Posted by sidrakhan | about 3 years ago
Developer communities natively exist online, firing lines of code. Dynamic coders, writing code, love being architects of the black screen, and sharing their creations. When errors occur and a coder lands in a out of bounds command line, networks surface, supporting peer-led support groups.
Corporations are making better efforts to take ownership and provide a support language that aids developers’ development. They also provide governing guidance at different technical levels with “points-based recognition” peer-rated currency for comments. Traditionally a developer network provides a social ecosystem that exists of developer advocates; passing on needed support to fellow developers.
In more recent iterations of this model, leaders in technology offer more than just a portal.
We’ve seen developers inhabiting physical and virtual locations that could be anything: from pop-ups, hackathons, half day hack days, and even code academies, creating a collaborative “Third Space” for developer co-working, a hybrid online and offline space. It is defined by: being away from work and having a strong strong social presence linked to professional work.
“Third Space” settings bring together unlimited sockets, supplies, stacks of pizzas, and knowledge sharing under one roof. In some work settings, it closely resembles an off-site meeting, a physical event that brings working groups and teams together for the purpose of bonding on a project to achieve goals. The “Third Space” for developers concept goes beyond traditional models, taking on characteristics of many other gatherings, and infusing a little entrepreneurial thought and action!
Workshops, hackathons, and pop-up centers create a social aggregation hub where developers’ portals emerge from the Net, then house and facilitate the community. The developers carry it forward, exchange ideas, share thoughts and discuss issues. These groups are shaping the way developers coexist, collaborate and create. They create touch points in respective geographical locations. Some of their events and popular hackathons sell out in seconds.
For developers, Hackathons and “Third Spaces” are becoming analogous to what Glastonbury is for music lovers, a frenzied weekend away immersed in the grit of technical app development.
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Pop-up Loft is physical space for AWS customers. AWS Pop-up lofts have hosted a marathon of workshops with top names in tech on the speaker’s roster. And during these events, AWS solutions architects provide support and help users develop AWS skills.
Originating in San Francisco and spreading to New York, AWS is now catering to a developer community. The evolving trend now has the attention of hiring groups... and attracts entrepreneurs scouting for engineering talent.
AWS Pop-up lofts recently migrated to London and Berlin spreading an open door policy message to participants: “Bring your code, questions and colleagues. Sharpen your AWS skills through instructor-led boot camps.”
The hook here is to offer Technical guidance from AWS architects, creating a learning culture through a simple plug-in, where you can hang out and connect with peers. The collaborative allows developers to learn from the most innovative startups for free, in one place.
Evolving beyond the hackathon mania, AWS provide workshops catering in deeper dives on developer issues. Focusing on things like IoT, (Internet of Things), specialized series and mentoring communities, AWS seeks to cater to a larger group, further than the tech community, drawing in considerable foot fall from entrepreneurs and with an objective to build deeper relationships in the startup community.