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Tessa Kriesel for Devocate

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Welcome to early access

Welcome to Devocate's community. We're so glad you're here.

This welcome was supposed to be filled with exciting resources and content to get your developer advocacy adventure started. And that content will come, but unfortunately, I've been sick with covid for the last couple weeks and I am very behind.

In the meantime, please join the community, update your bio, start connecting with your peers and get acquainted with our platform.

What can you do now?

Follow others πŸ’œ

Begin connecting with others within the community. Be sure to follow folks you see around that inspire you.

Introduce yourself πŸ‘‹

Introduce yourself below and share the following things about yourself:

  • Your Name
  • Why you're here
  • Your experience in developer advocacy
  • What you're hoping to gain from this community
  • A fun fact about you that not many people know

Start writing ✍️

Start writing about anything that excites you. Ask for #peerreview when you're ready and give our team and community the chance to mentor and guide you through your first couple of writing pieces.

We suggest that you start writing about some of your favorite tools or products. Writers block is easy to avoid when the topic is exciting.

Look for jobs πŸ’Ό

We're still populating our job board with more roles, but you can find a number of open roles over in our job board and in our newsletter.

Report bugs πŸͺ²

And the most important thing that we ask over the next week is for anyone to report any bugs or issues they find. Forem is a fairly new platform and there are a few bugs here and there. Please report all bugs to our team.

I'm SO happy you're here and I can't wait to see the impact this community makes. πŸ™Œ


Tessa Kriesel

Discussion (27)

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Jeff Barr

First, sorry to hear that you had COVID, and hope that you are on the mend!

I am Jeff, and much of what I have done over the years counts as developer advocacy. I have always enjoyed sharing as much as I enjoy learning, and that's what advocacy is all about as far as I am concerned.

I first had an advocacy title (Web Services Evangelist) in early 2003. Today, I am VP & Chief Evangelist for AWS. I have been writing the AWS News Blog since 2004, and recently published post number 3,200. I am also active on social media and am doing my best to learn more about video streaming as a co-host of AWS On Air.

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Rafael "Raf" Lopes

Hi Jeff, nice to see you here :)

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Lorna Mitchell

Hi, I'm Lorna! I've been doing developer advocacy unofficially and officially for about a decade. I love to code and write, I also speak sometimes :) I'm based in northern England and I enjoy databases, APIs, and server-side scripting languages. You can find me on Twitter/GitHub as lornajane.

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Craig Booker

I am Craig Booker and I'm excited to learn all about developer advocacy! Thank you for the invite Tessa!

I have zero professional experience in the field. I have held roles as a software developer, trainer(internal developer-focused), technical writer, and in various hardware/software support roles. I have experience building communities while working at Apple retail and in other unrelated areas. I truly enjoy encouraging others individually and in a community setting.

I have thoroughly enjoyed various mentoring roles in both a professional and volunteer setting. I am hoping to learn more about the field of developer advocacy, encourage others in the community, and explore whether this role might be a good fit for me professionally.

I am a HUGE advocate for mental health!

Fun Fact:
I love to write. I spent 15 years writing off and on as a hobby before I discovered writing as one of my gifts. In my spare time, I typically write about my life or my faith, but I would love to get into writing more about tech or software development.

At any one time, I have 3 or more partially written books sitting on my virtual bookshelf. I have been focusing on finishing one of those books the past year with the hopes of self-publishing.

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Rafael "Raf" Lopes

Hello Tessa, sorry to hear you had COVID-19! I hope everything is well now :)

My name is Rafael Lopes, I am originally from Brazil and currently working at AWS as a Sr. Cloud Technologist. I create online training content on behalf of the AWS Training team on digital training platforms like Coursera, Udemy, edX, Trailhead and others, for free for anyone with Internet access!

Although my current role is not a DevRel role per se, I think there are lots of similarities because DevRel is all about sharing the news, democratizing knowledge for everyone, and mostly important: learning from the field!

I am happy that Devocate is a thing, and I hope it grows up really fast so we exchange lots of information around.

Let's connect!!!

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Tessa Kriesel Author

I completely agree. You and me both. Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to get to know you more. πŸ™Œ

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Nick Taylor

Love the community site!

My name is Nick and I'm here to learn more about the developer advocacy space. My experience is more on the community level with some dev rel tendencies even though I am technically an engineer on paper. I work with the developer community a lot in my role and stream quite a bit on Twitch on my own but also with our dev advocate where we talk to folks in the tech space and also pair with folks in the developer community.

