Great Index Conference Sessions I Attended with Videos

At the end of February IBM hosted its first open developer community conference called Index in San Francisco.  At the conference I was helping as a “room captain”. My duties included greeting the speaker, and ensuring the video/audio equipment was running smoothly as all the talks were recorded. Pretty simple 😉.

The conference had a number of very interesting sessions that I wanted to attend and most of them were in the same track – The Rise of the Human Side of Technology.  This worked very nice as I volunteered to be the room captain for sessions that I actually wanted to attend.

Below you will find the session I attended and links to videos. I highly recommend you watch the videos as all the talks were great.

Bear Douglas Lead Developer Advocate at Slack, in her talk Getting out of the bubble with global developer communities, covered strategies for planning and executing your first global developer tour – particularly in regions where you are less connected or unfamiliar with your developers. Watch the session video.

Alaina Kafkes Software Engineer at Medium, in her talk Tackling Technical Writing, covered empathetic, accessible, and thorough technical tutorials & blog posts break down tech’s barrier to entry and foster inclusion. Alaina shared actionable pointers to get people started with technical writing. Watch the session video.

Stephanie Morillo Content Manager at DigitalOcean, in her talk Creating a Sustainable Documentation Framework for Open Source Projects, discussed how content strategy inspired me to think beyond writing & editing Bundler’s docs, to thinking of docs as a product in itself. Watch the session video.

Sandra Person Global PM at Mozzila, in her talk Reflections on the Mozilla Developer Roadshow Journey talked about spending 10 months on the road collaborating with global partners and local meetups, influential speakers and freshly minted contributors, to bring over 57 Developer Roadshow programs all around the world. Watch the session video.

The following session is from Programming languages and platforms track.

Amahdy Abdelaziz, Developer Advocate at Vaadin, in his talk on Dismantling a Progressive Web App, demonstrated how you can actually build modern web applications that qualify as “Progressive Web Apps”. Watch the session video.

Of course there were many other great session and you can watch them all on the IBM Code YouTube channel.

Blockchain 101: Lunch and Learn – Video Recording

At the end of August we hosted a Blockchain 101 – Lunch and Learn event in Galvanize in San Francisco. It’s a very informal, easy going, educational lecture on an interesting topic. Our first one was on Blockchain. And of course we provide a delicious lunch.

Everyone is talking about Blockchain. You hear about Blockchain on the news and everywhere else. We think not many people understand what Blockchain is, how it works and what are the benefits. This exactly why we host these educational sessions. Plus, you need to eat lunch anyways.

We streamed the Blockchain 101 Lunch and Learn and below you will find links to the recordings (the same session broken into two “streams”).

Want to learn or attend our upcoming events, check them out here.

I’m an IBMer!

About four weeks ago I officially became an IBMer! I joined as San Francisco City Lead for Developer Advocacy.

Some of you are probably wondering why IBM? IBM is big, slow and boring. IBM is very big but it’s not slow or boring. IBM is over a 100 years old and it has repeatedly reinvented itself over and over — in one of the most competitive spaces: technology. Not many companies have done that.

History is great but that’s still not the reason to join a company. Number one is the people. IBMers are like one big family. People are awesome and smart. Always ready to help. I will be working with a team of awesome developer advocates, we will be running educational workshops, attending meetups, conferences, hold office hours and everything in between.  I will be working with teams who work with startups, enterprises, open source and education. I will also have a chance to work with VC companies, incubators and accelerators.

Our goal is to make you a better developer. We want to help you do your job faster and make your job easier. And that’s regardless if you go with IBM technology or not. Our job is to help you, the developer.

The second reason is the wide range of technologies and tools IBM has and has created. There are very few companies out there where you will be exposed to such wide range of technologies. We will be working on Watson, IoT, Containers, Blockchain, Serverless, Bluemix and other technologies.

It’s exciting and exciting time to be a developer!

Please reach out to say hi or if you think we can do something cool together.