Why we love virtual meetups
Virtual meetups help community members connect with and learn from other members of our global community. They can also help local communities remain connected when in-person events are not possible.
Our goals in supporting these events are to grow our community, better engage with and increase connections within the GitLab community, increase awareness of GitLab, and better educate the technology community about the power of our platform.
Virtual meetups have many advantages over in-person events.
- They can be more diverse and inclusive. Anyone with an internet connection is able to contribute.
- They can be more efficient. No travel is required and the events are more structured by necessity.
- They can deliver better results. They can attract much larger audiences than in-person events and some of the forcing functions increase participation.
- They can be more collaborative. Most attendees will have a personal computer in front of them so hands-on exercises and demos can be more robust and easier to follow.
Organize a virtual meetup
We maintain a comprehensive checklist to help organizers plan virtual meetups.
If you are ready to begin planning a virtual meetup with support from GitLab, please open an issue using our meetup issue template. The only requirements for organizers are a passion for GitLab and a belief in our mission. If you would like to help getting started or have questions about virtual meetups, you are invited to schedule a Zoom call with GitLab's Evangelist Program Manager.
Resources for organizers
Here’s a list of resources on Meetups that we curated to help you get started.
Upcoming virtual meetups
We welcome everyone from the GitLab community to participte in our virtual meetups. Attending a virtual meetup is typically as simple as joining a video call.
You can find upcoming GitLab virtual meetups listed below and on our Events page. Many local communities publish their upcoming events (both virtual and in-person) on Meetup.com. You can find those events on GitLab's Meetup Pro page.