Tips on Starting a Xamarin Developer Group

JamesMontemagnoJamesMontemagno James MontemagnoUSForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Developer Group Leader Xamurai
edited February 2014 in Community

If you are looking to start a Xamarin Developer Group in your city we are here to help! We have developed a brand new Introduction to Xamarin Slide Deck that you can completely customize for your needs. We encourage all group leaders to announce their group and events in our Events forum. To get you started we have assembled this list of tips on how to get your group off to a great start:

  • Where to setup group: Meetup.com offers an easy way to create and manage developer groups.

  • Name: [City] Mobile .NET Developers Group -- This is great because it brings in not only Xamarin developers but .NET developers in general and will allow you to focus on both Xamarin and .NET topics.

  • Name your URL: http://www.meetup.com/[City]MobileDevelopers
  • Event Date: It is important to meet consistently, the same day each month is optimal, for instance “Second Tuesday of Each Month”.
  • Event Time: See what works best for you and your group. 6 PM to 7 PM seem to work well, but again it is optimal to select the same time each month.
  • Location: Ideally it is great to have the same location each month as well. We have found that a lot of local colleges are eager to work with user groups. Local shared work spaces, libraries, and local businesses that use Xamarin products may have space available as well.
  • Social It is really useful to create a Twitter account for your user group. This is a more appropriate way to send out quick updates without having to spam your users with emails. You can add your Twitter account to Meetup.com under "Group Tools -> Group Settings -> Optional Features". Facebook Pages are also a great tool based on your members usage.
  • Meetup.com Topics: Be sure to include "Xamarin" as one of your topics as this will ensure your user group will show up on http://xamarin.meetup.com

Posts

  • NashNash Nasim USMember

    Hi James,

    This is Nash from Bangalore, India. I have worked as Architect and developed various large Enterprise Applications. I come from Technology consulting background and mostly worked on Microsoft Technologies like ASP, ASP.net, MVC, C#, .Net, SQL etc... I am also active speaker in company Tech community and do trainings, Tech Talk, Road shows etc. With me there are many enthusiastic Tech people who are either exploring XAMARIN or started using XAMARIN. I am based out of Bangalore and Bangalore is Silicon Valley of India where almost every Software companies are here.
    It will be great if we can start a "XAMARIN User Group" in Bangalore. I can manage this and bring lot of people to this community. This group will be increase awareness about XAMARIN here in Bangalore, We will do weekly meeting, Tech Talks where People will come, learn and spread the word about XAMARIN. This will also help its community member how to build enterprise solutions utilizing XAMARIN & .net.

    If given an opportunity I can start this here. I have more ideas and am open for discussion.

    Please let me know if you have some 15-30 mins to discuss about this. We can have call or SKYPE Call.

    Regards
    Nash

  • nishanilnishanil Nishanth Anil INForum Administrator, Xamarin Team Xamurai

    Hi Nash,

    My name is Nish and I work for Xamarin from Bangalore. I would love to connect with you and hear your ideas.

    Please note: We have an exclusive user group for Xamarin in Bangalore called Xhackers. If you wish to work with them, I will be happy to connect you there.

    Feel free to write to me nish@xamarin.com

  • MHowardMHoward MHoward USMember, University

    Hello James, I'm in the San Diego Ca. area and would love to find or help start a group. I met you last year when you toured with the .Net Rocks team, you helped me with an issue after you gave your talk.

    Thanks,

    Marquis

  • JamesMontemagnoJamesMontemagno James Montemagno USForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    @MHoward, can you shoot me an email james@xamarin.com as there were a few others in that area looking to start a group.

  • AmmarZaiedAmmarZaied Ammar Zaied USMember

    Hello James,
    i'm Ammar From Tunisia (North Africa),i'm very happy to work this community, i like to create the developer user group here in Tunisia, i have a good .NET developer Team and i'm a Microsoft Certified professional.

  • JingletonJingleton Jayme Singleton DEForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Insider, University, Developer Group Leader Xamurai
    edited February 2015

    Hi @AmmarZaied ! We would love to see a Xamarin group in Tunisia! If you are interested in getting one started, feel free to email me and I will help get you on your feet: jayme@xamarin.com

    Thanks!

  • DavidOlubajoDavidOlubajo David Olubajo GBMember

    I hate that there are no Xamarin user groups here in Manchester, UK, so I'm willing to start one. Any help on how to start this will be appreciated.

  • ImadAlazaniImadAlazani Imad Alazani USMember, University, Developer Group Leader

    Hello everybody,
    I have started a new Xamarin Dev. meetup group in Southern California, you can find it here:
    http://www.meetup.com/OC-Xamarin-Developers/
    All welcome to join! The first meetup will be help beginning-mid March!

    -Imad

  • SimpalmSimpalm Piyush jain USMember

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable information. Its really good idea to make such changes. I know one group in US also of Xamarin app developers. You can join them here : SIMpalm.com

  • NirmalHNirmalH Nirmal Hota INMember

    Hi James,
    We have a community named as "Micrososft Developers Community, Odisha" in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. We usually do Tech sessions, meet ups like activities in each month. In each of our activity we include Xamarin along with the other .net technologies.
    Can we use that group for this purpose as well ?

    Thanks,
    Nirmal

  • JingletonJingleton Jayme Singleton DEForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Insider, University, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    Hi @NirmalH,

    Feel free to use the slide decks for Xamarin presentations at your group's events. You can also look to the Presentations forum for even more great Xamarin materials :)

    Thanks!
    Jayme

  • Stark154Stark154 GPCT IN USMember

    Hi @NishAnil

    Are there any user groups in the Delhi NCR region,India?

