RecWorks: 7 Years Of Technical Community Contributions

RecWorks is a unique consultancy focussed around Recruitment and social netWorks. 100% of our revenue comes from recruitment but 50% of what we do is around building and developing active communities.

We have been lucky enough to work with many passionate individuals and organisations that have contributed incredible amounts of time and value to the technical community in London, to help make it one of the best and most vibrant tech communities in the world.

At RecWorks, community involvement is no short term thing for us, we have been highly involved for over 7 years and wish to create a legacy that continues to make the technical community a better place for all involved, we are immensely proud of our contributions and achievements and wanted to share them.

Founders of the London Java Community (then London Java Meetup Group) in November 2007, a group that has now risen to over 3000 members and is one of the largest and most influential JUGs in the world.

  • Organised in excess of 100 technical presentations events (circa 5,000 RSVPs)
  • Organised in excess of 50 social events (circa 2,000 RSVPs)
  • Continually promoted LJC for the last 6 years to our database of clients and contacts to help build the membership and connect with developers that were not aware of the London scene
  • Reached out to Oracle (Sun at the time) to incorporate the LJC into an official Java User Group (JUG) and plug the LJC into the international JUG community
  • Built team of LJC Associates as an advice and support team to help steer the LJC forward
  • Been a key part of the team that have organised 5 Unconference style events
  • Encouraged many new speakers to give lightning talks, some of whom have now stepped onto the international conference circuit
  • Started series of events focussed on getting more people into OSS with the idea of bringing together open source projects with potential new committers
  • Co-ordinate with 10-20 other London based partner user groups to send out fortnightly emails to LJC on events that may be of interest to the members
  • Organised thousands of pounds of sponsorship to improve our events
  • Worked with conferences and training organisations to run 50+ competitions and raffles to get more LJC members opportunities they may not have had
  • Started and maintained LJC blog, twitter feed and website
  • Lead moderation on mailing list to ensure the community remains nice and encourages junior members to speak up (c. 10,000 emails)
  • Organised branding including character and logo design for website and group
  • Part of a team that founded and maintain the LJC CIC
  • Managed LJC stalls at London based technical conferences to attract new members into the group

Founders of the Graduate Developer Community in August 2009 a group that aims to connect students from many different universities and help bridge the gap from Academia to Commerce

  • Built team of committed volunteers and technical ambassadors within the community as an organisation and advice team to help steer the GDC forward
  • Worked for over 4 years to get the GDC off the ground and built an active community of technical students
  • Organised over 50 social events (circa 500 RSVPs)
  • Organised 15+ mentoring events that have connected students with mentors
  • Reached out to 500+ lecturers in London to establish network of Academic Ambassadors that support and promote the GDC
  • Helped connect series of Universities and Institutions with wider technical community, organising events on site and bringing in senior technologists to give presentations as part of lectures
  • Continually promote GDC to our database of clients and contacts to help build the membership and connect with those that were not aware of the London scene
  • Built GDC Student Ambassadors to help spread the word of events and initiatives to ensure more students could benefit from events
  • Built active group of 100+ technical mentors
  • Been part of a team that organised Open Source Jumpstart event at IBM Southbank to bring together OSS projects and students looking to get involved in OSS
  • Connected many students to internships
  • Started and maintained GDC blog, twitter feed and website
  • Lead moderation on mailing list to ensure remains nice and encourages junior members to speak up

Assumed control of London CTOs (then London CTO Meetup Group) when it was in danger of being shut down in November 2010

  • Organised series of events including Fishbowl events, London CTO Speaker Series and Technical Presentations
  • Invited senior CTOs and technologists to be part of active discussions around agile and security
  • Built leadership group
  • Research every new member to maintain integrity of London CTOs membership
  • Lead moderation on mailing list to ensure remains nice and encourages junior members to speak up
  • Continually promote London CTOs over the last 2 years to our database of clients to help build the membership and connect with those that were not aware of the London group

Acted as assistant organisers and advisers to new User Groups, offering introductions, advice and assistance when groups in inital set up stage:

  • London Scala User Group
  • London Software Craftsman Community
  • Liferay UK User Group
  • London Dart Community
  • Cambridge Java Community
  • Manchester Java Community
  • Hertfordshire & Essex Techies

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