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Having been in Boston a couple of weeks now, I’m back on the Meetup scene.

I met up with PyLadies Boston Tuesday and Boston Python yesterday.

At PyLadies Boston, I got to met a cool software engineer with 20+ years of experience. It gives me hope I might still be in this field years from now.

At Boston Python, I heard this really neat talk from Karen Rudin, a product manager for Quantopian. She presented on her tale of writing a trading algorithm that focused on the presence of women CEOs.

Karen

Very cool.

PyLadies Boston and Boston Python are some of my all-time favorite Meetups. While NYC does have its Meetup gems, I really missed these two while I was gone. Definitely check ’em out if you’re in the area!

There’s a vast array of different meetups in NYC, and when I first moved here I felt compelled to attend as many as possible. Now that I’ve situated myself a little more, I find myself only attending a few select ones out of the 30+ I’ve joined. These meetups are of the highest quality and offer something special.

So without further ado, here’s a list of my favorite NYC meetups: It was a lot of fun hangin’ with everyone 🙂

  • LispNYC
    • There are tons of programming meetups in NYC, but this one hosts a lot of talks on mathematics, which I love. You also get to meet a lot of brilliant and quirky people, (like Jay). Pretty neat.
  • Ladies Who Code
    • This is one of the best women-programmer-focused meetups I’ve been to. A lot of meetups will cater to beginner women developers, but this one fosters a community of women developers at all levels. There’s a lot discussion/support on how to better the field overall.
  • New York Corgi Meetup
    • Who doesn’t love corgis? This meetup is super silly and lots of fun. Lots of people who attend don’t own corgis, but come anyway for the corgi love.

Runner up:

  • New York City Emacs
    • Since I’m not a Emacs user, I’m not getting a ton of value. However, a lot of neat and interesting people come to this meetup, and there are sometimes really neat discussions. Harry also puts in a lot of work to make sure this meetup goes great.

If you’re ever in NYC, be sure to check ’em out!