Developer Circles from Facebook is a program designed to create locally organized communities for developers. These communities are meant to educate and provide a forum for discussion and knowledge sharing around topics that are top-of-mind for developers in a particular market. Anyone can apply to become a Lead of a local circle at https://developers.facebook.com/developercircles/lead/apply/
Are circle leads sponsored by Facebook in any way?
Circle leads are selected by Facebook via application, but they are not sponsored or endorsed by Facebook in any way.
Are Developer Circles Leads compensated by Facebook?
No, participation as a Developer Circle Lead is completely voluntary.
Does Facebook mandate what topics are discussed or shared as a part of Developer Circles meetups?
No, discussion topics are at the discretion of Developer Circle Leads and they're dictated by the needs, interests and priorities of the community.
How do Developer Circle Leads promote their meetups?
On Facebook! Through their local Facebook Group, via Facebook Events and word of mouth; we've found Facebook to be a pretty effective tool to organize, promote and host meetups.
What is the incentive for someone to be a Circle Lead?
Developer Circle Leads are people motivated by community organizing, collaboration and sharing their knowledge. While Leads are not incentivized or compensated by Facebook, successful Developer Circles Leads can elevate their profile and influence within their local developer communities.
How do developers qualify for the program?
Anyone with a technical interest in coding or topics related to development is welcome to join Developer Circles. There is no application necessary and membership is completely free. People who are interested just need to find their local Developer Circle Facebook Group (developers.facebook.com/developercircles/find), and click to join. Local Circle Leads are in charge of deciding who can join their local Developer Circle Group.
In what markets is the program available?
The program is available globally, with current active chapters across Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, Middle East, and Africa. New circles will be continue to be added as developers apply to start their own around the world. We currently have over 20 active Developer Circles, with more being added every week as people apply to create Circles in their local communities.
Why has Facebook created this program?
Facebook is a company that grew from the developer community, and Developer Circles is a program aimed at making local developers stronger at a global scale. We are creating communities for developers to collaborate and share knowledge because we believe in empowering developers around the world to learn from each other, and benefit from the products, services and best-practices that Facebook has established.
How is this program different than Facebook's FbStart program?
The two programs are very different, and are created for different audiences. Developer Circles is open to any developer interested in technical topics, from students, to hobbyists, to entrepreneurs. Circles are completely open, and there is no pre-requisite to attend a meet-up or participate in the community. FbStart is a more targeted program, designed to help early-stage start ups build and grow their businesses. The program is specifically for start ups looking for mentorship and resources to grow their business, whereas Developer Circles are meant to create open communities for knowledge sharing and collaboration on a variety of technical topics.