Communitech’s Peer2Peer groups help professionals in the Waterloo Region tech industry share challenges and lessons-learned in a friendly, informal environment. Peer2Peer groups provide an opportunity for individuals in similar roles or functions to exchange advice and best-practices information. Session formats include guest speakers, roundtables and workshops.
Whether you work at a tech company or you hold a technical role in a non-tech company, there is bound to be a Peer2Peer group for you.
To sign up: Select a Peer2Peer below and click “Learn more”. You’ll need to create a free Meetup account in order to access content and upcoming dates.
We believe AI will be a core competency for many developers in the near future. The objective of this group is to introduce developers unfamiliar with AI to concepts, explore the latest developments in AI and Deep Learning as well as dive deep into some of the more interesting applications of AI globally and within our True North Waterloo ecosystem.Learn more
This group of dynamic multi-taskers work to develop and discover best practices to manage the complexities of their roles.Learn more
CFOs and finance teams share ideas and solutions on managing a tech company’s bottom line.Learn more
HRnet (application process)
Tech HR personnel focus on finding, keeping and developing talent. This group has led human resources initiatives for the local tech sector.Learn more
Job Seekers Connex
Provides resources to expand job seekers’ skills related to brand management, interviewing, resume development and networking. This group is open to everyone in the Waterloo Region community looking for an opportunity in the tech sector (both tech and non-tech roles).Learn more
KW Big Data
An ideas exchange in the space of big data and analytics, addressing both strategic and technical perspectives in analytics, as well as related areas of interest such as machine learning, business intelligence and visualizations.Learn more
Manufacturing and Operations
Discuss approaches and process improvements geared towards optimization of manufacturing.Learn more
Project managers come together to share knowledge and information to stay ahead of the curve in their fast-paced world.Learn more
This interactive forum discusses product requirements to competitive analysis to release documents – everything from product conception to delivery.Learn more
The leaders of Revenue Drivers met at Communitech's Pipeline Tech Sales Apprenticeship. Starting out as entry level sales people and new account executives, this group wanted to work on professional development by learning from top sales leaders. Now, you can do this too. Revenue Drivers are hungry, curious and want to learn from the best, getting information from the source. Revenue Drivers is an opportunity to get valuable content and networking opportunities. You can learn how to become a top sales performer by participating in our Funnel Series and joining the discussion in our slack channel. This is a space for open discussion, hard questions and understanding best practices.Learn more
This is an open forum meant for senior business development and sales professionals to discuss topics such as lead generation, closing deals, sales team training, and more.Learn more
Tech Talent Talk (application process)
Connecting those involved in direct recruitment or sourcing to create and leverage a stronger, more collaborate talent acquisition community across the Kitchener-Toronto tech corridor.Learn more
Technology Strategy & Management (CTO)
The goal of the Technology Strategy & Management group is to foster the growth of technology-leadership skills in Waterloo Region.Learn more
uxWaterloo (limited partnership with IxDA)
Welcomes anyone with an interest in user experience (UX), the practice of designing products that delight the people who will ultimately use them.Learn more
Women in Technology
We want to create a space for women to learn from each other and industry experts. We want you to leave each meetup feeling more connected to the other women in our community. We welcome everyone who identifies as a woman and is in a technical role (or has technical interests), or is in a non-technical role at a technical company.Learn more
Friends of P2P
These affiliate groups are not run by Communitech, however, we help them by providing cool space and awesome people.
Organizational approaches and best practices around agile project and product management, agile architecture and quality management.
Connecting auto tech companies who develop or produce sensors, electronics and software for the new, smart auto industry.
Coaches, managers, scrum masters and leaders support each other in creatively tackling the challenges that arise and increase their skills through practicing coaching conversations, sharing ideas, insights, resources and techniques.
Competitive & Market Intelligence – Waterloo SCIP Chapter
For individuals and groups who want to establish or expand their CI function, seasoned veterans that want to grow their industry knowledge, and students who wish to learn more about CI and MI as a developing discipline within organizations.
