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!
At Meetup HQ, we enjoy a little “healthy” competition. That’s how a casual lunch time wager evolved into a full fledged burrito eating competition, complete with referee.
"If I remember correctly," QA Engineer Duncan recalled, “we were sitting around eating burritos one day, and everyone remarked on my consumption speed. Matt said he could eat as fast as me if he put his mind to it, so of course we had to put it to the test.”
Check out Food & Drink Meetups in your neighborhood to get in on the fun yourself!
Just inside the front doors of Meetup HQ, there’s a huge sign mounted to the wall. It reads “DIO,” which stands for “Do it ourselves.” It’s safe to say we’re a pretty hands on bunch.
It was only fitting that this year, we took our end-of-the-year celebration into our own hands. We transformed Meetup HQ into a velvet ensconced Las Vegas themed palace, brought our own silly Secret Santa gifts, and even hosted the very first annual Meetup 2012 Awards.
The offices reflect the community they support… The dog room has pictures of dogs on the wall and even a stuffed one to keep you company (he doesn’t bite).
A Halloween hero
Kyle organizes this fun Meetup Group in Pennsylvania, and he really saved the day when the Meetup team spotted his superhero costume.
Thanks, Meetup Man.
We’re working on the Meetup Man signal… um, just as soon as we have power again.