This technology radar is different. Instead of pushing our expert opinion (which is probably wrong anyway), we use algorithms and the wisdom of the crowd to answer three important questions: What are the important tech communities? How active are they? What do they talk about?
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Software technology is a lot like fashion. That's nice if you're into following trendwatchers. If tech is your business however, it makes sense to look for something more fact based. Look no further: this is the Data Driven Tech Radar. The problem with most other tech radar publications, is that it's impossible for a small group of experts to predict the future of the world wide tech scene based purely on their personal experience (experts are often wrong; 2008 financial crisis anyone?). We use data and the wisdom of the crowd instead. Did you know that in Amsterdam alone, there are over 320 active tech meetup groups which held 1,310 events in 2015 that attracted 51,446 attendances from a crowd of almost 15,000 unique technologists? That's a lot of wisdom.
Also, we don't believe there is much value in predicting the next big individual technology. Instead we focus on communities and movements. In this radar you will not find us foretelling that perhaps Docker is the next big thing. Instead we will tell you that the DevOps, Programmable Infrastructure and Cloud community is trending. We'll leave it up to you to join that community and learn which individual technologies are being explored. This radar is here to help you make informed decisions; not follow the latest trend per se.
It's always been our observation that real technology decisions are driven by the practicioners (in spite of even the most aggressive upper management push for whatever it is they accidentally bought on the golf course). So, we went to the source: what do the practicioners spend their evenings and weekends on. We went for the meetups.
Meetup.com is in essence an event based social network. There are groups that organise real life events which people attend in order to learn about new technologies. As with all (social) networks, a lot can be learned from looking at network structure. We look at communities, activity and content. That is: Which sub-groups exist in the network? How often do they get together? What do they talk about? Fact based.
To answer the above questions, we sourced a data set from Meetup.com's API and used algorithms for network community detection and natural language processing. Here, we take a more in-depth look at the communities that were most active last year. We've named these communities for convenience.
The top 10 tech communities in Amsterdam, based on activity trend in 2015.
The Amsterdam scene is dominated by talks about startups and innovating like one. More than anything else, tech people in Amsterdam want their surroundings to be as cool as Twitter in 2007, as disruptive as Uber and as innovative as Google.
Remaining communities in the top 10 focus on different technical aspects of building systems using the latest and greatest in tech and paint the Amsterdam scene as a refreshingly modern software development ecosystem.
Scroll down for a deeper insight into the most important meetup events per community, activiy & trend charts, and Q&A with the most important players in the field.
For each community that the algorithm extracted from the Meetup network, we look at real world activity amongst community members to establish trends in public interest over time.
(Move your mouse over the legend to highlight and unselect communities.)
For each community that the algorithm extracted from the Meetup network, we present the most influential Meetup groups and users based on their activity. We also show you the actual activity numbers for these groups.
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|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Remco Janssen|
|Silicon Drinkabout Amsterdam||47||Marijn M|
|Silicon Drinkabout Amsterdam||46||James Bryan Graves|
|Hackers & Founders (Amsterdam, NL)||10||Jan-Jaap Verhoeve|
|Silicon Drinkabout Amsterdam||44||Adine Rooyackers|
|Silicon Drinkabout Amsterdam||44|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Mark Robert Coleman|
|Docker Randstad||14||Harm Boertien|
|OpenStack Netherlands||6||Thomas Toftlund Krag|
|AWS user group NL||7|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Caroline van Impelen|
|Amsterdam Data Science Meetup||14||Elena Poughia|
|Big Data, Amsterdam||4||Friso van Vollenhoven|
|Amsterdam Apache Spark Meetup||2|
|The Amsterdam Applied Machine Learning Meetup Group||3||Rob Dielemans|
|Data Donderdag||5||Rutger Wetzels|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Luke Thomas|
|Frontend Developer Meetup Amsterdam||7|
|AngularJS Amsterdam Meetup||5||Lia Mast|
|NLHTML5||14||Lukas van Driel|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Pieter van Boheemen|
|Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab||22|
|Dutch DIY Bio Group||66||jc (Jonathan Carter)|
|Amsterdam iBeacon Living Lab||1|
|Internet-of-Things Meetup Amsterdam||12||Hans Crijns|
|Internet-of-Things Meetup Amsterdam||14||Lucas Evers|
|Dutch DIY Bio Group||45||Wienke Giezeman|
|Internet-of-Things Meetup Amsterdam||19|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Rafael Dohms|
|AmsterdamPHP||21||Pascal de Vink|
|AmsterdamPHP||14||Lucas van Lierop|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Kim van den Berg|
|Permanent Beta||28||Jan-Henk Bouman|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Tatiana Sidorenkova|
|Amsterdam UX||12||David Montero|
|Amsterdam UX||13||Wilbert Baan|
|Behavior Design AMS||4||Iskander Smit|
|Behavior Design AMS||4||marco van heerde|
|Behavior Design AMS||4|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Mike Lee|
|CocoaHeadsNL||18||Niels van Hoorn|
|Events hosted||Group organiser?||Event host?||Joost Heijkoop|
|Elastic User Group NL||4||Carlo Sciolla|
|The Amsterdam Clojure Meetup Group||12|
We've asked some of the most active and locally influential people from the communities to share their views and observations learned from actively participating in the Amsterdam Tech Scene.
