July 10, 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: Wesley Faulkner
Position: Senior Community Manager for North America
Talk title: The Power of DevRel: A Community of Leaders and Learners
Wesley Faulkner is a podcaster, public speaker, and advocate for social change. He has a background in technology, working for companies like AMD, Atlassian, Dell, IBM, and MongoDB.
Wesley co-hosts two podcasts: Community Pulse, which explores the challenges and opportunities of community building in Developer Relations, and Just WorkThe Power of DevRel: A Community of Leaders and Learners, which features conversations with Kim Scott on how to create more inclusive and equitable workplaces. He is passionate about racial justice, workplace equity, and neurodiversity. Wesley also serves on the board for SXSW, one of the world’s largest music, film, and technology festivals.
Tell us about the talk that you are planning to give at DevRelCon London 2023
I’ve been in DevRel for a little over five years. My opening keynote at DevRelCon London 2023 will be touching on some of the adversities that we in Developer Relations face, anything from gaslighting, to a changing economy, to being part of a system that is continuously changing.
Why should people attend your talk? What should they expect to take away from it?
My talk is going to give some tools and tips about persevering, and also leaning on each other to make sure that no one is left behind. We have a very high bar in terms of gaining the trust and validity amongst developers. I think we should use this to make sure that we are a shining example of how to take care of people, not just the developers that we serve or the companies we are employed by, but also our colleagues in the DevRel space.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s DevRelCon London event?
My first DevRelCon was in 2019 in San Francisco. It was in a period where I was between careers in the DevRel space. When I attended in 2019, it was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I left with inspiration, information, and validation.
There’s nothing like being amongst your peers and colleagues. The fact that it is ‘in person’ after the pandemic. Just physically being around other people doing DevRel for different companies will be invaluable, both to feed my knowledge and to feed my soul. Especially now with the AI revolution that’s going on.
So, I can’t wait to be there. I would highly recommend attending DevRelCon London 2023 to anyone interested in either jump starting their career in DevRel or deepening their knowledge.