Category Archives: Community

Developer Organizers of Brazil Unite

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I’m a developer. I try to be an active member of the developer community, in Brazil and the surrounding region. I wrote a Latin America year in review about the unique opportunities and challenges in my community. There aren’t as many developer events here and we need to change that. Much of my role at SendGrid is finding out what communities need to grow, and helping them with that, or co-organizing and starting events. Here are a few recent and upcoming events that I’ve had a hand in: devbeers API Hack Day SP BRAPPS Hackathon Docker Meetup SP Startup Weekend

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So You Want to Be a Developer Evangelist?

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Developer evangelists are a unique breed, a combination of developers, teachers, passionate communicators and frequent flyer mile collectors. SendGrid’s team is now over 10 people, who often share details of their craft on this blog. Below you’ll find a bit more about being a developer evangelist, from how you explain the job to others to putting together a demo. A Day at a Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist Developer evangelists do a lot of things, but going to hackathons is often a big part of the job. This puts you in front of new users of your product and at

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I Get Paid to Help People: How I Became a Developer Evangelist

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I come from a small, beautiful island called Puerto Rico. The term “developer evangelist” is unheard of in my hometown. The only references I had about it were a blog post and what I could figure out from the livestream of hackathons such as PennApps and hackNY. All I knew was the title seemed a bit too religious for technology. Though I didn’t know about evangelism, I did know some about hackathons. There weren’t any in Puerto Rico, so I organized the first one. I met former SendGrid evangelist Swift when he came over to that event and I got a

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AirPair Helps Developers Help Other Developers

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Upon meeting with the founders of AirPair last week at the Pivotal SF offices, I was immediately excited to work with them. Today, we’re happy to announce our inclusion in the launch of their Trusted Partner Community. What is AirPair? AirPair is an online platform that delivers pay-as-you-go remote assistance from leading software engineers via video chat and screen sharing. AirPair gets requests for help ranging from technology startups needing instant programming expertise for building apps, to businesses who want to call on external insights for help with their own internal IT implementations. The leading experts in AirPair’s network can be located anywhere in the

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How to Judge a Hackathon

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At the end of a hackathon, when hacking is done, and presentations have just finished, there’s a pause, and a giddy excitement fills the air. The judges leave to some private room and begin to talk about which hacks were the best and which deserve prizes. As an evangelist, I’ve taken part in many of these sessions, and sat in on many more. I’ve seen great judging sessions, and terrible ones. At the end of the day, everyone wants the right person to win, but selecting the winner can get tricky. However, if the judges are picked well and good

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How to Price a Hackathon

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I have noticed that rates for hackathon sponsorships are blowing up. I’m not the only one. I’ve have sat down at tables with fellow evangelists from other companies even before I was one myself and this topic always comes around. As Nick wrote last year, these high-stakes events are pricing out evangelists that add a lot to events. Recently, my friends from back in Puerto Rico asked me for some feedback on the sponsorship document they were working on for HackPR’s third hackathon. I figured I would write them based on my opinions on what I believe sponsorship tiers must

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How to Help your Local Developer Community

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Part of being a developer evangelist is helping support and nurture the local community. When you’re just starting something new, like developing in a new language, starting your own company, or even starting a new habit like reading a book every week, being a part of a community can be the difference between having a great…or having an awesome experience. But the thought of it may seem a little intimidating, so here are some tips to help you get started. Look for communities First things first–look for existing communities. There are a myriad of social networks /community sites that you

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