Announcing a revamped Progress Developer Community Support program - come get the support your developer community needs to run User Groups/Meetups/Events.
Developer communities are wonderful – a platform for developers to share, learn and improve our craft. However, nurturing a developer community takes a lot of work. Just ask anybody who runs a User Group/Meetup or one-off Developer Events. We, at Progress, have a long tradition of supporting developer communities and we're here to help. We're rebooting our Developer Community Support program - let us be your partner.
We have always been a company for developers, by developers. We like saying we're in the business of making developers successful - it's in our genes. Modern day app development spans across many technologies, platforms and a plethora of tooling. Developers should be able to choose preferred technology stacks and have rich ecosystems waiting for them.
So why do we care about developer communities? Simple - it's a symbiotic relationship. While we have a vested interest in seeing developers and their communities thrive, we also want to share some love. Starting today, we're revamping our Community Support program to serve UGs, Meetups and Events - we're here to help communities be successful.
Developer communities vary in their needs - recurrent meetups need continued support, while one-off events could use immediate help. Any community support program needs to be flexible and be able to sustain itself over time. We've put some thought into devising a few tiered programs that should cater to various needs - here's what we can do for you.
If you are running a recurrent UG/Meetup, let's get you hooked up with our Starter package - this is all digital and available right away. Here's what we can offer:
Once we have supported you with the Starter program for 3 months, it's time to upgrade to Pro – think of it like a committed relationship. Here's what you get & we'll renew every 6 months on demand:
Running a one-off developer event, like a small Conference/Bootcamp/Hackathon with under 500 attendees? Here's what we can do to help - this is all digital as well:
One of the most common challenges for nurturing any developer community is the continuous need for quality speakers. It is hard to fake passion - so community leaders are often looking around for speakers who genuinely care about a piece of technology and are enthusiastic to share their knowledge. We think we can help. We have big team of Progress Developer Advocates and an extended army of Developer Experts - seasoned speakers whose expertise range from .NET, JS, AI, AR/VR, Cloud and Devices across platforms. Sure we can bring in-depth knowledge on Telerik, Kendo UI or NativeScript stacks - but we can also talk generic & OSS technologies.
So, if you would like a speaker for your UG/Meetup/Event, simply check a checkbox and we'll try to get things coordinated. We can't be everywhere, but we'll try our best to help. As an added benefit if you have one our speakers out - we'll be happy to pick up the pizza check.
So, you can clearly see that we're here to help developer communities thrive. We could use some love back as well - there are some small expectations:
Additionally, we'll spin up our marketing muscle to promote your UG/Event on social media. And community leaders will be invited to a Slack channel with our DevRel presence - this is where we coordinate and get things done.
That's it then - a revamped Progress Developer Community Support program is here to cater to your needs. We know fostering a developer community takes a lot of effort - we're in this together. Fill up the right forms and we'll get you hooked up. Cheers to our developer communities and thank you for all that you do!
Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.