If you’re interested in Developer Relations (aka DevRel- typically the domain of people with titles like Developer Advocate or Developer Evangelist) or trying to wrap your mind around just exactly what it is, you’re not alone. The role is a relatively recent one–even if the concept has been around for a while–with a wide scope of responsibilities that plays out differently in every organization, and at different stages of company growth.
Join us: Thursday, May 13th at 11 am Pacific Time for a livestream discussion!
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One thing is for certain, DevRel is about building authentic relationships with a community within the context of a brand or organization. This is especially valuable in open source projects or initiatives where building a strong community is key to adoption and attracting contributors.
DevRel is a key driver for growth on open-source projects, helping passionate engineers engage with and potentially work with companies that may not have a ton of awareness or even a fully realized product.
At Commit we’re first-and-foremost a community, and so understanding the role that DevRel can play has been a hot topic for us internally. We are looking to hire a Developer Advocate and have a keen interest in understanding the nuances in order to best hire and support this role. And in the spirit of “Do What’s Right for the Engineer” (our key operating principle), we wanted to work out loud on our research into this topic and share our discussions with the wider engineering and startup community.
We invited some Developer Relations folks from orgs that are doing the best job of developer relations to speak with us about their perspectives on the role. Some topics include:
- What is DevRel?
- What is the path to this role?
- What are the key skills required?
- What are your most valuable contributions to open source?
- And what are the challenges/day in the life of open source?
Panelists include Rosemary Wang (HashiCorp), Cody De Arkland (Kong), Karen Chu (Microsoft), and Daniel Bryant (Ambassador Labs), along with Commit’s Chief Architect, Bill Monkman and hosted by HashiCorp’s Anubhav Mishra (we created a handy DevRel Twitter list).