For the love of code
As a software developer for almost 8 years, I have had the experience of working at both, a product based and services based company. At both these companies, I worked with technologies, such as Ruby on Rails and Blockchain, which were not very common in the local market so the only way for me to get support was through online communities.
In my experience, Online communities are great for common problems that other people have face before, but for one-off problems you cannot always get a response in time. I have always found it much easier to pick up the phone and call someone you know as compared to posting a question online. Hence it has always been of very high importance for me to know the right people in the local community.
And its not simple.
Over the last two years, I have been part of several major business, technology and industry events such as:
By developers, for developers!
While all of the above are doing a great job of focusing on things such as Ideas, Inspiration, Creativity, Digital Skills, Digital Awareness, Product / Business Development, Policy Making, Civic Innovations and Entrepreneurship – I have been unable to find one community that:
So, inspired by Nida Salman’s Islamabad Chapter of CreatitveMornings, a breakfast lecture series for the creative community, motivated by Adrian Bridgwater’s article about how to build a happy developer community, and driven by my own personal desire to strengthen the software development community, I present to you DEVENINGS (short for Developer Evenings).
A casual monthly gathering for all local software developers
Irrespective of the tools, technologies and products they work on. Devenings aims to have regular community meetups with:
Some of the benefits are listed below:
However, the real reward from a community cannot be quantified as Abhinav Asthana, CEO of Postman says:
and in Adrian Bridgwater’s words:
Beyond Community Meetups
In addition to regular local community meetups, we also aim to organize and curate hands-on workshops and trainings for emerging technologies as well as any need based technical training for developers based on the needs of their local tech industry that will enable them to grow and achieve more!
With the help of local partners and sponsors, my supercharged tea and I successfully launched Devenings in January 2019 in Islamabad and we are now all set to launch Devenings in other cities around the world.
May the force be with us all!
Your friendly neighborhood developer,
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