Category Archives: Community

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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How to Write a Speaking Proposal for a Tech Conference

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It’s conference season. Developers looking to meet others and share their knowledge may be considering talk proposals. Speaking at a conference is great experience and makes for efficient networking, as well. A speaking slot tends to be good for your employer and your own brand alike. If you haven’t done much speaking, writing proposals can be intimidating. Consider the tips below and, most importantly, resolve to submit a proposal. It’s much harder to be selected if you haven’t declared your interest. Start with the audiences When crafting a proposal, you have at least two audiences: Conference attendee Conference organizer The

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WHY is a Hackathon?

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A question often asked: What is a Hackathon? Google’s definition (above) is more or less accurate. Wikipedia says it is an “event in which computer programmers and others…including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects. Occasionally, there is a hardware component as well.” Also fairly well stated. Nick was able to explain hackathons to his parents in a pretty easy to understand way. And our friend Jon at Twilio educated us on their history and evolution. “What,” to me, is not the best way to ask the question. Inquiring Outside the Box Rather than explain a hackathon in terms of “what?” it may be better explained by answering “why?”

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