Milwaukee’s technology sector is growing (and hiring). One great way to learn new technology skills or keep up the latest technology trends is to get involved with local tech meetups and developer user groups. In Milwaukee we are lucky to have some very active local technology meetups and developer user groups, check them out!
Milwaukee Agile – this group is a great opportunity to meet other Agile and Lean practitioners interested in sharing experiences in Agile & Lean software development and project management practices, tools, and coaching / teaching techniques.
Milwaukee Functional Programming User Group – whether you are just curious about Functional Programming or you're an expert looking to share your knowledge, this group is for you.
Milwaukee Java Meetup – this is a group for Java enthusiasts who work with, or just want to learn more about Java. Java is one of the most widely used programming languages. Attendees will learn how Java is utilized by programmers across various industries. The group utilizes hands-on programming and presentations, so don't come expecting to be talked at for 1-2 hours.
Milwaukee Tech Engine – this group aims to empower technology innovation in Milwaukee by bringing together nerds, engineers, coders and other geeks. The group covers a wide array of topics from UI Design, AR/VR technology trends, Industrial Internet and more!
Milwaukee Web Professionals – this is a meetup group for emerging and current professionals working in or studying one of the web professional trades such as web design, development or marketing. Topics of this group include: UX, SEO / SEM, Inbound Marketing, Managing Client Relationships, DevOps, Version Control, Cloud Hosting, Development Methodologies, CSS3, HTML5, CSS Frameworks, CSS Preprocessors and more!
mkeUX – this is a strong group of designers and developers who meet to discuss creating awesome digital experiences.
Wisconsin .NET User Group – this group’s mission is to develop a peer group of developers, architects, and managers who are interested in learning, sharing and growing their Microsoft .NET knowledge and capabilities. The group's vision is to provide members with a forum to hear top industry experts speak, learn and teach others who are interested in the same technologies as you and are facing the same challenges.
Wisconsin Salesforce Developer Group – the Salesforce cloud platform is being rapidly adopted by large and small enterprises. Several growing technology firms in Milwaukee are building salesforce applications for clients across the country. This is an important tool to know.
Now get out there and get involved in these groups! By learning new skills you become a more marketable candidate for jobs and promotions and help strengthen the local technology community. If you are looking to connect with these groups, I have compiled a twitter list that you can follow.