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Discussion on: Let's Do Lunch (Instead of Meetups)

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Juha-Matti Santala • Edited on

That's a great idea and I'd hope to see more lunch "meetups" too. When I was starting Turku ❤️ Frontend, my original idea was to start it as a lunch & learn session with 4-5 people. But then I talked about it with people and there was so much more interest that I decided to go with a meetup route.

For me as an organizer, it's much easier to organize things outside office hours than taking time off from work in the middle of the day. That's the #1 reason I am not doing lunch time events.

There's one easy solution for the problem: start organizing lunch events. I'm sure you'll find people who share your ideas (especially people with young children who often cannot join evening meetups).

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Juha-Matti Santala

I do however eat lunch with fellow developers regularly, multiple times a week. Sometimes with my team mates, sometimes with colleagues from other projects within the company and sometimes with developers who work in other companies.

It's a wonderful way to catch up, hear new ideas and build relationships. But we don't have presentations nor anything big set up. I just send people message on Facebook, Slack or LinkedIn and ask them for lunch.