White House Tech Meetup

White House showcases impact of local tech Meetup groups

Tech community organizers
Tech community organizers gathered at the first national White House Tech Meetup April 17. (Liz Gorman/White House)

An estimated 11,000 technology Meetup groups now gather regularly in more than 1,100 towns and cities across the U.S., according to the networking organizer Meetup.

But White House officials launched what is believed to be the first national “Tech Meetup” of its kind Friday when U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith invited 50 top tech community organizers from across the country to the White House to share their success stories.

Co-hosted by the National Economic Council and its director, Jeff Zients, the event served as part-showcase, part-workshop for how those community tech groups are helping their members learn new skills, share ideas, and explore job and startup opportunities.

It also cast a national spotlight on a model the administration believes could help address the gaping shortage of qualified information technology workers in the U.S. employment pipeline and create better paying jobs, as part of the administration’s TechHire Initiative announced earlier this year.

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