Meetup everywhere is closing down on 1 Dec and we currently have >2500 members connected to local groups there. We can move max 3 groups to meetup.com for free or pay a lot of money to move them all, this isn’t really a viable option. We probably need to do 3 things to deal with this change:
- Scrape what we can (within reason/our means)
- Get our LGs and WGs who use the platform to establish contact with their local members and make connections outside the Meetup Everywhere platform (email etc.), so that we could potentially connect with them after Dec 1.
- Consult the broader community to gauge whether we should try to establish a similar centralized platform (either Meetup or elsewhere) and what tools might be useful for that purpose going forward.
Further notes from me on each of these below - please comment if you have more info, comments, suggestions or can help out with the transition:
Who is the founder of our meetup everywhere? They should be able to scrape all the members and their email addresses where provided using the meetup API (or at least provide authentication details to someone to do so):
I think we contact the LGs and WGs but maybe manually go through each meetup group and post a message/meetup to notify everyone if we can? Happy to help with this - at the very least we can just signpost members to the local mailing list. Expecting all local group leads to mobilise on this in the next few days might be a bit ambitious. There are 132 groups but only 20-30 have double digits of members. There should be some way as a founder to message all groups but I can’t find it…
This has been discussed as part of the Open Knowledge Directory hangouts, there are plans to incorporate events into the directory and make this compatible with the user editable Open Tech Calendar run by James Baster (who has a discuss.okfn.org account and will definitely be responsive to this topic). His calendar is open source and all about open data. Open Knowledge Scotland and a bunch of open tech groups already use it:
Web platform: https://opentechcalendar.co.uk/
Organisation hosting: http://ican.hasacalendar.co.uk/
It might be a viable alternative to meetup so interested to see how people respond here.