Why developer advocacy is important to Mono
As a developer-focused startup that provides secure and user-permissioned access to financial data and direct bank payments, hundreds of developers integrate Mono APIs to build innovative financial services for users. This is why we ensure that the developer experience with our APIs is seamless, and prioritize growing and advocating for our community of developers.
For developer-focused companies such as ours, developer advocacy and relations are important to us because it allows us to:
Educate developers on how to use our solutions for their projects and solve problems for their users. This could be through publishing technical articles they might find helpful or hosting developer workshops, conferences, meet-ups, and hackathons to connect developers with each other.
Collect insights and product feedback from developers, to understand how they interact with our APIs and then work to make developer-focused optimizations and improvements to their experience.
Improve and amplify documentation efforts for our products such as open-source libraries built by our community so businesses and developers can interact with our APIs better.
Support developers who use our products as they innovate with our APIs.
Contributions from our community in the early days
When we first started Mono two years ago, we had a small but growing community of developers who contributed to building and maintaining our open-source libraries and SDKs, while providing peer support, code implementation reviews, and more, all within Mono’s ecosystem.
These community SDKs/Libraries eased the implementation processes of developers and businesses looking to integrate Mono, and ensured developers didn’t have to singlehandedly set up granular structures to implement our APIs and services.
The developers who made these open-source contributions are valued members of our community and it is important for us to appreciate the impact of their work.
Introducing the first Mono developer contributors
Ibrahim is a result-driven Software Engineer with years of professional experience building high-performing software. He currently works as a Senior Software Engineer at Mentormate.
Ibrahim published and maintains the community Python library. You can check it out here.
Sunkanmi is a Senior Backend Engineer at The bulb Africa. He is a passionate software Engineer focusing on web systems in C#, .NET, and Windows applications, and does frontend in Angular.
Sunkanmi published and maintains the community .NET library. You can check it out here.
Joseph is a Software Engineer and technical lead with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about building next-level logistics infra for the African Market.
Joseph published and maintains the community Golang library. You can check it out here.
Oluwatimileyin popularly known as Timi or Tim is the Founder and Lead Developer at Digikraaft. He is a certified AWS Solutions Architect and Developer and he loves helping people discover and maximize their potential.
Tim published and maintains the community PHP library. You can check it out here.
Oluwole is the CEO of Fusion HQ. He loves building tools and solutions that make business owners' and developers' life easier.
Oluwole published and maintains the community VueJS SDK. You can check it out here.
6. Ekeh Wisdom
Wisdom is the Lead Mobile Developer at CredPal. He is an enthusiastic and innovative engineer with 5 years of experience in building performant, scalable, and user-friendly mobile applications.
Wisdom published and maintains the community Flutter SDK. You can check it out here.
Chiziaru is the Senior Mobile Engineer at Paggy and a GDE (Flutter/Dart) with a ton of experience building mobile solutions at both startup and enterprise levels.
Chiziaruhoma published and maintains the community Flutter SDK. You can check it out here.
Our plans to deepen our developer community efforts
To continue to build and grow a sustainable developer community, we have decided to find more ways to engage with the developers who use Mono and optimise their experience with our APIs. We intend to do this through community programs such as monthly developer workshops, hackathons, town hall meet-ups, ambassador programs, and more, which we will share within the community in the coming months.
These initiatives will help our developers to get instant access to learning resources and tools from our team, share ideas, learn, and collaborate with others in the community, encourage them to make open-source contributions, and educate other developers looking to use Mono.
How to become a Mono developer contributor
There are a couple of ways you can get started as a Mono developer contributor and help us improve the experience for other developers. You can:
Join our developer community and meet other community members.
Read our contributor guidelines here.
Attend our developer events and workshop to learn how our APIs work.
Share feedback on what we can do better for the community.
Join our developer community
To join the Mono community on Slack, you can click this link here. Once you have joined, please introduce yourself on the #introduction channel so that you can interact and connect with other community members who share similar perspectives, experiences, and interests.
To make your first open-source contribution to Mono, please read our contribution guidelines, and apply to contribute to any of our community SDKs and Libraries. You can then make your first pull request and we will review and merge it.
You can also join the #dev-chat channel to stay informed of our upcoming community programs and engagements, share any developer-related topics you are interested in, and network with other developers.
Attend the Mono Developer Workshop
As part of our community-building efforts, we’ll be hosting the first Mono Developer Workshop. Join us at 4 PM, on the 30th of November 2022 to learn how to use Mono APIs to build an account aggregation system.
In this workshop, our Integrations and Developer Relations team will share a technical walkthrough of how to implement this solution and best practices for integrating Mono APIs, and also answer any questions you have.
You can register here to attend the live event.
We want to hear from you
We are always looking for ways to improve developers’ interactions with our APIs and grow our community. Please use this form to share feedback and ideas on what you would like to learn the most from the community and how you’d like to use Mono APIs to build financial products.