Customer Success Leaders
Focuses on growing the lifetime value of every customer relationship. We’ll focus on topics like maximizing customer retention, improving renewal rates and identifying up-sell opportunities. You’ll find value whether you are just starting a customer success program, you are a seasoned leaders or somewhere in between. This group is Waterloo Region’s official chapter of Gainsight’s Global PulseLocal Customer Success network.
Digital Main Street Lab
Digital Main Street Labs is a Peer2Peer group that helps connect retail, hospitality, and restaurant tech startups to Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) in Waterloo Region to create innovative opportunities on a community scale. Digital Main Street is a program offered by the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre. Main Street business in Waterloo Region is rapidly changing and the Digital Main Street Labs aims to make Waterloo Region a leader in retail and hospitality innovation.
Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Workplace
A group to connect companies in tech (and beyond) from the Kitchener-Waterloo area and provide a safe space to share insights, ideas and strategies to approach diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. Meeting topics will be decided by group members based on interest and relevance to the group. The group will meet four times per year.
Ethereum Waterloo (General Purpose Blockchain)
Educating and experience sharing about the Ethereum platform and the types of applications being built on it. Discussion topics include technical aspects as well as the social and economic impact of the platform and its built-in incentives. Finance and law professionals are welcome as we also address how Ethereum opens up potential for new solutions in these fields.
Hacking Health Waterloo
Working to improve healthcare by connecting technology creators and healthcare professionals in Waterloo Region to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.
For in-house counsel at tech companies in Waterloo Region.
Indie Game Development
If you enjoy designing and developing games or apps. Whether your interest lies in Unity 3D, Eclipse Origins, Java, C#, Blender 3D, Photoshop or any other design medium; we welcome you!
We are a group of Kotlin (kotlinlang.org) enthusiasts in the Kitchener/Waterloo region. We want to spread the word and share exciting experiences and knowledge about working with Kotlin.
KW Content Strategists
Content Strategy means many different things depending on how you approach the term. This group aims to discuss the many aspects of Content Strategy so that we can all expand our understanding and ability to effectively create excellent content-related solutions. This group is for anyone wanting to discuss the different types of Content Strategy, or who want to learn how to apply Content Strategy in their organizations.
Kitchener-Waterloo Quantum Technologies Enthusiasts
Kitchener-Waterloo Quantum Technologies Enthusiasts is a platform for those who are passionate about quantum science and technologies and eager to learn and share about quantum computation as well as other quantum technologies. The Kitchener-Waterloo region is quickly emerging as the quantum valley of the North and I am sure we can make it stronger by coming together. Help us build a great community of quantum science and technology enthusiasts who want to see the future of quantum engineering era today.
Life & Health Sciences
Learn about other companies who are developing innovative products and programs.
Tech marketing leaders share ideas and best practices on relevant topics like branding, advertising, promotions, publications, metrics, social media and more.
Python (Collaboration effort between WatPy – Waterloo Python Users Group and Communitech)
Where developers, managers, researchers and enthusiasts come together to learn more about the diverse language of Python.
Sales and Marketing Operations
A group for sales and marketing professionals in the KW area to share strategies, best practices and tips and tricks related to the marketing and sales stack. Share insights and crowdsource solutions to pipeline generation and tracking issues we all face.
Effective technical communication underpins everything a tech company does, from development to marketing to user support and engagement. This group addresses ways to communicate more effectively about technology, internally and externally.
Technical Support Innovators
Grow as a thought leader, expand cross-functional aspects of Customer Success and help build and maintain successful technical support organizations that scale to your customers’ demands.
UX Book Club KW
Our philosophy is simple: a book, a discussion, a community, and a nibble. In small groups, we read and discuss UX and design-related books.
Waterloo AWS User Group
A growing and dynamic community of users, developers and system engineers come together to learn, share ideas and talk best practices around Amazon Web Services (AWS).