What is a technical evangelist?

Why Laura in Mexico loves her role


Do you love sharing your passion for technology? Are you crazy about Microsoft’s devices and services? Imagine a career where you get to talk to people about tech.

Microsoft is looking to hire about 100 Technical Evangelists in more than 30 cities across the globe, including: Tokyo, Schiphol (Amsterdam), Vienna, Vancouver, Beijing, Brisbane, Prague, Chicago, and Gurgaon, India. Laura Frias Carrillo is a Technical Evangelist in Mexico. In her own words, Laura tells how you can land one of these positions.

What does a Tech Evangelist at Microsoft do?

I sit within the Developer and Platform Evangelism (DPE) division of Microsoft, where we are dedicated to keeping our platform alive and generating excitement about our technologies.

My responsibilities include:

  1. Promoting the growth of our applications ecosystem.
  2. Presenting at conferences and workshops to help people develop apps for Windows Phone and Kinect.
  3. Supplying technical support to students and partners.

I especially enjoy talking about Kinect because the technology helps create software in so many fields, such as medicine, education, music, video games, robotics, and augmented reality.

What’s the road to landing a Tech Evangelist role?

During college: Get involved in programs and competitions such as Imagine Cup and Microsoft Student Partners. I was a Microsoft Student Partner during my last year at UNAM. This experience helped me land an internship.

After graduation: Start out as an intern or trainee at Microsoft. This will give you time to get to know the business and decide on a career path. I was an intern in DPE for 10 months. I was responsible for initiatives to promote the adoption of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Azure, Kinect, and Windows Server. I talked with many audiences, including students, entrepreneurs, and software developers. I learned about a number of DPE roles, and I decided I wanted to become a Technical Evangelist.

What kind of person would be a good fit? People who:

  • Love technology, technical problem-solving, and teaching.
  • Feel comfortable public speaking.
  • Have a computer science degree or simply love technology, computing, or mathematics.
  • Enjoy travel. I have taken courses in Germany and the United States to develop my skills.

I love sharing my knowledge and helping people. I enjoy giving talks about technological innovation. With our solutions, students and developers can create amazing tools that are useful in everyday life. To demonstrate, I use fun scenarios, videos and examples. I also help clients and customers develop apps for Windows Phone. For me, it’s thrilling that users will download and use them!

What is it like working for Microsoft Mexico?

Mexico oozes culture and fun. Tortillas and spicy food are just one example. There are so many traditions we celebrate, such as Independence Day and Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). The Microsoft Mexico office celebrates our cultural vibrancy. Each floor of our office has a different theme that identifies us as Mexicans.

Why DPE?

DPE is always in flux, with new technologies, goals, and projects. This gives it high visibility within and outside Microsoft. For women especially, it’s a great opportunity to gain exposure and grow.

If you are interested in working for Microsoft in Mexico, or considering roles in tech evangelism, search Microsoft Careers – our global website – and apply.


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Meet more women of Latin descent at Microsoft: Cecilia Flombach and Janeth Guererro Gomez of Microsoft Dynamics, and Brazil native Juliana Gomez, who has had several roles in IT.

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