14 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Local FreeCodeCamp Meet Up

1. Sharpen the Saw

The idea is that sometimes you have to take a break from the “work” of your work to sharpen your skills. A dull axe won’t cut a tree nearly as effectively as a sharp one.

2. Meet Experts & know about their ways of doing things

Meet Ups are full of surprises. You can never expect whom you are going to meet in your first/next meet up and what can possibly be happen just because of that. They are happy to share what they have devised to deal with the issues out of their experience, which is a very good value add/helping aid to get there faster in your learning curve! This may happen rarely in other environments.

Ramana — A mentor and a co-founder of local the group

3. Learning In a New Space

Breaking out of the office, sitting in a new space (even if it’s a tired old Holiday Inn conference room), can spark us to new approaches that will grow our businesses.

Meet Up 10 @Terminus Adda

4. Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to read a blog post from the privacy of your own office. You won’t break a sweat listening to a podcast (unless you’re on the treadmill.) You don’t have to make small talk while your YouTube video loads up.

While there are those among us who are born networkers, for many of us live events, and other people, can be a challenge. But breaking out of our comfort zones is just the type of action we need to take to break out of old ways of thinking that have got us in a rut in our businesses.

5. New Tips & Tactics

The problem with the web is we believe that everything is at our fingertips. And maybe it is. But it’s an overwhelming amount of data that we often can’t crack, or keeps us from the best material. A well run conference will help curate new ideas to help us improve our approach.

For example, I remember watching Ramana Venkata create a Flappy Bird app in a session just to show what was possible.

Ramana in making of the Flappy Bird in JS

6. Greater Focus

With a plethora of resources dangling around in the WWW, it is very easy to feel lost, like a child in a fairy land. Meet ups give you the focus that you need by sticking to a learning path and providing the support you’d need, of course if you are up for it!

7. The Energy of Like-Minded Individuals

There’s nothing like being in a room of like-minded people. Other people who are willing to take time away from the office to learn something new. Other people who want to “better” themselves.

When you sit in a classroom or auditorium, you discover that you’re not alone in wanting to improve your skills and bring something back to your office or organization.

That energy lacks in all online learning channels, regardless of how much chatter there may be around a hashtag.

8. Insights into the current state of Web Technologies

Meeting the local Free Code Camp community is a good way to get an idea of the local web workforce. You can also discover news about the open source projects that could affect your business decisions going forward. For example, take a look at this meet up where Nishant Tomer explains about the current state of web. Also, if you are looking for a web developer in Hyderabad, there’s a great chance that you’ll have a pick of them at the Free Code Camp Hyderabad meet-up.

@Progress Software — Kapil — A mentor and co-founder of the local group

9. Networking, Promotional & Employment opportunities

I’m not a master networker. I struggle with finding the right way to break into a conversation with people I don’t know. But I’ve gotten better by attending the meet ups. By sitting at the same table with people I don’t know (yet), and discussing on a common interest, makes it natural.

Being active in the FCC community is a good way to meet others, as well as align your brand and expertise. It collects all the potential audience in one place. I’ve made some amazing connections and even more amazing friends from going to the meet ups. If you are a tech entrepreneur, there is no better place to go in search of talent.

Proving yourself is the best way to get employed. No matter how many classes you attend, the recruiter get the best view of your talent through something you built than anything else. It is a great way to build your talent showcase, to which nothing can ever top. So, it gives you confidence in yourself as an applicant for the right job.

And, companies looking to hire experts are always impressed when they see potential candidates giving back to the community and investing in their own education. If you’re on the hunt for a job, participating in your local meet-ups is a great foot-in-the-door.

10. Collaboration Opportunities

Rome was not built in a day, and neither by an individual. Great things need great ideas from like-minded people. An FCC meet up makes a perfect platform for this scenario. Being surrounded by people with similar interests can lead to interesting collaborations, whether it is help on a specific project, or developing long-term, working relationships with other enthusiasts. The reality is only limited by our imagination.

11. Unity is Strength

With great knowledge, come great problems and narrowing them down requires a great effort, which comes naturally in a group. I can bet that the people who attend the local meet-ups are there to collaborate and help. There’s no need to skip over the details. Bring your code examples, pages of notes, or head full of questions.

And, listening to others demo their projects or outline their issues can lead to major “a-ha” moments down the line. Witnessing someone explain their approach or techniques is very valuable, even if some (or most) of it goes over your head initially.

Provided you’ve put in the initial effort, the mutual goal is to solve the problems and/or provide direction. At our meet-ups, we have solved some very complex issues on many occasions — it often just takes that pair of fresh eyes.

12. Peer Encouragement and Inspiration

The likelihood is that most people at the meet-ups have been where you are at one time or another. If something is driving you up the wall, you’ll find workarounds, and solutions. You’ll also be amazed at what other people are doing and no doubt, leave the meet-ups inspired to keep at it and try something new.

We are always available on chat rooms in Gitter, on WhatsApp and Facebook to take the discussion forward, post the meet up as well!

13. Encourages new people to get involved

The casual nature of the meet-ups are a good way to get new people on board and spread the word about upcoming meet ups. Free Code Camp uses Facebook and meetup.com to announce local user group meet-ups and hackathons. It becomes more fun when you bring your friends along!

14. Having Fun!

We have fun whenever we do something we love and if you love doing something, you should do more of it!