On May 22nd, 190 developer experience, developer relations and developer marketing professionals gathered at Galvanize SOMA in San Francisco for the world’s first dedicated developer experience conference (as far as we know).
Months of prep work, an amazing full-on day for the conference itself and then all the fun of reading people’s feedback and watching the videos come in from our production partners, left each of us excited and exhausted.
When we set out to make a developer-experience focused follow-up to DevRelCon San Francisco, we wanted to focus on practitioner to practitioner content. As practitioners ourselves, we had one main question: how can we do our jobs better?
From building and measuring communities, through management, measurement and strategy, to API and SDK design, our amazing speakers covered the full gamut of developer experience practice.
Thank you to each and every one of the experts who spoke at DevXcon.
DevXcon was a global event, with attendees not just from the Bay area or the USA but across the world, and yet it had the feeling of a family reunion. Old friends chatted and new faces were warmly welcomed. Developer advocates, community managers, technical writers, directors of developer relations, CEOs and CTOs all came together to learn and share.
DevXcon wouldn’t have been possible without an amazing team who worked tirelessly in their own time to make the event happen. Phil, Tamao and I were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support of everyone involved in the organisation of the event, including our generous sponsors and the team at our venue Galvanize.
The DevRelCon and DevXcon family of events is growing, now present in San Francisco, London, Beijing, Tokyo and possibly more cities to come. We’ve already started work on DevXcon 2018, returning to the Bay area, and we’ll announce more soon!
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