Best meetups for UK IT professionals

These are some UK communities for IT professionals looking to expand their knowledge and network with like-minded professionals in the industry

As an IT professional, one of the most valuable resources is extensive networking. This can be formed regularly via social groups or during monthly events.

IT professionals never stop learning and expanding their reach and the world of networking is a great way to achieve this. Thankfully, there are several meetups designed to specifically meet your needs, whether that’s knowledge of the latest tech trends, advice on hiring and leadership skills.

Below we list some of the UK’s top meetups for IT pros to choose from.

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1. Hardware Pioneers

Hardware Pioneers is a community of over 10,000 tech professionals building IoT products. As part of its online community, it also hosts free monthly meetups, which include workshops, showcases, panel talks and networking events.

The meetups are usually made up of IT executives, founders, engineers and developers.

Where: London, different venues

When: Monthly

Founded: 2015

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2. Digital leadership

Digital Leadership is a weekly London-based meetup that is open to management level IT decision makers, to help learn and understand how to develop their capabilities in support of the digital revolution.

The aim is to provide attendees with strategy, operations, organisation design and people development knowledge.

Where: London, different venues

When: Weekly

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3. Outreach Digital

Outreach Digital is a large European-wide meetup community for digital, marketing, analytics and tech professionals to gain expert knowledge on digital trends, ethics and web development.

The meetups are usually organised around workshops, panel sessions and one-to-one advice sessions.

Where: London, various locations

When: Weekly

Founded: 2015

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4. Silicon Roundabout

Silicon Roundabout is a London-based deep tech meetup suited for industry professionals, entrepreneurs and developers to grow their network.

The aim is to help developers in building new technologies, whilst providing entrepreneurs with the right resources to launch successful startups and connect developers and tech pros with potential partners.

Where: London

When: Weekly

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5. London Business Analytics Group

A data and analytics interest group, which provides talks and events for professionals interested in the data analytics sector.

The meetups range from keynote speeches by IT experts to workshops and training days of the latest trends in the industry.

Where: London

When: Monthly

Founded: 2014

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6. TechUG

TechUG is an online community that hosts free local events for IT operations, infrastructure, devops and cybersecurity professionals.

Previously known as the Virtual Machine User Group, which launched in Leeds in 2009, it relaunched as TechUG in 2014.

It is an independent group of local committee members from London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Southampton. The events are held twice a year in the different cities.

Where: UK, various locations

When: Twice yearly

Founded: 2014

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