Located in a country with one of the highest broadband internet speeds in the world, well connected with Europe and the rest of the world, and with a high quality of life, Amsterdam is the perfect place to launch innovations. Over the last years a rich startup eco-system has emerged, fired up by accelerators such as Rockstart and StartupBootcamp and an increasing number of corporates that open up for startup collaboration.
The most exciting developments in our society today hapen when art, technology and science meet. This is where the creative and innovative ideas which contribute to solutions to every large issue of our time. The way I see innovation is that changes come about so rapidly that there simply is no time to create permanent solutions. And this is not a bad thing. We are going to have to get used to taking care of business by applying solutions that are, by defenition, of a temporary nature. A start-up mentality is very important when you want to work like this.
When I arrived to Amsterdam from Sydney about 4 years ago I didn’t expect to encounter such a vibrant startup scene, fuelled by its young and multicultural population, a privileged location in the heart of Europe, a comfortable size with amazing repurposed spaces, and the Dutch cultural interest in innovation and design. During this last 3 years I have observed an incremental interest in UX, with people transitioning from many and diverse disciplines into one of the many fields of UX. When we took over the Amsterdam UX meet up it counted roughly 600 members, which has threefolded in two years, still growing with new members every month and with increasing demand for more and diverse events. This city is tech hungry, design hungry, talent hungry.
For hundreds of years Amsterdam has been at the intersection of creativity and commerce, in a nation that values both intellect and empathy, but in a world that is increasingly hostile to these very things that make us human, there is no more important place or time than here and now.
We started our meetups over 2 years ago now. It started with our placed candidates in a small pizza house, which was awesome. We then saw that people loved to talk about their work. We decided to build a platform where people could share their experiences and learn from others. I would like to think we helped put Frontend Development on the map ;) My clients were telling me that Frontend would explode but it was just whispers back then. This was over 3 years ago now. The timing of our service was pretty damn good. But we have been able to offer a true recruitment service based on the knowledge we gain from our own meetups. We also have companies and candidates feeling more comfortable to deal with us (as recruiters) because of this. The Amsterdam tech scene is actually relatively small but that is certainly changing. It is also traditionally Dutch which again is changing. What I mean by this is that companies coming into the scene realise that non-Dutch speakers can be easier to hire than the Dutch speakers themselves. There are more opportunities than ever before for developers which can also make it difficult to make the right choice. But that's a great thing of course. Frontend Development has taken over Amsterdam, there is very little doubt about that. We are getting calls everyday from companies needing help. Backend Developers are shifting across to Frontend Development. It's also more social than it has ever been before. There used to be the odd meetup here and there. But now there seem to be meetup group popping up all the time. This is making it a little more chaotic but again not a bad thing.
Nowadays, many organizations jump on the big data and data science train to get more valuable insights from their data so they can serve their customers better or to decrease operational costs and risks. I noticed the past couple of years that there is a knowledge gap when it comes to big data and data science, so at Anchormen, we try to bridge that gap by investing in free technical trainings and communities like meetup to ‘open source’ our knowledge and experience, which eventually creates awareness about the work we do and the things we believe in.
Over the last years it feels like the tech scene has grown exponentially. This is becoming a key city for tech in Europe with companies like Uber and Github opening offices and HashiCorp deciding to host their first European conference in Amsterdam.
IoT, Smart Citizens and Makers are the bottom up forces that have driven Amsterdam towards being awarded as iCapital: most innovative city of Europe.
The last couple of years functional programming has really taken off across the board. It has become prominent in the developer culture of most software development, to support developing advanced, complex and concurrent systems with confidence.
The Tech market in Amsterdam is an amazing force. Over the past years it has grown to amazing new levels with participation of so many key players. The PHP segment of that market is still in rapid expansion, with companies that are not only developing great projects, but also building great relationships with the local developer communities. Its an exciting time to work with PHP in Amsterdam.
Next to the community detction, we use natural language processing techniques to extract the topics that different communities discuss and how they are connected. In this view, a link between a community and a topic means that this topic is being discussed by that community. A link between topics means a that two topics are highly related in the context of this tech scene. This shows how different movements relate and overlap on a semantic level.
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