  • FernandoArreguinFernandoArreguin Fernando Arreguin MXMember

    Hi James,

    I started a new Mobile Developers Group,
    Here it is the link

    http://www.meetup.com/es/MonterreyMobileDevelopers/

    I hope you can support me to grow this group

    Greetings from Monterrey, MX

  • IshaiHachliliIshaiHachlili Ishai Hachlili USMember, Insider

    We have a Mobile .Net meetup for Silicon Valley. You can find it here http://www.meetup.com/Silicon-Valley-Mobile-Net-Developers-Group/

    We took a summer break while looking for a new location to host our meetups. We'll probably start with new meetings soon and maybe add a bi-weekly "office hours" where developers can help each other with projects they're working on

  • ClaudioSanchezClaudioSanchez Claudio Sanchez USMember, Developer Group Leader

    Hi,

    We have been organizing .NET Movile dev. talks for a while, but just recently made it an official Xamarin User Group.

    http://www.meetup.com/Mobile-Do/

    Co-organizers:
    Andres Pineda
    Yamille Ramirez

  • EngTeongCheah.5230EngTeongCheah.5230 Eng Teong Cheah MYMember, University, Developer Group Leader

    We restarting the Xamarin User Group for Malaysia. You can find it here http://www.meetup.com/Malaysia-Mobile-NET-Developers-Group

    We try to organize this meetup every month after working hours (Malaysia Time) to gather all developer.

    Regards,
    Eng Teong

  • EngTeongCheah.5230EngTeongCheah.5230 Eng Teong Cheah MYMember, University, Developer Group Leader

    @JamesMontemagno and @Jingleton

    May I ask about how we request swag for the xamarin user group for coming event?
    Because I organize the Xamarin User Group on 22 January 2016 (Friday).

    Thank you.

  • ArtemKalinovskyArtemKalinovsky Artem Kalinovsky UAMember

    @JamesMontemagno
    Hello,
    This is Artem from Dnipropetrovsk (Ukraine). For this moment I'm doing native iOS development during my working hours and I have experience with .NET and C#, and also I'm using Xamarin for my indie projects.
    As I know there is huge Xamarin community in Ukraine and many outsourcing companies using it, but there is no Xamarin conferences or meet ups, where experienced developers would connect to each other and share their experience and knowledge with Xamarin newcomers. So, I'd like to take a part in organising such meet up or conference.

    Please let me know if you have some time to discuss my idea.

    Cheers,
    Artem

  • RadingospodinovRadingospodinov Radin gospodinov USMember

    Hello everyone, I have create the Mobile .NET devs group for Sofia, Bulgaria. I'm looking for mobile devs from Bulgaria to meet and share experience and ideas.

  • JingletonJingleton Jayme Singleton DEForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Insider, University, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    @Radingospodinov Great to hear about your new group!

    Can you link me to your meetup page?

    I'd love to check it out :)

    Thanks!
    Jayme

  • RadingospodinovRadingospodinov Radin gospodinov USMember

    Hi @Jingleton I'm new in meetup, can you please help me how to do it?

    @Jingleton said:
    @Radingospodinov Great to hear about your new group!

    Can you link me to your meetup page?

    I'd love to check it out :)

    Thanks!
    Jayme

  • JingletonJingleton Jayme Singleton DEForum Administrator, Xamarin Team, Insider, University, Developer Group Leader Xamurai

    @Radingospodinov Happy to help:

    • Where to setup group: Meetup.com offers an easy way to create and manage developer groups.

    • Name: [City] Mobile .NET Developers Group -- This is great because it brings in not only Xamarin developers but .NET developers in general and will allow you to focus on both Xamarin and .NET topics.

    • Name your URL: http://www.meetup.com/[City]MobileDevelopers
    • Event Date: It is important to meet consistently, the same day each month is optimal, for instance “Second Tuesday of Each Month”.
    • Event Time: See what works best for you and your group. 6 PM to 7 PM seem to work well, but again it is optimal to select the same time each month.
    • Location: Ideally it is great to have the same location each month as well. We have found that a lot of local colleges are eager to work with user groups. Local shared work spaces, libraries, and local businesses that use Xamarin products may have space available as well.
    • Social It is really useful to create a Twitter account for your user group. This is a more appropriate way to send out quick updates without having to spam your users with emails. You can add your Twitter account to Meetup.com under "Group Tools -> Group Settings -> Optional Features". Facebook Pages are also a great tool based on your members usage.
    • Meetup.com Topics: Be sure to include "Xamarin" as one of your topics as this will ensure your user group will show up on http://xamarin.meetup.com

    Feel free to share the links to your new page :) !

  • VicenteGGuzmanLucioVicenteGGuzmanLucio Vicente G. Guzman Lucio MXMember, University

    Hi @Jingleton I have a community in Mexico:

    Name: Xamarin Students Mexico
    Name your URL: http://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Xamarin-Students-Mexico
    Event Date: Right now I'm, recording a date, why we not have a place to do, but this can be the last thursday of each month.
    Event Time: 7 pm - 10 pm
    Location:
    Social: https://www.facebook.com/xspmexico/

    Regards!!

  • SRaviKumarSRaviKumar S Ravi Kumar USMember

    Hi @Jingleton, @nishanil, @JamesMontemagno ,

    I have created a Meetup group for Xamarin Developers in Delhi/NCR the details are as follows:

    Name: NCR Xamarin Developers
    Name your URL: http://www.meetup.com/NCRXamarinDevelopers/
    Event Date: I am planning the date for last Sunday of every month like 26th June.
    Event Time: 11 AM - 1:00 pm
    Location: TBD
    Social: #NCRXamarinDevelopers.

    Please guide me how to move ahead.

    Regards

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