advocate to every meetup or conference, there are many more developers who don’t attend meetups or conferences. There are many reasons, maybe they leave in an area where there are no meetups or they don’t have a travel budget. You need to reach these developers and also scale.

Reach developers anywhere

As online meetups happen online using software such as Zoom, Webex, Hangouts Meet or Crowdcast (we use Crowdcast), developers from anywhere in the world can participate. Developers from places that you would never reach other wise can join your event and get high-quality developer education. Here is a map from one of our recent online meetups Deep Learning Master Class I – Introduction:

Where in the world are people joining from?

People joined from all over the world. We would not be able to reach these folks with in-person events. We simply don’t have enough people and time to do that.

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Get started with deep learning, a 5-part online master class

Machine Learning Engineer Lavanya and IBM Developer Advocate Upkar Lidder joined together to host a 5-part educational online series on deep learning. Some of the sessions already happened but no worries as you can watch the recordings (links below).

This series takes engineers from zero to expert in machine learning in 5 sessions. The world needs more people who understand machine learning, and our goal is to get you started on that path as efficiently as possible. While there are plenty of online resources, we know it’s tough to learn a technical topic without a teacher. This workshop will arm you with the tools to get started using machine learning in your day job, and the resources to find additional help if you want to go deeper.

Deep Learning Master Class I – Introduction
January 30, 2020 – 9:30am PT
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Deep Learning Master Class II – Computer Vision
February 6, 2020 – 9:30am PT
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Deep Learning Master Class III – Model Performance, Quantization, & Hyperparameter Search
February 13, 2020 – 9:30am PT
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Deep Learning Master Class IV – Intro to RNNs, LSTMs, and GRUs
March 20, 2020 – 9:30am PT
Register

Deep Learning Master Class V – Advanced RNNs, LSTMs, and GRUs
March 27, 2020 – 9:30am PT
Register

Removing bias in ML, Deep Learning, Kubernetes with OpenShift and IBM Watson – watch January 2020 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in January 2020 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

📹 Real-Time Voice Applications with Glitch, Nexmo and IBM Watson (January 8, 2020)

In this hands-on online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned:

  • How to connect Nexmo and IBM Watson through RESTful APIs and WebSockets
  • The benefits of serverless integrations
  • How to do do real-time analysis of audio streams
  • Performing speech-to-text decompositions on raw audio data
  • Performing sentiment analysis on the resulting text
  • Visualizing the resulting values

Watch the recording 📺

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Kubernetes with OpenShift, data wrangling with Pandas – watch December 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in December 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

📹 Kubernetes with OpenShift (December 11 & 17, 2019) 

In this hands-on online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned:

  • What is OpenShift, and how does it compare to and improve Kubernetes
  • Provision an OpenShift cluster for you on IBM Cloud, so that you can complete two interactive workshops.
  • Creating OpenShift projects
  • Creating OpenShift Applications
  • Managing OpenShift Applications

Watch two different recordings:

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Watson Voice Agents, Neural Networks and Serverless for Mobile – watch November 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in November 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

📹 Build Watson-Enhanced Voice Agents on IBM Cloud with Nexmo (November 6, 2019) 

In this online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned how through the IBM Voice Gateway and Nexmo platform integration, you can direct voice interactions with a cognitive self-service agent—IBM Voice Agent with Watson—or access real-time transcriptions of a phone call between two people.

Watch the recording 📺

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Kubernetes, Istio, Nexmo/Vonage and Red Hat OpenShift – watch October 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in October 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

⭐️ Managing Kubernetes Traffic with Istio (October 9, 2019) 

In this online meetup, IBM Developer Advocate Mofizur Rahman showed how Istio can be used to manage traffic in a demo application running microservices. Developers also learned why Kubernetes need “service mesh” and how does Istio improve network traffic management.

Watch the recording 📺

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Scaling Developer Relations with an online conference for developers

Scaling your Developer Relations program is a challenge faced by virtually all organizations. It doesn’t matter if you are a startup with 10 people or IBM – you still need to scale your efforts.

IBM probably has one of the biggest Developer Relations organizations in the world. Even with such size, Developer Advocates cannot be everywhere to host in-person workshops, meetups and attend conferences. You cannot scale with people.

Even if you could send a Developer Advocate to every meetup or conference, there are many more developers who don’t attend meetups or conferences. There are many reasons, maybe they leave in an area where there are no meetups or they don’t have conference travel budget. You need to reach these developers and also scale.

The way to scale a program is through content, online meetups (webinars), videos and online forums. I shared how to scale with online meetups and content before:

All these resources are available to anyone with an internet connection regardless of location and can be consumed any time of the day or night. In addition, all these digital resources can provide value for a long time, months or even years.

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Serverless, Computer Vision, Chatbots, PubNub, TomTom and Blockchain – watch September 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in September 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

⭐️ Build an Intelligent Chatbot with Watson and PubNub (September 7, 2019) 

In this online meetup with Dave Nugent developers learned:

  • An introduction to the PubNub realtime network, channel architectures and the publish/subscribe paradigm
  • A walkthrough of IBM Watson and Watson Assistant
  • How to create an interactive chatbot
  • Distributing your interactive chatbot globally with the PubNub realtime network
  • Demo and Q&A

Watch the recording 📺

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