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!
Thanks to these folks for their contributions that helped shape and reinforce the talk:
(Talk given at Chicago Robot 2018 on 4/13/2018).
The future of our
Our wonderful, vibrant community
What if this community didn’t exist?
The future of our community
My (boring) story
This is Jay
An incredibly rich community of teachers
Launched my work to new heights
We’ve all been touched by
We’ll always do better together
Sustaining a community is hard work
Hundreds of hours of work
Android moves fast
Natural ebbs and flows to contributions
We need you!
Your diverse perspectives!
“I have nothing new to say”
You’re 100% wrong!
Your life experiences are
incredibly unique and valuable
Open, accessible, & encouraging
“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
An immensely rewarding experience
So you’re convinced, right?
Four ways you can contribute
It’s information dense
It’s an excellent reference
Tip #1: Set some broad goals,
not strict deadlines
Tip #2: Recognize the
moments that motivate you
Tip #3: Have a strong opinion
It’s scary as hell &
it’s a ton of work
Speaking is the single best way to
inspire and motivate
Opens up new opportunities!
“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
All from speaking.”
Tip #1: There’s no right or
wrong way to start
Tip #2: Be yourself on stage
Tip #3: Don’t forget,
we’re rooting for you
So many people need this
Setting up for long-term success
So rewarding to see an individual grow
Tip #1: 100% expertise not required
Tip #2: Advertise yourself
Tip #3: Provide guidance, not answers
4. Open source
You can make a huge impact
A powerful way to learn
An instant resume builder
Tip #1: Every little bit helps
Tip #2: Discussions are fine,
code is better
Tip #3: Be friendly!
T Open Source
Remember, everyone is incredibly nice
A personal thank you