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Share your enthusiasm: Lead a Slack Community chapter

We’re inviting motivated Slack developers, administrators and users to lead Slack Community chapters in their neck of the woods

Author: Lauren JohnsonJuly 24th, 2019

Are you a Slack enthusiast? Maybe you’re proud of the chatbot you built, the tutorial you created for your team or how your weekly stand-up meetings have become more streamlined since you moved them into Slack channels. If so, we appreciate you, and we’d love for you to share your knowledge as the leader of a Slack Community chapter.

We’re inviting motivated Slack developers, administrators and users to start, lead or join Slack Community chapters, wherever you’re located. These communities organize regular in-person and virtual meet-up-style gatherings to connect and collaborate with other local Slack enthusiasts. 

If this sounds like your cup of tea, then slackcommunity.com is your one-stop shop for joining, leading and growing your own local chapter. 

Who are Slack’s intrepid community leaders?

Slack’s Community chapter leaders are volunteers based all over the world. Currently, there are 87 groups across 39 countries, from the U.S. to India to Estonia.

If you’re just getting started with Slack, don’t sweat it; leaders come to the Slack Community with all levels of experience and familiarity with the platform. We require only time and enthusiasm. 

Heather Negley, a senior project manager based in Fairfax, Virginia, and leader of her local chapter, helped build an app for Slack called Messenger Bottles. This tool offers employees a whimsical way to document tips, experiences and institutional knowledge to share with unknown future teammates. Teammates can “uncork” messages in moments when they need some inspiration. 

“I decided to become a community leader because I love all of the new development going on in the [Slack] ecosystem,” says Negley. “I found myself spending more time in Slack at work. I [had] developed my own app for Slack as a side project and wanted to see what other people were building.”

What happens during Slack Community chapter meet-ups?

The community chapters are structured, organized spaces to share ideas, stretch those leadership muscles and have plain old fun. When you join, you’ll get access to the Slack workspace we set up for you to connect with other members and organizers. 

“As a community leader, I am in charge of organizing meetings in my town,” Negley says. “I think of topics that I think will be interesting to people, and our first meeting was a planning meeting where we talked about the types of topics that interested us. The community members are very important because the group is for them, and their vision shapes the way the chapter grows.”

Intrigued? Join—or start!—a Slack Community chapter

Visit slackcommunity.com to connect with a chapter in your area, or apply to start and lead a new community. 

You’ll just need to answer a brief questionnaire about:

  • Your experience using Slack
  • What you hope to get out of the community
  • How you plan to use the platform 
  • Any prior experience you might have organizing a meet-up or leading a community

After the application process, we’ll set you up with the resources you need to successfully launch your community. 

“Plenty of platforms have apps, but I like that Slack is community-based and centered around the way people communicate and interact,” Negley says. 

We appreciate her and every member of Slack’s vibrant communities. We want you to get involved too, and we’re here to support you each step of the way.

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