You may remember we mentioned the triumphant return of the Arduino User Groups (AUG) during Arduino Week? Well, in-person Creator Meetups are back!
We have very ambitious plans for Arduino User Groups, so let’s take a look at what’s happening right now and what’s coming soon in your maker-hood.
What are AUGs?
Let’s do this quickly, because you probably already have a pretty good idea.
Arduino User Groups are in-person gatherings of makers who use, love, and interact with Arduino products, services, software, and online communities. They can be part of your existing makerspace, club or hackerspace. Or it can be entirely dedicated to the world of Arduino. This is entirely up to the organizers.
It’s an extension of our massive online meat community. It’s a place where people can learn, share, and teach others all about Arduino, IoT projects, electronics, and more. And Arduino will be there to support the AUGs every step of the way.
Most importantly, AUGs are there to represent and spread the open source philosophy that Arduino was founded on. It’s about sharing, learning and community.
How can I find a local AUG?
Head to the AUG webpage. You will find a map and a directory of existing official groups. We are currently building it into a place where you can contact the organizers and find out how you can get involved.
As this is a recently relaunched program, the number of AUGs is only growing. It is therefore possible that there are not yet any in your immediate area. But the good news is that you can also create your own AUG.
How to Start an AUG
There is a application form on the AUG page which allows you to let us know you are interested in starting a group. Anyone and everyone is welcome. Your AUG can be part of an existing makerspace, school or college club, Fablab, hackerspace, or any other association where people come together to build great projects.
The form will guide you through the requirements, and there is a new channel to help you on the Arduino Discord. Everyone is welcome to apply, so don’t hesitate to contact us!
Head over to the official AUG webpage now to learn more and join your local maker-hood!