After a few years without doing meetups due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetups are officially back! On Thursday March 23rd 2023, MaxFunsters all over the world will gather together to celebrate their favorite shows and friendships, new and old.
(If you’re looking for the list of meetups, please go to the map of locations.)
How to Host a Meetup
Meetups aren’t held by MaxFun staff or hosts—they’re held by MaxFunsters who want to hang out with their local community, talk about podcasts, and make new friends. All that it takes to organize a meet-up is a willingness to find a local place, spread the word, and answer questions from people who want to attend the meet-up. If you’re interested in hosting a meet-up, please follow these steps:
- Review the COVID guidelines below. While restrictions have eased in most places, the COVID pandemic is still going on, and it’s important to take a few safety precautions to make sure no one gets sick
- Pick a location near you. Make sure that there’s enough room for a small group to gather (if you’re unsure how many people will come, estimate about 30-40 in large cities like NYC or London and 10-20 in most other locations). If it’s a private venue like a bar or coffeeshop, we recommend calling ahead and making sure they’ll be able to accommodate a group
- Pick a time. We recommend holding events at 6:00pm local time, but you can do earlier or later depending on what works for you and your local community
- Tell us about it. Email email@example.com with your location, venue name, the time your meetup is starting, and any other information you want to include (like “Look for Stacey M. wearing a blue MaxFun sweatshirt”). We’ll add your meet-up to the list below so other MaxFunsters can find it! If you’d like to make a Facebook event to organize information, feel free to link us to that, too—just make sure that it’s a public event, not a private one
- Check out our digital meetup day kit. To help you put on the best meetup possible, we’ve assembled a digital kit containing helpful tips for running a meetup, fun podcast-related activities, sample COVID guidelines, a suggested harassment policy, and other materials that might come in handy. You can view all of those in Google Drive here! (If you have issues accessing that, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send everything straight to you)
- Host the meet-up! After that, all that’s left is to host your meet-up and have fun with other people who love podcasts as much as you do
If you have any questions about running a meetup or about anything contained in the digital meetup day kit, email to email@example.com and they’ll be happy to help you out.