Virtual Events and ROI - Are We Getting Our Money's Worth

Posted on Friday, Sep 3, 2021
Over the last year, we’ve talked about virtual events quite a bit - from how to get started to bringing things together in a short period of time. That said, being a sponsor at these virtual events has been somewhat of a challenge. With no real “booth” or physical location for interaction, where can value be found in these events and how do we show the benefits to our sponsoring organizations. To discuss this, we brought together a few folks who have experienced virtual events from different points of view.

Show Notes

Check Outs

Wesley

Mary

  • Disconnect if you can – highly recommend hiking! If you have a dog… https://dogtrekker.com has great resources for filtering hikes by dog-friendly, offleash, etc.

Matty

Ben Loyd

  • Google Instant Apps - I hate apps, this lets you use them without installing them to your phone.

PJ

  • Decibullz - ear plugs you can mold at home
  • Rever - motorcycle rider social media platform

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Guests

Matty Stratton

Matty Stratton

Matt Stratton is a Staff Developer Advocate at Pulumi, founder and co-host of the popular Arrested DevOps podcast, and the global chair of the DevOpsDays set of conferences.

Matt has over 20 years of experience in IT operations and is a sought-after speaker internationally, presenting at Agile, DevOps, and cloud engineering focused events worldwide. Demonstrating his keen insight into the changing landscape of technology, he recently changed his license plate from DEVOPS to KUBECTL.

He lives in Chicago and has three awesome kids, whom he loves just a little bit more than he loves Diet Coke. Matt is the keeper of the Thought Leaderboard for the DevOps Party Games online game show and you can find him on Twitter at @mattstratton.

Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben Lloyd Pearson

Director of Developer Marketing at Mattermost

Hosts

Wesley Faulkner

Wesley Faulkner

Wesley Faulkner is a first-generation American. He is a founding member of the government transparency group Open Austin and ran for Austin City Council in 2016. His professional experience also includes work as a social media and community manager for the software company Atlassian, a Developer Advocate for MongoDB, and various roles for the computer processor company AMD and Dell. Wesley Faulkner also serves as a board member for South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi).

PJ Hagerty

PJ Hagerty

PJ is the founder of DevRelate.io and a board member of Open Sourcing Mental Illness. He is an organizer of DevOps Days Buffalo, CodeDaze, and ElixirDaze. PJ is a developer, writer, speaker, musician, and Community Advocate. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall

Mary Thengvall is a connector of people at heart, both personally and professionally. She loves digging into the strategy of how to build and foster communities, and has been working with various developer communities for over 10 years. After several years of building community programs at O’Reilly Media, Chef Software, and SparkPost, she’s now consulting for companies looking to build out a Developer Relations strategy. She’s also the author of the first book on Developer Relations: The Business Value of Developer Relations ((c) 2018, Apress)