Saron Yitbarek is the founder and CEO of CodeNewbie — one of the most supportive community of programmers and people learning to code. Saron hosts the CodeNewbie podcast, Command Line Heroes from Red Hat, and she’s also the creator of Codeland Conference taking place on July 22 this year in New York City. We talk through getting started, lessons learned, mental health, developing and running a conference…but our conversation begins with a pivotal question asked of Saron…“What are you optimizing for?”
Chris and Daniel take you on a tour of local and global AI events, and discuss how to get the most out of your experiences. From access to experts to developing new industry relationships, learn how to get your foot in the door and make connections that help you grow as an AI practitioner.
Then drawing from their own wealth of experience as speakers, they dive into what it takes to give a memorable world-class talk that your audience will love. They break down how to select the topic, write the abstract, put the presentation together, and deliver the narrative with impact!
I missed this good news announced back in March…“We’re putting the band back together.” I’m glad to hear that we can now look forward to more Maintainerati events.
…one important thing we learned is that maintainers need to have access to others who are sharing the same experiences, struggles and successes they have while running an open source project.
In response to this, GitHub has reached out to some passionate people in the broader maintainers community to help bring some structure and growth to Maintainerati, in the shape of a new core team to run Maintainerati events and organize the community.
KBall and Suz interview Ashi Krishnan, visual poet and senior software engineer at GitHub. Topics include how Ashi got into programming, her upcoming talk at React Amsterdam, code bootcamps, and developer tools.
How do you develop an idea for a talk, determine the conferences to pitch, actually deliver the talk, and whether or not it’s even worth doing? Joshua Comeau writes on Medium:
I’m still very much at the beginning of my career. I’m only ~5 years into what will likely be a 40-year career, so I’m only about 1/8th through! That thought is simultaneously liberating and dizzying; it means I don’t have to feel rushed when it comes to making the most of every available opportunity, but it also means I have no clue what’s ahead.
Conference-speaking is a worthwhile endeavor, but it’s one heck of a bumpy ride, and not always worth it. I’ll continue to prepare talks — as long as folks still want to hear what I have to say…
Joshua ends with an invitation … 👏
I encourage you to give it a shot. Feel free to reach out to me, I’m always happy to give your proposal a quick read :)
I’ve just given my third programming talk where I use only my IDE (integrated development environment) for live coding and no other presentation tool. I noticed the audiences were very pleased with these talks, and I think it’s correlated to using an IDE and not a slides program.
If you’ve ever watched one of André’s talks, you know he gives good talks regardless of whether or not he’s using an IDE. But he makes a good case for their use in general and goes in to great detail* on how to do it well.
*even explaining each individual editor setting and why they were selected
I’ll be at ZEIT Day tomorrow hanging with the community, recording some podcasts, and shooting some pictures and video — I might even get a chance to bust out our drone to get some awesome shots of the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.
Are you planning to be there? Make sure you say hi.
A great idea/initiative kicked off by Kitze:
Did you like anything in particular about a conference? Did you hate anything? Let’s make organizing conferences an easier task.
As a conference co-organizer myself, I know first-hand that we’re always looking to harvest good ideas (and avoid bad ones) from other conferences. Having a community-created list for this kind of knowledge will be super useful. But we need your help:
The initial document is pretty one-sided, biased, and based on my own experience and perspective. It’s probably missing tons of things. That’s why it’s on GitHub and it’s not a Medium article. Please help me cover everything and make this document amazing 😍️
Join us at OSCON in Austin, TX. We have free passes!
We’re excited to be at All Things Open this year in partnership with the organizers of the conference as well as Opensource.com to produce a series of podcasts around this great community.
The fourth and final (for now) season of Beyond Code is now ready for your viewing pleasure!
We love going to conferences like this, cameras in hand, ready to capture the heart and spirt of the awesome community. We make friends. We get some hugs. And we have a ton of fun.