The following is a list of networking events in Northwest Arkansas that are specific to the web and software development community. Events and groups will be added and updated weekly as new information becomes available, so check back often! (For a list of general business-to-business networking groups that meet regularly in and around Northwest Arkansas visit our B2B Networking Groups page, or for a massive list of ALL networking events in our region, visit out B2B Networking Events page. And if we've missed any events (or you spot one that needs a correction), shoot us an email via our contact form!

 


BlockChain & Bitcoin MeetUp (Fayetteville)

First Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This group is for anyone interested in Blockchain and Bitcoin. Although most might be interested in the bitcoin currency, this group's main focus will be on the blockchain and what can be done in this space and how it can and will affect the future. Whether you know a lot or nothing, this group is for EVERYONE. Lets share and learn :-)

Startup Junkie Consulting
1 E Center St, #270, Fayetteville, AR

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Northwest Arkansas Developers Group (Rogers)

Second Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Northwest Arkansas Developers Group (formerly Northwest Arkansas .NET Users Group) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the promotion, education, and adoption of technologies to develop applications and websites. NWADG strives to provide an environment for professionals to network in Northwest Arkansas to foster the free exchange of ideas and information. Monthly meetings generally include a presentation on the latest emerging technologies aimed at providing you practical skills you can apply immediately.

Foster's Pint & Plate
2001 S Bellview Road, Rogers, Arkansas

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WordPress Northwest Arkansas Meetup (Fayetteville)

Second Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This is a laid back community of WordPress users and developers that meet once monthly to swap tips and tricks, share client horror stories, and have a few laughs. Great for getting WordPress questions answered and meeting new folks. Start time as well as the location changes occasionally, so check the Meetup page for the latest details before heading out!

Diane's Office
1 E Center Street, Suite #330, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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BlockChain & Bitcoin MeetUp (Bentonville)

Second Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

This group is for anyone interested in Blockchain and Bitcoin. Although most might be interested in the bitcoin currency, this group's main focus will be on the blockchain and what can be done in this space and how it can and will affect the future. Whether you know a lot or nothing, this group is for EVERYONE. Lets share and learn :-)

The Exchange
409 Southwest A Street, Bentonville, AR

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Bentonville WordPress Meetup

Fourth Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

This is a new-ish group that is the Bentonville version of the Fayetteville WP group. Just like the Fayetteville group, the start time and location changes occasionally, so be sure to check the Meetup page for the latest details.

Arvest Bank
201 NE A Street, Bentonville, Arkansas

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Northwest Arkansas CocoaHeads (Rogers)

Fourth Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

The goal of the Northwest Arkansas CocoaHeads group is to foster a local community of Cocoa developers in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma, and Southwest Missouri. All are welcome, regardless of degree of experience or interest. All that's required is curiosity and one free night a month!

Mill Creek Software
216 E Poplar, Rogers, Arkansas

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Northwest Arkansas CocoaHeads (Rogers)

Fourth Tuesdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

The goal of the Northwest Arkansas CocoaHeads group is to foster a local community of Cocoa developers in the Ozarks of Northwest Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma, and Southwest Missouri. All are welcome, regardless of degree of experience or interest. All that's required is curiosity and one free night a month!

Mill Creek Software
216 E Poplar, Rogers, Arkansas

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1 Million Cups (Bentonville)

Wednesday Mornings @ 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 15 - 25

This event is geared towards the startup community, so it brings in a much different crowd than most 'morning coffee' events. Each week, one or two startup founders come by The Exchange in Bentonville and give a brief presentation of their business (and how the community can help 'em out), and then a wide-ranging conversation ensues covering everything from overcoming obstacles to hiring considerations to finance, and more. 1 Million Cups is a great spot to learn about what's 'next' in the Northwest Arkansas business community while making some great connections at the same time.

The Exchange
409 SW A Street Bentonville, Arkansas

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Northwest Arkansas Tech Council (Bentonville)

Second Wednesdays - Check Website for Location & Time

Cost: $45.00

Avg. Attendance 15 - 25

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Council brings together small businesses, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, retail and suppliers, technology, academia and communication and social media professionals to celebrate technology, innovation and the power of digital in shaping our future. Forward-thinking and practitioner-driven general session speakers deliver ways to effectively collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges and learn how technology is powering change and leveling the playing field.

