User Groups & Meetups

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Community Catalysts

A listing of User Groups, Meetups, and networks supporting Maine's technology sectors. Many of their programs are listed on the Technology Events pages.

Economic Development Groups

Public and Private Economic Development groups with an understanding of tech sectors and their contribution to economic development. You'll find additional information on the pages under the Resources Tab in the Menu.

Cluster Champions

Active groups and associations with a specific focus on a Maine technology sector. TechMaine's overview of each of Maine's designated Technology Clusters has been updated.

Community Catalysts

AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly defined discipline, strategic tool for business, and cultural force.
The Association for Consulting Expertise (ACE) is a non-profit association of independent consultants.
The BAND is all about bringing top-quality development discussions to the Bangor area, coming together as a group of developers who want to bring the best to the table at our workplaces and in the communities in which we live, work and play.
Technical and entrepreneurial group to present and discuss big data and deep analytics results in bioinformatics, retail, healthcare, insurance, finance, and sensor networks.
CAMP is a Maine nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation whose members have banded together to share their expertise and increase their computing knowledge. CAMP is not sponsored by or affiliated with any vendor or commercial organization.
cbnug fosters a community of developers and software professionals in the .NET space. We reserve a portion of each meeting as workshop for members to bring ideas, current struggles, code snippets etc., and use each other to help us all achieve.
Central Maine WordPress Users & Developers Group caters to WordPress users and developers located in the state of Maine and beyond.
Come hang out with the Greater Portland contingent of Code for Maine and hack on civic projects with us!
This group was created so that people living in Maine can get together and discuss Django and other python related topics.
The Drupal User Group, meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend meetings. Please feel free to attend!
Tidestone Solutions hosts quarterly meetings for Dynamics GP Users. This group provides an opportunity to connect with other local businesses who are using Dynamics GP.
From the onset, the founders of Engine Room have envisioned a curated office environment where member business contribute to the creative energy and momentum (vibe) we've established.
Sign up for Freebie Fridays - a monthly meet up where you can talk with software & tech experts about the needs, ideas or road blocks that your start-up is facing.
FUSION:Bangor is the area’s networking group for young residents.
Bangor Greendrinks is a free, family friendly gathering.
Portland Greendrinks is part of the international Greendrinks network — an informal, volunteer-managed social networking group built around a common interest in the natural environment.
We'll try our best to get together once a week to do a little show and tell, shoot the breeze and have a few drinks if so inclined. No rules - just bring your weird ideas and stories of hacking the world.
Open to current and prospective Hubspot customers and partners, users and fans of Inbound tactics, we encourage discussions from sales, marketing and executive leadership.
As a result of the interested and increasing adoption of Agile practices in Maine-based companies, the Agile Maine group and this website were formed to provide a central communication and coordination point about agile happenings and interests in Maine.
The Maine Chapter of ATD (Association for Talent Development), formerly ASTD (American Society for Training and Development), is for those professionals actively engaged in or interested in the fields of training and development.
There is a lot happening in the cloud world, and the leader is Amazon Web Services. From DevOps and Solutions Architecture to Cloud Development, the Maine AWS User Group is for anybody with a passion for cloud computing in Maine.
Sharing examples of great data visualizations and the methods used to create them.
The DEF CON groups spawned off the the annual conference and server as a gathering point for people interested in the alternate applications of modern technology and in particular it’s application to security.
A Group for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners living and/or working in Maine. We have members from Portland, Bangor, Augusta, Lewiston, Auburn, and more.
Maine FabLab's first lab was created in June 2013 by Engine, a non-profit arts organization located in Biddeford, Maine.
The Maine GIS Users Group - MEGUG - was started in 1993 as a means for GIS practitioners in Maine and nearby states to gather in order to exchange ideas and information. Since its founding, MEGUG still focuses on serving it members - GIS users.
Have a hankering for hacking? Been pounding away at a programming project? It's time to come out of the woodwork and pool our hacker minds for our mutual benefit. Bring your ideas, projects, and laptops to this shared hacking experience.
Maine InfoSec Professionals: Providing Maine and Northern New England information security professionals an opportunity to share resources, best practices, information, articles and peer-to-peer advice.
This group welcomes those living or working in Maine who have an interest in Internet Marketing. From newbies, to IM warriors, to entrepreneurs who want to learn how to market on the web.
The Maine Java Users Group (MEJUG) distributes Java-related knowledge within Maine: get information, share resources and solutions, increase networking, expand Java Technology expertise, and above all, drink beer, eat pizza and have fun.
We are a small group, open to the public, consisting of everyone from hobbyists to professionals, from hard core Unix users to newbies to the merely curious.
A registered Apple User Group in Mid-Coast Maine. We meet the third Tuesday of each month to learn more about using Apple products and the software that powers them
We will focus on all things open source such as Linux, Open Source networking technologies and just about anything else you can think of.
Salesforce.com user groups are a great way for people to share best practices, knowledge and ideas in an effort to help us all make the best possible user of the SFDC platform. We welcome members from all parts of the Maine.
We are a cross language and platform group, interested in how to make network applications fast, stable, and secure.
Individuals and organizations interested in Maine telecommunications and computer networking issues are welcome to participate in MTUG.
We plan to meet once a month to discuss Lean, Agile, Prototyping, User Research, User-Centered Design, best practices, projects, tips, tricks, tools, tech and more.
This is a group for people interested in WordPress. Whether you are a developer, a designer, a blogger, a small business owner, a large business owner, or something else entirely, if you're interested in WordPress, let's get together!
This is a group for Women in Computing in Maine. This group is for building a community with everything that that entails.
Midcoast Magnet develops leaders in support of innovative projects that foster creativity, livability and economic vitality. We're dedicated to vibrant culture, entrepreneurship, and socially and professional networking.
NEURISA provides a forum for: promoting and facilitating the use and integration of spatial information technology, fostering relationships, professional development, and representing the interests of Geographic Information System (GIS).
To provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the DB2 Family and related products and tools.
The New England Electronic Commerce Users' Group (NEECOM), formerly the New England EDI Users' Group (NEEDI), is a nonprofit organization established in 1990. Today our members are large and small organizations in a variety of industries.
The New England Java Users Group is open to everyone interested in Java and the JVM. Meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings and membership are free. We do not hold meetings in July and December.
The Northeast Arc Users Group (NEARC) is one of several independent regional organizations that represent users of Geographic Information System (GIS) software developed by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).
We cultivate a community of makers by providing access to studio/work space, tools and resources around skill and capacity building.
PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public.
PelotonLabs is a community workspace at 795 Congress Street in Portland. It was developed by Peter Bass and Elizabeth Trice. The two have worked on residential developments incorporating unique and progressive ownership models and amenities.
Join us in creating an environment where software developers meet and share their experiences of software frameworks, architecture, and development processes and practices; open source or not, compiled or scripted.
Erlang and the OTP framework will reboot your brain and change how you code! It is the secret sauce behind the wildly successful WhatsApp and other Web-scale, high-availability apps. Elixir is the beautiful love child of Ruby and Erlang.
We meet to share discoveries, opportunities, quandaries, and solutions relating to development for Apple iPhone and iPad. We'll provide time for informal meeting, encourage members to make presentations and to share their problems with the group.
This is a social meetup for Portland area Android and mobile developers. Come meet for a drink and catch up on all the new mobile developments.
We’ll stay current on Magento products and topics, discuss extensions and templates, share knowledge and experience and network with people interested in Magento. We welcome Magento Developers, Graphic and Web Designers, and Magento users.
This is a group for all desktop, console or mobile OpenGL developers or anyone interested in 3D development to collaborate, problem solve, socialize, etc.
Portland Startupers is a community focused on Maine mobile and web startups, technologists, entrepreneurship, founders, investors, designers, pitchers, networkers, hackers, and everyone else that fits this spectrum.
A group to bring together Maine-based Web developers to learn, hack, and grow.
PMI holds monthly meetings, publishes a newsletter, provides free technical and educational advisory services to members and interested corporations, and operates a project management training program.
PROPEL is a meaningful networking organization of dedicated, talented young professionals. Our agenda? To enrich Portland by connecting and developing Portland’s young professionals.
Each month up to 100 of Portland’s business, tech, and entrepreneurship focused professionals attend PubHub to learn, share ideas, and grow together.
SMMUG is a local IT User Group started back in 2009 as a way for IT professionals to get together and learn from industry experts, exchange technical knowledge and connect with people who share similar interests.
Social Media Breakfast Bangor started in June 2011 when a group of Bangor-area social media enthusiasts (Tanya, Christina, Justin, Angelia, and Gibran) decided to bring the Social Media Breakfast concept to the Bangor area.
Social Media Breakfast Central Maine is the monthly meeting that brings like-minded individuals who live, work or play in greater Waterville and Augusta areas together to discuss everything and anything that is social media.
Once a month we get together to share experiences, stories and learn from each other on a variety of different topics in and around the social media sphere. We look forward to the new mix each month.
SPUG meetings offer up a real dialogue for those using SharePoint in Maine. Group members will take turns presenting on topics and discussing, and we look forward to gathering new ideas from SharePoint users.
Maine PASS is a chapter of the Professional Association for SQL Server.
Startup Bangor: an emerging network of entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, investors, and creators in the Bangor region dedicated to growing businesses.
Startup Portland is dedicated to strengthening the city's startup community and connecting its members to startup hub cities around the world.
Think Tank is Portland's telecommuting hub. With two locations in the downtown area, we offer a variety of Private offices, Dedicated Desks, Conference Rooms and Shared Work Stations. Members have access to the space 24/7/365.
We provide Pro Bono assistance to small & mid-size companies, nonprofit organizations, and individual entrepreneurs.

