For me this spring has certainly been one of the busiest in recent years. Firstly there has been tons of great stuff happening in my new job with projects, proposals, conferences and just getting into the new flow here. While hectic this has thankfully not affected my spare time to any large degree. What has made an impact however are all of the social and professional networking events that have been happening lately.
For my own benefit I regularly attend a variety of after-work networking and trade-events, while at the same time trying to limit myself to only those that I find the most interesting. In addition comes those meetings and gatherings directly related to my work and the offices I hold, so in total there are usually something on my schedule a few nights every week.
Among the events I attend most frequently are several of the technology related trade-events around Oslo, particularly First Tuesday and the XP (Extreme Programming), Agile and UX (User Experience) meetups, along with the many one off seminars on various topics being held by Tekna, The Polytechnic Society and The Norwegian Computer Society. In between these come irregular social gatherings by the various Alumni-organizations I'm a part of, like GSA, Start Norge and Nova100, as well as gatherings with the former co-students at my bachelors and masters degree programmes.
Why this spring has been particularly busy is in part due to most of the groups above being unusually active, but in addition there has been a whole range of new events starting up that I've been eager to check out; including the Last Friday innovation evenings by Ignitas, regular Oslo-gatherings with the Internations and Couchsurfing social community-websites, TweetupOslo meetups for Twitterers as well as networking gatherings with the LinkedIn and Xing professional communities in Oslo. I've naturally not been able to attend more than a fraction of the available events, but I've been very happy with both the technical and social outcomes of most of those I did go to, especially for business networking!