8:00 - 9:00am - REGISTRATION w Light Breakfast & Coffee & Tea

9:00 - 9:15am - Opening Announcements and Ice-Breaker Activity with Sean Ottey

9:15 - 9:45am - Keynote Presentation - "Adapting Your Strategy Alongside Your Community" - Bear Douglas - Slack - Developer Advocate

Summary: Much of the work we do as DevRellians looks the same from company to company: we create content, we write code, we do outreach. But there are key differences between how we and our teams operate in different business spaces (consumer, enterprise, open source) and with different types and size of community that require tailored approaches. This talk will cover some of the things you may see as your community grows and changes in nature, and how you can adapt to serve the community you have, while preparing for what it can become.

10:00 - 10:35am - Windows into building Microsoft EdgeCharles Morris - Microsoft

Summary: Instead of treating DevRel like a separate function, why not build it into engineering teams? After nearly two decades of a development process for Microsoft browsers that was opaque to the world, Microsoft decided to form a team to build “windows” (see what I did there?) into the engineering process so that the outside world could see what’s happening, contribute, and influence the process. Charles will discuss what he’s learned while making this transition towards openness within a large company, and the joys and perils of integrating DevRel with software engineering teams.

10:35 - 11:05am - DevFest Success: How to grow a thriving community (even in ‘flyover country’) - Kyle Paul - Phisionary

Summary: The Kansas City Google Developer Group runs a dev conference that has doubled in size each year for the past five years, fostering inclusivity and participants from far west as California and far east as the Ukraine. Learn how they’ve done it and gain tips for proactively engaging user group communities – without waiting for them to come to you.

11:10 - 11:40am - Feedback is a Gift - AJ Glasser - Unity - Senior Business Developer

Summary: You've found your developers, you've got your product in their hands. Now what? Welcome to the wonderful world of feedback where developers finally start telling you how they really feel. 

11:45 - 12:15pm - Building Community & Hackathons - Damon Hernadez - Samsung

Summary: To help a community grow, its members need access to educational events and those that allow them to create and apply this knowledge. This presentation will address some of the opportunities and challenges of growing communities, especially in new technologies, for both the tech developer and for those from traditionally non-technical industries that are looking to ‘hack’ how they develop solutions and do business.


12:30 - 1:30 pm - Lunch and Lightening Talks - Unscripted and Moderated, 5 mins each!


1:30 - 2:40 pm Conversation Corners: 6 Speakers Total, 2 Groups, 30 min for each speaker

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Corner 1: Microsoft's Diversity In Tech Corner: Questions and Answers - Alicia V. Carr
- Women Who Code ATL

Corner 2: How to Mobilize your Developer Community - Laura Yecies - Mobilize

Summary: Hear from the experts in community mobilization on how best to grow and engage your developer community.  Learn about an optimized work flow, tools and techniques to mobilize your developers.

Corner 3: Developer Advocacy for the Open Web - Dan Appelquist - Samsung

Summary: Dan will discuss the philosophy and drivers of the Web Developer Advocacy team at Samsung Internet including the symbiotic relationship with web standards, as well as how developer advocates can help foster a culture of diversity and inclusion.

2:10 - 2:40 pm

Corner 1: Microsoft's Diversity In Tech Corner: Questions and AnswersChristian Heilmann - Microsoft

Corner 2: Five Top Tips for Tech Talks - Tia Over - The Mathews Group

Summary: Delivering an engaging and memorable presentation can be hard. We’ll make it easier by covering 5 top tips for doing it better. In this 30-minute session, we'll touch on delivery, choosing the right level of content, the power in “remove to improve,” and leaving your audience with an action plan.

Corner 3: Communicating with Developers in the 21st Century - Justin Dorfman - Sticker Mule

Summary: Communicating with Developers in the 21st century - In this talk, I will demonstrate how to unconventionally start conversations with Developers and Security Researchers. From there I will show you the tools I use to keep those relationships healthy and strong.

2:45 - 2:55pm - Coffee Break for 10 min

3:00 - 3:30pmThe Product & Growth Cycle - Linda Xie - Sourcegraph - Product & Growth Manager

Summary: Growth powers product development and good products drive growth. I will talk about a framework for understanding how product and growth work together, and four strategies for engaging with developers that get the most output from both.

3:35 - 4:05pm - Have you tried listening? - Robert Nyman - Google - Global Lead for Programs & Initiatives, Web Developer Relations

Summary: Robert will share learnings and experiences from doing Developer Relations at Mozilla and Google, talking about developer interaction, types of developer personas, why acknowledgement is key, and more.

4:10 - 4:40pm - Creating the Most Diverse and Inclusive Conference - Angelica Banks and Beth Laing - Women Who Code Atlanta

Summary:  WWC ATL team created their first tech conference with astounding success. Beth and Angel will talk about what it takes to create a true technical event where everyone feels comfortable and included, regardless of level of technical experience, gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, accessibility or other groups of identity. 

5:00 pm - Happy Hour! Bar Opens. Break Sponsored by Google - Grab a Drink for Final Wrap-up

5:30 - 6:15pm - Closing Keynote - Finding Community: Building FED@IBMJessica Tremblay - IBM - Visual Designer and Front-End Developer & Sam Richard - IBM - Agile Team Experience Lead, CIO

Summary : Three years ago, the front-end developer community at IBM was all but nonexistent. Practitioners were scattered, often not doing FED (Front End Development) work. Change was needed. Jessica, Sam, and a handful of others stepped up, laid the groundwork for a community and for change, and have transformed the perception of FED at IBM. From how it got started, to how it lives now, and spotlighting two key enablement programs, we'll bring you through how we found community and helped build the global FED@IBM program.

6:15 - 6:30pm - Never Have I Ever - Confessions of the DevRel Mind Panel Session

6:30 - 6:45pm - Closing Words from the Founders and Team

6:45 - 7:30pm - Happy Hour Continues w Nibbles & Makerologist Activities

Summary: Makerologist will be showing us how to assemble, program, and even get a robot humanoid named JD to dance using the EZ Robot platform. To make it even better, you will accomplish all of this in just one hour no matter what your hardware skill level. It truly is that easy!
The Makerologist team is comprised of tech and education industry professionals who are passionate about using technology to positively influence the way we live. The Makerologist team brings a combined 9 years of STEM education, 15 years of electrical engineering experience, and 24 years of industrial design.