Local Places For Techies To Network

Today, technology is among Idaho’s largest and fastest growing industries, and the Boise Valley is home to hundreds of high-tech businesses spanning a diverse range of sectors, from software and semiconductors to online services and nanomaterials. To learn more about Idaho’s technology sector, visit Boise Valley Economic Partnership here.

The Idaho Technology Council (ITC) helps technology companies in Idaho start, grow, and thrive. We are a member-driven organization committed to the success of Idaho’s technology ecosystem. Through the leadership of the private sector, the ITC brings together industry, education, research, investment and government throughout the state to champion the growth of Idaho’s technology ecosystem. We are also a valuable networking resource for industry executives, potential partners, academic leaders, investors, government and customers. We exist to connect, inform and promote the technology companies in Idaho and are dedicated to foster the growth of technology companies in the state, primarily in the areas of software, biotech, energy and IGEM. The ITC advocates for creating a strong, innovative technology ecosystem and a high quality, high paid workforce.

We offer this working list of places for techies to networked as a resource to our members to keep them connected. Resources are presented by category. If you would like to make any changes to this document, email ITC Project Manager Malcolm Hong at mhong@idahotechcouncil.org

CATEGORIES

Meetups

Student-Centric

Special Events

Assistance for Entrepreneurs/Small Business Owners

Creative Spaces to Connect

Online Resources

MEETUPS

Girl Develop It. Women Developers and Programmers! Want to learn how to code? Have a great idea? Don't be shy. Develop it. It can be intimidating for women to learn and ask questions when they are in an extreme minority. While open and welcoming, today's budding developer community is up to 91% male. There isn't a comfortable place where women can learn at their own pace and not be afraid to ask "stupid questions." We decided it was time to provide a place where all questions are OK and everyone can learn in a supportive environment. Our courses focus on coding, leveraging existing technology, and having something to show for it (aka building sweet websites). 

Beers with Engineers. A monthly gathering for Boise area tech junkies. More specifically, those focused on data, emerging technology, and general IT topics. Industry vets, IT pros, nerds, geeks, tech philosoraptors, whatever.... Whether 5 or 50 this is an awesome opportunity to get together and talk shop, learn from peers, or just have some beers and a good time. No management, No selling, No recruiting, No problems. Talking to people about your product(s) or career networking is fine but people "leeching" on the attendance isn't cool so don't do it. Industry folks with expense cards typically cover festivities but this isn't a "sponsored" event and we don't intend to turn BwE into "PowerPoint parties". Venue will be dynamic alternating between locations and if group size demands we'll book a location to support.

Boise Web Technologies Meetup Group: Bringing together experienced Web techs and business owners to exchange ideas, stay current on new technologies and trends, and network. We're devoted to bridging the gap between technical gurus and employers who want to get the job done! We meet on the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00pm in the 2nd floor conference room in the U.S. Bank building. The food is sponsored by Bodybuilding.com and the venue is sponsored by Volt.

Boise .NET User Group (NETDug)NETDUG is local group of software developers who meet regularly to discuss Microsoft Technologies. Each month they have a featured speaker, product giveaways and community networking. They meet on the third Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm on the 6th floor of the Microsoft building at "401 W Front St Suite 600, Boise.

Boise Software Developers Group (BSDG): BSDG, or Boise Software Developer’s Group, is a technology agnostic development group. We try to cover a wide range of technology topics on various platforms. This includes .net, Java, Ruby, Python, ObjectiveC, JavaScript, and others. We also love to talk about more high level topics like design patterns, best practices, architecture and the like. They meet on the first Thursday of every month at the BodyBuilding Headquarters, near the corner of Cloverdale and Chinden.

Boise SQL Server Users Group: They are affiliated with the Professional Association for SQL Server, a world-wide SQL Server Users Group. They have meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month except December. Their meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. and usually last until about 6:00 p.m. We have meetings on the second Tuesday of every month except December.  Our group "usually" meets (unless indicated otherwise) at the Microsoft Offices on the 6th floor of the Idaho Independent Bank Building.  Remember to park in the dirt lot across the street.

