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UK Tech Meets

Passionate about programming, interested in meeting other like minded individuals?

A good place to start is a local meetup group.


Here’s my short list of active .Net/Mono related groups in the UK which feature some C#, F# or VB content (let me know if I’ve missed your group):

Group Members
London Unity Usergroup 1074
Windows Phone User Group 850+ (on mailing list)
F#unctional Londoners 742
Software East (Cambridge) 673
London .Net User Group 538
Canary Wharf Dot Net User Group 501
Cambridge Developer’s User Group 355
Norfolk Developers (Norwich) 325
Nottingham Programmers 255
Developer South Coast (Southampton) 241
Functional Bridgton 141
Cambridge DDD Nights 122
Brighton ALT.NET 49
Smart Devs (Hereford) 43
Functional South Coast (Southampton) 37
Craft Coders (Worcestershire) 34
Wales & West Windows Applications Group 25
NxtGen (Birmingham)  
VBUG (Bristol)  
Agile Yorkshire  
Sheffield .Net User Group  
Gloustershire .Net User Group  
Dare Devs (Chesire)  
IWDev (Isle of Wight)  
Windows Phone (Bristol/Cardiff)  
Windows Phone (Manchester)  


In the .Net arena, it seems gaming, windows phone, and functional programing are hot right now. Overall there’s a good spread of groups across the regions, with high concentrations in London, Cambridge and the South Coast.

Curiously the London C#/.Net focused user groups appear to be eclipsed by the London Java Community meetup which has close to 4000 members, and PHP London with nearly 3000 members.


Interest in functional programming has been growing steadily as have related groups in the capitol:

Group Members
London Scala Users’ Group 1405
F#unctional Londoners 742
London Clojurians 540
London Haskell 423
London Erlang Uer Group 377


On the F# side, the F#unctional Londoners now meets every 2 weeks and has been growing at a rate of around 100 members every 6 months. Progress is not just confined to London, there’s F# user groups popping up across the globe

Data Science

Data Science and Machine Learning are another growth area, and the many machine learning based sessions have been very popular with the F#unctional Londoners.

Group Members
Data Science London 2980
London Machine Learning 1009
Women in Data 380


Hacker News is something of a phenomena, and hacker groups appear to be among the biggest:

Group Members
Hacker News London 5771
Silicon Roudabout 5042
Hacks/Hackers London 2524
DevTank London 926


Get Involved

Like pizza, like beer, like learning, there’s a meetup group near you waiting :)

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