Thursday, January 2, 2014

Central Ohio Developer User Groups

Here is a list of all the developer user groups in central Ohio.  If you know of any other user groups to put on this list, please contact me.

Adobe Users Group Presentation Night 

Columbus Digital is the official Adobe User Group for the Greater Columbus Area. We're a group of like minded web professionals who love expressing our talent, skills and interests, and who happen to like some Adobe products on the side. Monthly presentations cover both design and development topics, and weekly socials are planned as informal networking opportunities. Columbus Digital: Adobe Users Group has a monthly presentation night, and weekly happy hours. The presentation night is typically the last Tuesday of the month, happy hours are also Tuesday evenings. Check the website or sign up to receive updates from the Google calendar for specifics. ICal:

CIDUG (Columbus iPhone Developers User Group) 

6:30pm-8:30pm Every fourth Tuesday
Location:  OCLC!forum/cidug

CONDG (Central Ohio .NET User Group)
Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Microsoft building on Polaris Parkway in Columbus, Ohio.
The meetings start at 6:00pm and go until 8:00pm. Anyone interested is also invited to attend the geek dinner afterwards.
Microsoft Polais Office, 4th Floor: 8800 Lyra Dr. Columbus, OH 43240 

Columbus Ruby Brigade

6pm-8pm every third Monday of the month
We are the Columbus Ruby Brigade, a bunch of professionals, students, and geeks who are simply excited about Ruby and Rails and the joy they have brought to development. Currently our only purpose is to get together and geek out about one of the best languages ever developed. We talk about the zen of programming. When we get tired of talking about it, we invite others in to talk about it to us. Networking and socializing are just great perks that come along with the territory. Who can join? Anyone with a pulse. Go to our mailing list ( and sign up to begin chatting, or look for our next meeting. Currently meetings are held on the third Monday of every month. We look forward to seeing you there. Free pizza and beverages are provided to meetings. There is often an informal happy hour after the meeting.

COSPUG (Columbus SharePoint User Group)

5:30-7:30 every third Thursday of the month
Columbus SharePoint User Group meets every 3rd Thursday of the month in the Microsoft office across the highway from the Sogeti building.  Meeting room is on the 4th floor down the hall to the right once inside.

TechLife Columbus

The focus of this meetup group to accelerate the pace of getting to know really cool tech people in town. Join now and get the insider invites to our get togethers. Some are impromptu and some are planned. Either way you'll never know if you don't sign up. Our events focus on tech community networking, entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and professional development.

Central Ohio Cloud Computing User Group

2nd Monday of every month

COJUG (Central Ohio Java Users Group)

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month lunch time meetings are from 11:30am - 1:00pm and evening meetings start at 6:30 p.m. All of our meetings, unless otherwise noted, are held at OCLC in the Smith building cafeteria at lunch and the Kilgour building auditorium in the evening.

OCLC Online Computer Library Center,
6565 Frantz Rd., Dublin, Ohio 43017

Columbus SQL Server Users Group

Are you looking to learn more about SQL Server or perhaps you would like to teach others about how you overcame certain trials and tribulations with SQL Server?  If so, joining the Columbus SQL Server Users Group may be a good idea for you. 

The Columbus SQL Server Users Group meets the second Thursday of the month.  The meetings are fairly informal and consist of: networking/pizza time, announcements, a presentation (an hour or less), Q&A and typically they give away a few door prizes (such as a book or two). You can learn more about the local chapter here:

Should joining the Columbus SQL Server Users Group interest you or you have any particular questions about the group I would recommend to reaching out to our fellow Sogetian, Sarah Switzer.  Sarah has attended several meetings in the past and would be a good resource to get information from.

COWUG (Central Ohio WebSphere Users Group)

IBM FileNet User Group

Windows Developer User Group

Excited about Windows Phone & Windows 8? How about the new Modern UI design language? Well, we are .. and there is plenty of company!

The Windows Developer User Group has been established to nurture knowledge base and collaboration among Windows Phone & Windows 8 application developers & enthusiasts. While we are primarily based in Columbus OH, developers from all around Ohio, neighboring states and just about anybody who has interest in the Microsoft ecosystem, is most welcome.
With all that’s happening in the Microsoft technology stack, the future looks awesome. Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 share essentials; Windows 8 is changing computing form factors as we know it & XBox is bringing the ecosystem to the living room. Guess what’s common in all of these – the new Modern UI design language & similar programming paradigms.
With the vibrant developer community around Columbus OH, we needed a dedicated forum to talk about upcoming technologies, architectures, design & development paradigms around building applications/games on Windows Phone & Windows 8 platforms. Our focus will be Modern UI Design, XAML/C#, HTML/CSS, WinRT & XNA development, so that we appeal to variety of developer interests. We are registered with INETA & collaborate with other similar User Groups to bring you some of the best speakers/experts in this technology space.
Please come join!

6pm-8pm, meets the 3rd Monday of the Month
TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH, 43212, us

1 comment:

  1. Hey Greg! I have an additional User Group for you to add if you are so inclined: CAMLPUG. I have only been to one meeting, but they've been around since Feb and seem to be very open to new discussions. Not applicable to every developer - but they're discussing some interesting new technologies.

    The Columbus Azure ML and Power BI User Group (CAMLPUG) is a group of professionals dedicated to leveraging Azure Machine Learning, Power BI and other Microsoft BI technologies to drive business value within organizations of all sizes.