Sue Smith is speaking at DevRelCon London 2023


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.

About Sue

Speaker: Sue Smith 

Company: Fastly

Position: Developer Experience Lead 

Talk title: An open framework for developer learning

Sue Smith has been working in developer learning since 2007, following a variety of jobs including several years in the arts. Highlights have included designing education strategy at Postman and building out the platform’s initial training and certification program, and co-founding a non-profit that partnered with the Mozilla Foundation on a series of open education events. 

Sue joined the Glitch team in 2021, which later became part of the edge cloud platform Fastly, where she creates pathways to help developers learn and make the web.


About Sue’s talk

Tell us about the talk that you are planning to give at DevRelCon London 2023 

At DevRelCon London 2023, I am going to be talking about developer learning, and introducing a framework that puts into practice some of what we’ve learned from research about how to effectively teach people coding skills. So, that can be people who are learning to code for the first time, or people who are trying to adopt a developer product. 

I will share some open source resources that attendees can use in their own context to support onboarding for their own developers. I will also be sharing an example learning experience built on Glitch, which is a community coding environment that you access in the browser.

Why should people attend your talk? What should they expect to take away from it?

Education is really a core facet of developer engagement. If you work in DevRel or developer experience, part of what you do is support learning. There is actually a lot of research that we can bring to this work that helps us to create the conditions for people to acquire skills. 

So, in this talk, I’m going to outline some reusable techniques that attendees can apply in their own work. A benefit to this approach is that it’s self-serve. Learners access it independently, and that means it scales. It also has the capacity to measure progress so we can find out how effective our learning experiences are.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s DevRelCon London event?

What I’ve always enjoyed about DevRelCon is the breadth and depth of coverage. There is always a wide variety of topics around developer engagement represented. The sessions also go into a level of depth on specific approaches and tactics, and that gives you practical, actionable guidance that you can go on and use. There are DevRelCon talks that I still refer to, years after I’ve attended them. I often find myself sharing talks with people who are new to this work. And I think that speaks for itself.


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