Networking Group Review: New Tech Northwest

New Tech Northwest is a tech focused networking group in the Seattle, WA area. They hold monthly networking and tech talk nights in Seattle downtown and on the Eastside. The have different ways of being connected such as the events themselves, a slack channel, and a newsletter. They advertise as being a friendly and effective networking group.

Things I like

  • This group uses Slack. It’s a great way to keep in touch with people and network without committing to a full 3 hours or more of time.
  • The website, emails, and events are well put together and you are not flooded by ads.
  • The events have diverse sponsors, talks, and people that are different every time. The booths have ranged from city councils to local consulting companies to start-ups looking for beta testers. There are also only about 3 -5 booths per event so it’s very manageable. The attendees range from developers to data scientists to marketers to “business developers”*.
  • You are guaranteed to be encouraged into speaking to at least 2 people each event. The talk starts off with: high five two people that you don’t know and tell them about something cool you are doing and ask how you can help.
  • The talks are carefully timed and allow for Q&A from attendees.
  • They have a color coded name tag system where they show who is looking for work, who is hiring, who is a sponsor, and who’s just there to hang out.
  • I get to find out about topics and companies I never would have heard of like this one.

*I don’t know what a “business developer” is but a fellow attendee was adamant that I should do it.

Things I don’t like

  • The Slack channels are pretty quiet and there’s not a lot beyond a few job postings or asks for beta testers.
  • Networking by talking to people at random is hard and uncomfortable.
  • The color scheme. I don’t know what it is about the green that bothers me.

Who would I recommend this to?

  • People who want to network at events but want to be able to decide last minute when to go (no need to pre-register)
  • People who like to grab a beer with strangers and talk about their industry (if their industry is tech)
  • If you are looking for a job and you’d like to meet a human being in person who works at that company.
  • If you are looking for a local job.

Note: The events do cost money (about $10 each) but there is no group membership fee.

Another note: If you are looking for a new job, you’d likely want to plan to attend a few of the events since they can be highly variable.

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