This is Will Howard — he’s a UI engineer here at Meetup HQ.
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York last year, our office lost power. The servers were down, so development came to a halt, but all around the world new Meetups were starting and the stream of questions from the Meetup community continued to pour in.
The Community Team set up home and satellite offices all around the tri-state area to provide support from wherever we could hunt down internet.
Unfortunately, not being able to access the network meant our Development Team was stuck.
Instead of kicking up his heels, Will pitched in on back-end tools for the Community Team. He helped the Community Team out tremendously and ended up learning a lot from the experience. Turns out getting an inside look into Community issues is super helpful for developers!
A few months later we implemented an office-wide program based on Will’s experience and we called it: Will Howard 101. Now, every developer, engineer and product manager spends time regularly immersed in the daily goings on of the Community Team: listening to Organizers, resolving bugs, working on back-end tools and keeping Meetup Meetuppy.
…and despite inspiring the program, Mr. Howard is not exempt from participation. Earlier today Will sat down for his very own session of Will Howard 101!
For the last several years, Meetup has given a few graduate and undergrad students the opportunity to spend their summers working in the tech world as interns at Meetup HQ. They sit with the rest of the dev team, work on the code base, make improvements, fix bugs, and generally have the same opportunities and responsibilities of any other programmer here (and, yes, we pay them). This summer, our interns were Kathleen Lister, a rising senior at Brown University, and Jillian Munson, a graduate student at Stony Brook University.
In addition to a variety of smaller projects that Kathleen and Jillian finished this summer, they took it upon themselves to build an entirely new area of the site, which they call MeetupQuest. We’re pretty excited about it, and we’re going to let them walk you through the details.
-Duncan Ariey, QA Engineer
Outdoors and Adventure: Meetup Highlight
If you’re in Montana and want to get a taste of what the Treasure State really has to offer, be sure to hook up with The Bozeman Adventure Club. The Meetup organizes a great variety of hikes around the Bozeman area, very close to Gallatin National Forest and northern Yellowstone National Park.
The group is run by Jordan and Alison Udall, awesome Organizers who do a great job of letting hikers know what they’re getting into with their detailed event descriptions. Check out their recent Windy Pass/Gallatin Crest hike, for instance. Jordan and Alison work hard to plan mind blowing trips and to secure nearly impossible-to-get backcountry permits so their members can experience the Montana wilderness with them.
They’re also traveler friendly, so if you don’t live in Montana be sure to look the Bozeman Adventure Club up on your next trip!
‘When we are playing for fun, we call the sport ‘ping pong.’ When we’re serious, though, it’s ‘table tennis.
"We met through the London Vegan Meetup Group 2 years ago and we got married yesterday! It is such a great idea to meet up with like-minded folk and who knows where it could lead to?”
Who knows, indeed! Big congrats to Jag and Vicki from your friends at Meetup HQ.
I decided that I would start my own group because maybe there were other people out there who want to go to the movies during the day, but don’t want to go by themselves