Toolbox: Dublin Startup Meetups 101

Dublin Startup Meetups

Your one-stop guide to Dublin startup meetups… A startup community is only as good as its meetups, and Dublin happens to be full of them.

It was inevitable that our reputation for craic and great tech companies would overlap: aside from big players like the Web Summit, we’re a great city for smaller pub meetups where you can really get to know our startup ecosystem.

If you’ve just landed in Dublin, or are starting out, then your first (virtual) port of call is Dublin Startup Digest, a comprehensive table of all our tech events. The March calendar is especially busy, with 87 meetups in total over the month.

Some of these focus on coding, but many are welcome to anyone working in or around tech. Only one or two are invitation-only (it’s worth tweeting the founders and/or RSVP-ing on Meetup if you have any doubts), while others have out-of-date websites that give the impression the event is no longer running. Ignore them, check the Startup Digest and social media instead. Our social calendar is packed: with enough research you could probably drink with Dublin tech folk every night of the week. But if you can only make one or two, here are a few of our favourites:

If you have an invite to Techpreneurs, then chances are you’re doing something right. This slightly mysterious monthly meetup for CEOs and entrepreneurs sees Dublin tech’s best and brightest sharing tips on a different theme every month, with panels followed by a Q&A over pints. Massively useful, both for networking and learning purposes.

Dublin Beta
This one’s a quarterly meet-up for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, designers, students… anyone vaguely tech-y. You can apply to demo your product or just show up, enjoy the cocktails and give them feedback – don’t be too mean! Oh, and there are prizes for the best startup demos, so bring your A game…

Pub Standards
This international meetup dates back to 2005 (that’s forever, in tech years…) – it has a presence in San Francisco, London and, unexpectedly, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Though officially disbanded, it currently lives on as a monthly meetup called “Ghosts of Pub Standards” – follow Karl Monoghan on Twitter for updates on the next one.

Python Ireland (and PyCon)
Python user? Did you learn it the hard way? Irish coders have really taken to Python, it seems, because this meetup has become too big to fit around a pub table. Now it’s at least once a month, taking over venues like CHQ with a formal talk followed by informal chats about ‘the awesomeness of Python’ (if you say so…)

Hackers and Founders
Clear the last Thursday of every month for this choice get-together: what began as Silicon Valley’s biggest meet-up for tech founders now has a Dublin chapter. This is one of the more casual, friendly meet-ups ideal for people who aren’t developers but work in or are interested in tech.

Bitcoin Dublin
Not one for the Dogecoin enthusiasts… Rumours of an Irish founder have always followed Bitcoin, so it seems natural we’d have our own meetup here in Dublin. Events are monthly and regularly change venue – expect informal chats about the cryptocurrency and its societal consequences.

Lean Startup Dublin

Created by Lean methodology advocates Thousand Seeds, Lean Startup Dublin is a group with an extensive following. If you run a lean startup or are a fan of the book of the same name by Eric Ries, this meetup might help you learn new tactics and people to collaborate with. Events are all over Dublin, with ties to international Lean meetups too.

Startup Weekend Dublin

54 hours of pitching! If you think you can handle the challenge, the next startup weekend is coming up soon – April 10th, to be specific. Teams are formed at the start of the event, then you get three days to create a business model and a marketing plan before going head to head with presentations before a panel of entrepreneurial leaders. Sounds a bit terrifying, but very exciting too.

Web Summit
Because duh… The numbers speak for themselves: over 500 speakers and 2,000 startups in attendance, 800 journalists and 10,242 total attendees. The Web Summit has branched out into a series of other Summits in recent years: there’s the Marketing Summit, the Machine Summit… even the Surf Summit, because why not? Oh, and the event is only five years old, which more than a little bit mind-blowing. But you already knew all that – see you at the next one!

Bonus: #Flounders
Such dizzy heights and such terrible lows. #Flounders (the event lacks an official page, it seems, but abides as a Twitter hashtag) is an event which celebrates failure. Named in opposition to the F.ounders event which is part of the Web Summit, #Flounders celebrates failure, or at least aims to learn from it. The previous event took place at the Science Gallery last September but we’re hoping they’ll soon be back for more.

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