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Future Developer Summit 

where thought leaders discuss the future of developer marketing and developer relations

Engaging Open Source Developers

More than 20 years after Eric S. Raymond published The Cathedral and the Bazaar, open source software (OSS) is a mainstream approach to building developer communities. Kubernetes, React, Wordpress and Linux are used by developer communities in the millions. But where is the art and where is the science in engaging OSS communities?


This 5th Future Developer Summit brings together the leaders in developer relations, marketing and platforms to debate on open source developer challenges, business models, community standards, transitioning teams to open source and best practices for releasing OSS code.

Exclusive Event for Trailblazers in Developer Marketing and Relations

An invite-only, Director-level summit where the developer marketing and relations leaders debate best practices, learn and design better developer strategies.

The event brings together 80 Director/VP/GM-level thought leaders in developer marketing and relations to share experiences on:

  • how to design developer personas

  • how to engage open source developers

  • how to create world-class documentation

  • how to build live streaming communities and

  • how to put together a world-class a dev relations team



I met some awesome people, derived practical and useful knowledge, and felt a lot of love from folks who listened to my talk. You created a wonderful, safe environment that allowed for a real, candid conversation. I think the focus on D&I was a major factor in this.

Tim Falls, Digital Ocean



Companies that attended the Future Developer Summit 2019


12 lightning talks

  3 Keynotes

    2 fireside chats

Day 1 - September 24

14:00  Registration and light lunch

15:00  Let’s meet!

15:30  Opening Keynote

           Willie Tejada: The {open} enterprise

16:00  Fireside Chat with Maru Ahues

16:30  The Developer Program Leader survey

16:45   Coffee break 

17:00   Lightning talks 

Successes and failures from 4 developer programs leaders with :

  • Diego Moreira: How to build a 200k+ Developer Community

  • Lori Fraleigh: Look Mom, I Made TechCrunch

  • Leandro Margulis: Lessons Learned from Building an Inclusive Developer Community

  • Tim Falls: What I learned assembling four developer relations teams, from small to large.

18:00  Panel discussion with lightning talk speakers

18:15  Networking Buffet Dinner 

Day 2- September 25

08:00   Registration and warm breakfast

09:00  Welcome

09:05  Opening Keynote

             Diane Prescott: Connecting Across Generations: How to Be Relevant to Developers                 Regardless of Age

09:30  Fireside Chat with Quinton Wall

09:55   Q3 2019 update:  the latest data on developer trends

10:30   Coffee break

10:45   Interactive workshop: how would you build a developer program from scratch?

11:45   Building a developer program from scratch: the practitioner perspective from Luke Kilpatrick, Francisco Romero and Sidney Maestre. 

12:15   Speaker panel

12:30   Key takeaways from each group

12:45  Networking lunch 

13:45  The Diversity Game

14:00   Lightning talks

Successes and failures from 5 developer programs leaders with:

  • Sara Chipps: Aiming to create a welcoming community, we forgot to diversify the foundation.

  • Nick Schwartz: Manage expectations and create real relationships.

  • Amanda Whaley: Building Cisco DevNet: Creating a community where hardware meets software and developer meets engineer.

  • Jarred Keneally & Cassie Divine: How Being Customer-Obsessed Resulted in Happier and More Engaged Developers

  • Ellie Powers: Evolution of a developer platform

15:00  Panel discussion with lightning talk speakers

15:15  Coffee break 

15:30  Interactive workshop: How do you hire your first 5 people in DevRel?

16:30  Key takeaways from each group

17:15  Book Launch: Developer Marketing & Relations: The Essential Guide Second Edition
17:30  The Developer Program Leader survey results
17:45  Closing Keynote - Brad Meiseles: Kubernetes communities best practices: how it's        changing the way we work
18:15  Networking Buffet Dinner with a Live Latin Jazz Band (2h)