2021 Election Campaign: Kevin Avignon

Who am I

My name is Kevin Avignon and I’m from Montreal in Canada. I’ve been a board member for the FSSF for one year now where I have mostly been leading up on the mentorship program with Janne. I’ve found that investing all my energy into education initiatives such as the automation tool I built for the mentorship is very rewarding. You probably know me from the FSSF Slack where my handle is Kavignon or other social networks such as GitHub or Twitter where I’m using the same handle. For the better part of the year, I’ve been working as an F# engineer and continue to see how I can improve as a software engineer through the use of the language.

For those who don’t this about me, I have a blog where I discuss software technology topics that are mostly centered on C# and F#. Talking about F#, I have discovered F# a little over 5 years ago and even though I enjoy coding in C#, I absolutely love writing in F#. If I had to describe myself in a few words, I’d say tenacious, passionate, and curious.

Why I am running

F# has a big place in my heart and I do everything that I can in my social and working circles to spread the love and make sure I can help other people discover why F# was missing in their daily lives.

In my blog, I try to share the passion that I have for technology with the rest of the world. As a board member of the F# Foundation, I hope on building on the existing efforts this incredible community has put to onboard newcomers and help facilitate their entry to F# and the functional programming space. Hopefully, I won’t just help newcomers, but also developers of experience in need of assistance. In a few words, I hope I can help build a path to ease up the life of others through software development. I’d like to help to make the F# community an even stronger community.

The Foundation is currently looking for strong leadership to steer the ship in a new direction. F# is striving but we need to do more as a non-profit organization for the community. As for me, I am focused on building documentation and education initiatives and finding ways to leverage our Foundation to apply all my energy towards those goals. F# is a good language but there isn’t sufficient exposure to the languages and isn’t known enough by companies. I’d like to work on changing that.

Why vote for me

If you were to ask people at my day job what’s the one technology I love amongst all, they’d all say F#, system design, and architecture.I’m an avid learner . I have many software development and engineering books at home. I always keep a backlog of items so I can continuously grow as an individual and contributor. Once I learn and start mastering a topic, I either discuss it on my blog or present it at my local .NET meetup.

If I’m elected, I will steer the foundation towards working on increasing the support to onboard newcomers to the community. By being more inclusive, we can help make F# shine brighter not only as a technology but as a community also. Let’s succeed together! ’m excited about staying a pillar of support for the community and helping others realize how much F# can be amazing for them also.

Thank you for considering me!