You wouldn't believe the number of people I've talked to over the last week who have the problem of not being near a technology hub of some kind.
Many of them live in other countries or in the country away from major cities.
So, Users' Groups, meetups, etc are hard to come by.
My favorite call was with a programmer in Trinadad and Tobego.
He has a pretty long developer history and trouble getting a job that will pay the bills.
There are no developers near him.
So, he's basically left trying to attract the attention of a U.S. based firm that will hire him to do what he does best.
Another developer I talked to was in Nigeria.
He's been participating in groups around React and Ruby on Rails.
He also has a community problem that makes it hard for him to get noticed out there.
Finally, I talked to someone in the United States who lives about an hour from one or two bigger cities with tech communities.
However, his circumstances make it hard for him to get into town when the meetups happen.
If you can't make it to tech events, what do you do?
I've been asked this enough that I'm doing a few things to try to help.
Basically, you virtually get together with a bunch of other developers and listen to the talks.
However, you also get access to a Slack chat and a live roundtable discussion where you can connect with other programmers around the world.
After all, conferences are all about connecting.
I have a few other things in the works, but a good start if you're feeling isolated from the programming community is to get a JS Remote Conf ticket and start reaching out to other attendees and the speakers.
The conference is next week and we're adding attendees to the slack chat now so you can start connecting with each other.
So, buy your ticket and join our community!
I'm looking forward to connecting with all of you there!