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Brews and Bytes - Python Meetup (Fayetteville)

Third Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

A get together with other Python enthusiasts and discuss Python in business, academia, and the web! Open to developers of all experience levels in all fields, from student web developers and veteran SciPy fanatics to those simply interested in learning more about programming with Python. Like most developer groups, the location and times can change pretty frequently, so be sure to check the Meetup page for the latest!

Apple Blossom Brewing Company
1550 Zion Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Fourth Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

This group is for anyone interested in the JavaScript programming language – all skill levels are welcome! The purpose of this group is to teach each other about new JavaScript technologies and meet other Northwest Arkansas developers. For the majority of meetups, we will follow a conference-style approach, where someone in the community will volunteer to present for 20-40 minutes on a particular topic. The remainder of the time will be reserved for socializing (and eating!).

Lofty Labs
509 W Spring, Suite #225, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Veteran Venture Leaders

Tuesday, November 6th @ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Who should attend: Transitioning military and veterans.

Veteran Venture Leaders is a workshop designed to give veterans and transitioning military members insights and tools needed to create a successful venture. The instructor will be Jeff Amerine, PMP – US Naval Academy Class of 1984, former Air Force Officer, Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Investor.

Startup Junkie Consulting
1 E Center St, Suite 270, Fayetteville, AR

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Managing The Ownership Of Product Designs

Tuesday, July 10th @ 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Angela Grayson of Precipice IP will discuss the legal tools necessary to successfully launch and maintain a technology-focused business. Angela will provide real-world guidance on de-risking disruption and will show emerging companies how to use intellectual property to get a leg-up on the competition. The format will be a facilitated discussion among a small group of peers, so the content is designed to be relevant to the needs of the attendees.

Grit Studios
216 N Main Street, Bentonville AR

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NWAYP Patio Mixer at Uptown

Thursday, July 12th @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Open to all young professionals in NWA

Join NWAYP for a unique opportunity to hang out on one of the coolest patios in NWA! Uptown Fayetteville Apartments is hosting a fun evening of games and networking on their roof deck. Food and Drinks provided.

Uptown Fayetteville Apartments
3959 N Steele Blvd #102, Fayetteville AR

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IdeaFame Live Pitch Contest

Thursday, July 19th @ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Avg. Attendance 250

The IdeaFame Live Contest, sponsored by Startup Junkie Consulting, is the in-person version of IdeaFame.com. While we were huge fans of these events from the beginning, full disclosure: we designed and developed the IdeaFame website so now we're even bigger fans now! The way IdeaFame Live works is people sign up (in advance) to give a 60-second pitch for a new business, product, service, or solution for a chance to win HUGE cash prizes! The great thing for networkers is that in addition to meeting a huge group of budding entrepreneurs, the event is heavily attended by the general public so you can meet even more folks who come out just to watch the craziness.

Metova
112 W Center St, Fayetteville AR

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Nowhere Developers Meet Up

Thursday, July 26th @ 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join other software engineers in Northwest Arkansas at the very first Nowhere Developers Meet Up! There will be drinks, snacks, door prizes, games, and the opportunity to mix and mingle with the best and brightest "Nowhere" Developers.

Sunrise Guitars
2781 North College Avenue, Fayetteville AR

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NWA Venture MashUp with B-Unlimited

Thursday, August 2nd @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Free

Avg. Attendance 50 - 60

The Venture MashUp (presented by Startup Junkie) is a bi-monthly event that brings everyone from our entrepreneurial community together for local beer and an opportunity to learn from inspiring entrepreneurs. The event is free, but spots are limited so sign up today! This month's featured speaker is CEO of B-Unlimited, Ben Clark.

B-Unlimited
2291 S School Ave, Fayetteville AR

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Game Changers: Startup Stories by Glenn Crocket [Conway]

Wednesday, August 29th @ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Join the Conductor, young professionals and the startup community for Game Changers, an event celebrating the startup community through networking and storytelling. Entrepreneurs share their story in 5-10 minutes, followed by a 20-minute Q &A with the audience. Get a first-hand account of the successes and challenges faced by Arkansas entrepreneurs and how they found their start.

