Notes from DevRelCon SF 2019

I attended DevRelCon in San Francisco on June 6-7. It was a superb event, with great speakers and awesome community. The following are my notes (not complete sentences) and pictures from the event.

Being Better At Developer Relations with Kathy Sierra’s ‘The Kick Ass Curve’

Steve Pousty (CrunchyData)

  • Steve’s talk focused on how to be better at Developer Relations. Steve demonstrated this concept using Kathy Sierra’s “The Kick Ass Curve”
  • You can find his slides here
  • DevRel goal
    • Make users happy and successful with your product/service
  • Get users to be awesome in the least possible time

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    Developer Relations success curve
  • Different companies can have different curves
    • Background knowledge and experience of users (don’t control)
    • Quality of documentation and teaching material (control)
    • The actual design of the product/API (control)
    • The size and helpfulness of your community
  • We often disagree with Product Managers and Engineers because PMs and Engineers think they are at a different place on the curve. PM and Engineers are familiar with the service/product and usually don’t experience “learning” about the service/product like outside developers
  • Summary
    • Think about the audience (who you are targeting and how to get the pas the suck zone ASAP)
    • If we can’t get people out o the suck zone before they give up – we will never get them to experience power
    • Remember, when “talking” to others, to think about where they are on the curve
    • Use the curve when it helps, ignore it when it is doesn’t

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Build your first serverless function in 10 minutes

My teammate Upkar Lidder published a great tutorial on how to create your first serverless function very fast ⚡️. I wanted to give it a try and share the step with you here. There is nothing to download, install or configure. You can finish this tutorial in under 10 minutes ⏳.

Tutorial steps

You will complete the following steps:

  1. Create a new IBM Cloud account or sign into an existing account
  2. Create a new cloud functions
  3. Test the function
  4. Invoking as a REST API

Let’s go!🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️

Sign-up for an IBM Cloud account

In this first step you will sign-up for a new account or log-in into an existing account.

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  1. Sign-up for an IBM Cloud account or sign-in into an existing account
    • You will get a completely free account where you can try and use cloud 40 services. You can keep it forever. That’s pretty nice!
  2. That’s it

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1-day developer education event: Blockchain Developer Summit

IBM Developer SF is hosting a 1-day developer education event: Blockchain Developer Summit on Friday, June 21 in Galvanize, San Francisco. Check out the amazing speakers, their talks and register to attend.

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We hosted a 1-day AI/ML Developer Summit in early May and it was a huge success. You can read more about it here and here.

DevRelCon SF 2019 in 10 pictures

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Steve Poustry (CrunchyData) is showing how to be better at Developer Relations
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Kelsey Hightower (Google) sharing his Developer Relations experiences

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Knative, Serverless, CouchDB, Machine Learning and IA in gaming – May 2019 online meetup recordings

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in April 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

💡Edge computing and IoT devices (May 1, 2019) 

In this online meetup with Marek Sadowski developers learned:

  • Dive into concepts and architecture behind this solution
  • Show you how to add a voice user interface
  • Send and analyze sensor data in the cloud
  • Manage devices from the cloud
  • Teach you how you can make your Raspberry Pi to tell you a joke

Watch the recording 📺

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We hosted our first 1-day event: here is what worked well

On May 10th, 2019 we hosted our first 1-day event AI & ML Developer Summit with over 150 in attendance. As this was IBM Developer SF first full-day event, I want to share a few things we did that worked well and made the event successful. You can also view pictures from the event.

One-page web site

We created a one-page web site to make the event standout from our regular meetups; however, developers still had to go to our meetup page to register for the event. This resulted in a high number of new members in our meetup.

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AI & ML Developer Summit in 10 pictures

On Friday, May 10 IBM Developer SF hosted its first full-day event: AI & ML Developer Summit. The event was a great success. We had over 350 RSVPs, 150 people attending and 11 speakers from six companies (Twilio, Uber, Bose, Optimizely, Antilips, IBM). Here is the event in 10 (or more) pictures.

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Getting ready
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David Nugent from IBM Developer is starting the summit

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Google I/O 2019 in 10 pictures

This week I attended my very first Google I/O conference. I was there only one day, for the product and developer keynotes. It was a lot of fun and an awesome experience. Here is my day at Google I/O 2019 in ten pictures.

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Shuttle buses to take attendees to/from the event. Google I/O is a parking free event (which is really nice)
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Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, is staring the product keynote

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Chatbots, AI, Kubernetes, GraphQL, AI for IoT devices and more – online meetup recordings, April 2019

IBM Developer SF team hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

The following online meetups we hosted in April 2019 with links to watch the recordings.  I also encourage you to join our meetup so you will always know when our online meetups are scheduled. Our meetups are hosted by the wonderful Lisa Jung 👋.

💡Docker, Kubernetes, Istio and Knative (April 3, 2019)

In this online meetup Baruch Sadogursky from JFrog and Marek Sadowski discuss architecture of a real-world application running of Kubernetes as use-cases. Whether you are a beginner in containers, or an advanced user, you will get a good review on the current trends.

Watch the recording 📺

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1-day developer education event: AI & ML Developer Summit

IBM Developer SF is hosting a 1-day AI & ML Developer Summit with super awesome speakers. Check out the schedule and join us.

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