Building your community: a person-centered approach

Bekah Hawrot Weigel

Virtual Coffee Creator and maintainer

Deepgram, Technical Community Builder

Building your community: a person-centered approach

Building and sustaining a developer community is a core part of many developer relations programs. But in our rush to make an impact, we can sometimes forget to ask whether the world needs another developer community. And even if creating a new community is the right thing for our program, it’s often too easy to focus on what our company needs at the expense of what our potential community members need.

Drawing on the experience of founding and running the Virtual Coffee developer community, Bekah Hawrot Weigel will provide practical advice on how to create people-centered developer communities. She’ll provide guidance on how to establish a community that serves both your DevRel program and its members while recounting how she handled key turning points in the history of Virtual Coffee.

About Bekah

Bekah graduated from the Flatiron School Software Engineering program in May of 2019 and since then has spent time as a frontend developer, started the Virtual Coffee developer community, and has continued to mom her four kids. She currently co-hosts the Virtual Coffee podcast, tries to work on her postpartum wellness OSS project, and lifts heavy things in her free time. In 2022, she officially joined the DevRel world as the Technical Community Building for Deepgram.