Marc Duiker

Senior Developer Advocate

Ably

Marc is a Sr Developer Advocate at Ably with a strong focus on event-driven architectures in the Azure cloud. He loves helping developers to achieve more every day.

You might have seen Marc at a developer meetup or conference since he’s a regular speaker in the area of Azure cloud & serverless technologies. He started Azure Functions University, a free and open source learning curriculum on GitHub, where everyone can learn about Azure Functions at their own pace. From 2019 to 2022 Marc received the Microsoft Azure MVP award for his community contributions.

In his spare time, Marc likes to give attention to the creative part of his brain. He likes to create pixel art (check out VSCode Pets), code visuals & music, and an occasional retro game.

Draw an audience with your non-IT skills to build your personal brand

Do you have a creative outlet that has nothing to do with IT? Ever thought about combining that with your developer community activities?

In this session, Marc will show the benefits and pitfalls of utilizing your non-IT skills to help build your personal brand and growing your community credibility in an authentic way. He’ll share examples of how he used his enthusiasm for retro games and drawing pixel art to support the Azure community, how his pixelart was picked up by Microsoft DevRel, and their senior leadership was playing his retro game.

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