Monthly Social Event

Last Wednesday of the month


6:00pm – 9:00pm
GOAT LAB Brewery

event schedule

Current Meetup

No Presenter Confirmed
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July 31, 2024
6:00pm – 9:00pm
GOAT LAB Brewery, Lowell, AR

future meetup

Want to present something?
Become a Speaker!

August 28, 2024
6:00pm – 9:00pm
GOAT LAB Brewery, Lowell, AR

 Meetup History


Event Date Speaker Topic Notes
July 31, 2024

June 26, 2024 Ryan Hiebert
“Deploying without Downtime: Shipping when your application has users”
May 29, 2024

April 24, 2024

March 27, 2024 Matthew Parrott (LinkedIn)
“Launching the NBA app on the Apple Vision Pro”
February 28, 2024 Steven Judd “Things Ops People Want From Devs”
January 31, 2024 Tiffany Benitez “Importance of Allyship” Women+ in Tech Org

December 27, 2023 Signups at Event Airing of Grievances – Attendees Edition
November 29, 2023 Tyler Tracy “AI Alignment”
October 25, 2023 Jack Malcom and Josh Hanna “Getting a Dev Job: From Newbie to Hiring Manager”
September 27, 2023 Kjartan Kennedy “Design Principles for Professional Tools”
August 30, 2023 Nazmuddin Shaikh “Generative AI and Omni Commerce”
July 26, 2023 Smit Thakkar “Delve into dbt: An Introduction to dbt” Slides
June 28, 2023 Andrew Austin Byrum “Cloud Native CI with Tekton” Slides, Demo
May 31, 2023 Nagdev Amruthnath “Data Engineering” Slides
April 26, 2023 Evan Black “The Billion Dollar Mistake”
March 29, 2023 Josh Hanna “Scaling a dev team”
February 22, 2023 Mitchell Phillips “Github Actions”
January 25, 2023 Quantarius Ray “Testing with Cypress”

Come meet us. We are nice.


This recurring volunteer-organized event was created to give NWA STEM professionals the opportunity to meet, learn, and grow with one another to create a more connected community. Join us in the brewery room at GOAT LAB Brewery in Lowell, AR on the last Wednesday of every month for some free drinks and the chance to chat with other STEM professionals in Northwest Arkansas.


While most of this social event is free-form dialog amongst attendees, there are two times where we will ask for your attention:

From approximately 6:15pm to 6:45pm, there will be a presentation during any month that we have a speaker (which is most of them). It will be a multimedia display projected onto a wall of the brewery. We are currently investigating creating streaming or video-on-demand versions of our speaker content, but will not have it available for this Meetup.


NWA TechFest will be providing a limited drink tab for attendees which will operate under a TBD tab name. If you stop by the meetup first, you’ll be quickly notified about how to get your drinks paid for. Organizers are happy to procure some pizzas for the group, but individual/specialty meals should be handled by attendees.


– Feel free to come if you are recruiter, but try to keep any hard pitching to the Q&A segment (and only if the audience is receptive). Don’t be surprised if someone asks about salary ranges and benefits.
– Because this event will be in a public establishment, we have no active COVID policies besides encouraging attendees not to show up if they are sick and to wear a mask at all times if they have active health concerns in regards to the virus.
– If you would like to get involved with organizing or supporting this event series, visit the NWATechFest website listed below.

Check out the event schedule below!

Time Activity
6:00 – 6:15 Gather together in the back room at GOAT LAB
6:15 – 6:45 Event Presentation w/ Q&A
6:45 – 7:00 NWA TechFest – News w/ Community Q&A
7:00 – 9:00 Socializing
9:30 Everyone is asked very nicely to leave because GOAT Lab has been closed for 30 minutes.

*Schedule subject to change