Write/Speak/Code: Intro to Developer Relations Panel Discussion

Write/Speak/Code SF
Write/Speak/Code SF
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Note: This meetup is only for trans, non binary, or women technologists.

:::Intro to Developer Relations Panel:::

Are you devrel-curious? Do you want to learn from experts about building and maintaining technical communities? Come to our panel discussion and dive into the world of technical evangelism. Together we'll explore different flavors of roles and duties, the challenges of proving the business value of developer advocacy, and advice for those looking to get into developer relations as a career path.

Towards the end of the panel, you'll have the chance to ask questions. Afterwards, we'll hang out for a bit and mingle.

Free dinner will be provided, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.


6:30 - 7 dinner
7 - 7:15 welcome, Code of Conduct, sponsor pitch
7:15 - 8 panel discussion
8 - 8:15 audience questions
8:15 - 8:45 mingling
8:45 - 9 clean up, GTFO


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 developer communities and has been doing so for over 10 years. In addition to her work, she's known for being "the one with the dog," thanks to her ever-present medical alert service dog Ember. She's the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations (© 2018, Apress).

Gabriela de Queiroz is a Sr. Developer Advocate/Sr. Engineering & Data Science Manager at IBM where she leads the CODAIT Machine Learning Team. She works in different open source projects and is actively involved with several organizations to foster an inclusive community.
She is the founder of R-Ladies, a worldwide organization for promoting diversity in the R community with more than 150 chapters in 45+ countries. She likes to mentor and shares her knowledge through mentorship programs, tutorials and talks.

Bear Douglas leads Developer Relations at Slack, where she and her team help developers build more pleasant and productive ways to work. Before Slack, she led the Developer Relations teams for the mobile and data platforms at Twitter, and worked on native mobile DevRel at Facebook and Parse. She's passionate about developer experience, great documentation, and a cappella music.

Since joining Microsoft in 2014, Vanessa Diaz has contributed to a range of student and professional developer events including Microsoft Imagine Cup and first HoloLens Hackathon. Vanessa is an advocate in the community with a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, and recently in
partnership with recruiting she led a tech talk series highlighting women software engineers at Microsoft. As a Cloud Advocate program manager, she supports her local tech communities in the Bay Area and the western US. Outside of work, you’ll find her volunteering with Girl Scouts of Northern California and training for another marathon race.