Martyn Davies is a Developer Evangelist for SendGrid and a creative developer based in London. He has worked in technology for over 14 years having previously held roles at the BBC and Universal Music Group. You’ll find him presenting, demoing, hacking and chatting at hack days, conferences and meetups in the UK & Europe on a regular basis.
One of the really great parts about being a Developer Evangelist at SendGrid is getting to meet with companies when they’re just a touch more than an idea. I get to do this a lot thanks to the SendGrid Accelerate programme that supports accelerators, startup incubators and co-working spaces around the world. Along with providing companies technical help with SendGrid integrations we get asked to spend some time talking to the companies in these programmes and answer questions about anything we have knowledge about. I’ve been asked everything from architecting an out of the gate server setup that would scale,…READ MORE »
Following on from Tim’s post about our hackathon adventuring in Europe over the past week, it’s my turn to highlight some of the excellence that came out of our time at the Kings of Code ‘Hack Battle’ during The Next Web conference that took place last week in Amsterdam. After taking the rather scenic train from Paris, Tim and I arrived in Amsterdam to discover that I’d booked myself into a hotel 120 miles away from where we were supposed to be. Several confused minutes later Spotify Hacker Advocate, and fellow Hack Battle supporter, Andrew Mager rocks up with some local…READ MORE »
I’m pretty bad at letting things break my flow. Twitter, Hacker News, the actual news, buying tech I don’t need; all things that are likely to happen if I leave my editor and head into the browser. Those tabs are just too damn easy to click on. Inspired by other developers and my fellow developer evangelists, I’ve been looking for ways to maximise my productivity when I’m coding. So, I decided to start building an application that would take the elements of SendGrid administration I was doing, remove the browser element, and bring it back to the terminal. The end…READ MORE »
It’s always exciting to be able to introduce SendGrid’s APIs to new audiences. A great part about being on the Dev Relations team is that we get to do that on a global scale. Earlier this month (February 8th-10th) we had the honor of hosting the inaugural Business of API Hackathon alongside Bessemer Venture Partners, LinkedIn, and Twilio in Bangalore India. The event was organized by Microsoft, Vangal, and Bessemer Venture Partners at the colorful Microsoft Accelerator space and was designed to challenge top developers to explore business applications on the SendGrid, Twilio, and LinkedIn platforms. I was joined by…READ MORE »
On January 16th, Sound City, Digital Advisors and ACME/Liverpool Vision, teamed up to host a Futureproof Routes to Market session: Broaden Your Horizons–a motivational event for the burgeoning local creative sector in Liverpool. Details The workshop’s mission was to: “Look at life outside games, how the skills of game developers and digital companies are applicable to sectors in areas such as music, brands, social media, gamification and meta games and how other sectors and industries are looking to games and services as the new way to engage customers. [And to] examine how digital companies can increase their commercial opportunities by…READ MORE »
Startup Weekend hit Manchester for the first time this weekend as part of the Global Startup Battle – the largest community organised startup event in the world with over 130 cities around the world hosting events over 2 consecutive weekends. Held at Manchester’s soon-to-open TechHub, the event attracted about 60 people from all over the UK. An eager bunch who all turned up ready to pitch, form a team, build something over the 54-ish hours and see if they would emerge victorious on Sunday evening as the winner with the opportunity to carry on developing and competing in London the…READ MORE »