Want To Talk At Tech Conferences Like Me?

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Eighty Eight]

IF your project is open source AND you want to talk with developers, as opposed to companies, then you’re like me.

Once you’ve figured out your voice and jumped down the rabbit hole of new experiences, share your adventures by speaking at technical conferences.

First, check out Toastmasters or Agora Speakers or 10xSpeaker or other speaking resources.

And learn all the things.

Then check out these conferences.

But first the news:

Totally check out this list of Free Software Events, but also here are my favourite conferences that I have spoken at OR know someone who has spoken there.

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I Call It An Extrovert Hangover

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Fifty]

Yesterday it was my absolute pleasure to co-host Equinix Proximity.

“And, boy, are my arms tired.”

I was only on screen for about ninety minutes or so and then helped with hallway track for another couple of hours – by 1900 local, put a fork in me, I was done.

But first the news:

ASIDE: According to that Dutch vaccination calculator, based on my profile, there are between 4.861.743 and 9.745.743 people in front of you in the queue for a COVID vaccine across the Netherlands. Given a vaccination rate of 354.088 a week and an uptake of 75%, I should expect to receive my first dose of vaccine between 12-9-2021 and 24-3-2022. I should then get my second dose by between 3-10-2021 and 14-4-2022.

But back to the kickass technical user conference, Proximity.

Rather, the after effects, of kicking ass and co-hosting a virtual conference.

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Today! PRXMTY! Get Closer!

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Forty Nine]

Starting this afternoon and running across the globe, Equinix Metal is running its first ever Online Technical User Conference, PRXMTY streaming LIVE on Twitch.tv/EquinixMetal.

And for the EMEA time zones, I’m totally one of the co-hosts along with the dazzling Mark Coleman and the exceptional David McKay.


But first the news:

The entire schedule is at https://proximity.sched.com/ but I’m particularly chuffed about quite a few talks and activities.

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SheSharp Community Day

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred Seven]

I am super excited to tell my coding story at SheSharp’s upcoming First! Ever! Community Day!! !

By sharing my experience, I hope to inspire others to dive into and embrace their own coding adventures.


I’m also going to talk a bit about negotiating compensation.

And I can’t wait!

See you THIS Friday, 22 January, at 1500 Central European Time.

But first the news:

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Contributing.Today Meetup : Open Source Mental Health

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred]


At 2000 GMT+1!

Streaming via Contributing.Today!

I’m super chuffed to join a panel at the https://contributing.today meetup on mental health in open source with the amazing Tierney Cyren (@bitandbang, he/they), OSS Engineering + Developer Advocacy at Microsoft and the awesome PJ Hagerty (@aspleenic, he/him), founder DevRelate, Senior Developer Advocate Mattermost, initiator https://mhprompt.org – an initiative “to start a conversation about mental health in tech”.

Our kickass moderator is the venerable Floor Drees (@FloorDrees, she/her), Community Advocacy Program Manager at Microsoft.

But first the news:

Contributing.today brings together the communities we work with to get them excited about contributing to Open Source software or finds new communities and projects to work on.

One of the ways they do this is by this non-affiliated meetup series in the weeks leading up to FOSDEM 2021 with interviews, panels, presentations, and, of course, all things contributing.

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