Takeaways from first Outriders Meetup in Bucharest

Our first official Meetup is now behind us. Another one after our Summit which opened all Outriders Network activities we hit the road. First stop in Taipei was a bit crazy (g0vtech Summit), and then immediately we went to Romania. In between two events  —  Code for All and The Power of Storytelling, we hosted our meeting for journalists.

As always, the plan was to cultivate an open sharing culture among journalists and thus lead to having better stories developed. We felt that in Europe and all around the world, many similar minded reporters try to think the other, new, way. The first meetup confirmed our thoughts.

We saw a lot of potential for replication, comments and when I was sitting in the after place talking to many people, I got new ideas, critics and inspiration. From comments submitted by participants — I see it was a similar feeling.

And that is awesome. For so many months Network was only on paper and when the project finally leaves the stage “we think” into “we know” — it’s cool. We have nine meetups ahead of us — so we have room to finalise the concept of single gathering and how we interact with the local community at the same time staying global.

Last Thursday, we were joined by two amazing speakers — Madalina Ciobanu and Dimitris Xenakis. I also spoke, but I was just okay 😉

Here is what they left us with:

Madalina Ciobanu from European Journalism Centre


Dimitris Xenakis from InsideStory


Jakub 🙂

What’s next?

Meetup in Warsaw

Our next Meetup will be held in Warsaw on November 6th and followed by Athens in December 2019.

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This Meetup was organised with a lot of help from Romanian journalists and NGOs. Our huge thanks go to Elena and Cosmin Pojoranu from Funky CitizensCristian Lupsa and Laura from The Power of Storytelling as well as Olivia Vereha from Code for Romania. The venue was provided by amazing Scena9.

Thank you!