Lessons Learned From Organizing Tech Events

Posted on Monday, Mar 11, 2019
In this episode, our hosts are joined by Aaron Aldrich and Quintessence Anx, both of whom are Developer Advocates who also have experience organizing community events. Together, they discuss the challenges, lessons learned, and tips for organizing events for a technical audience.

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Guests

Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich

Aaron Aldrich is a Community Advocate at Elastic and a founding organizer of the DevOps CT meetup & DevOpsDays Hartford. He is passionate for connecting humans and using technology to enhance our need to connect with each other. His writing can occasionally be found on crayzeigh.com or on Twitter @CrayZeigh.

Quintessence Anx

Quintessence Anx

Quintessence Anx is a Developer Advocate at Logz.io, one of the leaders and founders for Inclusive Tech Buffalo, and one of the founding organizers for DevOpsDays Buffalo which kicks off this year! She enjoys helping people launch careers in IT / SRE or adjacent specialities. Please feel free to reach out to her on Twitter @QuintessenceAnx.

Hosts

Jason Hand

Jason Hand

Senior Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. Jason Hand writes, presents, and coaches on the principles and nuance of DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering, and modern incident management practices. Named “DevOps Evangelist of the Year” by DevOps.com in 2016, Jason recently authored a new book on the topic of Site Reliability Engineering. In addition to SRE, Jason has authored books with O’Reilly Media on the subject of post-incident reviews and Chatops. DevOpsDays Rockies organizer and host of the Front-range Site Reliability Meetup, Jason is dedicated to the latest trends in technology, sharing the lessons learned, and helping people continuously improve their IT and software development practices.

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress)

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

Developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Founder of DevRelate.io, PJ is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. Traveling to conferences and meet ups around the world, PJ likes to spread the word on the importance of community and coding, stressing the importance of outreach and focusing on the human side of being a coder. He is also known for wearing hats.


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