With reference to this event: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/calendar/13587508/

There are two parts to the evening, the first will be a presentation about Open Source Software, the second will be casual networking with members of the software development industry and will include employers looking for interns to work over the summer. You are welcome to attend only the presentation

The first part of the evening will be a presentation about Open Source Software. It will take place in Skills Matters offices: 116-120 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7DP. The presentation should last roughly 60-90 minutes.

It will begin at 18:30, with an introduction of the aims of the event. Please arrive onsite at 18:15. Light refreshments will be provided by our event sponsors Skills Matter.

Following the event we will then proceed to the Crown Pub in Clerkenwell (5-10 minute walk from Skills Matter) 43 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0EG.

Here is a link to the route: http://tinyurl.com/2u6ank9 it may be worth printing out in advance, or storing to your phone.

It is strongly recommended that you attend the Open Source Jumpstart presentation. More and more employers are looking for candidates that have an understanding of this industry. This is especially important if you are hoping to network later in the evening with companies looking for an intern and will act as a great conversation point.

Looking for a summer placement?

We have advertised the event to companies looking for interns and have recommended that if they are interested in meeting development undergraduates they come along to the event. In some cases these will be Start up companies, in other cases larger companies. It will serve as an introduction, not an interview so is nothing to worry about. I would recommend printing off some CV’s or at least taking some form of business card along. This may not be appropriate for some of the companies, but others may be keen to take some details and keep in touch.

How to introduce yourself to people

Most people are not natural born salesman, therefore the best way to think of an introduction is not to try and ‘sell yourself’ as best as possible, without leaving anything out. Concentrate on being honest, genuine and sincere. Think of this as the first step in a relationship that may last many years. This will reduce nerves and certainly ensure you come across at your best.

An easy way to meet people is simply to offer your hand to shake and introduce yourself e.g. “hi I’m XXX” The atmosphere is supportive and friendly and a great place to learn and practice your networking skills – for more advice feel free to drop me a line – b.cranford@clearview-itrs.co.uk