Places to Look
In general, I've found that local communities or ones that share specific values or interests with you are the most useful, as opposed to massive generalized communities.
I don't have personal experience with most of these communities/resources. Please do not take their inclusion on this page as a personal endorsement, and be sure to do your own research!
Hopefully this will give you some ideas of where to start looking for community!
If you're from a historically excluded group in technology, it can be really helpful to connect with other people with a similar background. These are some that I've heard good things about:
- Women Who Code - I've had great experience with my local WWC chapter!
Our mission is to inspire women to excel in technology careers
Techqueria is a nonprofit that serves the largest global community of Latinx professionals in tech.
- Out in Tech
Out in Tech is the world’s largest non-profit community of LGBTQ+ tech leaders.
- Lesbians Who Tech & Allies
Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is a community of LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them).
TransTech’s mission is to empower, educate, and employ those facing barriers in education and in the work place, as well as to reduce instances of discrimination, with a concentration on trans and gender non conforming individuals.
Here are two roundups of tech-focused Slack workspaces.
- #100Devs - #100Devs is a free bootcamp with a really active and supportive community
An online, free, 30 week bootcamp, meant to bring you from zero programming skills to employable taught by Leon Noel.
- Party Corgi
An inclusive community of content creators helping each other grow.
Our community members gather in many channels, online and in-person around the world, to learn about modern web development techniques and emerging technologies. Join the community to exchange ideas, find new opportunities and help build a better web.
- Open Sauced (link to Discord server)
Open Sauced provides guidance for new contributors finding their next contribution. Our approach towards onboarding offers a way to track contributions through a GitHub powered dashboard.
- Code Book Club from Madison Kanna
We are developers of all experience levels learning together. We hold live online meetups on Zoom, a video conference software. We pair program, hold group coding sessions, and read/discuss tutorials, courses and technical books together.
- Code Connector
We're here to help you get connected with mentors, meetups, communities, education, and companies that have your best interest in mind.
- Year One
Growing software engineers, one lesson at a time. Accelerate your early career with a curated education plan & community of peers.
Volunteering is always a great way to meet people while doing some good. There are two routes you could take with volunteering:
- Volunteering as a software engineer gives you the advantage of getting additional experience to put on your resume.
- I've also heard some people advise volunteering in a completely different context if you're looking to network. Volunteering at a food bank or as a poll worker or in some other non-tech role will let you meet people from different industries. If any of those people hear of an opening for a software engineer, you will likely be the one and only person that comes to mind.
These are some directories of volunteer opportunities, though I'd also recommend researching to see if there is anything specific to your area.