Hosting guidelines

Guidelines for hosting a Design Systems Coalition NYC meetup

About us

The Design Systems Coalition is a niche meetup for people enthusiastic about design systems. This includes professionals, freelancers, designers and developers, brand designers, managers and directors, product managers, and anyone else interested in learning more or sharing their own experiences with building design systems.

The NYC meetup is organized by Diana Mounter, Design Systems Manager at GitHub, Tom Takigayama, Design Lead at Justworks, and Brent Jackson, Principle UX developer at The meetup first formed in San Francisco and has chapters popping up in cities around the globe. It was born out of the Design Systems slack community started by Jina Anne. Jina is a design systems advocate, former design lead on the Lightning Design System, and organizer of Clarity.

Event format

Each meetup features 3 speakers giving 10 minute lightning talks on the same topic area. After the talks have finished we kick off a panel-style Q&A session with curated questions, and then open questions to the floor. Our goal with the lightning talks and Q&A is to stimulate discussion, keeping plenty of time for networking and meeting other design systems enthusiasts. We focus each meetup on one topic area so that it’s easier for speakers to create a short and focussed talk, and to ensure that over time, we cover the many areas that design systems work involves.

Venue logistics

Food and drink

Time and length

Venue access and registration


We would love someone from the hosting company to present on their design system, or a related topic. Each event will be focussed around a niche topic and we’ll work with you to find a topic that works for you and is someone the design systems community is interested in.

As part of hosting, we’d like to offer the following: