2 Years of #HNLondon

It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years since Dmitri and I started the Hacker News London meetup. We saw some amazing growth in the first year, going from 40 to almost 200 attendees.

Things didn't slow down from there. In the past year we've moved to a bigger venue and grown to around 500 regular attendees, making it one of the largest tech meetups in Europe! We've had some great sponsors, allowing us to ensure that everyone is well fed on Pizza, and suitably drunk on beer (although, sadly, we did once run out of beer!).

We've bagged some fantastic speakers too, including Joel Spolsky, Harjeet Taggar (partner at YC), Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi and others. You can view their talks, and all of the others on the HNLondon vimeo page. One of my personal favourites has been Dr Marc Warner's talk Quantum Computing for Hackers

Sadly June's HNLondon event was the last time I'll personally be inolved with the event. With the recent acquisition of Lightbox I'll be moving to the US later this summer to work from the Facebook HQ in Menlo Park. I'm hugely excited about the opportunity, but I'll definitley miss the HNLondon meetups and all of the great people I've met as a result of them.

I'm sure HNLondon will continue to go from strength to strength in Dmitri and Steve's hands, and I look forward to watching the videos online!

Posted on 15 Aug 2012
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