One of the qualities that stands out about you is your passion for what you do. What drives you?
I want to create something that will help people in my city. I believe that technology exists to help people. The most important thing are the people, not just presentations.
We need to help people to start thinking about what we can do with the newest web technologies and our freedom to start doing things without waiting from someone to tell us what do. Right now a developer has the power to act and change the world. You don’t need to work in a company, maybe you can create your own!
Providing useful and meaningful thinking strategies to people about how to make all of this sustainable is what drives me. We should follow the ”people first” approach when a project is launched to see if it really provides something useful for them.
For example, I used to work in companies but it didn’t last long because I wasn't feeling passionate about what I was doing. When I quit my last job, I wanted to take action. I wanted to create something that could be useful for others as well. I started to talk to people and it became clear that what we needed was a space - and that is how AngularBeers were born.
It’s a place where people can interact, talk, learn, share ideas and experiences without fear, but with passion in an open and inclusive atmosphere.
There was no community, so you just created one?
When you start a community you need to make sure that you can really provide something new to your people, if there’s already an existing community. You have to take action to make things happen, or you will lose the momentum.
Don’t wait for others to take action for you, or expect rewards. I started covering all expenses myself. I have my up and downs, but when someone tells me how useful what I do for them is, I tell myself: “You can’t stop now, David!”
It’s not all about doing talks, having a venue or providing pizzas: you need to bring your energy and be in regular touch with your members. Collect feedback and always be humble to understand that maybe there is something you need to change at some point in order to improve your community and make it a better place for everybody.
And how did AngularCamp start?
It all started when I suggested to Johannes, who is the organizer of Angular Munich, that we should talk about how we could do things together in Munich and Barcelona. Then we met in AngularConnect in London and first AngularCamp happened in January 2016.