17 September 2017
Ottawa has recently been recognized as a tech hub of Canada, so in continuation of this topic, I thought I’d list 8 of my favourite tech meet-ups and events worth attending in the city.
NB: they are listed in a random non-ranked order. We cannot rank them because each one of them is different for all kind of professionals.
This is a very informal meetup where all Ottawa developers, tech marketers, and engineers come together for a beer, to network, and to tell everyone about their new jobs, companies, and projects. It has a relaxing environment and, like I’ve already mentioned, a very diverse group of folks.
Tech Tuesdays happen every 1st Tuesday of the month, it is organized by Wesley Clover Foundation, and is my favourite of all. This is a very sophisticated event where a lot of senior engineers, developers and business managers hangout. This event is an embodiment of a true Ottawa’s tech spirit. It’s a must attend event for everyone working in or with the tech industry. Also, the event is free and the food is included in the price.
I understood almost nothing from the last time I’ve been to one of those, since I don’t work with ruby at all, but Ruby meetups are well organized, structured, and from what I saw, people seemed to be really interested in what the speakers had been talking about. So I’d highly recommend to come over for a free pizza, beer, and ruby discussion, generously sponsored by FullScript.
This is a meetup organized by a local Drupal design and development agency, Opin, and they are doing a very good job in educating the community on Drupal and related tech. At the moment they haven’t had any new meetups in a while since Oct 2016, probably because of the workload (they are very popular), but do signup for the meetup group, and hopefully we’ll have another one soon.
This is a Microsoft focused meetup, targeting .NET developers. There they’re talking about Azure, Microsoft Server, databases, and other things Microsoft. Attendance looks good, so I think you’ll get to meet quite a bit of people working in the same area as you.
I wish I haven’t missed this one! It happens once a year (at least, I think), costs CAD$15-20, happens in a pub (what else can be a better place, right?), and this is where we can be ourselves, i.e. nerds. So this is a must-attend event for every tech nerd. I’m not sure if they are going to organize more of these, but be on a lookout for it!
If you know more meetups or events that I didn’t mention, please, let us know about them in the comments below.
Cheers, and hope to see you on any one of those events/meetups! :)