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I used to be such a great fan of meetups, I even volunteered to become one of the organizers of the Cologne Web Performance Optimization group in 2020. Due to the pandemic, I only ever organized virtual events for that meetup, taking advantage of the possibility to invite people from overseas. But I stopped attending virtual meetups as I did not like sitting in front of my computer staring at the laptop screen after a workday as a web developer.

There have been a few exceptions, like Stay Curious, CSS Café, UXchange, Sustainable Offsite Meeting, and, most recently, Creatives for Future. The image above shows my laptop before joining the meetup.

But this week I have been very happy to join a real-life in-person meetup again after over 2 years. I have been to three actual in-person conferences in the meantime, but I always liked the spontaneous after-work aspect of actual meetups, and here we go again: Green Coding organized a meetup at Betahaus, and I was lucky to be in Berlin and find out in time, so I could meet actual people and make new friends, besides joining a professional discussion, learning something new, and drinking some beer on a warm evening in Spring 2022.

tweet about green coding meetup, quoting a tweet with images by Chris Adams

Let’s hope we can go on and revive the meetup scene!