MeetUp is a social networking website with a twist. The website encourages users to find people with similar interests online and then meet up in person, in groups together. The MeetUp team believes that when people with mutual interests work together, powerful and exciting changes can happen in society.
15 million people use MeetUp
MeetUp has enabled over 15 million users in 196 countries to undertake activities together all over the world. The site seems to work particularly well in Berlin where creative types of all nationalities are enthusiastic about joining forces to ignite a special project.
MeetUp groups take place in all shapes, forms and sizes. There are groups for those interested in tech, music, writing, food, photography and many more. Here are some of our favourite groups on MeetUp.
Berlin Craft Beer
This group is designed for lovers of craft beer to unite, visit microbreweries for tastings and attend craft beer festivals. Sometimes there is a charge but this will be indicated on the event page.
Berlin Tech Meet Up
Berlin Tech Meet Up is a monthly meeting for startups and techies to share ideas. Five to six companies make pitches and show off new products. Each demo lasts about five minutes and is followed by a five minute Q&A.
Open Tech School Berlin
Open Tech School Berlin offers free programming workshops to those with an interest in technology. The MeetUps are open to people of all experience levels and the material is then shared online. For more info see: meetup.com/opentechschool-berlin/.
Internationals in Berlin
This group encourages expats to come together to undertake cultural, sporting or social activities. Find like-minded people by posting your idea on the page. If an idea receives three likes it turns into a meet up but make sure to contact the host if for some reason you can’t actually attend the event.
Startup Founder 101
Startup Founder 101 is a group for startup founders and entrepreneurs to hear inspiring speeches and network. The group regularly holds startup Q&A evenings and Founder Institute Information Sessions.
Feature image: LISBON – FEBRUARY 21, 2014: Meetup homepage through a magnifying glass. Meetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. via Shutterstock. Copyright: Gil C