Melbourne Silicon Beach Drinks Meetup (SBD) is an informal group for anyone interested in founding or working in startups, dev/design in web/mobile tech, freelancing, investing or working with people in that space. We are a diverse bunch covering all ages, backgrounds and first point of call for newcomers to Melbourne. SBD is particularly interested in overcoming the gender bias in the Melbourne Startup/tech scene. Female founders and girl geeks are very welcome ;)
Our monthly meetups usually attract around 100 Beachers. They are networking events purposely kept very unstructured, so that our members can chat and get to know each other over a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
Our venue sponsor, Royal Melbourne Hotel does a great job in providing the atmosphere to make this happen on the first Thursday of every month. If we have a drinks sponsor, your first round of drinks will be free, but some meetups won't have a sponsor. Free beer is not the aim!
We steer away from featured speakers - that just gets in the way of the networking. If we have a drinks sponsor, we will let them speak for max 5 minutes. If you want to hear other people's success stories, there are plenty of other meetups and websites where you can get that information. SBD is about you, we provide you the platform to find the people that will enable you to be that awesome startup founder, tech founder, coder, freelancer or whoever you want to be, both through the regular meetups and the comments/discussion forum on meetup.com