Since joining Xamarin in 2013, I have been lucky enough to speak to hundreds of thousands of people all around the world. I love the ability to help developers by sharing my passion for C# and mobile development for iOS, Android, and Windows with Xamarin. In addition to Xamarin, you may often find me presenting on developer topics such as .NET, ASP.NET, C#, DevOps, and more.
Where Is James Next?
Look out for me at these upcoming conferences:
Visual Studio Live - Las Vegas | March 11-16 (Redmond, WA)
Visual Studio Live - Las Vegas | March 11-16 (Las Vegas, NV)
Microsoft Build | May 7-9 (Seattle, WA)
Technorama | May 22-24 (Antwerp, Belgium)
DotNet 2018 | May 29 (Madrid, Spain)
DevSum 18 | May 30-June 1 (Stockholm, Sweden)
Visual Studio Live - Boston | June 10-14 (Boston, MA)
mDevCamp | June 15 (Prague)
Visual Studio Live - Redmond | August 13-17 (Redmond, WA)
Microsoft Ignite | Info Soon
Visual Studio Live - Orlando | December 2-7 (Orlando, FL)
If you aren't able to see me at one of these conferences, be sure to check out one of the plethora of videos from past events featured on Channel 9.
James At Your Conference or Event
Want to see me at your conference or event? Feel free to contact me at any time.
I prefer to attend and speak at conferences that are actively working on improving diversity throughout all aspects of the conference. From attendees, to speakers, to marketing of the conference, it must be inclusive to everyone. Ashe Dryden has a great article on how to increase diversity at your conference.
I have a set of guidelines for conferences before I start discussing presenting or attending. I want to thank Karolina Szczur for her awesome set of guidelines which I was inspired by and for which some I have taken word for word.
Enforced Code of Conduct
This is an absolute must have and be prominently displayed in both web and print. This means that it is visible and not buried deep down on some random page. As a bonus, important contact information such as police, medical, etc. should be listed. There are a lot of great examples such as Pycon and VS Live
Diverse Lineup of Speakers
I mentioned this at the start, but to me this means at least 40% of speakers should be women or people of color speaking on the subject of their expertise. A conference should try to be inclusive to everyone and I’d like to see as many gender identities, ethnic backgrounds, ages, and races as possible.
No Bad Actors
It is important that organizers do their due diligence to ensure that any speaker, announcer, or sponsor has not previously broken any Code of Conduct. If this is brought to my attention I will not participate in the event.
On the attendee side, it is important that conferences find a way to offer some sort of scholarship program that offer reduced or free tickets to individuals from underrepresented groups, who couldn't attend otherwise.