Category Archives: Community

Hackathon: To Theme or Not to Theme?

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Hackathons are already a giant movement worldwide, especially in the US and now in Europe with the recent launch of the MLH season in that region. They’ve been growing more and more in South America as people, communities, and companies are exposed to them and see the value in helping and organizing. A common question that hackathon organizers ask me is: Should we have a theme for our hackathon? Well, let’s do a blog post to help answer that question! What’s a Hackathon? So let’s start by quickly defining a hackathon: Hackathons are time-limited events that will usually vary between

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The SendGrid Ambassador Programme

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Over the last year I’ve had the joy and privilege of being in charge of the SendGrid Ambassador Programme for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). My colleague, Yamil, has been in charge of the Ambassador Programme over in the United States and Latin America. If you’ve read my previous blogs, you’ll know by now that one of my absolute favourite parts of this job is teaching. I value teaching higher than anything. I believe if you have knowledge to share, share it. That being said, I jumped at the opportunity in December last year to take on the Ambassador Programme

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The Value of Open Source (Part 2)

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I wrote a few weeks ago about How I Value Open Source, the first part in this two-part blog series. The post covered my own thoughts on Open Source (OS), and its values to me. This post aims to cover more real-life fundamentals of OS, a deeper dive into OS and of course, the business value that lies in OS. I’ve also included a video from my original presentation about Open Source for WXG 2014 at the bottom of this post! Defining Open Source… If you look up the term Open Source (OS), you’ll probably find a bunch of articles telling

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SendGrid Mentors at TechStars Patriot Boot Camp

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As a member of our Developer Relations team, we get the awesome opportunity to work with some really motivated developers and startups. However, every now and then we get the opportunity to do something a little different that has just as big of an impact. Recently, we were able to lend a hand in a really great boot camp. My co-worker, Eddie Zaneski, and I had the privilege of attending TechStars Patriot Boot Camp in Madison, Wisconsin. We helped mentor some really badass veterans and got the opportunity to give some talks to impart wisdom from our past experiences and talk a little

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4 Things That Developers Want From Products

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The following is a guest post from Martin Gontovnikas at Auth0. Learn more about Martin at the bottom of this post. Today is a great time to be a developer. I remember 7 years ago, when I had to build an application, I had to take care of getting an SMTP server, integrate with an awkward payment gateway, build my own datacenter, implement the authentication and user management backend, and so on. In the last couple of years, my life has become much simpler. In this blog post, I will cover what I think is crucial to get right if you want to

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SendGrid is Helping Bring StartupBus to India

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Last year I got to ride on the StartupBus from New York to Austin, Texas. My team and I created a StartUp in 3 days, got the ability to demo in front of some amazing judges and got great feedback/friends along the way. When Prateek from AirPair mentioned the opportunity to help bring that amazing experience to aspiring entrepreneurs and developers in India, I jumped at the chance. As of now, I’m working with Prateek Gupta from AirPair, Taylor Wallace from WeVue, and the past conductor of the Florida bus, to help bring the India trip to fruition. Below is

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Help Contribute to SendGrid’s Open Source Documentation

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I have been the documentation developer at SendGrid for a couple weeks now. I was hired to organize and improve the customer facing documentation from a content, engagement, and functional perspective. The outpouring of excitement for enhancing our documentation is absolutely amazing. Everyone I have talked to has willingly offered their time and knowledge to make sure that I have the resources and information I need to get my job started. Everyone also has thoughts and ideas on what we can do with docs to make them better. Our documentation has touched or has been touched by nearly every single

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