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The Butterfly.js Effect

The Butterfly.js Effect

This talk was first presented at JSConf US 2018 in partnership with Julian Duque - https://2018.jsconf.us/speakers/juan-buritica-and-julian-duque/

This talk will serve three purposes. First, it will tell the story of the creation of the JavaScript community in Colombia and its journey to becoming one of the largest Spanish-speaking JS communities in the world. It will highlight and explore the impact this community has had on the region, and how it set the stage for other communities to build upon. Finally, it will provide insight into the challenges of building a community in a developing nation where the tech ecosystem is not established, providing a summary of lessons learned which other communities in developing nations can use as a blueprint in their regions.

We aim to discuss starting meetups in cities or small towns, the impact of the JavaScript community on individuals including organizers, speakers, and attendees, creative sponsorship ideas, cost structures, financing challenges, diversity, inclusion and the use of international networks to support local initiatives.

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Juan Pablo Buriticá

August 23, 2018
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  1. The Butterfly.js Effect
    JSConf US 2018

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  2. Julián Duque
    Juan Pablo Buriticá
    @buritica @julian_duque
    VP Eng - Splice Solutions Architect - NodeSource

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  3. It has been said that something as
    small as the flutter of a butterfly's
    wing can ultimately cause a
    typhoon halfway around the world.
    Chaos Theory

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  4. We come from far away
    to tell you a story...

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  5. ... one we'd put
    under the magical
    realism genre if you
    asked us 8 years ago.

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  6. This is the story of how six
    individuals set off a
    community typhoon they
    would've never imagined ...

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  7. We have mirrored
    developed tech
    ecosystems,
    despite having
    inadequate
    infrastructure.

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  8. Diversity &
    inclusion have
    been part of our
    plan from day one

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  9. We have built
    a platform

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  10. Today, the Colombian
    developer community is
    recognized world-wide.

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  11. And thousands of Colombian
    programmers are learning
    connected to each other

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  12. Why is this so
    magical?

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  13. Please, close
    your eyes

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  14. What is the first thing
    that comes to mind
    when you hear
    Colombia?

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  15. ... yup, our not-so-
    peaceful history
    precedes us.

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  16. So we're on a
    mission ...

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  17. ...to build a developer community that
    helps Colombia leave it's past behind...

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  18. ... by exposing the local community to
    modern techniques, tools, processes, and
    technologies that power the open web.

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  19. ... highlighting the effort of community
    members who promote the growth of an
    inclusive and respectful community.

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  20. ... and generating social impact by making
    knowledge accessible to as many Colombians
    and Hispanic-Americans as possible.

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  21. How can you do
    the same?

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  22. What we've
    learned ...

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  23. Use your privilege
    as a bridge

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  24. One or two well known
    speakers make all the
    difference when starting

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  25. Speakers
    Ambassadors

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  26. At first, local sponsors will love to
    "partner" with you ...

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  27. At first, local sponsors will love to
    "partner" with you ...
    ... but you can't pay airline tickets
    or hotels with favors.

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  28. Ask for cash, or have them pay for
    expenses directly.

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  29. Find friends in "big" companies to
    help sponsor for love of the art.

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  30. Find friends in "big" companies to
    help sponsor for love of the art.
    They won't see your city/country
    as an interesting market yet.

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  31. It is very likely you will lose
    money in the first event...

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  32. It is very likely you will lose
    money in the first event...
    ... and the second ...

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  33. It is very likely you will lose
    money in the first event...
    ... and the second ...
    ... and the third.

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  34. Running a not-for-profit
    community doesn't mean you're
    running a charity.

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  35. Build an operating budget that will
    leave you with an emergency fund
    in the long run.

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  36. Here's a 2013 real budget example
    for you ...
    JSConf CO 2013 Budget
    * we lost money
    * we recovered in 2015

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  37. Start with a small team.

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  38. Once your event is sustainable,
    you can start training the future
    generation of organizers ...

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  39. Give away your legos

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  40. Bridge a culture

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  41. Aspire to build a diverse,
    inclusive and accessible event
    from day one...

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  42. Aspire to build a diverse,
    inclusive and accessible event
    from day one...
    ... just make sure you can afford
    it.

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  43. Iterating towards a better future
    is better than going broke.

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  44. Affordable tickets > Food

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  45. Affordable tickets > Food
    Interpretation > Fancy Party

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  46. Localize diversity and
    inclusion, and
    accessibility.

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  47. Did you know that 100% of
    people born in Colombia are
    Latin-Americans?

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  48. Did you know that 100% of
    people born in Colombia are
    Latin-Americans?
    You get the gist ...

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  49. Draft a code of conduct from day
    one, it's like a package.json.

