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Dear Meetup Organizer, Here’re some tips. Love, your Host.

Hosting meetups is a big part of my job as a Quick Left marketer. On a personal level, getting to invite people into my space lets me fill the "Desperate Housewives" in me that rarely gets to rear it's head in my "real life". Also, the opportunity to learn new things, be exposed to different ideas and meet with a variety of people motivates me. 

Professionally, I get a chance to interact with my community. Both of our larger Quick Left offices in Boulder and Portland are prime locations for meetups. The reason I give up many of my evenings to this end is that I truly feel like I providing the users of our square footage with an experience in our brand. 

After hosting several meetups, I've been able to glean insights into what makes a good meetup, and what meetups I feel most inclined to host.

Here are some of my tips for great organizing, from the perspective of your host!

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Hack the Arts Hackfest – September 23rd

Prove your programming skills alongside hackers, developers, and artists at our upcoming hackfest, Hack the Arts! We are partnering with Rocky Mountain Ruby Conf, Sparkfun, and the Colorado arts community to bring you our next and most creative hackfest to date. Create the next great app, or go code-poet style simply hacking to your heart's content. The rules are simple: teams form night of and the same goes for your code. In three hours or less, you are going to create a web or mobile application in a tech stack of your choosing while accomplishing the challenge for the evening: marrying technology and fine/performing arts.

 

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Boulder Startup Week 2015: Beyond Dev & Design

Since day 1, Quick Left has participated in Boulder Startup Week. And as with the finer things in life that get better with age (wine, cheese, leather boots, cast iron, medical advancements, wisdom, Daniel Craig), so does the 5th annual week-long affair that is startup week. This year, I stepped up my game and volunteered to be the Adventure Track leader for the week in addition to our normal, over-the-top involvement as a company. From hackfests and panels to office chair races and celebrity yoga, there's something for everyone.

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Portland, We Salute You! Portland Startup Week Recap

Entrepreneurs, developers, media and participants of Portland, thank you. Your city embraced the first Portland Startup Week like no other. Of all the Startup Weeks and Weekends I’ve participated in, this was the first that had live television coverage onsite and a constant stream of articles published for the general public as a whole – not just those involved in the tech and startup scene. Way to engage your entire community – maybe Boulder and Denver will do this in 2015 (hint, hint)! Here’s my Portland Startup Week recap complete with published articles in business journals, techie bloggers, mainstream TV coverage, 140-character tweets, pictures and one amazing keynote from my very first hackfest as a participant and not just the host! 

 

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