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#VisualizeIT: A free online series of workshops to build your visual storytelling skills!

nitya profile image Nitya Narasimhan Updated on ・5 min read

This free online virtual event series is being organized by the Microsoft Reactor team in collaboration with Azure Advocates and the Lets Sketch Tech community. Join us and #VisualizeIT for yourself!


🎨 Visualize IT: Origin Story

The #VisualizeIT series is a free online series of workshops that we hope will inspire and motivate more technologists to embrace visual storytelling as a key skill for creative and inclusive communications.

The idea has been percolating for a while among us and this seemed like the perfect time to launch it as we all head into the holidays and think about our resolutions and goals for the new year.

This first series is a 6-part collaborative effort involving a number of talented and community-oriented folks in North America. Read on for more about what we hope to accomplish, and why this matters.


🌟 What is it?

You can read it as "Visualize it!" or "Visualize I-T" (IT being an acronym for Information Technology). At its core, it's about building your creative storytelling skills to complement your software development expertise.

We all know that storytelling is a powerful way to communicate complex ideas. Visual storytelling is about using imagery, colors, fonts and other visual aids to make complex tech concepts easier to comprehend, retain and recall.

The current sessions cover digital sketching (with Procreate) to creative journalling, tech doodling, sketching tech concepts and enhancing your public speaking. We also hope they provide an opportunity to meet and connect with other creative technologists, and build a sense of community around visual storytelling.


🤗 How can I join?

The series is being run as online workshop events happening once a week (on Saturdays) and hosted by Microsoft Reactor. The time was chosen to be friendly to audiences in all North America timezones.

Because the series launches before the holidays, we are running it in two parts - with 3 sessions in December and 3 in January. Each session features a different creative technologist to teach you a new skill or gives you a new perspective to build your storytelling toolkit.

Interested in attending? Just RSVP to the workshop of interest on the Microsoft Reactor meetup page below:

Workshop Facilitator Date/Time RSVP
Introduction to Procreate Kaitlin Gu Dec 05 RSVP
Creative Journalling for Technologists Brittney Braxton Dec 12 RSVP
Sketch The Docs & Chalk The Talk Nitya Narasimhan Dec 19 RSVP
Tech Doodling Workshop Denise Yu Jan 09 Coming Soon
Using Visuals To Communicate Ideas Ashton Rodenhiser Jan 16 RSVP
Sketch The Tech Marlena Compton Jan 23 RSVP

Don't forget to 👈🏽 bookmark this page or 👇🏽 subscribe to the comments to get notifications on updates to the series!


The Sessions

You can find all the recordings on the #VisualizeIT Playlist on YouTube.

Session 1: Introduction To Procreate

Session 2: Creative Journaling

Dec 12 @1pm EST


👩🏽‍💻 Behind The Series

This series would not happen without the collaboration between various members of the LetsSketchTech community, Microsoft Developer Relations and Microsoft Reactor. Learn more about each below.

Azure Advocates / Technology

@AzureAdvocates refers to the Cloud Advocacy organization within Microsoft Developer Relations. Our charter is to help every technologist on the planet succeed through community outreach, content creation and developer skilling and engagement at events worldwide.

We focus on multiple platforms including Azure (Cloud+AI), M365 (Productivity) and Power Platform (Low-Code Development).

Want to learn more? Follow our Azure publication right here on dev.to

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Lets Sketch Tech / Community

Our community partner for this series is LetsSketchTech -- an initiative from Marlena Compton -- focusing on building a community of people who value sketching and the powerful role it plays in business and technical communications.

One key outcome here was the 2020 Lets Sketch Tech Conference. Many of the #VisualizeIT speakers are organizers of that conference, and we all met virtually there for the first time.

If you like their mission, follow them @letssketchtech or support them on Patreon.

You can also follow the Lets Sketch Tech organization here on dev.to

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Microsoft Reactor / Events

Join Microsoft Reactor and learn new skills, meet peers and find career mentorship with other developers. Our mission is to Learn. Connect. Build. and we do this through virtual events that run globally, around the clock! Join us anytime, anywhere.

Check out our meetups and find your next skilling event!

Learn more about the Microsoft Reactor


The People!

Want to follow our amazing speakers and collaborators? You can find them here and on Twitter.

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This free online virtual event series is being organized by the Microsoft Reactor team in collaboration with Azure Advocates the Lets Sketch Tech community.

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Soumya Mishra

Please let me know if all the sessions will be recorded.

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Yes .. sorry for the late response. Check the first post for the videos. Last week's session is out. Today's should be out in a few days

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Siobhan Baker

I'd also like to know whether the sessions will be recorded

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Nitya Narasimhan Author

Yes .. they are being recorded and I will update the posts with links to the recordings. The first one is already out. Today's should be out soon