Google has just welcomed me in the Google Developers Experts Program after recognizing my open source work as a web technology expert. As you can imagine, I'm quite happy to have earned this distinction.
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I worked alongside the Google Developer Relations team back in 2017 hacking together a couple of open source projects. Since then I've got the opportunity to hang out with and work alongside some of the finest engineers in the web industry.
Experts ProgramA global program to recognize individuals who are experts and thought leaders in one or more Google technologies. These professionals actively contribute and support the developer and startup ecosystems around the world, helping them build and launch highly innovative apps.
- Be a expert in the subject area.
- Have the ability to articulate clearly and provide meaningful advice to others.
- Display continued activity in the startup and developer ecosystem, by:
- Being an influential and recognized speaker at large and small tech conferences.
- Creating high quality technical content, including: tutorials, code samples, educational books, blogs posts, and videos.
- Mentoring tech entrepreneurs in designing, developing, and distributing their products.
That's basically how I got the invite from a couple of Googlers and ended up going through the Google Developers Experts interview process. You are first referred by a Googler and then vetted through a fair interview process.
🎖 The Badge
So, I had a couple of interviews with a web GDE and a Googler — the rest, as they say, is history. You can read more about the process here. As a form of recognition, the Google Developers Experts also get a badge. I got the one for Web Technologies.
🙌 Howdy! If you'd like to know me better, check out my latest 2018 year in review →
🦊 What's Next?
Well, for the most part, it's business as usual. I love the open source and developers are my people. I am going to keep doing what I do as a developer advocate. Building communities and helping developers.
✅ I'm super eager to work alongside the development teams behind Chrome's V8 Engine and the Speed/Perf team that works on making the web more accessible for everyone but especially for the Next Billion Users.
🤙 I'm going to be releasing seven pretty awesome pieces of open source software (somewhat interconnected) that I've been working on for quite some time now. This is something I am super excited to share.
🗣️ I've several speaking engagements planned throughout the year. With the GDE program, there are going to be a couple more opportunities for me to speak --- especially about web performance with PWAs and JAMstack --- at a few local conferences. Fingers crossed.
If you're planning an event that has to do with developers and you'd like me to talk about the cutting-edge web? Then go ahead, read the Want Me To Talk page and get in touch with me.
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