We’re building a comprehensive list of active tech, programming, networking, and entrepreneurial groups in West Michigan. If you see anything that’s missing or incorrect, please send an email to and we’ll fix it.

For groups in East Michigan, check out this list from the Michigan!/usr/group.

AIGA West Michigan


aimWest works to create a common language between the marketing and technology disciplines. As a non-profit, we host monthly educational and networking events in West Michigan to help connect these diverse communities. aimWest also provides educational, networking, and community outreach opportunities to our individual and corporate members. aimWest events feature a diverse group of attendees and members who work in marketing, management, business development, information technology, recruiting, and design.

Big Data and Hadoop Users Group of West Michigan
2nd Tuesday, Location varies

This is a call to data scientists, analysts, architects, and developers. Big Data has become more than vaporware. Companies like Cloudera and Hortonworks have been working hard on improving Big Data technologies; they are now enterprise ready. Join us as we embark on a journey to learn about the toolset, use cases, and common implementation scenarios of Hadoop and other technologies.

Build Guild in Grand Rapids
1st Tuesday, 6PM, Founders Brewing Company

The Computer Club of Western Michigan University

Thursdays, 6:00PM, Kalamazoo

Design West Michigan
Time and Date varies, Grand Rapids

DevOps West Michigan
2nd Monday, Grand Rapids

Drinks + Digital (Holland)
Grab a few drinks and join others who are interested in digital marketing. Email marketers? Bloggers? Social media managers? The lakeshore area has them all. This meetup is a casual opportunity to connect with others. Collaborate. Discuss your latest digital marketing or social media campaign. Share tools. Geek out.

Friendly Code
Hacking on civic code. “We’re making Grand Rapids nicer, online.”

The Geek Group
Every day, all day, Grand Rapids

GRAFUG – Grand Rapids Area FoxPro User Group
2nd Saturday, 10:00AM, Grand Rapids

GRAMUG – Grand Rapids Area Macintosh Users Group
3rd Tuesday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Cocoa Heads
2nd Thursday, 7PM, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Chapter of Cocoa Heads

GRupal – Grand Rapids Drupal User Group
2nd Monday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Excel Meetup

The Grand Rapids Excel meetup is a place for people to learn more about how to use Excel at their jobs. Every experience level is welcome. There will be time for both presentations and open discussion.

Grand Rapids Functional Programming Group
1st Wednesday, 6:00PM, The Factory in Grand Rapids, MI

This is a group for anyone interested in functional programming, whether it’s pure functional languages like Haskell, impure functional languages like Clojure, or languages like Python and Ruby which have the capabilities. All levels of experience and interest are welcome, and hopefully we can foster passion for functional programming in Grand Rapids.

GRIN – Grand Rapids Inventors Network
2nd Tuesday, 5:00PM, Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Inventors Network is a regional non-profit organization that assists its members to further their creative ideas. It also is a place where inventors, marketers, and creative people can learn and network. GRIN helps inventors help themselves via networking and experience sharing with other inventors. The organization encourages and nurtures the new inventor towards professional growth and product realization. GRIN members include professionals, marketers, business owners, and consultants, as well as others with individual skills to help take an idea to the marketplace. We welcome inventors of all ages and experience levels. GRIN doesn’t want to take your ideas. You remain the champion/owner of your invention. We are here to get you help WITHOUT you needing to disclose the “secret sauce”.

GRJUG – Grand Rapids Java Users Group
3rd Thursday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

GRLUG – Grand Rapids Linux Users Group
Every Wednesday, 8PM, Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Perl Mongers

GrPhpDev – Grand Rapids PHP Developers
Time and location vary

We’re a group of enthusiastic PHP Developers in the West Michigan area, aiming to discuss, learn, teach, and grow our skills for the betterment of ourselves and our community. We aim to meet on a regular basis to discuss a wide range of topics in the PHP and Web Development realm.

