Growing the Technical Community

Development work is a very complicated activity especially for large projects with multiple teams, or even if it's just one team with multiple developers, things can get out of hand especially when people do not collaborate well or if someone refuses to cooperate. As much as the coding work itself and all of the other related tasks are technical in nature, and as developers we would be running into technical issues that can cause us headaches, we are also working with other developers and folks from other functional areas in a social environment, which can be the source of our frustrations sometimes (or for some, a lot of times). While we are all working to make a living, it is also in our nature that we would like to see ourselves keep learning and growing professionally. This talk aims at sharing the experience that I have as the organizer of the 3000+ member technical community of the Chicago Java Users Group. I started as the meeting director in 2017, and this year, 2020, I was voted as the president, and, with the untimely pandemic situation, CJUG is still growing in numbers of the community. What are some of the strategies that I have in growing the community? I would love to share my experiences with the audience.

Mary Grygleski

Senior Developer Advocate, Java Champion, President of Chicago-JUG, Chapter Co-Lead of AICamp-Chicago

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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