From the desk of Leslie Hawthorn
While we got this introductory post out last year while the Call for Papers was open, so we’re going to call this one better late than never.
Laura and I are co-organizing the Community DevRoom at FOSDEM once again, and we’re very excited to be working with these great folks on the Program Committee and other activities to make the festivities even better for 2019! If you’ve attended in the past, yes, we will still have snacks in the room all day, in addition to a dozen or so talks from familiar faces and brand news speakers, too.
So, without further ado, please meet the FOSDEM Commmunity DevRoom 2019 Program Committee!
Shirley leads Open Source Events and Community at Amazon Web Services. In her spare time, she’s an avid DIYer and an undercover interior designer, who also volunteers her time on RailsConf, EmberConf, and RubyConf. Twitter: @shirleybailes
Sharan Foga is a returning program committee member. She works as an Agile Delivery Manager in the Strategic Execution team at Sandik CODE. In her spare time she enjoys working on open source community management, outreach and diversity. Sharan has been involved with the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) since 2008 and is VP Apache Community Development.
Afredo loves to create environments in which great ideas can happen and people feel empowered, thanks to community dynamics and technological innovation. He works in Developer Relations @ Google, leading a team of community professionals empowering dev communities across the whole Europe. Twitter: @rainbowbreeze.
Brian Proffitt is a Senior Principal Community Architect for the Open Source and Standards team at Red Hat, responsible for community content, onboarding, and open source consulting. A former technology journalist, Brian is also a graduate lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. Twitter: @TheTechScribe.
Matthew Revell returns to the program committee this year. He’s the Founder of DevRelCon events series and the curator of the popular DevRel community site. When not helping to educate his fellow developer relations professionals, he runs Hoopy, a boutique consultancy educating companies on how to grow developer relations programs that scale out and respect the principles of FOSS communities. Twitter: @MatthewRevell
Combining an electronics & art background, Jenny joined the tech world as a PHP developer and now works as a Community Engineer at Human Made. When she started, she spent her first two weeks organizing a conference. She can often be found evangelizing open source community, event organiser and occasionally, speaker. When away from the laptop, she’s usually binge watching Formula 1 & anime, doing house renovations or making a mess whilst cooking. You can find her on your messaging service of choice, making plenty of typos. Twitter: @miss_jwo
We’re thrilled to have each and every member of the committee with us, and we’re proud that we have a diverse set of background and skills represented amongst our review team.
Stay tuned to read interviews from our accepted speakers and for more news on the Community DevRoom!