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A site for connecting groups and locations.

More information coming soon.

Setup Notes

What you will need:

  • MongoDB
  • The code
  • A application
  • SendGrid account (if working on anything that sends email)


Download and install MongoDB. After it has been installed, run the server.

The code

The repository can be cloned locally with git clone After the code has been downloaded, cd into the wheretomeetup folder, create/activate a virtual environment, and run:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Read more about virtual environments. application

You will need to create an application at Be sure not to enter a Redirect URI, as this will cause Meetup to send OAuth 2.0 responses (WhereToMeetup uses OAuth 1.0a).

Create a file at the root of this repository named secrets.cfg, with the contents:

MEETUP_OAUTH_CONSUMER_KEY = 'your-meetup-application-key'
MEETUP_OAUTH_CONSUMER_SECRET = 'your-meetup-application-secret'

SendGrid account

To send email, you will need a free SendGrid account. Once you have signed up and your account is activated, go to the credentials management page, and add a new username and password. Be sure to check the "API" and "Mail" (but not "Web") permissions checkboxes. Add the username and password to secrets.cfg like:

SENDGRID_USERNAME = 'your-new-username'
SENDGRID_PASSWORD = 'your-new-password'

Running the application

To start the development server, run:


Geospatial data

All geospatial data should be stored as an array formatted [longitude, latitude]. A 2d index should be created on the field.

Running the Test Suite

If you're going to be contributing to WhereToMeetup, you're going to want to run its test suite as you work.

If you just want to run the tests quickly, you can just run

YourFavoriteTestRunner tests

on the tests package at the root of the repository. Before you send a pull request or if you want to exactly imitate the test setup that the other developers are working with though, you should instead use tox by running

pip install tox

in the root of the repository, which will run the test suite on all of the supported environments.

Release Notes

To perform a release to Heroku:

  1. Merge develop into the release branch (named after a version series, like 0.9.x)
  2. If all tests pass on the release branch, merge the release branch to master
  3. Create a new version number as a commit on master, and create a tag with that version
  4. Deploy to Heroku with git push heroku master
  5. Push the release branch, tags, and master back to Github.