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This is your community

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A talk on building a tech community that I gave at Scale 17x in LA. I covered the meetup and tech conference scene in Austin, Cloud Austin, Devopsdays Austin, and some best practices for meetups orgs and attendees

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This is your community

  1. 1. Your Community Karthik Gaekwad @iteration1
  2. 2. Your Community Goal: Case study of tech community building in Austin, and how to replicate.
  3. 3. •I’m Karthik Gaekwad •NOT a DBA •https://cloudnative.oracle.com/ •Cloud Native Evangelist at Oracle Cloud •Past: Developer on the Oracle Managed Kubernetes Team Hello @iteration1
  4. 4. Hello • Been around for a while…. @iteration1
  5. 5. Hello •In general, I like building stuff with friends. • Maintainer for Gauntlt- Open source security scanner. •Love Teaching and building community. • Run Devopsdays Austin, Container Days, Cloud Austin. • Chair All Day Devops Cloud Native track. • LinkedIn Learning Author for Kubernetes courses. @iteration1
  6. 6. Cloudnative.oracle.com • Blog, Tutorials and solutions • Mostly cloudnative “stuff”. Send me a note @iteration1 if you really want us to research something for you or http://bit.ly/iheartcloud @iteration1
  7. 7. Community @iteration1
  8. 8. Community @iteration1 “Small or large social unit (a group of living things) that has something in common, such as norms, religion, values, or identity.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community
  9. 9. Austin Tech Community • Vibrant! • Various regular conferences in town (Serverless Days, Longhorn PHP, Devopsdays, Data day, LASCON, Keep Austin Agile, BSides Austin, SXSW, Innotech Austin). • Many many many monthly meetups (AustinDevops/Cloud Austin for cloud and devops stuff). @iteration1
  10. 10. ATX Tech Events
  11. 11. Story of Cloud Austin @iteration1
  12. 12. Cloud Austin Today • Coming up on ~ 10 years • Over 2600 folks • Monthly meetup • Average ~75 folks attending • ~2 talks per meetup @iteration1
  13. 13. Austin Today • “Silicon Hills” • Over 138,000 tech-related jobs in the Austin metropolitan region. • $31 billion into the area’s overall economy, about 35 percent of the total. • New announcements: Apple expansion campus, Army Futures Command. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/25/us/ austin-apple-hub-silicon-hills.html @iteration1
  14. 14. Things were different 15 years ago… @iteration1
  15. 15. 15 years ago: Tech Employers in ATX Primary: Public Sector: Major: Startups: @iteration1
  16. 16. 10 years ago: User Groups • Language specific groups for developers… • Java (Dating back to early 2000’s) • .NET, PHP • OWASP Chapter (Since 2006) • User groups inside companies.. • Java Technical Exchange @National Instruments @iteration1
  17. 17. Changes… @iteration1
  18. 18. Changes (2008-2009ish) • Everyone trying to figure out cloud... @iteration1
  19. 19. Changes (2008-2009ish) • Some of us at NI working on building cloud products • Met some folks doing similar stuff at Pervasive @iteration1
  20. 20. @iteration1
  21. 21. @iteration1
  22. 22. Birth of a meetup…. @iteration1
  23. 23. Journey • Google Group + Eventbrite • Google Group + Eventbrite + Meetup • Google Group + Meetup • Meetup • Random Meetups->Monthly meetups (3rd Tuesday) • Festive end of the year meetup “12 Clouds of Christmas” 2009 2019 @iteration1
  24. 24. But…not always great… @iteration1
  25. 25. But…not always great… • Last minute food sponsor cancelations @iteration1
  26. 26. But…not always great… • Jeff Barr Road trip (2013). @iteration1
  27. 27. Today…. • Group growth to 2600 folks • 3rd Tuesday of the month • Always @Rackspace! • Food/Drink sponsorships whenever we can @iteration1
  28. 28. Internal Tooling…. • Org Team of 8 • Google group with all orgs. • Emails go to the group. • Org Slack for communication. • Google form for speaker/sponsor pitches • Zapier integration with slack @iteration1
  29. 29. What have I learned? @iteration1
  30. 30. Content is King What have I learned? @iteration1
  31. 31. Say NO to Vendor pitches What have I learned? @iteration1
  32. 32. Attendees love free food What have I learned? @iteration1
  33. 33. Be Transparent What have I learned? @iteration1
  34. 34. Have a code of conduct What have I learned? @iteration1
  35. 35. Try the buddy system What have I learned? @iteration1
  36. 36. Gratefulness for organizers What have I learned? @iteration1
  37. 37. Gratefulness for organizers • Organizing can be hard. • Mostly voluntary. • Need to take time off work to do it. • If you’re an attendee: Thank your orgs, and ask how you can support. @iteration1
  38. 38. Organizer Tips What have I learned? @iteration1
  39. 39. Organizer Tips • Have a fixed venue • Have a fixed date/time • Understand what folks are interested in • Experiment with format • Be inclusive • Have a team! @iteration1
  40. 40. Organizer Tips • If you’re an organizer, watch for burnout. • Get a team, make it fun! • Try to distribute the effort. • Give everyone opportunities. @iteration1
  41. 41. Build great communities! • Austin is friendlier today than 15 years ago • Tech folks know each other (ish) • Okay to ask questions culture @iteration1
  42. 42. Thank you! This is your community @iteration1

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