Events are a great way for GitLab and the Developer Relations team to connect with customers and the wider GitLab community.
GitLab's Developer Relations team regularly organizes virtual events including GitLab Hackathons and community office hours. We also support in-person contributor days and community-organized meetups. Many of these activities are organized through the GitLab network page on Meetup.
When deciding how Developer Relations should support an in-person event, we use the following criteria:
The Developer Relations team will prioritize events that meet at least 2 of these criteria, however, we may not be able to support all events that meet these criteria.
Events that do not meet these criteria will be considered if there is a compelling business case to attend (ex: keynote opportunity at a 500-person event in a priority market).
In order to effectively manage team member travel and time, we prioritize who from our team will attend in-person events using the following criteria:
For virtual events, we will assess the opportunities on a case-by-case basis given they require less time and travel from the team.
The Developer Evangelism and Technical Marketing teams create content for events including managing the Call for Paper submission process and producing presentations, demos, lightning talks, and other content.
The Corporate Event Support of the Developer Evangelism handbook page contains more detail on how these teams support events.
GitLab team members who are seeking support for a speaking opportunity should review the Speaking Resources in the handbook. This page documents the process for a team member to secure approval including the requirements an event must meet in order for a GitLab speaker to participate.
GitLab's Developer Relations team does not hold or allocate budget for event sponsorships. All events sponsorship requests should be directed to Corporate Events or Field Marketing. Please follow the decision path for suggesting an event for sponsoring.
This section is meant to document tips and best practices that the Developer Relations team, and GitLab team, should keep in mind as they plan events and activities.
Additional information about events can be found on the Events page of the GitLab Handbook.
A list of upcoming GitLab events can be found on the Events page of our website.