I went to my first Support Driven conference last summer in Portland.

One of my favorite parts of the conference was going to a few of the attendee-led meetups, such as the pub crawl that Craig Stoss organized the day before.

That’s Craig outside a Portland craft brewery

This meetup was a great way to connect and chat with a whole bunch of cool people in a casual and laid-back atmosphere.

In fact, attending meetups, lunches, and group dinners is one of my favorite ways to get the most out of a conference. It is less intimidating than having to approach someone in a busy meeting room, and there’s more time to have real conversations as opposed to small talk.

Community meetups are designed to be attendee-organized local gatherings in the days leading up and right after the conference. They are intended to be a place to meet and connect with like-minded attendees in real life.

In Portland last summer, there were around a dozen meetups before, during and after Expo. Besides the pub crawl which I mentioned above, there was a hike, a group breakfast, a blogging for professional development panel, and even an arcade gaming meetup.

We’d love to see a dozen or more attendee-led meetups taking place at SD Expo Europe in Belgrade. These meetups can be activity focused, roundtables/interactive discussions on a specific topic or happy hours.

The best part – anyone can host a meetup.

Arcade meetup Expo 2018

  • Are you a support manager for a fast-growing company and want to talk shop with fellow support managers about hiring and scaling your team? Host a roundtable meetup.
  • Or are you an avid cyclist? Why not host a group bike ride in Belgrade?
  • Love photography? Organize a photo walk.
  • Just want an excuse to drink beer with awesome support peeps on a Sunday afternoon? Host a happy hour or pub crawl.

In addition, you don’t need to live or even be familiar with Belgrade to host a meetup. We’re going to take a more active hand in helping all of the hosts facilitate these meetups including sharing venue recommendations, local tips and promoting these meetups in the newsletter, blog and SD Europe Slack channel.

Interested? Here’s how to host a meetup.

To host a meetup, all you need to do is fill out this short form.. We’ll get back to you within 72 hours (if not sooner) to help schedule a time and location for your meetup.

Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our sponsorships and meetups coordinator, Jessica – via DM (@Jessica in the Support Driven Slack) or email jessica@supportdriven.com.

P.S. Don’t have your ticket to SD Expo Europe yet, you can get an early bird ticket through our Kickstarter.

P.P.S. Here’s the link again to host a meetup in Belgrade.

Meeting up at SD Expo in Portland, 2018