This month we will hear from local entrepreneur and Dave Creek Media co-founder and CEO, Glenn Crockett. Glenn is co-founder and CEO of Dave Creek Media. He has spent the last 25 years with Acxiom Corporation in a variety of leadership roles most recently as Director of Sales within the Audience Solutions Division. He has six children and a wife who is his biggest fan. When not working on startups or helping businesses succeed, he enjoys anything outdoors like backpacking, kayaking and fly fishing. See more on Dave Creek Media at www.davecreekmedia.com.

Lunch is provided, and everyone is welcome.

UCA's Makerspace
250 Donaghey Ave, #130, Conway AR

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Gig Community After Hours Social

Tuesday, June 18th @ 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Yummy food and even better fellowship with others who share the independent work status.

Our events are open to any 1099/contract worker in the 4-county NWA area! Even if you earn just a bit of your income through self-employment, we'd love to see you! Don't worry if you can't be there right at 5:30...this is casual and designed to help you relax and connect, not stress you out!

Pinnacle Bar & Grill
5001 Pauline Whitaker Parkway, Suite 100, Rogers AR

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MedTech Technology Conference

Monday, October 22nd @ 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

$89 (1 day Conference) | $198 (2 days including NWA Technology Summit)

This conference is held in conjunction with the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit (October 23, 2018). Participants will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discussion on health care and technology. Northwest Arkansas has fast become a health care destination in the Midwest. This conference will address healthcare in Northwest Arkansas and the advances of technology impact to health care nationwide. Includes breakfast, lunch, panel discussion, keynote speaker and breakout sessions.

John Q. Hammonds Convention Center
3303 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, Arkansas

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Women In Technology Conference

Monday, October 22nd @ 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$89 1 Day | $198 2 Day (Includes NWA Tech Summit)

Participants will hear from a variety of dynamic speakers and engage in meaningful discussion on thought leadership, innovation, opportunities and challenges surrounding women in today’s technology workforce. Includes breakfast, lunch, panel discussion, keynote speaker and breakout sessions. This conference is held in conjunction with the Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit on October 23, 2018.

John Q. Hammonds Convention Center
3303 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, Arkansas

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Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit

Tuesday, October 23rd @ 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Cost: TBD

Avg. Attendance 1,000

The Northwest Arkansas Technology Summit brings together small businesses, entrepreneurs, C-level executives, retail and suppliers, technology, academia and communication and social media professionals to celebrate technology, innovation and the power of digital in shaping our future. Forward-thinking and practitioner-driven general session speakers and high value breakout sessions deliver ways to effectively collaborate on innovative solutions to common business challenges and learn how technology is powering change and leveling the playing field.

John Q. Hammonds Convention Center
3303 S Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers, Arkansas

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Made by Few 6 (Little Rock)

October 25th - 27th

$475.00

Avg. Attendance 1,000+

Made by Few was born in 2012 with the goal of educating and inspiring designers, developers, entrepreneurs and marketers. The conference has grown each year to attract attendees from all over the world and has featured diverse speakers from leading design and technology companies including Google Ventures, PayPal, Facebook.

In its sixth year, Made by Few continues this legacy and is excited to announce confirmed speakers with backgrounds from Pentagram, Buzzfeed, The Wing, Netflix and For All Womankind.

Made by Few 6 promises to be as inspiring and engaging as ever, providing value to attendees through workshops, interactive elements and plenty of additional surprises to be announced.

Your purchase of a full conference pass gets you the best swag bag featuring limited edition items, all access to the opening reception on Thursday evening, the Designed by Few party on Friday evening and the conference after party Saturday evening as well as access to our main stage talks as well as all the coffee you can drink, breakfast, lunch and plenty of sweet treats and snacks on Friday and Saturday.

Ron Robison Theater
100 River Market Ave, Little Rock AR

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Raspberry Pi / Gaming Class (Session 2 of 3)

Wednesday, March 28th @ 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

$15.00 Members | $45.00 Non-Members

Students will learn the basics to set up and use a Raspberry Pi as a desktop computer, gaming machine, and a programming computer.

NWA Fab Lab
21 W Mountain, #123 Fayetteville, Arkansas

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