GRPUG – Grand Rapids Python Users Group
3rd Monday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

GRSM – Grand Rapids Social Marketing Group

GRMakers – Grand Rapids Makers
Every Wednesday, 8PM – Midnight, Grand Rapids

Our mission is o provide a space which can support and encourage our community to explore their creativity through the process of making. We currently have tools for woodworking, light metal work, 3D printing via a MakerBot Replicator 2 and the soon to be completed RepRap. Recently we’ve been experimenting with Raspberry Pis and Arduinos on various projects. We tend to specialize in whatever our members are doing at the time and incorporate it into our skill set. We are always looking for talented individuals who want to express their desire to make with unique abilities and talents. You are absolutely welcomed to learn and grow within our community.

Grand Rapids Mobile Dev Group
1st Wednesday, 6PM, Grand Rapids

GR Mobile Dev is a growing group of interested developers looking to learn and teach development skills. Want to get started developing in iOS? Need to get up to speed with best practices for Android development? Start here.

3rd or 4th Monday, 5:30PM, Grand Rapids

West Michigan meetup dedicated to beer, security, and conversation (in that order).

Grand Rapids Testers
2nd Monday, 6:30PM, Grand Rapids

GrWebDev – Grand Rapids Web Developers Group
Last Monday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

HDI West Michigan
2nd Wednesday, 1:30PM – 3:30PM, Grand Rapids

The purpose of the HDI West Michigan Chapter meetings is to network with like-minded IT professionals, to listen to timely presentations on hot IT topics especially related to the IT support industry, and to gain the benefits of participating in an International IT Professional organization. The West Michigan Chapter is actively engaged with the International HDI organization and keeps Chapter members aware of HDI training events, conventions, webcasts, and other professional benefits.

KLUG – Kalamazoo Linux Users Group
Every Tuesday, 7PM – 9PM, Kalamazoo

KLUG is an education based group of computer users dedicated to the advancement and promotion of open sourced software, primarily the Linux operating system. Our membership consists of people who vary from the light email and web surfing home users to system administrators and web developers and all levels in between. Our membership is free to all with the attendance of three meetings, but voluntary paid supporting memberships are available to those who wish to help support our efforts. Through the combination of open exchange of ideas and formal presentations we educate our members and the general public to the advantages and advances in open source software. We invite you stop in and join us and see “the other” operating system.

Kalamazoo/West Michigan WordPress Users Group
Varies, Kalamazoo

Ladies That UX
A collaborative community that encourages meaningful conversations, pushes UX boundaries, and promotes skill and talent.

Michigan Lean Startup Circle
The Michigan Lean Startup Circle is a network of entrepreneurs, technologists, investors, and stakeholders following lean startup principals. Members meet on a monthly basis to learn from experts in lean startup methodologies, network, and share tips and experiences. Meeting formats consist of workshops, simulcasts, local and national guest speakers, and conferences.

Michigan Ruby Users Group

Mobile Monday Grand Rapids

Software GR
4th Tuesday, 6PM, Grand Rapids

Start Garden
Meeting types and times are varied

Start Garden is a $15,000,000 fund investing in two ideas a week. It was created as a platform for a lot of ideas to start moving forward. From those, some turn into projects. From those projects, some turn into a startup businesses. From those small businesses, some grow into big businesses. It’s about focusing on the next step, and not despising the small ones. Cultural shifts may look like giant leaps in retrospect, but they’re really just thousands of small steps. So, take a step.

Startup West Michigan
Time and day varies, Grand Rapids and Holland (various events focused on startups)

The Startup Zoo
The Startup Zoo is a group of passionate tech entrepreneurs excited about the growth Michigan has seen over the last few years, and determined to make Kalamazoo a part of that growing community. We’d like to continue the tradition of entrepreneurship in the Zoo, building a community of tech entrepreneurs that go on to build great companies. We want to help connect entrepreneurs to one another, to investors, mentors, and other leaders in our global community. We also want to be a cheerleader, shining a light on the amazing things entrepreneurs in Kalamazoo are doing.