A fun fact about me is that I used to play in a handbell choir.

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Christina Gorton • Edited on

I hope you are feeling a little better Tessa πŸ™

Hey! I am Christina Gorton
I am a Developer Advocate at Forem.
My title recently changed to developer advocate. Before that it was Community Manager. I have also been a technical writer, instructor at LinkedIn, and worked as an instructor at a bootcamp.

What you're hoping to gain from this community?
As I move in to Developer Advocacy I am looking to connect with, share and learn from others in DevRel.

A fun fact about me:
I once took care of a baby sloth for several months. I now see sloths pretty regularly here in Costa Rica but am not a caretaker for one anymore πŸ˜„

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Tessa Kriesel Author

First off, I am SO jealous of your baby sloth experience. That would be incredible.

How exciting about your new job title! And what a great career you’ve had so far. Bootcamp experience helps so much with advocacy. πŸ’œ

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Rob Sutter

Thank you for building this community, Tessa. Hope you're feeling better every day!

I'm Rob, and I'm here to learn and share. My first formal experience in developer advocacy was on the Serverless team at AWS. Now I head the DA team at Fauna.

Short version of what I'm hoping to gain - I hope to listen and learn from others in the community with the ultimate goal of empowering our DAs to achieve their own goals!

Fun fact - since 1993 I have moved at least once every single year except 2016.

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Shivay Lamba

Hello everyone!

I am Shivay Lamba from India.

I am an Open Source enthusiast and having been involved with various communities like TensorFlow, MediaPipe, CNCF mentoring students in programs like Google Summer of Code and LFX Mentorship.

I have also equally enjoyed my time being part of various hacker communities and contributed to hackathons in various forms as a hacker, mentor, organizer.

I am really excited to join the Devocate community and connect with all the amazing members of the community. This community is all about collaboration, love for developer experience, education and developer empowerment. And I look forward to learn from everyone!

A fun fact about me : I can play the tune of any song that I hear for the first time on the piano.

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Tessa Kriesel Author

That is so cool about playing piano. I would love to have a musical talent of some kind.

I’m also really glad you’re here and I look forward to getting to know you more.

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Aditya Oberai

Hey folks :D
Hope you are all keeping well!

I am Aditya Oberai, a DevRel Engineer at Appwrite, an open-source Backend-as-a-Service. Although, I am just 15 days into my first job in DevRel, I have been actively collaborating with student tech communities and hackathon spaces for the last 2 years through programs such as the Major League Hacking Coaches, Microsoft Learn Student Ambassadors, Google Developer Student Clubs, and Twilio Champions.

Having just started a career in DevRel, I am really excited to join the Devocate community and meet with all the awesome folks here, learn from all that y'all are doing, and try to enable more folks around me using that knowledge and exposure.

A little fun fact about me, I led two 5-day treks for groups of 5 each in the Himalayas back when I was in high school :)

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Nizar Mahmoud

Hello! I'm Nizar! I've been writing code for the past 8 to 9 years, jumping between different roles, frontend, backend, mobile, and devops.

Work, after a year in a specific role, wasn't as interesting. I never felt satisfied with the roles I've had. I have always had an idea, though, regarding what I wanted to do at a certain point in my life.

I've always wanted to have a presence in the open source communities, interact with others through online content, educate others through such content as well, and learn new things to experiment with and build small interesting apps/projects.

I never knew that was an actual role, until a couple of weeks ago.

I started applying to different positions related to Developer Advocacy, but I have no experience yet with the role.
I'm still working on finding an opportunity to practice this role professionally, but in the meantime, I'm hoping to learn through Devocate and interact with others!

A fun fact about me is that I think I can cook, but only I like my cooking haha!

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Scott Kingsley Clark

Hello all, I am Scott Kingsley Clark!

I'm just dipping my toes into understanding what formal Developer Advocacy is. I think this is the right place, it seems to be!

Like Jeff Barr, I have probably been Developer Advocate adjacent for a number of years in some roles. But I want to up my game and get better at this skill, hopefully so that I can hire my first Developer Advocate to take over those efforts from me in the future :)

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Matt Morgan

I'm Matt, I have worked in EdTech for more than 20 years. Developer Advocacy isn't a practice in my (largish) company. Almost every developer works on product features, bugs, backlog, etc.

Now I have the opportunity, as a director of engineering, to build an advocacy program. I'm hoping this community can not just help me to do that, but also give me the language and ideas to defend and support it.

