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!

 


Gig Community Coffee Social (Bentonville)

Tuesday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Cost: Free

The Gig Community Coffee Socials are a monthly in-person gathering hosted by The Gig Community. Get together to bond over the unique triumphs and woes that being a gig worker bring. Events are open to any 1099/contract worker in the 4-county Northwest Arkansas area! Even if you earn just a bit of income from self-employment/contract work, you're welcome to join!

The Holler – A Local Hangout
8th St, Bentonville, AR

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Northwest Arkansas Developers Group (Rogers)

Second Tuesdays @ 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

The Northwest Arkansas Developers 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. - 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Someone will let you in at the corner of Center and East

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!

Second Floor
1 E Center Street, Suite #330, Fayetteville, 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!

Doc4 Design
216 E Poplar, Rogers, Arkansas

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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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Blockchain Conference: The Internet of Value

Friday, March 13th @ 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

$165.00

The Blockchain Center of Excellence at the Sam M. Walton College of Business is hosting technology, industry and academic experts to share on Blockchain and related topics at the 2020 Blockchain for Business Conference. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from world-class leaders who are creating the internet of value. Together, we will explore how decentralized information and value exchange online is transforming real businesses today.

The 2020 keynotes, panelists, and industry breakout sessions will address open frameworks and tools, enterprise mindshifts, evolving regulation, ecosystem building and much more. Conference participants will be exposed to different forms of blockchain, including public, private, permissioned, and hybrid solutions.

UA Reynolds Center
145 N Buchanan Ave, Fayetteville AR 72701

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Techstars Startup Weekend Northwest Arkansas

April 3rd - April 5th

$0 - $99

Techstars Startup Weekends are 48-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Brewer Family Entrepreneurship Hub
123 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Northwest Arkansas TechFest

April 23rd - April 24th @ 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $100.00

NWA TechFest is a for-geeks-by-geeks technology conference held each Spring in NWA. Its goal is to bring the tech community together to learn, interact, and network, as well as promote diversity in STEM, sharing of best practices, and promotion of transferable skills. Proceeds from each conference go to assist STEM-related initiatives in the Northwest Arkansas community.

Day one is the NWA TechFest you know and love. It will enrich those currently working in our technology community with insightful presentations on a variety of technical and communication-oriented topics. Day two will empower students and attendees with knowledge of their local community, including how to further educational, employment, and charitable opportunities in NWA. The focus will be on what it's like to work in STEM careers and hands-on activities.

The Jones Center
922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, Arkansas

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Rise of the Rest 9.0: Pitch Contest

Thursday, April 23rd @ Time TBD

Cost: No information provided

Save the date for this Pitch Contest – more details to come!

Location TBD

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Techstars Startup Weekend (Springfield)

April 24th - April 26th

$0 - $99

Techstars Startup Weekends are 48-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The efactory
405 N Jefferson Ave, Springfield MO 65806

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