Net2NO (pronounced “NetSquared New Orleans”) is known as the “granddaddy tech and startup community” in New Orleans. Tomorrow night is their August meetup, taking place at 12 Bar on Fulton. The founders of Neighborland.org, “a fun and easy way for residents to suggest new businesses and services that they want in their neighborhood,” will be presenting.
It’s a grassroots, open platform built for residents, community leaders, and developers to talk about the future of New Orleans. The goal? To empower residents to help shape the development of the city.
Sound like something we could use? Absolutely. “It’s a great tool for residents to voice new ideas for vacant commercial real estate, existing public space, and development projects in the works. As our community grows, entrepreneurs, property owners, and developers will be able to hear the collective needs and wants of a neighborhood, and build relationships with their future customer base.” And what better place to launch a project like this than “New Orleans, a city that embraces new technology and smart growth, and supports better resident-powered tools.” They plan to expand the service to other cities this year, but they’re getting it off the ground here, and you can help.
Bring your laptop to the meetup, so you can check out the site in realtime, ask questions, give feedback, share ideas, and generally do what Net2NO members do: help each other.
As always, the meetup is 6-9 pm (one hour of cocktails/conversations, one hour of presentations, one more hour of drinking/networking). Free, open to the public, and a great way to meet some inspiring, awesome people.
Founded in 2008 by Jessica Rohloff, Damien Lamanna, and Andrew Larimer as a way to get local entrepreneurs, innovators and tech people into the same room, it has grown from a mere 30 members to over 700 people, and it’s the fourth largest Net2Local meetup group in the world (out of 75 total). NetSquared Local groups hold monthly events that take place in cities around the world (ours are the first Tuesday of every month, from 6-9 pm), convening changemakers to share ideas, learn from each other, and even collaborate on projects for real world impact. These gatherings provide a chance to connect for all those interested in the intersection of social technologies and social change. In New Orleans, it’s also an opportunity for likeminded people to get together and drink, be inspired, and meet amazingly talented individuals who are doing great things in our city. You can find out more about Net2NO here.