Anytime you see someone hunched over, most likely it’s a tech-savvy, code loving tech cruncher! Want to know where those key-thumping techies congregate?
The List according to Alisa Bondurant of Girls in Tech
Idaho Technology Council (ITC): The ITC provides a valuable networking resource for industry executives, potential partners, academic leaders, investors, government and customers. They connect, inform and promote the technology companies in Idaho.
Idaho TechConnect: ITC, aligned with Kickstand, is a business catalyst as they bring innovative solutions to market. TechConnect offers a methodology and framework to help Idaho entrepreneurs, researchers and scientists achieve commercialization success.
Girls in Tech: Girls in Tech is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology. Girls in Tech meet every first Wednesday of the month at noon at the BSU Downtown Center on Main.
Tech Boise: Tech Boise spotlights the people and companies making a difference in Boise, Meridian, and the greater Treasure Valley. They currently hold monthly meetups at The WaterCooler and Nebula Shift, and cover a variety of topics. Their Tech Boise Open Coffee Club (TBOCC) occurs the last Friday of every month from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at Cole Marr Coffee House in Bodo. Boise Code Camp & TechFest is an annual event featuring two days of non-stop tech sessions on a variety of software, process and methodology related topics.
Try one of these Treasure Valley user groups.
- Boise Web Technologies Meetup Group: Boise Web Technologies meetup group is a place where all web professionals in the Boise area can come together to learn, network, share, and of course eat. Programmers, designers, developers, social media gurus, SEO pros, business owners, and anyone else are welcome to attend. They meet on the 4th Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room in the U.S. Bank building.
- 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. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. the 3rd Thursday of the month at the Microsoft Building downtown.
- Boise Software Developers Group (BSDG): BSDG is a discussion environment for developers and IT professionals focusing on building real-world solutions using the various development platforms, but focusing mainly on the Microsoft.NET platform. Meets every 1st Thursday of the month at the Washington Group building at 720 Park Blvd. in Boise, Idaho.
- 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 second Tuesday of every month except December. They meet at the Microsoft Offices on the 4th floor of the Idaho Independent Bank Building, 401 W. Front Street, 4th Floor N. Fork Room, Boise. Their meetings begin at 5:30 and usually last till about 7:30pm. Refreshments are usually available.
- 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.
- Idaho PC Users Group: 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.
- Boise Linux User Group: The Boise Linux User Group was founded by the Idaho PC User Group as a special interest group. 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.
- Adobe Developers of Idaho: Learn the latest tools and techniques using Adobe development tools. Find other developers that are using Flex, Adobe Air, Cold Fusion along with other programming languages to create Rich Internet Applications. Beginners and advanced developers are welcome.
- Southern Idaho Society for Software Quality Assurance (SISQA): SISQA is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization based in Boise. Their purpose is to encourage and foster the exchange and development of Software Quality Assurance concepts, principles and practices. Meetings unknown.
- Interactive Artists and Animators Group of Idaho (IAAGI): The culture of animators, game developers and technical artists in Idaho.
Startup Weekend Idaho: Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs come together to pitch and start a company, usually in the tech industry. They happen twice per year.
TechHelp Solutions: TechHelp manufacturing specialists provide technical and professional assistance, training and information to Idaho manufacturers, processors and inventors to help them strengthen their global competitiveness. They hold events and training year-round.
BSU, Technology and Entrepreneurial Center (TECenter): Located on Boise State University’s West Campus in Nampa, the TECenter offers start-up and early stage technology company entrepreneurs the expertise, networks and tools they need to succeed. They offer a number of trainings and networking events.
Idaho’s Coalition for Innovation (The Core): The CORE is a technology, health care, and education enterprise zone in Meridian that emphasizes Idaho’s Project 60 economic development initiative. This is a partnership among the City of Meridian, Idaho State University and others.
The Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Boise Section: IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. The Boise section and its technical society chapters have numerous technical, professional development, and social/networking events throughout the year. IEEE membership is encouraged but not required to participate in most of these events. Information about upcoming events can be found on the section and chapter web sites. The local chapters include:
Boise Computer Society
Boise Joint Chapter of the Power Engineering & Industry Applications Societies