I bet you have seen the advert one or twice and you might have even applied for it, Well its a Technology Job so it should not be rocket science even though you didn’t know what the role involved right?
Well, The role doesn’t involve coding all day long (although there’s plenty of that involved). It’s not marketing, PR or sales, although there are plenty of shared adventures to be had. It’s not recruiting, but that happens too. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t involve a lot of sleep. So what is it? We asked Heilmann to define it:
A developer evangelist is first and foremost a translator. Someone who can explain technology to different audiences to get their support for a certain product or technology. It needs to be someone who is technical but also capable to find the story in a technical message… A good developer evangelist can get techies excited about a product by pointing out the benefits for developers who use the product on an eye-to-eye level.
Much like how the boom in social media birthed new positions that were two parts marketing, one part customer service, developer evangelism is a unique blend of business, product development, customer care and everything in between. They’re spokespersons, mediators, and translators between a company and both its technical staff and outside developers. Although the role is nothing new (Guy Kawasaki was one of the first at Apple), there definitely is an uptick (and competition) for hiring for this position now — so what do modern day “developer evangelists” look like?