A location for your group events is one of the most important things you’ll need. Here are some tips:
- For first-time events, someone’s house or a cafe may be all you need to bring people together.
Tap into the community
- Universities or local community centers may offer available spaces at little to no cost. If your group involves university students, the university-space option may be even more viable.
Get company sponsorship
- Local tech companies, or employers of you or your members, may offer office space.
- Look to where other local tech groups are being hosted for ideas.
- When asking for venue space, ask sponsors if they are willing to provide food and beverages. Many companies are willing to do this.
- In return for the sponsorship, you can provide your sponsor:
- The opportunity for them to pitch their products at the GDG meeting.
- Reviews of company products on the GDG page or other tech product review sites.
- Company call-out on the GDG chapter homepage.
- Company write-up sent to the the GDG mailing list.
- Placement of company banners and distribution of flyers at GDG events.
- Company advertising through social networks.
- Interview with a company employee posted on blog or GDG chapter page.
- Advertisement of company job openings to GDG chapter page.
- Be sure to allow your sponsor a 5-10 minute introduction to present their organization to the attendees. This shows respect for the sponsor and incorporates them into the event.
- If Google has an office in your area, it is possible for us provide a venue location if space is available.*
* Google cannot guarantee event involvement, but we are happy to help where we can. In general, GDGs should be self-sufficient and motivated purely by community interest in Google technology.