David G Simmons

Head of Developer Advocacy


David is an Internet of Things (IoT) pioneer who has been working in the field for over 15 years.

He has also been doing Developer Advocacy since before it was called whatever it was called before it was called ‘Evangelism’. He is now the Head of Developer Advocacy at StarTree where he leads a team dedicated to making Real Time Analytics accessible to all. Previously, he was Principle Developer Advocate at Camunda, Head of Developer Relations at QuestDB, and the Senior Developer Advocate at Influx Data.

It turns out it really is all about data after all.

Organizing, managing, and surviving the CFP Process

The lifeblood of most Developer Advocates is speaking at conferences. We are constantly searching for new and interesting CFPs to submit where we can get ourselves, and our companies, noticed.

But how do you manage the flood of available CFPs? How do we keep track of them all, evaluate them, find the right person in the company to speak, and the myriad other decisions that have to be made around conferences?

In this talk, David will walk through how they at StarTree are managing that flow to better target their resources, surface the right conferences and speakers, and make the most of their conference budget. He’ll walk through the automations they’ve built, and how they’re involving more than just Developer Advocacy in the CFP-to-presentation process.

If you’re still using a spreadsheet to manage your CFP process, you’ll want to come see this talk!

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