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The future of our community is YOU

Dan Kim
April 13, 2018

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 community 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 keeping our community strong and healthy.

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!

Links:
- http://www.donnfelker.com/the-single-best-thing-you-can-do-for-your-career/
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osVpqz10UP8

Thanks to these folks for their contributions that helped shape and reinforce the talk:
- https://twitter.com/jayohms
- https://twitter.com/queencodemonkey
- https://twitter.com/KellyShuster
- https://twitter.com/mandybess
- https://twitter.com/chiuki
- https://twitter.com/donnfelker
- https://twitter.com/chethaase
- https://twitter.com/sehurlburt
- https://twitter.com/crafty
- https://twitter.com/danlew42
- https://twitter.com/jessfraz

(Talk given at Chicago Robot 2018 on 4/13/2018).

Dan Kim

April 13, 2018
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  1. The future of our

    community

    is YOU
    [email protected]
    @dankim

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  2. !

    Our wonderful, vibrant community

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  3. What if this community didn’t exist?

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  4. The future of our community

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  5. My (boring) story

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  6. &

    An incredibly rich community of teachers

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  7. Launched my work to new heights

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  8. We’ve all been touched by

    amazing contributions

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  9. We’ll always do better together

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    Sustaining a community is hard work

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  11. Hundreds of hours of work

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  12. Android moves fast

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  13. Natural ebbs and flows to contributions

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  14. We need you!

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  15. Your energy!

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  16. Your diverse perspectives!

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  17. “I have nothing new to say”

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  18. You’re 100% wrong!

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  19. Your life experiences are

    incredibly unique and valuable

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  20. Open, accessible, & encouraging

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  21. “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!”

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  22. An immensely rewarding experience

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  23. So you’re convinced, right?

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  24. Four ways you can contribute

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  25. 1. Writing

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    It’s information dense

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    It’s self-paced

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

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  29. Tip #1: Set some broad goals,

    not strict deadlines

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  30. Tip #2: Recognize the

    moments that motivate you

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  31. Tip #3: Have a strong opinion

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  32. It’s scary as hell &

    it’s a ton of work

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    Speaking is the single best way to

    inspire and motivate

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  34. Opens up new opportunities!

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  35. “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.”
    http://www.donnfelker.com/the-single-best-thing-you-can-do-for-your-career/

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  36. It’s “fun”!

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  37. Tip #1: There’s no right or

    wrong way to start

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  38. Tip #2: Be yourself on stage

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

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  40. Tip #3: Don’t forget,

    we’re rooting for you

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  41. 3. Mentoring

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  42. So many people need this

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  43. Setting up for long-term success

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    So rewarding to see an individual grow

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  45. Tip #1: 100% expertise not required

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  46. Tip #2: Advertise yourself

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  47. &
    Tip #3: Provide guidance, not answers

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    4. Open source

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  49. You can make a huge impact

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  50. A powerful way to learn

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  51. An instant resume builder

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  52. Tip #1: Every little bit helps

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  53. Tip #2: Discussions are fine,

    code is better

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  54. Tip #3: Be friendly!

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  55. ✍ Writing

    Speaking

    Mentoring

    T Open Source

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  56. Remember, everyone is incredibly nice

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  57. A personal thank you

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