Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of this site?

The main goal is to keep programmers and other technically-minded people aware of relevant events in the Providence, RI area. We want to grow the community, learn from each other, and hopefully help groups with overlapping memberships from competing for the same time slots. :-)

What events can I expect here?

We try to list events that are:

  • in Providence
  • free for everyone to attend
  • primarily about programming or a similarly technical topic

(Does this sound like an event you know about? See below for tips to get it listed!)

Occasionally we will list events that are outside of Providence (but nearby!), cost money, and/or are primarily about an adjacent topic (e.g. startups). We will only include these if we think they are truly relevant, and not spammy.

How can I keep track of these events?

Of course, one option is to check the site every day. :-)

Many people prefer to subscribe to our weekly email list. This email goes out every Monday morning and includes the next 2 weeks’ worth of events.

We also provide an iCalendar/ICS feed that you can use to pipe all of the events on this site into your personal calendar application, such as Google Calendar, Apple iCal, or Outlook.

How do I get an event listed?

If your event is relevant, we want to list it. Keep in mind that no one is working on this full-time, so the easier you make it to add your event, the more likely we are to get it listed in a timely manner.

The easiest way to get started is to create a group on Meetup.com, and submit the Meetup URL via the group submission form. It will take us a couple days to review the initial submission, but as long as your events stay relevant, our robots will automatically check your Meetup page every day and add whatever new events we see. This is how the majority of active groups on PVD Tech Events list their groups.

The next best way is to list your events on any website that is marked up with Microformats. This is more work for you, but it can be preferable if you do not wish to pay for Meetup.com or if you want to control the user experience of your site. Submit your URL via the group submission form. Just like with Meetup, it will take us a couple days to review the submission, and then our robots will check your site for new events every day. However, it is up to you to make sure that your Microformats remain valid.

If neither of the above is an option, you can fill out the event submission form, and we will manually review your submission and add it to the site if appropriate. This requires the most work on our end, so expect it to take a couple days. Also, note that this method requires you to submit the form again each time you add a new event.

If all else fails, contact us and we’ll do what we can.