If you run a local WordPress meetup, you’re invited to move it under the central WordPress account on meetup.com. Jen Mylo created a form where meetup coordinators can submit their meetup to be included. The awesome benefit is that WordPress will cover the meetup.com dues for your listing.
Jen posted a number of simple guidelines that were created by active meetup group volunteers. Your group will have to fulfill these before submitting to the central account. I won’t list them all here, but this is a summary: Essentially, you can’t use your local meetup to pimp out your business or yourself. Leave Mr. Salesman at home and join a meetup to connect with other WordPress fans. Meetups are for the benefit of the community and polite and respectful behavior is expected. If you organize a meetup that qualifies, use the form to get in touch with Jen Mylo.
A some point in the future, meetup group listings will most likely switch over to using SupportPress, as they do for WordCamps. For now, they’ll be consolidating all the meetups on meetup.com. Please note that the meetup interest form is not just for new meetup groups but is also available for existing WordPress meetups that want to transfer the group over to the central account.
It’s very cool that WordPress is supporting local meetups by covering their meetup.com dues. Help spread the word to get this information out there to local meetup organizers that you know.