You practice developer relations or developer marketing. Perhaps you’ve been doing it for a while, and want to share stories. Perhaps you are new and aren’t yet sure what it is you do. Either way, you have a story to share, and an urge to hear the stories of others. Same here; I’ve got a lot of questions, and a lot of stories.
Let’s you and me and the others do something together.
But not a meetup (in the sense that the word is commonly used).
’Cause what the world needs now is another tech meetup like I need a hole in my head
So let’s not. Let’s do something else instead. This is Paris—let’s do something more egalitarian, something…I don’t know, Parisian.
Like a salon. The salons of 17th and 18th century Paris were the most important forum for intellectual discourse of the era, and were the primary conduit for the Renaissance from Italy to the rest of Western Europe. This sounds fun.
What would a modern-day salon look like? More like an unconference. No fixed schedule, no lineup of speakers with prepared talks. Instead, we’ll come with topics that have been on our minds of late, and find people who want to discuss them.
There might be a topic of the month. There will be places to sit in quiet conversation with your peers, and meet new people. There will absolutely be a chance for you to be heard, and for you to learn from others, regardless of your ability or desires to get up in front of a room and speak.
For the February edition of the Amsterdam DevRel Salon, let's meet in Da Costabuurt (location TBA) to discuss our craft. (Watch this space for event location updates.)
This month, let's talk open source. FOSDEM is (will be?) behind us, and the first PatchMaker meetup lies ahead. So, let's share our experiences at FOSDEM (those of us who were there), the future of open source maintenance, getting more people from under-represented groups in our communities contributing, helping maintainers deal with burnout, and the security of an infrastructure built on open source.
As always, come with your ideas, share your latest successes, let us wallow with you in your complaints, and let's take the chance to bond as a community.