Erin and Brian are joined by Jon Gottfried, co-founder of Major League Hacking and former devrel, about developer events and how to run successful hackathons.
Jon Gottfried is the co-founder of Major League Hacking, the largest community of early career developers in the world. Jon previously worked as an early Developer Evangelist at Twilio and Echo Nest and served as National Director for StartupBus. Jon loves creating new technology and teaching people to do the same. He was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education category and the Stony Brook 40 Under 40 for Entrepreneurship and serves on the Industry Advisor Board for the Stony Brook University College of Engineering. Outside of his work with developer communities, Jon recently competed on Season 6 of The Great American Baking Show.
Erin Mikail Staples is a very online individual passionate about facilitating better connections online and off. She’s forever thinking about how we can communicate, educate and elevate others through collaborative experiences.
Currently, Erin builds community and thinks about the philosophy and tooling of the community and developer advocate world. Much of her day is spent empowering individuals to build, foster, and embrace healthy communities. Outside of her day-job, Erin is a comedian, graduate technical advisor, no-code content creator, triathlete, avid reader, and cat parent.
Most importantly, she believes in the power of being unabashedly “into things” and works to help friends, strangers, colleagues, community builders, students, and whoever else might cross her path find their thing.
Brian Rinaldi is a Developer Experience Engineer at LaunchDarkly. Brian has worked for a decade focused on developer community and developer relations at companies like Progress Software and Adobe. Brian has been a developer for over 20 years, working with front-end and back-end technologies mostly focused on the web. He is heavily involved in the community including running developer meetups and events via CFE.dev and serving on the board of and organizing meetups for Orlando Devs. serves as the editor of the Jamstacked newsletter.