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Is there a position in companies (and which ones?) where the role is writing some code along with going on to the seminars to connect with other developers who maybe the clients of your/company's product?

I'd like to get out of the cubicle writing code style. I am already a member of some meetups and go there regularly but would like to get into a job where the requirement is to connect and share.

I am not sure what kind of companies have such a position and what are these called. I am a programmer with sufficient web development experience.


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You're probably looking for something along the lines of Sales Engineering or Technology Evangelist. These roles require you to have a near-engineer-level understanding of the product, but also let you play the role of product promotion, so you get to travel, meet people, work with prospective clients, give talks at seminars and conferences, etc. These roles are in demand in the software industry, and sounds like what you're looking for.

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Industries drivers/devices or libraries use technical support engineers that both help customers diagnose problems and directly help them write better code against your libraries. Also, consultants that support specialty software, that's pretty much all they do. Intel, nVidia, Havok, are sample companies that come to mind. –  Patrick Hughes Mar 19 '12 at 17:36
@PatrickHughes - TechSupport doesn't write code –  Lazy Badger Mar 20 '12 at 0:20
Tech Evangelist seems like a very nice position and very close to what I am looking for. However, the positions are very less. Maybe I did not look hard enough. –  sabertooth Mar 20 '12 at 0:37
@LazyBadger I have had direct code support, sometimes in-office visits with laptops in hand, from technical support engineers at all the companies I listed. I'm sorry you haven't had the pleasure of that level of support, but those positions do indeed exist and my contacts were genuinely helpful. –  Patrick Hughes Mar 20 '12 at 0:58

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