Finnish Mechanical Keyboard Community

The hobby is nice but the community makes it better.

TLRD;

Despite the first organized meetup in Finland only consisted of 3 persons, we’ve managed to gain attraction meetup after meetup. After each meetup, the community grew more and more. Today we have over 300-people in our Discord with several active Finnish Vendors and lovely community spirit.

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The first meetup

Organizers: 2
Attendees: 1
Keyboard: 10

Despite only being 3 people in the first meetup, it was really nice to try out different keyboards. We didn’t think this would take off due to the lack of interest. Apparently, we just hadn’t enough publicity which was seen in later events.

Meetup #2

Organizers: 2
Attendees: 12?
Keyboard: 20ish?

Somehow there was a sudden spike in the number of attendees. Being 12 people in a medium-sized office room wasn’t optimal and we already had to start thinking about a bigger location to host the next meetup in. This was also when we created our Discord channel and things started to grow.

Meetup photos

Meetup #3

Organizers: 2
Attendees: 40ish?
Keyboard: 50ish?

The word started to spread out and suddenly we had around 40 signed up for a meetup.com event. As we grew, we also started to look for sponsors. This meetup was the first sponsored meetup. Siili Solutions offered the space and beverages while WASD-Keyboards, KBDFans, and Komplett offered some giveaways. People stayed for a long time and everyone has a good time.

Meetup photos

Meetup #4

We had to once again look for a bigger space due to the increase in attendees. This time we also had a membrane-keyboard throwing competition, the winner won a full TKL keyboard!

Meetup photos

Meetup #5 feat. PRKL30

As the community became more and more active, some decided that it was time to create a community keyboard. We organized an event where the attendees would receive their PRKL30 keyboard. Due to some technical issues, we weren’t able to laser cut PRKL30-cases but had a good time whatsoever.

This was our last before Covid-19. Despite not having meetups, for the time being, the community has been really active with different projects like custom cases, custom PCBs, artisan keycaps etc.

Meetup photos

Community activism

Despite Covid-19 hindering us from organising meetups, the enthusiasts in our community have stayed active and created awesome things.

16.12.2020 we were featured in the Skrolli-magazine. Elpedro, Hekeke (heke.io) and I, olligranlund made an article about the Finnish keyboard community and how it has evolved, you should be able to find this magazine all around Finland in larger stores.

There have been several community projects and activities:
- PRKL30 keyboard cases have finally been sent out
- We’ve seen a few prototypes of a concrete case for keyboards
- More people are getting into 3D-printing
- Community merchandise GB
- Louhi GB (ortholinear keyboard)
- Neito GB (TGR Alice-like keyboard for Europeans)
- Among Us-gaming sessions
- Prototypes of BTLE controllers (NRF micro) for keyboard projects
- Secret Santa

Vendors in our community

Some people in the community actually do keyboard-business, check out the main ones here:

olli.works (shameless self promotion)
heke.io
Pohjola Works
Hiidenkivi Design

Is your company missing from the list? Let me know and I’ll add it!