Join SendGrid at Dreamforce in San Francisco (Nov 18th-21st)


It’s shaping up to be an exciting and busy week. We’re happy to share that SendGrid is participating in’s annual user and developer conference, Dreamforce 2013. Dreamforce kicked off yesterday and lasts through Thursday, November 21. Exclusive SendGrid Offer and Presentation Visit SendGrid in the Developer Zone (exhibit #22) where we will have an exclusive SendGrid offer for Dreamforce … Read more ›

An Atypical Hackathon That Did It Right

Spocode Logo

This weekend I attended a hackathon in Spokane, WA. In many ways it was the best hackathon I’ve attended this year, but compared to the typical hackathon of late it was all wrong. We were served pizza, sandwiches, and Costco muffins, rather than burritos, sliders, and artisan breakfast sandwiches. No beer was served. We couldn’t eat or drink in the … Read more ›

PHP Argentina Shows Tech Booming in LatAm

PHP Argentina crowd

I have fond memories of frameworks like PHPNuke and Mambo and clients who wanted me to build large subsets of the Internet, all in PHP. So it was an amazing experience for me to share time with seasoned PHP veterans, sharing their trails and tribulations, in Buenos Aires no less! All were ready to teach and learn, and thanks to … Read more ›

Recognize Tiger Woods in Email Attachments

Tiger Woods

I attended the On Deck Cup hackathon in NYC a couple of weeks ago and saw some of the most creative sports hacks. Two crowd favorites: a video app that would sync all the crowd sourced videos from a particular game, so any play can be seen from multiple different angles; an MMA betting application that would give you odds … Read more ›

Dirty Socks and Technical Debt

Socks drying

Last month I spent two weeks traveling to Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro with Geeks on a Plane Latin America. This was my second GOAP trip; my first was last year’s trip to Eastern Europe. GOAP is an amazing professional and personal experience and I highly recommend it to everyone. Once our group of geeks arrived … Read more ›

Event to Watch: DevBeat 2013

Jillian Wohlfarth Events

SendGrid’s Dev Rel and marketing teams have a busy schedule this fall. We just wrapped up the first ever Latin American leg of our SendGrid Delivered tour and are prepping to once again hack, mentor, and speak our way from coast to coast in the US and throughout Europe at a host of developer-focused events. To see where you’ll find … Read more ›

What’s in Your Hackathon Toolbox?

Hackathon tools

We go to a lot of events, many of them hackathons. We’ve previously shared how to win and the principles of a killer hackathon demo. In this post, I want to equip you with the tools and ideas that will help you build something amazing at your next hackathon. As you read through this post, create a checklist and be … Read more ›

A Day at a Hackathon as a Developer Evangelist

Ping pong at API Hackday Denver

I had a lot of experience participating at hackathons, but not too many participating as a Developer Evangelist. Last month’s API Hackday Denver edition was my first time representing SendGrid. I thought that the event, which took place at our Denver offices, would be an interesting glimpse into how the typical hack day goes by for us. 6am – Waking … Read more ›

How I Explained Hackathons to My Parents

Company, Events
Talking about SendGrid

As a developer evangelist, I end up attending a lot of hackathons. I have a ton of fun at these events, helping attendees get their apps working and writing code of my own. My parents were very excited to learn about SendGrid and what Developer Evangelism is, but telling my parents, that “I love going to hackathons” elicited a more … Read more ›