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Droidcon NYC 2018 Keynote: The Future of Our Community is YOU

Dan Kim
August 27, 2018

Droidcon NYC 2018 Keynote: The Future of Our Community is YOU

Every day each one of us turns to community contributions to help us become better developers — blog posts, open source projects, conference talks, podcasts, and so much more. Can you imagine if these resources didn’t exist?!

And while our community is strong today, it’s healthiest when it continues to grow from a broad set of interests, backgrounds and opinions. That diversity and knowledge to keep our community strong can only come from one place: YOU.

I’ll share my thoughts about how this community has helped me (and others) grow, why that’s so important, and ultimately why it’s crucial for all of us to contribute. I’ll discuss five (or so) areas, each with some high level tips to get you started, that we can all contribute to to keep our community strong and healthy.

You’ll leave this talk not just grateful for our wonderful community, but also inspired to get started on contributing back too!

The Android community has proven to be one of the most welcoming, friendly, helpful, generous groups I’ve ever encountered. Let’s keep it going!

Dan Kim

August 27, 2018

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  1. The future of our community is YOU @dankim

  2. ! Our wonderful, vibrant community

  3. Shaping the future

  4. My (boring) story

  5. This is Jay

  6. $ An incredibly rich network of teachers

  7. Launched my work to new heights

  8. & We’ve all been impacted by amazing contributions

  9. Can you imagine if this community didn’t exist?

  10. ( Sustaining a healthy community is really hard work

  11. Hundreds of hours of effort

  12. Android moves fast

  13. Natural ebbs and flows to contributions

  14. We need you to become contributors!

  15. ⚡ Your energy!

  16. Your diverse perspectives!

  17. “I have nothing new to say”

  18. You’re 100% wrong!

  19. Your life experiences are incredibly unique and valuable

  20. “I’m just a beginner”

  21. “The essence of making an idea clear requires a deep

    understanding not only of the idea but also of the person to whom one is explaining the idea.” - Kim Scott, Radical Candor
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  23. Get those negative thoughts out of your head

  24. Open, accessible, & encouraging

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  26. “Yes, you should totally propose a talk. Do it. End

    of story. If you have any questions let me know. You gotta go for it. Would love to help. You’ll do great! Let me know!”
  27. An immensely rewarding experience

  28. So you’re convinced, right?

  29. 4 ways you can contribute

  30. ✍ 1. Writing

  31. ; It’s information dense

  32. < It’s self-paced

  33. It’s an excellent reference (basically forever)

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  36. ✂ Tip #1: Practice editing (a lot)

  37. Editing: cut the fat

  38. Editing: revise and reorganize

  39. Editing: use simpler words

  40. Tip #2: Claps are not a measure of success, impact,

    or value
  41. They’re all bullshit metrics

  42. Tip #3: Have a strong opinion

  43. 2. Speaking

  44. It’s nerve-racking & it’s a lots of work

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  46. I Speaking is the single best way to inspire and

  47. It’s “fun”!

  48. Opens up new opportunities!

  49. http://www.donnfelker.com/the-single-best-thing-you-can-do-for-your-career/ “That one day led to many job offers…to do

    bigger and better things..I decided to jump and go work for myself as a consultant. How? All from speaking.” - Donn Felker
  50. Tip #1: There’s no right or wrong way to start

  51. Tip #2: Be yourself

  52. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osVpqz10UP8

  53. Tip #3: Don’t forget, we’re rooting for you

  54. 3. Mentoring

  55. So many people need this

  56. Setting up for long-term success

  57. T So rewarding to see an individual grow

  58. Tip #1: 100% expertise not required

  59. Tip #2: Advertise yourself

  60. None
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  62. $ Tip #3: Provide guidance, avoid answers

  63. V 4. Open Source

  64. You can make a huge impact

  65. A powerful way to learn

  66. An instant resume builder

  67. Tip #1: Every little bit helps

  68. Tip #2: Discussion is good, code is great

  69. Tip #3: Be friendly & respectful

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  71. ✍ Writing Speaking Mentoring V Open Source

  72. A year ago…

  73. @dankim Thank you!