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Developers, Graphic Artists, Start-ups, Entrepreneurs Unite (Speed-Networking)

Almost 700 members strong now in the MD/DC/VA metro area, now it is time to actually start to get things done. Time to meet, mobilize teams and start collaborating. Match making time has arrived. We have a large array of developer, creative, entrepreneurial, start-up and other talent to get the ball rolling. We’ve had our tech meetups, we’ve brought our own ideas, and we got together to define how, when and where we want to meetup. These were important first steps to help us move towards collaboration and will continue to play a part defining how we do it. Now it’s time to team up, identify our needs and begin the process of working together to accomplishing the task of bringing that great idea, that bold project closer to reality.

The talking is over, the stage is set and the orchestra is engaged – now it is time to dance.  Let the  match making begin.  Everyone needs additional resources from time to time. Some are looking to share equity in a project or idea.   Some are looking to establish a contract with the right candidate.  So are looking for partners/co-founder to meet their immediate skill, financial or other resource need.

In a past few meetups, it was very difficult to pry everyone away from the networking phase of the event.  At some events there were more developers present than entrepreneurs, start-ups, creatives and other types. In some, there were more entrepreneurs than any other type of member.  We’ve tried different approaches to get you all together at one event with mixed results, so now we will combine the best of what worked and a little of something new.  Our members love networking, sharing ideas and carrying on discussions in small groups.   So, we are combining the best of these three characteristics into one event.  We are going to borrow the concept of speed dating and apply it to matching members together based on needs and disciplines.  Developers may need graphic designers, entrepreneurs/start-ups may need developers, and/or everyone may need funding – you get the picture.

This event was one of many great ideas proposed in our last meetup, Co-Creation and Collaboration for Apps/Web & Product Dev, and we are going full steam ahead with it.  Planning is in progress to make this event as productive and fun as possible.

This event is tentatively scheduled for March.   A future announcement outlining event details, rules, registration, agenda and other information will be available shortly.  As with other future events, this is you time to vote whether you will want to attend this or a variant of the event described above. On voting and preferences tab above, please vote yes or no. You can also specify datelocation and time. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please join our event discussion group and chime in.


Event details, rules, registration, agenda and other information will be available shortly.  As with other future events, this is your chance to vote whether you will want to attend this or a variant of the event described above. On voting and preferences tab above, please vote yes or no. You can also specify datelocation and time. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please join our event discussion group and chime in.

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The just Dev It team

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  • Startup C.

    Thanks for all of your honest reviews of the event, our 1st attempt. We even printed photo business cards for everyone. Next time we will do it the Just Dev It way, speed networking really does not apply to what we are attempting to accomplish. Any suggestions would be welcome, I like the "Standing" tableless idea. We will also have everyone register so that we can do unobtrusive matching to better aid the member to be successful. Thanks to all of the organizers for making this meetup a success. Special thanks to Goly for her camera and other support. Another special thanks to Lee for photographing and posting such wonderful images. Thanks Sahal for your time to help with the event. I only give this meetup a 4 because our attendees actually benefited from the "Raw Networking" that occurred during and after the main event. With better organization, strictly enforced rules and member compliance with registration, this event will only get better.

    March 15, 2012

  • Bart J.

    Front door was locked so we couldn't get in until the pizza delivery guy exited. It started about 1 hour late and was dis-organized. But it was a good first attempt. We figured it out and I got to meet a lot of people. I give high marks to Antonio for being a good sport about the whole thing and having fun.

    March 15, 2012

  • Ana R.

    This was a great way to network, I only capture about a third of the number of people in the room and wanted to talk to at least another third, it was impressive, we'll just have to allow 7 minutes instead of 2 and perhaps get rid of the tables... standing up works just fine. Thanks Tony for yet another great event!

    March 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for creating this event. There were a lot of interesting people and I wish I could have talked to more of them. I think an event called speed networking would benefit from more organization and tighter rules about when and how people rotate. I was looking for the rapid fire and structured introductions with many people but most of the evening was a free-for-all. A good agenda would be to start with a well explained speed networking session and then leave time to follow up with whomever we choose. Demonstrate exactly how people are supposed to rotate because that was a big point of confusion. I know I'm complaining but I do appreciate the effort that went into creating this and I will attend again.

    March 15, 2012

  • Blunders

    Awesome event, more please!!

    March 14, 2012

  • Startup C.

    Great question Kenneth. I would say come anyway. Meetup attendance is so unpredictable during the week because of traffic, weather and people changing there mind. However, networking may be an incentive for everybody to show up. I will be sending a message out shortly to have people verify their current RSVP status.

    March 14, 2012

  • Kenneth F.

    This is listing as full at 150. Is that a hard limit, or should those of us on the waitlist come by anyway?

    March 14, 2012

  • Startup C.

    Thanks Dylan. Like any other Speed Networking event, we will be rotating members around every 60 seconds. Each member will be instructed to follow a certain protocol of Q&A so that each session is as productive and informative as possible. If successful, this event will re-occur each month. An enhanced version is in the works, that will require member registration prior to the event. We will also be enlisting Tappedin to make the event even more interest in future versions.

    March 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have the details mentioned above on how this event will function? Thanks.

    March 13, 2012

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