In-Person Meetups and Events

What are In-Person Meetups and Events? 

We are delighted that you are interested in In-Person Meetups and Events! These are predominately student-hosted events and take place in metro areas worldwide. A Meetup can be a casual networking mixer at a coffee shop or bar, a tour of Facebook's NYC Headquarters (true story), or anything in between. Read more about how to attend and host an In-Person Meetup or Event below! 

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How do I attend an In-Person Meetup or Event?

Each event is a bit different. While most events are free to attend, some may have a payment or registration fee, so make sure that you read each invitation carefully and follow the instructions. To give our hosts the most accurate headcounts possible, we do ask that you RSVP accurately and let us know as soon as possible if your attendance status changes. 

We advertise all events in three ways: via Email, Slack, and the Valar Network. We post upcoming events in each cohort's Slack workspace every week. So that you know, you will only receive email invitations to meetups being held near the location you list on your Valar profile. If you move, please update your location as soon as possible, so you get all the invitations to events near you! If you are traveling and would like to see the events near your current location, you can check the Network tab and scroll through the events list.

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How do I apply to host an In-person Meetup or Event?

So glad you asked! The first step is to fill out an In-Person Meetup or Event application. Event hosts are responsible for planning meetups, activities, and events for Quantic and Valar students and alums to help foster an ongoing community in their areas. You can host just one or multiple meetups for your community. 

Hosting includes planning the itinerary of the meetup, including but not limited to the venue and date selection, day-of coordination, and communication with attendees and Valar staff. In addition, hosts will act as event facilitators, welcoming fellow students and alums to the events and ensuring they run smoothly. Valar staff will also assist you in advertising the event, tagging the event on our social media pages, and tagging you, the host, to make sure your accomplishments are shared with your network! 

If your application is approved, you will attend a virtual orientation session to familiarize yourself with Valar hosting procedures. 

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Does Valar fund in-person meetups and events? 

Valar regularly funds student events that provide exceptional networking experiences for the Valar community. Well-planned events with thorough descriptions are more likely to get funding, so get creative! However, many events, such as casual happy hours, do not require funding. Events that don't need funding might have an easier approval process. You must fill out an application to request funding. 

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