We are a bunch of professionals from different companies and different industries. We may exchange information that could be considered confidential. Each and everyone of us should apply caution as to what information they choose to disclose. The responsibility of the secret is not on the receiving end. That said, there is a tacit understanding that what happens during the meetup stays in the meetup.
If it’s your first time, you have to
fight present yourself! Get in front of everyone and tell us who you are. If you feel really uncomfortable, just tell the host about it and he/she will make it easier for you.
There will be zero tolerance for any sorts of discrimination on any ground (such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, or sexual orientation). Come as you are.
If you notice unacceptable behaviour, it’s your responsibility to report it to the host. We will try and take care of the situation on the spot and look for a way forward, rather than online over lengthy emails and chats.
The language of the meeting is English, so you will need to speak English in order for others to understand you. Because we are situated in Helsinki, Finnish will obviously be used in some cases. But we are counting on the usual habit of Finnish speakers to switch to English whenever a non-Finnish speaker joins a discussion group.
Reasons for meeting
- Teaching or learning something new
- Developing a skill
- Meeting new people
- Building the community
- Volunteering for a cause
- Supporting each other
- Increasing awareness about a specific topic
- Encouraging a passion
- Pursuing a goal
- Furthering one’s career
Meet in real life
Connecting online is just not the same as connecting in real life. We strive to meet locally and in-person in order to grow the community.
But we have learned a thing or two in 2020-2021. While it was common sense to avoid coming to a public gathering while being sick, it is now strongly expected that anybody who find themselves under the weather and likely getting sick or already sick, would just seat that one out. Do not come to the meet-up if you are sick. Stay home and take care of yourself.
It can be a little intimidating to show up to an event where you don’t know anyone, so we will always make sure to have a host at every event for making members feel comfortable and welcome.
The host will ask you to take a tag and mark your name on it and your company name. You came to network, that’s the least you can do!
Be honest and transparent about your intentions
If you want to get the ball rolling, just let others know what you are trying to achieve by coming to the meetup. That will be a good conversation starter