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  50. Draft a code of conduct from day
    one, it's like a package.json.
    Enforce it.

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  51. When it comes to diversifying,
    sponsoring > mentoring.

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  52. When it comes to diversifying,
    sponsoring > mentoring.
    Give people a framework,
    money, have their back, and
    back off.

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  53. The Empanada Fund:
    30 min office hour to share
    meetup framework

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  54. The Empanada Fund:
    30 min office hour to share
    meetup framework
    @buritica sponsors empanadas
    & beverages for your first event

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  55. The Empanada Fund:
    Has helped start 30+ meetups in
    Central & South America

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  56. Starting & maintaining
    communities outside of tech
    hubs is:

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  57. Starting & maintaining
    communities outside of tech
    hubs is:
    Difficult

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  58. Starting & maintaining
    communities outside of tech
    hubs is:
    Difficult
    Mostly unrecognized

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  59. Starting & maintaining
    communities outside of tech
    hubs is:
    Difficult
    Mostly unrecognized
    A fuckton of work

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  60. Let's hear it for JSConf US organizers.

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  61. You won't make any money, and
    will likely lose some.

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  62. You won't make any money, and
    will likely lose some.
    But you will set off a chain of
    events that will benefit you even
    more.

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  63. You will also make amazing
    friends.

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  64. And your impact will go far and
    beyond.

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  65. We've congregated the majority of
    community leaders and most
    active members in an invite only
    Slack.

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  66. We've congregated the majority of
    community leaders and most
    active members in an invite only
    Slack.
    We're now over 1500 and
    exploring ways of opening it up.

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  67. We've created an index of Colombian software
    meetups and noticed there's more than 50,000
    registered members.
    http://colombia-dev.org/meetups

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  68. The event framework we've built has been
    successfully replicated by events outside of
    those we've started.

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  69. ScaleConf CO, Hackdó Conf, DinosaurJS, and
    more to come…

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  70. Specialized communities spread

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  71. We're establishing as a tech hub

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  72. Talent is growing, lives are
    being transformed…

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  73. We're becoming our own role
    models

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  74. Juli went global!

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  75. Friends from everywhere

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  76. We asked our community about
    the impact in their lives… here
    some responses

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  77. “On several occasions I had the chance to be a speaker, I
    did not have much experience as a dev at the
    beginning and had many insecurities that had acquired
    thanks to a "macho" boss, being a speaker when
    started in this community allowed me to overcome
    the fears completely and of course learned a lot
    technically to prepare for my career.
    Claudia Lagos - @ClaudiaLagosR

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  78. “For me it was very exciting to see people donate their time
    because they want others to have the necessary expertise
    to succeed, but not only about that, they also help us a lot
    to have better soft skills, through a code of conduct and
    open doors to tolerance and respect.
    I felt very inspired to follow that path to learn more and
    always want to give something back to the community!
    Alejandra Giraldo - @maleja111

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  79. “I think the best part of these communities is the networking
    through the inclusion of the entire community to share their
    knowledge together, a network of contacts that helps you in
    every possible level. As personal experience, being a young
    (16 years old) person I was able to give a talk in a conference
    and hence generate a network of vast contacts that helped
    reached the path to career success I was looking for.
    Samuel Burbano - @iosamuel

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  80. “In a social context like Colombia, a community is a great opportunity
    for those who have or think they have limited life and career choices.
    That's why I love the community, you can change lives. Teaching you
    not only technical skills but also empowering yourself to continue to
    improve the world individually and in society.
    PionerasDev certainly shaped my life in the most positive way without
    all the joint efforts of many people like Julián and Buriticá the story
    would have been different
    Laura Ciro - @ltciro

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  81. Find all responses at:
    http://impact.colombia-dev.org

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  82. Our family keeps growing and
    growing.

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  83. The butterfly.js
    effect becomes
    a cycle

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  84. Scholarship >
    Speaker >
    Organizer

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  85. Stronger wings with
    every new member

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  86. Stronger wings with
    every new member
    Make more
    impactful
    typhoons

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  87. https://medium.com/@kosamari/well-planed-and-hard-worked-coincidence-in-colombia-7d49b67cd9b8

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  88. Thank you
    @kosamari

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  89. But… we don’t want to see this
    change only happening in
    Colombia.

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  90. But… we don’t want to see this
    change only happening in
    Colombia.
    We'd like it to spread

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  91. Here's where you come in

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  92. http://support.colombia-dev.org

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  93. The proceeds will go towards
    building resources and providing
    funds to new communities in Latin-
    America

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  94. We also had our butterflies

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  95. @julian_duque
    @buritica
    GRACIAS

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