Cloud Advocate, Spatial Computing
April Speight is a Cloud Advocate with the Spatial Computing technical team at Microsoft. She began her career in the luxury fashion industry as a menswear stylist and visual merchandiser and later transitioned into tech as a project manager. In her spare time as a project manager, she began learning the Python programming language and created educational content to help others learn. Through learning Python, she found a love for AI assistants and chatbots. Her love of the Python language and educating others led to the opportunity to publish her first book with Wiley titled Bite-Size Python: An Introduction to Python Programming, which will be available online and in stores late Summer 2020. In 2019, she was introduced to XR and approached the new technology with the same passion she held for Python. In January 2020, her team won Best in Learning, Education and Research as well as Best in Health and Wellness + Medical at the MIT Reality Hack for their VR learning experience Spell Bound, created to help children with dyslexia and dysgraphia learn letter formation and word recognition. She has since been helping the beginner XR community get started with creating their own experiences.
Raising Awareness: Using Your Platform for Social Good
In recent weeks, we’ve witnessed the consequences of remaining silent on issues which impact humanity and basic human rights. As a developer advocate, we possess an unspoken responsibility to raise awareness and share credible information in discourse around social causes. Defining our value to the developer community through likes and followers have skewed the true meaning of working in developer relations. It is time to read the room and use our platform beyond the amplification of technical content. Join April Speight, Cloud Advocate at Microsoft, as she shares what it means to have a platform in the new normal.