Community tech meetups

Bringing open source tech enthusiasts together with pizza

At Mattermost, we’re keen on all things open source and tools, technologies, and methodologies like Kubernetes, Go, React, React Native, cloud architecture, DevOps, and CI/CD. 

At the same time, we believe that community events are the lifeblood of open source projects, and we also understand how thankless and expensive organizing and maintaining local tech meetup groups can be.

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to launch a new initiative: sponsoring in-person tech meetups by satiating attendee appetites with pizza. 🍕

Over the last six months, we’ve bought pizzas for meetup groups around the world, and we look forward to continuing this initiative as we move further into the future.

With this in mind, here’s an overview of some of the meetups we’ve sponsored since April.

Atlanta Go Group

We’ll always have a soft spot for the Atlanta Go Group, which was the first meetup that took advantage of our new community initiative. In early June, 20 folks came together to talk about Go, learn a bit about Mattermost, and munch on some pizza.

DevSecOps London

In June, DevSecOps London hosted a meetup, and we supplied the pizza. The topic? Cloud-native security. The speaker? Pablo Musa, senior curriculum developer at Sysdig, who gave a talk called Understanding Cloud Native Security: Acronyms, Attack Surfaces, and Runtime Protection. In it, he brought clarity to the many acronyms in the cloud-native security space, like CSPM, KSPM, CIEM, and CWPP.

Columbus Code & Coffee

In August, Columbus Code & Coffee hosted a GoogleIO extended hackathon, bringing together 65 technology enthusiasts who collaborated using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and large language models with Palm API, Vertex.AI, and the Google Cloud platform. We were more than happy to supply the pizzas!

Cloud Native London

In September, we sponsored a Cloud Native London meetup that featured talks from:

  • Charlie Egan of Strya, who explained how to use Wasm to run policies in hard-to-reach places;
  • Pablo Musa of Sysdig, who set the record straight on those aforementioned acronyms in cloud-native security; and
  • Alex Chircop of Akamai, who gave an overview of the cloud-native storage ecosystem.

We hope the pizza was delicious! 🤤

GoMAD

In June, we sponsored GoMAD, a new Golang meetup group started in Madrid by one of our own engineers, Jesús Espino.

In their own words, GoMAD “is a group of programmers interested in sharing their experiences with Go. In [their] meetings we try to share [their] experiences and knowledge with Go, to become better programmers.”

Atlantic Canada Tech Meetup

Back on our side of the pond, we sponsored an Atlantic Canada Tech Meetup get-together in Halifax at the end of September where a packed room talked about large language models before Emile Cabot, a long-time Mattermost contributor and MVP, gave a talk on Building Real World Labs in Azure.

Want Mattermost to buy pizza for your next meetup?

If so, we’d love to talk.

There’s just one catch. In exchange for the pies, we have two asks:

  1. Give us a shout-out on social media with a picture of your event.
  2. Show attendees a few slides about Mattermost that we’ll provide.

If you think that’s a fair trade, learn more about how to take advantage of this initiative and submit your sponsorship request today.

To your next meetup’s success!

Andrew is a professional developer advocate at Mattermost where he creates resources to empower the open source community. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he taught English abroad in Japan, learned to code between teaching classes, and later became the lead web developer for an e-learning company back home in the United States. A lifelong advocate of career and technical education, Andrew's passion is helping others unlock their true potential.