Web and Graphic Design (Adobe) Forum of West Michigan
1st Thursday, 6PM, Grand Rapids

WGD Forum (The Web & Graphic Design Forum), started in 2006 and is an Adobe recognized user group. At each meeting we normally have 2 presentations on different topics related to web design, and graphic design. Meetings are free to attend, and everyone is welcome to attend.

WMAITP – West Michigan Association of Information Technology Professionals

WMAITP is the local chapter of the national Association of Information Technology Professionals. It is the mission of AITP to provide superior leadership and education in Information Technology. AITP is dedicated to using the synergy of Information Technology partnerships to provide education and benefits to our members and to working with the industry to assist in the overall promotion and direction of Information Technology.

Western Michigan Chapter of ARMA International
1st Thursday, 3:30PM, Grand Rapids (September through June)

We are an association of records management professionals. It is our desire to help educate and enhance the development of records and information management issues. We are a local Chapter of the international organization known as ARMA. Preserving yesterday, managing today, and planning for tomorrow… It is our Chapter’s goal to provide sound records and information management awareness, education, and credibility of the highest quality. Our focus is to enhance and ensure the future of records and information management.

WMCUG – West Michigan Cisco User Group
Last Wednesday, 5:30PM, Grand Rapids

The West Michigan Cisco User Group (WMCUG) is a non-profit, independent users group which is dedicated to the open exchange of information in the fields of internetworking and the advanced technologies that support the business goals of an organization. Our focus is primarily, but not exclusively be devoted to Cisco products and solutions. Within this framework, we build a community to share best practices and provide a forum for members to grow as individual contributors in the technology arena.

WMDotNET – West Michigan .NET User Group
4th Wednesday, 6:30PM, Grand Rapids

WMLUG – West Michigan Linux Users Group
Last Thursday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

WMNTUG – West Michigan NT Users Group
3rd Wednesday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

WMOUG – West Michigan Oracle User Group
Varies, Grand Rapids

WMPMI – Western Michigan Project Management Institute

WMPMI is an organization of Professional Project Managers with the primary mission to promote the practice of project management and leadership development throughout our community. We serve the West Michigan area from the Michigan state line just south of Battle Creek to Traverse City to the coast of Lake Michigan and just west of Lansing, including parts of the Northern Upper Peninsula.

WMSBTUG – West Michigan Small Business Technology User Group
1st Wednesday, 6:00PM, Grand Rapids

WMSPUG – West Michigan SharePoint User Group
Quarterly meetings, Grand Rapids

West Michigan SQL PASS Chapter

We meet once a month, typically on the last Thursday. All of our events are posted through EventBrite. If you have any questions about the group please drop us a line. If you’re interested in speaking we’re especially interested to hear from you. Elections for officers are held during the April meeting. We’re also affiliated with the Professional Association for SQL Server, a world-wide SQL Server Users Group.

WMTA – West Michigan Technology Association
3rd Thursday, Grand Rapids

West Michigan Technology Association (WMTA) is an organization of professionals working in the telecommunications (voice, data and video) arena. Monthly meetings include presentations on current issues and future trends in our industry. The presentations cover a wide range of topics, from legislative and regulatory changes, to demonstrations of the latest in voice, data and video communications. There are opportunities to share technical knowledge and experiences; assist others with telecommunication and data network problem solving; and discuss the challenges we face in our rapidly changing industry. The atmosphere is open and informal. The WMTA benefits both our employers and ourselves, as we develop our professional skills. All members are asked to keep in confidence the information shared to avoid conflicts among the various organizations represented at our meetings.

WMVMUG – Western Michigan VMWare User’s Group

WPGR – WordPress Grand Rapids
3rd Thursday, 6:00 PM, Grand Rapids
A group for anyone interested in WordPress, whether it’s blogging with WordPress, developing with/for WordPress, or running a business based around WordPress.