Thursday, December 24, 2015

My 2015

End of year offers a great opportunity to take stock at what I have done. Here are my highlights.

Public Speaking

This year I have shifted my efforts from giving talks to enabling others to do so.

  • I started the Technically Speaking newsletter (please subscribe!) last year with Cate Huston, and we continue to publish one issue per week.
  • I ran a grassroot campaign to get more women to speak at Droidcon NYC, resulting in 22% female speakers. I hope this will serve as a blueprint for others, especially conference organizers, to push the limits.
  • In September I gave my very first keynote speech, sharing my tips to blog and speak more. Please watch it and let me know if it helps you get started and level up on your blogging and speaking!

Android Dialogs

I started a YouTube channel with Huyen Tue Dao to interview people in the Android community. It has been really fun picking up video production, and we have been adding more visuals to aid explanations.


This came as a total surprise, as I have always considered myself as someone who cannot draw. Turns out sketchnoting is more about constraint satisfaction than drawing. And as an engineer, I am extremely good at that.

I really enjoyed sharing my learnings from conferences this way. I have scanned all my sketchnotes from 2015 into a PDF collection:

It is free to download, but you can also chip in a few dollars if you'd like to support my work.


I published two classes with Pluralsight this year:

I also drafted a outline for my Espresso book, and wrote a course from it:


A few of these projects were surprises. I never thought I'd be producing one video a week, or be known for taking graphic notes! I have no idea what 2016 will bring, but I am looking forward to it!

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