Bekah Hawrot Weigel!

Virtual Coffee, Creator and Maintainer | Technical Community Builder

After teaching college English for ten years, Bekah made a career pivot and graduated from the Flatiron School Software Engineering program in May of 2019. Since then she has started a consultancy specializing in front-end development, started a developer community called Virtual Coffee, and has continued to mom her four kids. She currently co-hosts the Virtual Coffee podcast, tries to work on her postpartum wellness OSS project, and lifts heavy things in her free time. She recently took her first DevRel position as the Technical Community Builder at Deepgram.

Do you really need a community?

Community is becoming a buzzword for companies, but despite some buy-in, there's an accumulation of quiet slacks, discords, and other "community" spaces. The excitement to join the latest trend jumps right past the question of whether or not we even need another community in tech. Before starting a new community, there should be a deliberate process of community discovery, mission-building, and company buy-in. This talk will go through that process before making the decision to start a community.

9:45 AM

Room: (Live 27 - Simul 23, 24, 25, 26)