Denver is a small city by population (682,000 - 2016) and the tech community in Denver definitely still has what we would call a "small-town vibe" to it, Boulder is even more tight-knit... Almost like a tribe. Many candidates/job-seekers from out of town find it difficult to get a response from job submissions with just a resume -- our town is undeniably network-driven. Being network-driven, being connected to the right people in the tech community can really help out career and life goals. Being connected can also be the ace up the sleeve for startups who need to meet their stretch goals.
So, the question is what are the best communities in Denver for creating and/or strengthening your tech network?
We figured it would be helpful to list out a bunch of the best meetups, events, digital communities and more that can help anyone in Denver build out their tech network. As always, if you see anything that should be added to this list, please feel free to contact us and let us know!
New Tech is a community of 12,000 geeks who live and work in Colorado. They are the largest community-run group in the state and they host monthly events in Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Longmont. This community definitely has a great representation of both veteran and burgeoning tech talent. Their events are a great place to start!
A Denver-based and focused Slack community of developers, engineers, designers, makers, cultivators, and more built with the sole purpose of bringing people together in the community. There are purpose-built channels for events, jobs, announcements, and more.
Are you into tech, but a little more design-centric? Then check out this Slack community for Denver designers! This community has a great intention and definitely focuses on improving the design knowledge of the community as a whole. They host a monthly happy hour that is open to everyone, do it!
A very FUN community for building a better Web. You can bet that a large number of your Front Range tech colleagues are in this Slack community on a regular basis for announcements, advice, updates, and lots of laughs (probably in the form of great Gifs). This one is a must-do!
A learning platform for a global community of female entrepreneurs and innovators, both a digital community with an accompanying Meetup. Women Who Startup provides a network, a platform, multiple sources of collaboration and rapid-learning to female entrepreneurs and innovators who are committed to building successful companies.
These guys are one of our favorite resources for news, events, and job postings. They are definitely heavy towards Denver and Boulder, but also represent all of Colorado. They aggregate many of the great events going on into a calendar, but also help organize their signature BuiltIn Brews event where one of the bigger startups will actually host a networking event in their office. Chat tech and have a beverage, what more could you ask for?
Colorado Startups has a bunch of great resources for anyone looking to get into or expand their startup game here in Colorado. They also have a great aggregated calendar of events right on the bottom of the home page. Check it out!
Representing more than 375 members and a network of 18,000 leaders statewide, CTA is creating meaningful connections, establishing a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline, advocating for smart policy and fostering growth. They serve their members by offering a forum for relationship building, amplifying their voice and expertise and navigate the breadth and depth of information and resources that will help them to be successful, agile and innovative.
Denver Startup Week is a celebration of everything entrepreneurial in Denver and the largest free event of its kind in the world. In 2017, the sixth annual event brought 19,000 people together at 376 programs and events to celebrate Denver’s thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem and build the center city’s culture of innovation.
Presenters get 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. A really fun way to share big ideas in technology and beyond. This is an event that should not be missed, next on is on October 23rd, 2019.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a national non-profit organization that works to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing. NCWIT was founded in 2004 by Lucinda (Lucy) Sanders, Telle Whitney, and Dr. Robert (Bobby) Schnabel. NCWIT is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado at the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lucy Sanders, who was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2007, is the current CEO.
We hope this list of some of the best tech-networking communities in Denver helps you achieve your life and career goals. If you would like us to add anything else to this post, please reach out here, we would be happy to add them.
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