Boise Area VMware User Group (VMUG): The VMware User Group is an independent, global, customer-led organization, which maximizes members’ use of VMware and partner solutions through knowledge sharing, training, collaboration, and events.

DevOps Boise. The DevOps movement has as many definitions as it has practitioners. We believe the core value proposition of DevOps is maximizing the efficiency of software development and operations, reducing the time and overhead of getting usable code from a developer’s desk to a customer’s product. Each enterprise has unique challenges in optimizing this delivery pipeline, from requirements management, to coordination of multiple developers, to functional and performance testing, to creating environments and automating deployments. The purpose of this meet up will be to share experiences and best practices in optimizing the software delivery pipeline.

Idaho PHP User Group. The Idaho PHP User Group invites anyone with a desire to talk and learn about PHP and related technologies to gather together, share their knowledge, and promote the PHP community in Idaho. 

Idaho PC Users Group: They are Idaho's oldest and only PC User Group open to all users of the personal computers. Founded in 1984, the IPCUG has been a resource to both new and advanced users of Personal Computers. The Idaho PC Users Group's General Meeting is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Go to their calendar page for more information.

Boise Linux User Group: The Boise Linux User Group was founded by the Idaho PC User Group as a special interest group. They are Idaho's oldest Linux User group meeting continuously for 8 years. While the group is primarily focused on Ubuntu Linux users and its derivatives, they also support Fedora, openSUSE, Slackware, and Puppy Linux users. They meet once a month on the 1st Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the Gates Meeting Room at the Boise Public Library! on Capitol Blvd.

Fellowship of the the JavaScriptCalling all JavaScript devs, professionals, hobbyists, and the inquisitive. This is a group to gather together with experts and learn about changes in one of the most versatile languages in web! Hosted by industry leaders VYNYL, it's a sure way to get exposure to some of the newest trends in JS. So come down, have a soda and lets build together!

Boise On Test (BoT):  This group is an outlet for intelligent practitioners of testing to get out and communicate together about problems and solutions related to testing. By practitioners for practitioners.

Idaho Game Developers: This is a group for anyone looking to network with others in the gaming industry. Where beginners and industry professionals can share ideas, techniques, and collaborate with others. We meet twice a month for presentations where you can show off projects or instruct on game engines and software. We also meet up once month on fridays for a social event at the Space Bar in downtown Boise. Anyone from Artists to programmers and everything in-between are welcome!

Google Developer Group Boise: Google Developer Group Boise is created and supported by Google enthusiasts and technology lovers. We love everything from Virtual Reality, Android, Algorithms, Chrome to anything YOU like. No technology experience is required! As long as you are enthusiastic and super hype about tech and Google, you are welcome to join! I started this meetup because I wanted a place where I can talk and learn about technology and programming. Every member can bring up a technology topic to talk about and we'll discuss it. Otherwise, expect to do some Code Labs, watch YouTube videos from Google channel and hear talks from industry experts!  

Write the DOCS Boise. Write The Docs Boise is for Treasure Valley technical writers, software developers, content strategists, and editors. The goal is to share ideas about how to produce great software and documentation that creates a positive customer experience. This meetup is part of a family of Write the Docs meetups and conferences focused on documentation systems, tech writing theory, and information delivery. For general information, read About Write The Docs Boise. Information about upcoming meetups and conferences are posted on the calendar. To learn more about Write the Docs, please visit: www.writethedocs.org and watch the videos from previous conferences.

Atlassian User Group: The Boise AUG is a place to meet and discuss Atlassian tools and best practices for working with teams. We need your input, ideas, and involvement, and we want to see you at our next meeting! Even if you aren't interested in what we're talking about, come for the food and drinks!

