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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're Here For Developers

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 what can Progress do for developers? We'll meet you whatever be your stack - .NET or JavaScript across web/desktop/mobile. While brands like Telerik, Kendo UI or NativeScript are developer mainstays, we go the additional mile with CMS, Reporting, Testing and Productivity solutions.

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 Community Support

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.

UG Starter Program

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:

UG Pro Program

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:

  • 2 Telerik UI for Xamarin licenses to raffle off
  • 2 Kendo UI licenses to raffle off
  • $50 Pizza eGift card to help with UG expenses
  • $50 Amazon eGift card to raffle/offset costs
  • Custom shirts, sticker pack, pop-sockets & other swag

Event Support Program

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:

Speakers

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.

Sharing the Love

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:

  • Your UG/Meetup needs to be in good standing with verifiable monthly meetings
  • We expect our Progress logo to be displayed on your website & in sponsor decks
  • Physical swag can only be shipped to UG/Meetups within US, Canada & EMEA

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.

Let Us Help

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
About the Author

Sam Basu

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.

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