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Tuesday, August 23 • 11:00am - 11:40am
How the LFX Mentorship Program Helped me Start My Career - Navendu Pottekkat, API7.ai [Presented in English]

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In 2020, I made my first open source contribution. It was very rewarding that I started to spend more time contributing to open source. I was just starting to program full-time and I had a lot to learn. That is when I was accepted into the Linux Foundation Mentorship Program. It gave me access to mentors and helped me improve my coding skills. It also helped me to work on open source while getting a stable stipend. This journey led me to full-time roles writing open source code. Today, I help pay it forward by being a mentor through the same program. In this talk, I walk through how this program has been beneficial to me and others who come from similar backgrounds that offer very less opportunities. I will also share my journey that led to working in open source full-time with very global and diverse teams. This talk is for both mentors and mentees wanting to level up in their careers through open source.

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Navendu Pottekkat

Developer Advocate, API7.ai
Navendu Pottekkat works as a Developer Advocate for API7.ai. Navendu's passion for designing, developing, and deploying scalable, distributed systems is evident in each initiative he advances as an open source maintainer. He dedicates to helping new contributors to open source by... Read More →

Tuesday August 23, 2022 11:00am - 11:40am EDT