July 7, 2023
Joanne is a trilingual Content Editor focusing on DeveloperRelations.com at Hoopy.
The countdown is on to DevRelCon London 2023! Back in London for the first time since 2019, this year’s event is made up of two days of talks, discussion sessions, networking, and socialising. Among other topics, we’ll be covering developer education, DevRel in a downturn, community data and operations, core skills, DevRel for web3, and more.
Join us to learn, share, and hang out with your fellow DevRel professionals from across the world. And to give you a taste of what’s on offer, here’s our next quick fire speaker interview.
Speaker: Shy Ruparel
Position: Developer advocate
Talk title: The DevRel Layoff Survival Guide
Shy has spent his nine-year career empowering all types of developers. He started at Major League Hacking, helping to grow the burgeoning student hackathon movement. Shy also helped folks learn about static sites and serverless technologies at Contentful, and educated folks about containers at Docker. In his latest role as a founding developer advocate at Superblocks, he shares the benefits of internal tooling.
Tell us about the talk that you are planning to give at DevRelCon London 2023
I’m giving a talk at DevRelCon London 2023 on the DevRel survival guide to layoffs. Layoffs are unfortunately big in the news right now. Everyone’s afraid of them, some of us have gone through them, including me. I want to make sure that folks who do have those surprise layoffs have the tools needed to survive, thrive, and get through it as successfully and painlessly as possible.
Why should people attend your talk? What should they expect to take away from it?
It’s one of those talks that I wish were not important. However, considering the way the tech market has been operating, a refresh on how to handle unexpected termination, especially when not your fault, is super important. It’s important to know how to leverage your network.
DevRel is such a weird job profession. There are so few of us, and we all tend to know each other pretty intimately. I think there are some specifics to DevRel that you need to keep in mind when it comes to layoffs as well. It’s worth reinvestigating, and refreshing yourself on this kind of content, or learning about it for the first time if you haven’t gone through it.
Personally, I wish I’d had a resource or something to help me through it when I was laid off. So, this is me just sharing the things that I’ve learnt, and making it less painful for other folks. Ideally, you won’t ever have to use this content, but if you do, it’s better to be prepared and be ready.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s DevRelCon London event?
Oh, I love DevRelCon. DevRelCon is easily my favourite conference. You spend a year travelling to trade shows and speaking at events, running into friends, peers and colleagues across the industry, but DevRelCon is the one event you get to go to that is for YOU. The other events tend to be for other folks, your developer audience for example. DevRelCon is the event that you get to enjoy. It is the only event I go to for ME.
So, I’m really looking forward to DevRelCon London 2023, getting to reconnect, and learn from my peers and colleagues. I love DevRelCon, and I’m really excited to get to go again.