Local Motion: Boise’s First Stop for Ruby: Whether you're new to Ruby, or new to programming altogether, come join Boise's Ruby developers to discuss our love for the world's most fun language to write. Discussion topics center around Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, Jekyll, general scripting, and beer. They host monthly #brewby events, as well as workshops for budding developers of all skill levels.

Boise Graphic Design Group: The largest graphic design association in Boise. Meet over 800 creatives who are eager to discuss design and their projects. Discuss industry trends, best practices, favorite websites, logos, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, etc... Our presenters are experts in the graphic design space. Get input on your graphic design portfolio, make contacts and mingle with new friends! If you live near Boise and you are a graphic designer, join us at the Boise Graphic Design Group meetings.

STUDENT-CENTRIC

Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) - Boise Student Branch. The IEEE Student Branch at BSU is a club primarily for electrical engineering and computer science majors but welcomes all STEM majors. The club’s main focus is ensuring the success of its members academically and professionally. 

BSU Computer Science Club. A meetup group for students and Boise community members interested in computer science.

ACM-W BSU. The main mission of ACM-W is to educate women about the opportunities in computer science field, network with women programmers in local and national companies, and encourage freshmen and high school girls to pursue studies in computer science.

Got all resources from BSU. Need to check with other Idaho colleges/universities.

SPECIAL EVENTS

StartupGrind. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in 200 cities and 85 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, & investors. The monthly events are open to anyone interested or involved in startups and there are no annual or membership fees.

Boise Code Camp. Boise Code Camp is a free, once a year conference held at Boise State University for Software Developers, Programmer, Techies, and Geeks of all types.

Assistance for Entrepreneurs/SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

BSU, Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC)The Idaho SBDC is a university-based organization offering confidential no-cost business consulting and low-cost training to help small businesses and entrepreneurs start and grow. The Idaho SBDC offers a continual schedule of affordable workshops, conferences, and special events; each designed to teach practical, hands-on small business management skills. Topics include marketing, cash flow, financial statements, business valuation, sales, bookkeeping, accounting, strategic planning and much more.

Treasure Valley SCORE: SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE offers one-day workshops that cover the major factors that are essential to establish or grow a small business.

JANNUS: Jannus EO is a community development initiative changing lives by improving financial health for individuals, families and communities in Southwest Idaho. For those in need, especially under served and vulnerable groups such as women, immigrants, refugees, Latinos, Native Americans and veterans, they provide business development, credit building and lending.

The CORE Idaho: The CORE is a 501(c)6 association devoted to supporting the MedTech industry in Idaho.  This includes Idaho's pharmaceutical, medical device, health IT, medical research, and companion animal innovation companies. We also work with the State's leading supporting sectors to link the MedTech community to valuable business partners.

CREATIVE Spaces to Connect

Trailhead. Trailhead helps Boiseans start and scale businesses and high-impact projects.

Founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Trailhead is the place to find resources, explore new technologies, and create something all your own. From our casual, yet connected coworking space to high-octane workshops, they are dedicated to giving entrepreneurs access to the tools and connections they need to build something with impact.

WaterCooler Boise. The WaterCooler is the brainchild of Susan Smith, CEO/Owner of Brix & Company. The developer of Boise’s own BoDo, he is involved in many other projects around Downtown Boise. Tara Flume manages the day to day business of The WaterCooler. Located at the corner of 14th and Idaho, the WaterCooler has 7,500sf of offices, meeting rooms, cubicles, and event space. It is downtown Boise’s home to emerging and innovative businesses – the future of job growth and economic potential in our community. We provide our residents with a home that encourages collaboration and offers mentoring, community engagement, growth, and success. We offer a venue for dialogue, learning, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit. A community-based non-profit, we welcome involvement and support.

ONLINE RESOURCES

Varied types of technology-focused distance learning courses and programs are offered by colleges and universities across the state, making it easier for students, especially those in rural areas, to work toward a degree. Institutions offering online programs are featured at Affordable Idaho Colleges Online.

 

If you would like to make any changes to this document, email ITC Project Manager Malcolm Hong at mhong@idahotechcouncil.org