Accidental Developer Evangelism

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Scheduled: Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B201


Learn how to organize community events and share your ideas with the open-source community AFK!


Have you ever been really excited about the work you’re doing and wanted to share that excitement with other people in the tech community? If so, you’re an accidental developer evangelist!

In this talk, you’ll learn about the different venues for sharing your interests AFK—like organizing meetups, teaching workshops, throwing conferences, hosting events, and giving talks. You’ll also learn strategies for building community interest around events, recruiting volunteers, finding sponsors, and having your conference proposals accepted, regardless of your years of experience in industry.


community, events, developer relations, devrel, open source advocacy

Speaking experience

h3. Talks and workshops:

* "ClojureBridge": workshops in San Francisco and Austin
* A panel on "Women Who Code Who Do Tech Talks":
* An "Intro to Clojure Lab": at Clojure/West 2015

and, by the time this talk will have happened,

* A "talk on organizing workshops": at Clojure/West 2016
* A "talk on onboarding junior developers remotely": at self.conference 2016

I've also done a few podcasts:

* "The Cognicast":
* "Turing-Incomplete":

...along with a few more that will be posted by the time this talk happens.

h3. Related Things That Aren't Speaking

Also, though it's not "speaking experience," the following are things I've done that are related to my talk:

* Mentored new event organizers, organized new events, run unsessions, coordinate volunteers, found sponsors, recruited advisory board members, and more for "ClojureBridge": and "Bridge Foundry":
* Helped organize "Philly ETE": and "Open Source Bridge":
* Started the "Philly chapter of Papers We Love":
* Mentored at "Hackbright Academy":
* Mentored at PennApps Winter 2015
* Led community-building unsessions at Clojure/conj 2014, Clojure/West 2015, and (by the time this talk happens) Clojure/West 2016
* Organized "Programming Languages I've Been Meaning To Try But Haven't Gotten Around To Yet": in Portland

I've also done informal community-related stuff while a member of "Double Union":


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