Event Resources

Resources for Tech-Focused Groups and Events

Interested in Starting a Technology-Focused Group or Event?

MATA is always excited to see technical gurus share their passion for a specific technology through a local User Group! Not sure where to begin? We publish tips and guides to help you get started, based on what has (or has not) worked for other area groups.

We offer a variety of free resources to local tech-focused groups and events. If you have questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

Getting Started Checklist

Marketing
You want people to be able to easily find your group or event. We recommend User Groups start with a Meetup page ($15/mo). Contact Us about helping you cover the cost of your Meetup page. We will automatically import your tech-focused Meetup events into our Technology Calendar. We recommend one-time or annual events use Eventbrite, especially if you need to charge a registration fee. We will also import your tech-focused Eventbrite event into our Tech Calendar.

Scheduling
Be sure to check our Technology Calendar for conflicts with other tech events before selecting a date for your event. If you plan to host a monthly event, stick with a specific day of the month (e.g. every 3rd Tuesday night). Some groups only meet every two or three months, so be sure to check for conflicts in the next 3 months.

Venue
We have many great venue options for tech groups and tech events here in Springfield. See our full list of recommended venues on our Events page. Our local libraries have great free facilities. Several tech-groups host monthly events at The Library Center on South Campbell. The efactory is another great free option and very supportive of local tech-focused user groups and events. Springfield Brewing Company is a good restaurant option for weekday or weeknight events with 20-40 people. Each of these options has great A/V and very fast/reliable internet.

Speakers
The most popular event format is currently a 30-45 minute presentation followed by 15 minute Q&A. Encourage your group members to suggest topics or speakers so you are not having to prepare/deliver every presentation, otherwise you will likely burn out after 12-18 months. You can also ask other local Tech Group Leaders for speaker ideas. We are planning to launch a searchable speaker’s bureau that Tech Group Leaders can use to browse known local speakers and their areas of expertise.

Recording
Several groups live-stream their meetings via YouTube or Twitch and publish meetings to YouTube afterwards. If this is important to you, learn more about local streaming methods. We may be able to help you prepare the necessary graphic files for your broadcast.

AITP of the OzarksYouTube
Mid-America Technology AllianceYouTube
Springfield Amazon Web ServicesYouTube
Springfield .NET UsersYouTube
Springfield Web DevelopersYouTube, Twitch
Springfield Women in TechnologyYouTube

Communication
Many local groups rely on public Slack groups for real-time communication among their members. When you are first getting started, we recommend you launch a channel in a relevant Slack group, rather than creating a new Slack group.

AITP of the OzarksJOIN, LOGIN
efactoryLOGIN (137 members, tenants only)
Hack 4 Good SpringfieldJOIN, LOGIN
Mid-America Technology AllianceJOIN, LOGIN
SpfdSecJOIN, LOGIN
Springfield CreativesLOGIN (201 members, members only)
Springfield Web DevsJOIN, LOGIN
Startup Weekend SpringfieldLOGIN (21 members, invite only)

Collaboration
Interested in getting more involved in the local tech community? As a Tech Group Leader, you are likely eligible to attend our monthly Tech Group Leader meetings, where leaders from area tech-focused groups and events have an opportunity to collaborate. Contact Us for more information.

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