A big focus in the Dreamforce Developer Zone this year was on the power of community. We had community speakers who submitted ideas via our Call for Papers, community leaders who put together sessions on the fly in the Unconference, and two awesome Developer User Group leaders (Ami Assayag and Andy Boettcher) who led sessions directly talking about the local developer community experience they’ve been building in their cities. I’ve heard from many speakers and attendees that it was overwhelming to see the community get so excited and involved. For me, that moment came when I was standing in the back of the room during the Developer Keynote, feeling the energy of the crowd and the excitement. It really is true that developers are the new kingmakers, and I’m excited to see the great things you all do on the Salesforce Platform.
Over the past few months I’ve been able to connect with our Developer User Group leaders and work with others on getting new groups set up. We’re now up to 41 groups and that number is rapidly growing. Check out the map of where groups are across the globe. Connect with a group in your area; as a member, speaker, or resource provider – all are welcome! If there’s not a group in your area, please get in touch and I’d love to get you started with one. The Salesforce Platform Developer Community is growing, and these groups are the best way to be a part of it.
Check out these exciting Developer User Group meetings coming up this month –
October 4 – Sydney, AU
The Sydney group will have Sam Smeaton from Recruitability IT at the meeting to discuss the Salesforce Developer job market, which is a hot topic for developers. Sydney area developers do not want to miss this!
October 6 – Chennai, India
The Chennai developers will be covering Salesforce and SAP integration, presented by Sridhar Barla, technical lead at GE. They’ll also be demoing the Heroku platform and tackling a few mini-hacks!
October 7 – Bikaner, India
There is great interest in the Salesforce Platform from University students, and the India Students Group is working to bring them together and teach the platform. They’ll be covering getting started with the Salesforce Platform and career opportunities, as well as hearing from MVP Ankit Arora on how to contribute to the community.
October 10 – London, UK
The London Developer User Group will be having a star-studded meetup on the 10th! Our own Adam Seligman and John Stevenson will be there to help the group breakdown Dreamforce and share their experiences.
Miles apart, but on the same wavelength! These two groups will also be talking about their Dreamforce experiences and sharing some of the cool technologies they learned about. If you missed out on Dreamforce, here’s your chance to get the experience at home!
October 16 – Philadelphia, PA
PhillyForce is meeting to learn about the Apigee API platform and get a technical demonstration of it. Lots of great networking opportunities too.
October 21 – Bangalore, India
100 developers are joining this meeting to talk all things Salesforce Platform, along with a look at preparing for developer certification.
October 29 – Boston, MA