Last night was the third post-pandemic EdinburghJS meetup. The first we held as a live-stream only event, thanks to ongoing Covid restrictions. In February and March we have been able to welcome people to an in-person event at the Bayes Center.
I have been co-organising the event with Esteban Munch-Jones and Allan Lloyds. We’ve arranged speakers, been awarded grant funding from the Scottish Government Ecosystem fund, live-streamed talks, and welcomed attendees from across the central belt. We even managed to support a new local drinks startup “Quas” by buying a few cans for our catering.
I’ve been pleased with the response so far. I think people are still cautious about attending meetups, and it takes a while for word to spread. The events have been enjoyable, and attendance is growing.
I want to set out a few objectives, so that I can look back and record progress over the year. I want to:
- Facilitate a space for networking, mentoring, learning and knowledge sharing
- Raise awareness of job opportunities, startups and interesting side projects