I am a member of the NY Tech MeetUp. It is a monthly gathering of technologists and those interested in technology, organized by Scott Heiferman. The great thing about it is that it lacks any pretension. It is fairly democratic, very informal, and organized around ideas. It is one of the things I miss about NYC.
I had blogged earlier about how I felt the concept of entrepreneurship in Istanbul needed to be freed from the triangle of academics, bankers and bureaucrats.
So, I have decided to organize an Istanbul Tech MeetUp. I am shooting for January to have the first meeting. I was going to use the MeetUp infrastructure, but I realized it is built primarily for the US, UK and Canada. So I will probably use a combination of Evite (or Daveti.com, its Turkish copycat) and TypePad (in a similar blog to this).
I plan for the event to be open to entrepreneurs, technologists, students, academics, VCs, professions that surround new ventures, or, as Scott says, "anyone who's interested in seeing or showing something new". I will need RSVPs so we can keep track of who's attending. Eventually, I think, the format will move to a series of presentations, but I think the first one will just be a cocktail (cash bar).
I'd love to hear ideas if anyone's got any.