Economic Development Groups

The Augusta chapter serves the capitol, midcoast and Kennebec valley regions of central Maine
Our goal is to hold events that make sharing these big ideas a little less scary. We do this by connecting you with folks who are here to help and support you.
Brunswick Landing: Maine’s Center for Innovation is a progressive and innovative business campus located at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB).
Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization that leverages, grows, and sustains Portland’s creative industries, enterprises, and workforce.
Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) is a private, non-profit organization established in 1967. The Corporation is located in Bangor, Maine and serves the four Eastern Counties of Maine.
Greenlight Maine is a statewide collaboration of entrepreneurial catalysts and corporate leaders, designed to promote and mentor the development and growth of business in our great state.
An organization committed to creating economic opportunity for Maine through next generation Broadband infrastructure.
The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) assists entrepreneurs building scalable innovation based Maine businesses. MCED is a leading edge virtual resource for the most promising startups, regardless of their Maine location.
Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is Maine’s leading source for international business assistance.
MTI offers early-stage capital and commercialization assistance in the form of competitive grants, loans and equity investment for the research, development and application of technologies that create new products, processes and services…and jobs.
The Northern Maine Development Commission (NMDC) is a membership organization comprised of participating communities and counties in the Aroostook Washington Economic Development District.
SCORE Portland is part of the nation's premier mentoring organization for small business. Our 40 local volunteers have counseled and provided small business training for thousands of Maine entrepreneurs.

Cluster Champions

E2Tech provides a monthly forum series that seeks to provide timely information about Maine's clean technology sector. E2Tech also hosts periodic networking events to foster business-to-business opportunities within Maine's clean tech economy.
The Hydrogen Energy Center is a non-profit organization run by visionary volunteers who are acting on their commitment to a better energy future.
The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA) is the oldest state aquaculture trade associations in the country.
MAIC promotes applied aquaculture research, assists in the formulation of policies favorable to industry growth, serves as a clearing house for aquaculture information, and liaises with government organizations, aquafarms and general public.
Mainebioscience.org is the official website of Maine Bioscience which is an umbrella organization of Maine's biotechnology community.
The organization is creating a unified brand that presents Maine as a worldwide leader in boat building quality, technology, and craftsmanship.
The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is about imagining how life in Maine is enriched by creativity and innovation. We foster collaborations that link creativity and innovation with business – with the goal of a more prosperous, creative Maine.
The Maine Composites Alliance is an alliance of composite businesses in Maine who work together to recognize and promote Maine’s leadership in the international composite industry.
Housed at the University of Southern Maine, the Maine Cyber Security Cluster is the state's national hub for cyber security solutions and workforce development.
The Maine Engineering Promotional Council (MEPC) was founded to promote National Engineers Week in Maine, and the engineering profession and the contributions of engineers to their communities and to society as a whole.
Maine Farm Bureau is the unified voice in preserving and growing Maine’s agriculture.
The Maine Forest Products Council is the voice of Maine’s forest economy. The MFPC represents the diverse needs of Maine’s forest products community.
The MLMC promotes the core values of the Maine Lobster industry, which are sustainability and traceability that’s deeply rooted in tradition.
MMTA is totally committed to serving the needs of its members by providing quality programs and services focusing on workplace safety, environmental compliance and technical training.
MOFGA is the first organization in the country to provide technical assistance specific to organic farming and gardening.
The Maine Potato industry prides itself on producing a high-quality product, whether that product is potatoes destined for your table, french fries, potato chips, or other processed potatoes.
The Maine Pulp & Paper Association represents the pulp and paper industry and associated businesses in Maine to ensure that long-term viability and competitiveness are achieved in a global economy.
The Maine Wood Products Association seeks to improve the competitive position of its members and build quality employment in the State by sharing technical, marketing and business expertise.
The Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAMe) is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization comprised of over 300 companies and 100 students in Maine.
TechMaine has been and will continue to be an advocate for a supportive ecosystem for Maine's technology professionals and innovative businesses.
TANE is the oldest and largest trade association for the local exchange carrier industry in the six states region of New England.