Did you recently start the developer journey? Or you have been in existence for a while, but you operate solo and need a team? Then this is the right article to read. Before I list the various communities you can join, let us delve into what developer communities are.
What are developer communities?
These are ecosystems that create the environment for developers to connect, learn, and grow. Developer communities are relevant because they create access to senior developers who can act as mentors, they connect you to a support group to help with technicalities, and they lead you to your goals quickly. In simpler words, developer communities contribute to your growth.
What to look out for when joining a developer community
That being said, it is imperative to look out for certain elements when joining a community. You would not want to join a community that breaks you instead of making you. On that note,
- Check if they welcome suggestions, opinions, or feedback
- Analyze if they are content-oriented
- Access their support system
- Check if their goals align with yours
After checking out these bits, here are some developer communities you can consider joining.
Developers in Vogue
If you are a female and you are hoping to grow your code skills or set up a technology-powered company, then DIV is the right community for you. The community aims to create a relevant environment for highly skilled female developers who will use technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond.
They have two key strategies: Cultivation of a Network of Peers- where participants are encouraged to develop strong relationships with their peers and Peer Learning- where two participants share a workstation. They believe it creates an atmosphere for knowledge exchange which improves quality learning.
IoT Network Hub
IoT Network Hub is a community of inventors, innovators, developers, makers, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts from all fields of work teaming together to exploring emerging technologies and building innovative solutions to African’s nagging problems. They are focused on capacity building and creating awareness, with a successful track record in terms of numbers, reach, and exposures, both locally and internationally. In the future, they hope to develop innovative solutions into startups.
This community is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Its mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events, and social gatherings. PyLadies also aims to provide a friendly support network for women and a bridge to the larger Python world.
Python Gh Community
Are you a python lover or a beginner who wants to advance in this regard, then look no further. Python Gh is a community of master programmers, intermediate, and even absolute beginners. They aim to make a difference, kick-off different initiatives to address and positively influence the rate of technological change in our society.
DevCongress is a developers’ movement aimed at becoming the most vibrant across the software developers space in Ghana and Africa. Its objectives are to build confidence among software developers, expose developers to a rich array of resources, contribute to open-source projects that have a great social and economic impact, and harness the combined talent and resources of the local tech community to create solutions to national problems.
This is an organized community for developers who are interested in Google’s developer technology; from the Android, Chrome, Drive, and Google Cloud platforms, to product APIs like the Cast API, Maps API, and YouTube API. Based in Accra, this developer group consists of both students and workers that reside within the Accra metropolis.
If you want to go fast, you go alone; but if want to you want to go far, you go with a team. Take the step and join a community today; you will be catapulted into the next phase of your tech career.