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July Newsletter

Now that summer is upon us in full force and many of us are using this time to get outside and enjoy everything that Alaska has to offer we are forging a speaker this month and will be holding a social happy hour (virtual).  This is a great opportunity to meet other members of the Alliance so grab a beverage,  kick back a comfy chair or hammock, and join us to talk about the projects you are working on, a new technology you are learning, or just tell us what fun things you are doing this summer.  

This virtual happy hour will take place during our regular meetup time on Thursday, July 30 at 7 PM.
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July 30, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup - Virtual Happy Hour
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Message from the Director

It has been a wild ride the past several months. Being a software developer in Alaska is already challenging and I'm very happy to have had this community to rely on and participate in during the COVID pandemic. It has been inspiring to see fellow developers and makers rise together and use their skills to create PPE and innovate solutions for living in a pandemic. 

With the recent spike in COVID cases in Alaska, we have decided to hold off on solidifying future in-person events (meetups, hackathon, bootcamp) until we have community guidelines regarding social gatherings.

In light of that announcement, I'd like to highlight how much our group has grown:

In just the last 6 months our membership has:
  • Grown over 10% to 371 members in the #general channel on Slack
  • Had 6 meetups with diverse speakers on a range of topics from Frontend development, DevOps, and mapping at the scale of Lyft.
  • Cheered as several developers have accepted employment at FAANG's as well as other big-name tech companies.
  • Welcomed new members with roots in Alaska as they move back home to continue their journey as software engineers
  • Taken part in an uptick of software products being built in Alaska
  • Watched the growth of high-quality jobs being posted in our #work-offers channel on slack.
In addition to this impressive growth in our membership, we have also been working hard behind the scenes to solidify the organizational structure of the Dev Alliance to ensure it's continued success.  Some of what's been accomplished since the beginning of the year are:
  • Held our first ever board retreat where we built and formalized the organizational structure consisting of a steering committee and board.
  • Defined the duties, roles, and tenure these offices and elected our first members to these positions
  • Refined the vision and mission as well as defined our organizational goals (more on that soon)
  • Refined our code of conduct to be more representative of the group
The Alliance is committed to being a welcoming organization to all human beings. We have an explicit code of conduct at https://akdevalliance.com/conduct. If you see ways that our organization can be more welcoming and inclusive, we are listening and welcome input.

You can reach me privately via jeff@levinology.com or reach out to anyone with (Board Member) in their title on slack.

As always, we welcome all who would like to participate in the direction of the Alliance. You can join the #alliance-leadership channel on Slack to be part of the decision-making process and find out ways to help and get involved as they arise.

While there will always be ways that we can improve and grow, rest is important for any organism. As such we're taking July off to relax and recharge our vitamin D batteries.  I’ll see you at the social this month with a refreshing beverage and flip flops.

With that, I am excited to announce that our speaker when we return in August will be Google Developer Advocate, Nathen Harvey, of Google Computing Platform (GCP). He'll be talking about working on the platform, working as an SRE, and his experiences at Google.

Jeff Levin
Director - Alaska Developers Alliance

Fairbanks Community Project

Interested in a big fancy 3D printer? There is talk about folks in Fairbanks pooling resources for a high-end printer like a LulzBot Taz Pro. Contributors will get access to the printer and the details of contribution and access can be worked out if there is enough interest.

Want more details? Checkout #Fairbanks in Slack or contact Joshua Kugler at joshua@azariah.com.

Upcoming Events

July
July. 30, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup

August
Aug. 27, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup

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