Before achieving my current role, I was a principal engineer and spent a lot of time working on tooling and ways to accelerate development teams. I really enjoy that kind of work, but it was at times a real struggle because it wasn't formalized as a role.

Fun (?) fact: I somewhat unexpectedly like technical writing. I've written several blog posts on and co-wrote a book on TypeScript.

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Andrew Aylett

Hi! Glad you're on the mend.

I'm Andrew, and I'm a member of the platform team at Skyscanner. I've been working in tech for 17 years now, in a variety of different environments. Never formal DevRel, but especially in my current role I have a keen interest in internal advocacy.

I recently had occasion to listen to the sound of my own voice at 0.5x speed and if (like me) you don't like the sound of your own voice then I do not recommend doing that.

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Rachael Tatman

Howdy everyone! I'm currently a Senior Developer Advocate at Rasa (we make developer tools for building chatbots) and previously I was a Developer Advocate at Google on the Kaggle team.

I specialize in machine learning, in particular natural language processing. In my previous life I was an NLP researcher focused on language variation.

I'm looking forward to talking to folks currently in or wanting to get into developer relations. I really enjoy the field and I'm happy to see it growing.

Nice to meet y'all! :)

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arvind singharpuria

Hii Rachael, I am arvind, a college student. And I am learning ml and k8s. I want to make content in these field and want to pursue dev advocacy in ml. Will you guide me about how to get started in it

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Kellen Mace

Hello Devocate peeps! Tessa - I hope you're feeling much better now.

I'm Kellen Mace. I've worked for a number of web development agencies in the WordPress space, a startup, and currently am a Senior Developer Advocate at WP Engine -- my first DevRel role.

I'm hoping to up my DevRel game by picking up tips and tricks and getting feedback from others in this community.

Looking forward to talking with you all! πŸ‘

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Liz Kenyon

Hi all πŸ‘‹

I am just starting out my Dev Rel journey at Shopify. We are currently building up a team to create content around developing apps and integrations with the Shopify platform.

I am here to learn as much as I can from all you folks with amazing experience in the dev rel space. An area that I will be working on is building up content on our youtube channel. So any advice or recommendations for building video content is very welcome!

My fun fact was that when I was 14 I decided I would sleep in a tent, at least one night every month of the year. Which is a more impressive feat, seeing as a I am from Winnipeg. ❄️

Nice to meet everyone! :)

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Damian Kampik

Hello! πŸ‘‹ I'm Damian, a Software Engineer from KrakΓ³w, Poland.
πŸ’» I'm 28 years old, with 8 years of programming experience. I've been using Ruby, Rails, Python & AWS for the majority of my career. I have no experience with DevRel, but I'm very curious about the topic. So far, I haven't heard anything about it from my local communities, so I'd happily join the exploration. If you're looking to tailor content towards newbies, I can help with some suggestions πŸ˜„
πŸ‘ͺ When I'm not coding, I spend time with my family: wife, daughter & 2 cats
🎸 And in my free time, I play bass and sing in a choir as a bass. Do we have any fellow musicians here? πŸ˜„

It's great to be here! πŸ™‚

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Scott Kingsley Clark

Great job, looks awesome!

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Thanks Scott! Welcome to the community. πŸ™Œ

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Steven Hicks

Thanks for this community Tessa! Hope you're doing well.

Hi friends! I'm Steve -- a software dev with lots of experience in product, consulting, agency work, etc. but no full-time experience in developer relations...yet. I'm here because I want to change that, and make a move into dev advocacy! I've realized that my favorite parts of software development are things that I think would translate well to advocacy -- teaching, mentoring, knowledge sharing, building educational content, helping others grow, telling stories, ...

I've been working to incorporate this kind of work into my current role as a product engineer at Artsy -- blogging, podcasting, building learning materials, hosting writing office hours, mentoring, etc. I've also been speaking at conferences for the last five years...except during that COVID hiatus.

I'm mostly hoping to gain a feeling of connection to a community of like-minded people, share what's worked for me in terms of integrating advocacy into my product role, and learn a ton from people further into the devrel voyage than me.

Fun fact: I podium-ed twice this week! I took 3rd overall in a trail race on Sunday, and 3rd in my age group in a triathlon today. I love cycling and running (especially on trails), and I'm getting better at swimming.

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Lisa Marie Sidlow


Congratulations on your official launch. Grateful for your support of the community!

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Tessa Kriesel Author

Welcome Lisa! And that's great to hear. πŸ™Œ Happy to have you here.