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Design Process What I’m Up To

Working on an article for the Auth0 blog

Tap to view my scribbling at full size.

I like drawing out my article ideas for the Auth0 Developer Blog before firing up the blog editor and typing. Here’s an example, which I was doodling this morning, which I made at the dealership while my car was being serviced.

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Humor

The no-fun game for the whole IT department!

Thanks to Ramon Grajo for the find!
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Current Events Tampa Bay

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, July 12, 2021)

Here’s your weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events — plus a little area tech news — for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, July 12 through Sunday, July 18, 2021.

This is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For the past four years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Monday, July 12

Tuesday, July 13

Wednesday, July 14

Thursday, July 15

Friday, July 16

Saturday, July 17

Sunday, July 18

Tampa Bay area news roundup

Tampa Bay’s tech scene had a banner first half of 2021

Here’s Tampa Bay Business Journal’s roundup of their biggest tech stories from the first half of the year.

Startup City: Six steps to a healthier startup ecosystem in St. Petersburg

“Successful communities have certain attributes that put them in the running to attract the talent that a vibrant economy requires. Fortunately, St. Petersburg is rich in the cultural and infrastructure assets that resonate with tech entrepreneurs and startup founders. These include a great quality of life, walkable urban spaces, a thriving arts scene, a research university that ranks in the top ten for U.S. patents, and a nearby airport that travelers named in a national J.D. Power’s 2020 customer satisfaction study. And of course, weather and natural beauty that can’t be beat.”

TampaBay.Ventures Leads Investment Into Y Combinator Graduate Procoto

TampaBay.Ventures has led an investment into St. Petersburg, Florida-based Procoto, a procurement and spend analysis platform for businesses. Procoto is a graduate of the famed Y Combinator startup accelerator program and the first Y Combinator graduate located in the Tampa Bay area. The investment represents the first investment from TampaBay.Ventures, a new venture capital firm dedicated to backing Tampa Bay’s most promising startups.”

Tampa Bay startup personality launches conference

“Allen Clary, author of Quit to Start, has been supporting entrepreneurs for years with organizations including Tampa Bay Wave, Upsurge Florida, and Tiger 21. Now he’s bringing his own thought leadership conference, Unlock Your Future Now, to Tampa Aug 27 through 29. In addition to Allen, speakers also include Janel Laravie, Johnny Crowder, Marcus Howard, Mariagrazia Indenbosch, Garyn Angel, Kaylan Boss, Kat Stylez, Sasha Jovicic, Holly Callaway, and Adam Anderson.”

Tampa startup, Black Stock Footage, wins Florida pitch competition

“The idea emerged as all the events around Black Lives Matter unfolded and Lee’s clients began requesting more Black representation in their video projects. When Lee searched multiple stock footage platforms, he quickly recognized a problem: A substantial lack of stock footage depicting Blacks in ordinary, real life circumstances. Not only was there no one-stop shop for such content, but piecing it together was a challenge. He started mulling it over with Edgerton-Maloy, his fiance, and they came up with the solution: Create a new platform designed to provide the kind of footage that was lacking.”

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

Let me know at joey@joeydevilla.com!

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Career

I landed someplace nice, and so can you!

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Some of you who know that I joined Auth0 in October have been asking what it’s like now that Auth0 has been acquired by Okta.

These headlines should be an indicator:

I am a Senior Developer Advocate at Auth0, and there’s an opening on my team for the same position.

Here’s a quick description of the job:

As a Developer Advocate at Auth0, your job is to empower developers to innovate and secure their apps with Auth0. Developer advocates have two main focuses. The first is to educate developers about Auth0 and identity through speaking at events, creating live and recorded video content, writing, appearing on podcasts, and other creative mediums. The second is to serve the larger developer community by answering questions and listening to feedback on forums, GitHub, social media, and Slack and Discord servers. You’ll then take that information and share it with other marketing, engineering, and documentation teams at Auth0 to help improve our developer experience. These two objectives also include working on programs like Auth0 Apollo Program, Auth0 Ambassadors, and Avocado Labs, collaborating with engineering teams, working on open source libraries, and building internal tooling and reporting applications. For all of these tasks, you will measure your impact both quantitatively and qualitatively and adjust course as needed.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

  • 3+ years experience as a developer in front end or backend technologies like JavaScript, Python, PHP, etc.
  • You find joy in serving the community and helping fellow developers get better at their jobs.
  • You’re an educator at heart who loves teaching developers how to build amazing things.
  • You’re comfortable taking complex topics and making them accessible to developers of different experience levels.
  • You enjoy speaking in front of groups of developers at conferences and meetups.
  • Writing excites you – part of teaching is developing content!
  • You will be the first to try new APIs and products. You’re not afraid to roll your sleeves up to write code snippets and sample applications. Even better, you can articulate ways they can be improved to make all developers’ lives easier. 
  • You are a strong independent contributor, but you enjoy collaborating with teammates and multi-functional teams.
  • You are comfortable learning multiple skills simultaneously and managing multiple projects at once.
  • Your passion for technology inspires you to explore your curiosity; you love learning new things. 
  • You find a fast-paced, constantly iterative environment engaging and stimulating.
  • You can write and speak proficiently in English.
  • Up to 30% travel (once it’s safe to do so).

