Hashnode Bootcamp - Fall 2023 🍂
✍️ Mastering tech blogging, web development and networking with industry experts ✨
Table of contents
- Bootcamp: An Overview
- 📌 Bootcamp Day-1: Oct 2nd, 2023
- 📌 Bootcamp Day-2: Oct 3rd, 2023
- 📌 Bootcamp Day-3: Oct 4th, 2023
- 📌 Bootcamp Day-4: Oct 5th, 2023
- 📌 Bootcamp Day-5: Oct 6th, 2023
- 🌳 Conclusion
Ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of books surrounding you whenever you stepped into a library as a child and wanted to rifle through each shelf, yet still couldn't get enough of them? This was exactly how I felt during this wonderful Bootcamp!
And I loved each moment of it! So many speakers and the number of topics they covered during the Bootcamp was too precious to be missed. I'm glad I attended it. Also, a huge shoutout to the awesome @danizeres for moderating the sessions!
Bootcamp: An Overview
The Hashnode Bootcamp - Fall 2023 was an online event that took place between October 2nd and 6th, 2023. The Bootcamp consisted of 21 live sessions and 20 speakers, moderated by Dani Passos - Developer Relations Lead, Hashnode. It aimed at providing a platform for participants from diverse backgrounds to learn from top tech industry leaders, refine their writing skills, build coding skills, and network with the global tech community.
The agenda of the Bootcamp had sessions on topics like:
Building connections in open-source
Leveraging Hashnode's AI Editor
Career advice for junior developers
Designing developer experiences
Finding job opportunities in tech
Building your MVP
Growing your online presence
📌 Bootcamp Day-1: Oct 2nd, 2023
🗓️ Scheduled sessions: 4
GraphQL - An Introduction by Jamie Barton.
Building Connections in open-source by Rafael Hernandez.
Leveraging Hashnode's AI Editor as a developer by Rajat Kapoor.
To All Junior Devs Out There - Building Universes, Not Just Code by Sabrina Aquino.
👉 The sessions covered a range of topics from GraphQL and open source to leveraging AI editors and advice for junior developers. They aimed to educate attendees, improve productivity and skills, and motivate and inspire the junior dev.
📌 Bootcamp Day-2: Oct 3rd, 2023
🗓️ Scheduled sessions: 5
Trunk-based Management and Building Developer Communities by Flo Merian
Using Rix as a developer by Ayodele Samuel Adebayo
Fireside Chat with Eric Tang
Building a personal brand with Camila Ramos
Designing Better Developer Experiences by Brandon Strittmatter
👉 Key takeaways: The sessions focused on managing developer communities, using Rix to help developers, trends in web3 career building, personal branding, and improving developer experience.
Key learnings were growing engaging communities through trunk-based management, using Rix's search modes for tasks like debugging, positioning brands for the target audience, and improving developer experience by abstracting complexity and incorporating design.
The roles of AI and future design trends were also discussed in product development.
📌 Bootcamp Day-3: Oct 4th, 2023
🗓️ Scheduled sessions: 4
Finding Job Opportunities in Tech by Dan Eskow
Building Your MVP by Brayden Wilmoth
Build in public and build your online presence: the ultimate guide by YK
The ABCs of Technical Writing by Haimantika Mitra
👉 Key takeaways: Validating ideas through customer feedback and an MVP is key. Build an online presence by contributing to open source and networking to land jobs as a junior developer.
Technical writing requires clarity, conciseness and a defined audience. Use examples and checkpoints. Purposeful writing improves effectiveness. In short: Talk to customers to validate ideas.
Build an online portfolio to showcase skills. Follow best practices for technical writing clarity. Customer feedback, networking and contributing to open source can help develop the skills for a tech career.
📌 Bootcamp Day-4: Oct 5th, 2023
🗓️ Scheduled sessions: 4
Lights, Camera, Engagement: Creating Compelling Video Content for Development Communities, Kevin Blanco
How to document your work to get a remote job in tech, Deni Khalikov
Benefits of building in public for developers, Tim Okonkwo
How to leverage AI as a developer, Muzzammil Yasin
👉 Key takeaways: Storytelling and quality video production are important tools for effectively showcasing information to developers.
Take inspiration from movies to capture attention, prompt reflection and transform thinking. Follow Simon Sinek's "Golden Circle" approach to inspire and motivate people with contextual, inspiring and memorable video content that highlights your vision, strategy and offerings.
An authentic online presence that showcases your skills, work and personality can help land remote tech jobs by widening your network and building your brand.
Public work makes you more credible, attracts an engaged community to motivate and challenge you, helps overcome imposter syndrome, and builds skills that employers value.
Ultimately, developers who build in public are more likely to advance their careers through increased visibility, feedback and opportunities.
📌 Bootcamp Day-5: Oct 6th, 2023
🗓️ Scheduled sessions: 4
Growing Your Online Presence: Leveraging Social Media for Personal Branding, Yuri Santana
Building an AI Headshots app with Leap AI, Alex Schachne
Selling yourself as a developer, Ayodele Samuel Adebayo
Adding multi-channel notifications to your app with Knock, Chris Bell
👉 Key takeaways: Building an effective personal brand as a developer is important to gain visibility, opportunities and a competitive edge. It involves identifying your niche and goals, developing an online presence through social media, building projects publicly and networking with other creators.
Consistency, honesty and connecting with your target audience organically helps your brand grow. Documenting your learning and coding processes also forms an important part of personal branding as a developer.
Tools like Leap AI and Knock can help boost your online presence and brand. Leap AI enables building powerful AI workflows quickly, like an AI Headshots app providing professional profile pictures.
Knock allows triggering cross-channel notifications across in-app, SMS, email, push and chat channels with simple API calls.
I gained so much valuable knowledge during the Hashnode Bootcamp. Over the 5 days, speakers from top companies covered topics ranging from GraphQL and open source to AI, personal branding, and technical writing best practices.
👉 Some key lessons I learned include:
• The importance of validating ideas with customer feedback and building an MVP to test assumptions. I now understand this firsthand.
• The importance of building an online presence by contributing to open-source projects and networking to land developer jobs. I'm now motivated to start doing this.
• Best practices for writing clearly and concisely focused on the intended audience. I plan to incorporate these into my writing going forward.
• How tools like AI, video content, and social media can help build my brand and online presence as a developer. I'm eager to start experimenting with these.
• Documenting my work publicly can help me get remote tech jobs and advance my career through increased visibility, opportunities, and skills growth. I'm determined to start doing this.
In summary, the Bootcamp was a great learning experience that allowed me to learn from industry leaders, improve my skills, and network with other developers and technical writers. The diverse topics covered provided me with practical knowledge that I plan to apply to refine my craft and accelerate my career. 😉
Till next time. Cheers! 🎉