Vasylyna: I am most proud of our speakers. Some of them really took off and became Google Developers Experts (like Dmytro Danylyk).
It seems that you have found the right ingredients that make a successful community. What is the recipe?
Oleh: Absolutely crucial is to have the right mix of people you can rely on in the team. Good communication, followed by events on topics that are relevant for your community and invite speakers that are experts on what they do. Mix it with a friendly and inclusive atmosphere and you have the secret sauce.
Ostap: Besides what Oleh already mentioned, you have to also be able to grow your core team and delegate as you grow. Otherwise the workload is just too much and it can hardly be sustained. We are lucky and it has been quite a smooth process for us. We already build a brand and when we post on social media that we are looking for new team members, people approach us themselves.
Vasylyna: Yeah, and also learn from others and take the inspiration from elsewhere into your own events.
Vitaliy: You have to be able to motivate yourself, stay engaged. Always come back to the answer to “Why am I doing this?”
Actually, I just wanted to ask about this. What challenges, if any, do you face?
Vitaliy: I am happy to say, that organizing local events is becoming easier and easier, mainly thanks to our partners that support us. However, organizing a DevFest is a completely different story. We basically start to plan the upcoming DevFest right after the previous one is finished as it takes a year to get everything ready. We deal with the typical challenges like “how to feed 700 people in an hour break” or “how to make sure there is enough coffee and WIFI does not crash”. Some challenges are region specific, it is sometimes complicated to convince speakers to travel as the media coverage of Ukraine has not always been positive. But these are all things that we learned and are learning to deal with.
Ostap: - Also, during major events as an organizer, you get no sleep before, during and after the event :). And your job suffers or you actually have to take time off to make it happen :). But it is all worth it!
What are the next steps for GDG Lviv?
Vitaliy: We are already looking forward to the DevFest 2017 on October 13th and 14th in Lviv, aiming to host almost 1,000 developers, speakers and guests. We are staying alert for opportunities for future growth, especially in the content quality.
Vasylyna: We also want to publish a book on best practices when organizing events for developer communities. Everything is based on our experience and learnings.