The position is a remote position, but since it will involve travel within the US and Canada, we’re looking for someone who lives in either of those countries.

Want to know more about this opportunity? Check out the job listing, and if you’re interested, drop me a line.

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Current Events Tampa Bay

What’s happening in the Tampa Bay tech/entrepreneur/nerd scene (Week of Monday, July 5, 2021)

Here’s your weekly list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events — plus a little area tech news — for Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for the week of Monday, July 5 through Sunday, July 11, 2021.

This is a weekly service from Tampa Bay’s tech blog, Global Nerdy! For the past four years, I’ve been compiling a list of tech, entrepreneur, and nerd events happening in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas. There’s a lot going on in our scene here in “The Other Bay Area, on the Other West Coast”!

By “Tampa Bay and surrounding areas”, this list covers events that originate or are aimed at the area within 100 miles of the Port of Tampa. At the very least, that includes the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater, but as far north as Ocala, as far south as Fort Myers, and includes Orlando and its surrounding cities.

This week’s events

Don’t forget that the week follows the holiday weekend, with Monday being a holiday, and a lot of people taking at least part of the week off. This the one of the slower times of the year, so make sure you double-check with its organizers to be sure that it’s actually taking place!

Monday, July 5

Tuesday, July 6

Wednesday, July 7

Thursday, July 8

Friday, July 9

Saturday, July 10

Sunday, July 11

Tampa Bay area news roundup

‘Visitor economy’ and ‘cultural infrastructure’ propel Tampa, St. Pete metro area to ‘best city’ honors — The Tampa Bay area has been named the number one city in Florida and number 22 in the U.S., according to a study conducted by Resonance Consultancy, a Vancouver-based global advisor on tourism, real estate, and economic development.

So many Tampa Bay mobile dev job openings, so few applicants — While checking LinkedIn earlier this week, I noticed that there were a lot of iOS and Android developer jobs in the Tampa Bay area, and many of them didn’t have any applicants (or at least any applicants who applied via LinkedIn).

Tampa Bay tech grows as more workers move to the area — Tampa Bay is ranked one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and tech is one of its fastest-growing industries, accounting for nearly 8% of the entire workforce, according to CompTIA.

Tampa Bay companies raised another $13M in June — A small but mighty amount of funding deals kept the Tampa Bay technology scene holding strong in June. The group of companies raised just over $13 million for the month, nearly identical to May’s $13 million total.

Tijuana Flats is the latest major brand to partner with Tampa tech company — Tampa-based technology company SiteZeus has announced its latest partnership with Tijuana Flats, adding to a long line of restaurant industry giants it currently helps to better find where companies should open new locations.

Do you have any events or announcements that you’d like to see on this list?

Let me know at joey@joeydevilla.com!

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Current Events Mobile Programming Tampa Bay

So many Tampa Bay mobile dev job openings, so few applicants

Tampa Bay mobile developer jobs on LinkedIn as of this morning. Tap to view at full size.

While checking LinkedIn this morning, I noticed that there were a lot of iOS and Android developer jobs in the Tampa Bay area, and many of them didn’t have any applicants (or at least any applicants who applied via LinkedIn).

I quickly cobbled the image above from screenshots of LinkedIn’s Jobs sections that I took this morning. If you know UIKit from SwiftUI or can tell your RecyclerViews from your ListViews and either live in Tampa Bay or want to move to our sunny shores, there’s a lot of opportunity right here, right now.

It’s nice work if you can get it

Want to know how much you can make as an Android developer? Here’s what ZipRecruiter has to say:

Screenshot as of July 1, 2021. Tap to view the source.

Here’s ZipRecruiter’s graph for iOS developers:

Screenshot as of July 1, 2021. Tap to view the source.

…and trust me on this one: If you can combine mobile development skills with people skills, you can make a little more.

Learn Android development with GDG SunCoast

We’ve got a GDG (Google Developer Group) right here in Tampa Bay — GDG SunCoast — and they host an Android Study Jam every Wednesday evening. It’s an online event that’s free of charge to attend, and they walk you through Google’s official Android/Kotlin tutorials. It’s a great place to get to know other locals with an interest in Android development, ask questions, and even win prizes!

GDG SunCoast’s next Android Study Jam happens on Wednesday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m..

I’m going to try and catch as many of these as I can. I hope to see you there!

Returning soon: The Programmers of Portables meetup!

A few years back, I started the Tampa iOS Meetup with Angela Don, and over time, it mutated into Programmers of Portables.

The pandemic, my job search, and a lot of work at Auth0 have kept me from holding a meetup in some time, but I’m already working on plans to bring it back. Watch this space, and get ready to learn iOS, Android, and IoT development tricks!

Speaking of Auth0…

Keep an eye on the Auth0 developer blog, where I’m one of the editors. I’m working on a lot of articles about mobile and Python development, and you’ll start seeing them there soon!