GDG Community Organizers

Organizers of Google Developer Groups are passionate leaders in their community who are dedicated to helping others learn and connect. GDG Organizers plan and host meetup events on a wide range of technical topics typically on a monthly basis in a location near them. These community organizers come with various backgrounds, from all types of companies and industries.

Benefits of being a Community Organizer

Google Developers provides various resources to official GDG Community Organizers including:

Professional growth

Access to community management training and technical knowledge to help you become a stronger leader. Invitations to select Google events including annual global and regional GDG Organizer Summits.

Network growth

Access to a global network of 4,000+ community organizers, industry experts, and Googlers to share knowledge and help assist with speaker search for your events.

Community growth

Dedicated support, infrastructure and free Meetup.com PRO group subscription to help educate and expand your community online and in-person.

Apply to be an organizer

Requirements

  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Have a genuine interest in Google’s technologies
  • Have a technical background
  • Have experience with event planning
  • Have some connection to the local developer community
  • Have a passion for giving back to your community
  • Host a meetup event ideally once a month, and at least every 3 months to remain an active GDG chapter

How to apply

  1. Read the Community Organizer Code of Conduct below.
  2. Check the GDG directory to see if there’s an existing chapter in your location
  3. If there’s a GDG chapter in your location, contact the current organizer(s) on Meetup.com or in-person at an event to express interest in helping as a co-organizer
  4. If there’s no GDG chapter in your location, apply here.
  5. Allow time for your application to be reviewed. If your application has met the above requirements, we will reach out via email to set up a time to answer questions and discuss the program. If the application isn’t a good fit, we’ll still notify you by email

Code of conduct

When you join our programs, you’re joining a community. And like any growing community, a few ground rules about expected behavior are good for everyone. These guidelines cover both online (e.g. mailing lists, social channels) and offline (e.g. in-person meetups) behavior.

Violations of this code of conduct can result in members being removed from the program. Use your best judgement, and if you’d like more clarity or have questions feel free to reach out.

These guidelines are modeled after the Ubuntu Code of Conduct, and likewise licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.

Community guidelines

Be nice. We're all part of the same community, so be friendly, welcoming, and generally a nice person. Be someone that other people want to be around.

Be respectful and constructive. Remember to be respectful and constructive with your communication to fellow members. Don't get into flamewars, make personal attacks, vent, or rant unconstructively. Everyone should take responsibility for the community and take the initiative to diffuse tension and stop a negative thread as early as possible.

Be collaborative. Work together! We can learn a lot from each other. Share knowledge, and help each other out.

Participate. Join in on discussions, show up for in-person meetings regularly, offer feedback, and help implement that feedback.

Step down considerately. If you have some form of responsibility in your community, be aware of your own constraints. If you know that a new job or personal situation will limit your time, find someone who can take over for you and transfer the relevant information (contacts, passwords, etc.) for a smooth transition.

Basic etiquette for online discussions. Don’t send messages to a big list that only need to go to one person. Keep off topic conversations to a minimum. Don’t be spammy by advertising or promoting personal projects which are off topic.

Organizer acknowledgements

  1. The Google Event Community Guidelines and Anti- Harassment Policy must be followed. This Anti-Harassment Policy template is available for organizers to enstate in their community.
  2. It’s NOT ok to use GDG for profit. Joining a chapter should be free for an attendee/member. Organizers should only charge attendees for ticket entry and/or get sponsorships to cover costs of event operations (e.g. food and drinks, venue, setup, speakers) if needed.
  3. It’s ok to partner with other groups and companies however, GDGs may not be led or managed by a company or organization. In an effort to share knowledge on various technologies and products, collaborating with other groups and companies is a great way to arrange additional speakers, venues, and sponsorship.
  4. It’s ok to talk about non-Google technologies. We want to promote learning across technologies without bashing any company including Google or others.
  5. The use of the GDG name/logo is granted to organizers so long as they are in good standing with Google Developers and follow the GDG brand guidelines.
  6. GDG chapters must remain active and run at least 1 event every 90 days. Failure to host events and log activity to the GDG program may result in removal from the GDG program.
  7. GDG chapter organizers are expected to be willing and available to communicate with their Google Regional Lead in a timely fashion when requested.
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