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Having spent the last few years living and working in Silicon Valley, I have had a chance to join a considerable number of design and tech meetups across the Bay Area — where these industries are particularly active. A simple search on meetup.com will return at least 20 different events to choose from each week. Topics, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality are peppered with the same buzzwords you can see on the homepage of FastCompany or The Verge on any given day.
Often my meetup experiences were less than inspiring. With overly ambitious topics and fear-inducing titles, these gatherings proved to be little more than a series of startup pitches camouflaged as thought leadership topics.