[PETITION] Bring April Wong Back to The Community and Dev Calls


(Patrick Stuart [@pstuart]) #1

For those that don’t know April Wong, she join SmartThings a few years ago and was one of the first community advocates. She switched a while back to a cool marketing role at SmartThings, doing the event planning (for small little shows like CES).

The last few developer calls have been, well, not very productive or positive. A lot of time is wasted typing questions and not really talking about what’s going on inside ST and what the community developers are doing / working on, etc.

April was amazing at Developer and Community Marketing and really great at promoting what the community develoeprs were doing. We need more of this!

We miss April and her marketing take on things. We need April back, just an hour or two every two weeks to help run the dev calls and allow the Developer Advocates, Jody and Tim to focus on their jobs, take notes, follow up on issues, etc. We’ve all heard how busy they are, and trying to run a show is hard work. I know… April made it look effortless (which it is not).

The youtube rebroadcasts are proof enough. Here is one from a few weeks ago… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwPlu4vDleY

vs last year

The energy, enthusiasm, passion that April put into those calls was amazing. She went out of her way to bring people into the calls both inside ST and the community.

Since April left, the developer calls have been missing something… It hit me last night that something was April.

I am formally asking @alex to consider carving off some of @April workload and allow her to bring back her amazing passion for this community and host the Dev Calls so that @jody.albritton, @slagle, @Jim and all the other ST resources can bring their expertise to the call and not have to focus on the challenges of hosting a call.

So, if you agree (or disagree) please share your thoughts, but we need April back and her energy and passion for this community.

Make April the face (and voice) of the SmartThings Community Developer Calls once again!


(Bobby) #2

Sorry, @april is not available, she is too busy running her campaign


(Dale C) #3

How do join in on developer calls?


(Patrick Stuart [@pstuart]) #4

They are usually posted here https://community.smartthings.com/c/groups-events/developer-discussion

And it involves going to this link at the time. https://zoom.us/j/141985872

The are every other Wednesday at 5pm PDT. For about an hour.


(Patrick Stuart [@pstuart]) #6

Thanks, I did ask April before I posted this. She loved the idea and was willing to do it. Appreciate your concern though.


(The fish is still dead.) #7

Great idea, especially if April’s in favor!


(Jeff DeWolfe) #8

I don’t have much to add that @pstuart hasn’t already said. I agree with him 100%!


(April Wong) #9

Oh wow! You guys are the best. I love you all.

Im really thankful for this recognition. You know when a customer praises an employee to their manager, the employee generally feels over the moon! That’s how i feel right now.


#10

I second this. Being a newbie and not knowing who April is, I’m sure she’s a great gal… :slight_smile:


(Brian Diehl) #11

Definitely agree with this.
I don’t join in on the calls all that often (only when work isn’t too crazy), but there is a noticeable difference in how the calls go.


(Ron S) #12

I demand to bring back @April. :slight_smile:


(Bobby) #13

Ha, ha, ha I was wondering why it took you so long to react to this. How are things going?


(Ron S) #14

Much better! Thx! Spending most of my time and effort on Twitter and being political! :wink: Looks like ST has been behaving lately but the candidates are not! :wink: I have always been Never##### but well for @April! AlwaysApril & AprilTrain!


(Brian Diehl) #15

Time for a firmware update for the candidates?

That’s what our robotic future has in store for us!


(Ron S) #16

Well, when there is no human intelligence, it’s time to vote artificial intelligence! I vote ST! Rock on! And bring back @April. :wink: She is the perfect fit for STOTUS! :wink:

PS: Typo intended.


(Ben Edwards) #17