Tech communities are the engines of innovation and the spaces where developers cultivate connections, skills, and inspiration. These communities have a profound impact on the lives of industry professionals, promoting interaction, knowledge exchange, and personal growth.
The State of European Tech Communities 2023 report provides an in-depth look into this fascinating world, highlighting current trends, innovations, and challenges that shape the technological landscape across Europe.
State of European Tech Communities 2023
An Analysis of Tech Communities
The report examines a wide range of topics of interest to tech community managers, while also providing valuable insights for developers interested in understanding the importance of active participation in these communities. Here are some of the key themes explored in the report:
Challenges Affecting Communities: The report delves deep into identifying the challenges that European tech communities are currently facing. From managing online events to attracting new members, the report offers valuable insights on how to overcome these challenges.
Tools and Social Media Used: Tech communities thrive thanks to a wide range of tools and social platforms. The report examines which tools and platforms are most popular among European tech communities, providing a comprehensive overview of the resources used to facilitate interaction and sharing.
The Impact of the COVID Pandemic: The pandemic disrupted many expectations and required rapid adaptation by tech communities. The report outlines the effect of COVID on these communities and how they transitioned to online events.
Engaging More Devs: One of the main challenges for tech communities is engaging an ever-growing number of developers. The report provides tips on how to attract new members and keep them involved in community activities.
A Few Key Numbers
The report presents a series of significant data points that paint a vivid picture of European tech communities:
- 57.6% of European tech communities emerged between 2013 and 2019, highlighting the continuous growth of the sector.
- 82.8% of tech communities use event participation as the main key performance indicator.
- 65.6% of tech communities actively support open source, reflecting the importance of collaboration and sharing.
The Inclusion Challenge
One of the main transformations highlighted in the report concerns the transition to online events. During the COVID pandemic, many communities had to quickly adapt to the online environment. However, the report emphasizes that in-person event participation experienced a greater decline compared to online events, indicating a possible future trend.
Inclusion is another fundamental aspect addressed in the report. 56.8% of European tech communities have diversity levels of up to 30%. To promote diversity, 59.6% of tech communities use inclusive language as a primary activity, followed by accessible locations and the implementation of a code of conduct.
The Profound Impact of Tech Communities
The report reveals that 90% of responses demonstrate that being part of a tech community has a profound impact on the lives of developers. This impact goes beyond coding and technology. Being part of a community offers a transformative experience that opens doors and pushes people to surpass their limits.
Tech communities bring together individuals with shared interests, values, and goals, regardless of their diverse experiences and skill levels. The report recognizes the value of knowledge exchange, learning, and sharing, which empower developers both personally and professionally. These safe spaces help overcome impostor syndrome and build confidence through mutual support.
The network is crucial, allowing developers to transcend boundaries and find inspiration in career stories, new skills, conferences, and mentorship. But it’s not just about careers; the community becomes a family that provides essential support.
The Research Process
The report was compiled through a comprehensive survey conducted among managers of European tech communities. One representative for each community responded to the survey, involving a total of 250 communities from 33 European countries.
The survey was conducted from June 11, 2023, to July 31, 2023, and included a broad spectrum of European tech communities. As an incentive for participation, trees were planted on behalf of tech communities that completed the survey, contributing to the environment.
The State of European Tech Communities 2023 report offers an in-depth look at how tech communities are shaping the European technological landscape.
By revealing trends, challenges, and opportunities, the report underscores the fundamental role that these tech communities play in the lives of developers and in the evolution of the technological ecosystem. The data collected provides valuable insights for community managers and developers who want to learn more about the importance of being active in these communities.