A snapshot of the current trends, innovations, and challenges shaping the tech landscape across Europe

Communities are the heart of innovation, the place where devs grow their connections, skills, and inspiration.  

In this report you will find vital information for community managers to understand:

If you are a developer you can:

Overview

Tech Communities

57,6%

of the European tech communities was born from 2013 to 2019

62,8%
of the European tech communities have less than 5 organizers

58%
of the European tech communities has up to 1,000 members

52,4%
of the European tech communities has up to 50 active members and event participation is the biggest used KPI (82,8%)

65,6%
of the European tech communities actively supports open source

Tech Events

63,6%
of the European tech communities organize up to 10 meetups each year

62,8%
of the European tech communities organize events with up to 50 attendees.
Presence drop during in-person events is higher than online 

66,4%
of the European tech meetups are about programming languages and frameworks, followed by backend and frontend topics

76%
of the European tech communities organize meetups (with one or more frontal talks) in person, followed by workshops and conferences.

56,4%
the drop in in-person meetups after COVID.


Tools

48%
of the European tech communities are based on meetup.com and 62,8%
use it as the main tool to organize events

80%
of the European tech communities use Linkedin as the main social network to communicate events and
74,4%
use Twitter

Diversity

56,8%
of the European tech communities have up to 30% of diversity

59,6%
of the European tech communities have used an inclusive language as main activities to empower diversity, followed by accessible locations and the application of a code of conduct

Struggles to manage
a community

59,2%
of the European tech communities have problems managing time and resources followed by building and maintaining engagement, and finding speakers and locations to host meetups.

Impact of a community in the developers life

90%
of the answers show that being part of a tech community has a deep impact on a developer's life. It transcends coding and technology, offering a transformative experience that opens doors and pushes individuals beyond their limits.

A community unites people with shared interests, values, and goals, regardless of their diverse backgrounds and skill levels. The core values are exchanging, learning, and sharing, empowering developers personally and professionally. It's a safe space to overcome impostor syndrome and gain confidence by assisting others.

Networking is crucial, allowing developers to break boundaries and find inspiration in stories of career changes, dream jobs, new skills, conferences, and mentorship. But it's not just about careers: the community becomes a family providing indispensable support.

Communities Contributors

Thanks to all the communities that took part in the State of European Tech Communities 2023!

The following communities represent 33 European countries: