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Kicking off your first DevFest! - Nicola Corti - GDG Global Leads Summit

Kicking off your first DevFest! - Nicola Corti - GDG Global Leads Summit

Have you ever organized a DevFest? Finding sponsors, setting up the catering, involving speakers and promoting your event... does it all sounds scary to you? It shouldn't! Organizing a DevFest is a great milestone that every GDG should experience at least once! Don't miss the opportunity to build something great and to have a huge impact on your community. We had the first DevFest Pisa last year, the "0.1". This year we successfully deployed a stable version of DevFest Pisa 2019! In this talk we see what we learned in crafting our first DevFest from the ground up: how to find great speakers, how to involve your participants, how to engage a sponsor and how to build a great DevFest!

Nicola Corti, GDG Pisa - Italy


Nicola Corti

May 06, 2019

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  1. Kicking off your first DevFest Nicola Corti GDG Pisa @cortinico

  2. GDG Pisa

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  4. You will probably underestimate the effort behind organizing a conference...

    -An anonymous GDG Organizer
  5. The Idea Global GDG Leads Summit

  6. The Idea

  7. “Good artists borrow, Great artists steal” P. Picasso

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  9. Theme Shape your DevFest Audience Price Language What do you

    love to talk about? Android/Cloud/JS/ML? Tech or non-Tech? Who is my target? Junior/Mid/Senior Dev? Dev/PM/Designers? Tuscany/Italy/Europe/Globe? Free/Paid? Ita/Eng/Multi?
  10. All about networking • Make sure you create a good

    environment for networking • High quality content will involve more attendees • Create networking opportunities (coffee break, party, etc.)
  11. The Environment Global GDG Leads Summit

  12. Media github.com/gdg-x/hoverboard devfest.gdgpisa.it github.com/gdgpisa/hoverboard-2019

  13. Logo • Define logo and graphics • Make sure you’re

    consistent • No idea? Run a contest! • Prepare a Media Kit for media partners and sponsors • https://bit.ly/dfpi19-mediakit
  14. Social • Define a Media Plan • Decide your network

    based on your target • Schedule your content (Buffer/Hootsuite) • Have photos • @devfestpisa
  15. Location • Find the right date ◦ Paid: Thu/Fri ◦

    Free: Weekend • Find the right place ◦ Coworking space ◦ Hotels ◦ Universities ◦ Conference Centers • Keep your audience in mind
  16. Food • Good food translates into good networking • Coffee/Water

    are (basically) mandatory, full meal is a plus. • Ask for alternatives (vegan, gluten free, kosher, halal, etc.) • Have a networking party
  17. Sponsors • Define a set of levels, but be flexible.

    • The sooner the better. • Make sure there is a single point of contact. • Sponsors don’t like to be forgotten! • Tips (JetBrains & Stickermule) • https://bit.ly/dfpi19-partnership
  18. Helpers • If you need some help, run a call

    for helpers! • Try to build an identity • Make sure you have printed checklists • Helpers should be easy to recognize • http://bit.ly/dfpi19-volunteer
  19. The People Global GDG Leads Summit

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  21. Speakers • Make sure you prepare a great CFP. •

    Ask for all the information you need. • The sooner the better. • Advertise your CFP ◦ Android Study Group Conf List. ◦ Android Weekly Conference List. ◦ Slack Groups (GDG Global, Android United, Kotlin lang). • http://bit.ly/dfpi19-c4p
  22. Agenda • Making a good agenda is just an NP-hard

    problem • Some guidelines: ◦ Balance intermediate/beginner talks. ◦ Balance english/foreign talks. ◦ Don’t overlap similar topics. • Don’t announce speakers before they confirm.
  23. Attendees • Used Eventbrite? Re-invite previous attendees. • Free event?

    30% drop • Sold out is cool, but not 3 months earlier • Make sure you follow up and ask feedback • Do a video recap
  24. Code of Conduct • Don’t forget about your Code of

    Conduct • Have some printed copies to hand out • Leave a phone number/email to reach out to a point of contact • https://confcodeofconduct.com/
  25. Delightful Details • Be unique! • Think about all the

    little details. • Put on some music • What about a placeholder video?
  26. ...but tomorrow evening you will be the happiest person on

    earth! -An anonymous GDG Organizer
  27. How to organize your community conference? (on Medium) bit.ly/howtocommunityconf

  28. Thanks Nicola Corti GDG Pisa @cortinico bit.ly/howtodevfest