CloudStack Collab Conference NA14 - We Need You! Building a Community One Voice At A Time

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Talk given by Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) and I (@aarondelp) at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Denver, 2014. We talk about how to contribute to an Open Source Community WITHOUT being a developer or a Community Leader. How can YOU as an individual participate and help share knowledge, influence direction, and give back. We talk about using tools such as Twitter, Google+, Blogs (Blogger & Wordpress), Podcasts, Video, and YouTube as well as how to show up in person and participate at a level that fits your comfort level, budget, and spare time.

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CloudStack Collab Conference NA14 - We Need You! Building a Community One Voice At A Time

  1. 1. We Need You! Building a Better Cloud Community One Voice at a Time
  2. 2. Who are we? Aaron Delp (@aarondelp) Cloud Architect, SolidFire Cisco Champion VMware vExpert Kenneth Hui (@hui_kenneth) Technology Evangelist, Rackspace OpenStack Ambassador
  3. 3. Agenda • Jumping In • Why Get Involved? • How to Get Involved? • Next Steps
  4. 4. Jumping In
  5. 5. Misconception OR
  6. 6. Why Get Involved?
  7. 7. Community Benefits
  8. 8. Drive Adoption
  9. 9. Share Knowledge
  10. 10. Drive Direction
  11. 11. Personal Benefits
  12. 12. Greater Opportunities
  13. 13. Domain Knowledge
  14. 14. Personal Network
  15. 15. How to Get Involved?
  16. 16. Pyramid Twitter / Google+ Attend Blog / Slide Deck Podcast Video / PresentIncreasing Time Commitment Increasing Cost Commitment More Crowded Less Crowded
  17. 17. Twitter / Google+ • Twitter – Follow @CloudStack • Free – Minimal Time Commitment • Find people to follow • RT & Engage in Conversations • Follow key words you are interested in (#CloudStack) • Goggle + • Free – Minimal Time Commitment • Communities of interest • Share personal items to increase Google search rank
  18. 18. Attend • Local User Groups • Free – Minimal Time Commitment • Small Gatherings, easier to participate and network • Search tools such as MeetUp & EventBrite • Conferences • Not Free – Moderate Time Commitment • Great (Global or Regional) Learning & Networking • Large Gatherings, harder to participate, find meet ups at the event
  19. 19. Blog / Slide Deck • Blog • Start Free, Could involve hosting costs • Follow Planet CloudStack & Contribute articles • If you do it more than once, blog about it • If you don’t find it in 2 Google searches, blog about it • If Blogger, post to Google+, If WordPress (or others), use SEO • Slide Deck • Free – Moderate Time Commitment • Follow CloudStack on SlideShare • Post your decks, speaker notes, keywords to scale your message
  20. 20. Podcast • Podcast • Medium cost, Medium Time Commitment • Follow The Cloudcast, Digital Nibbles, Speaking in Tech, GigaOm • Don’t “Pod Fade” – Will you want to do this for 1 year+ • Make the production process repeatable and easy • Submit to iTunes & Stitcher Radio w/ keywords • Blog page with show notes (for Google ranking) • Socialize on All of the above (Twitter, G+, etc.)
  21. 21. Video / Present • Video • Medium to Major Cost, Medium to Major Time Commitment • Can be more difficult to edit • Publish to YouTube, people find good content (CloudStack Channel) • Follow the blog rules for creation (can’t find it, create it) • Public Speaking • Costs vary, Major Time Commitment • Practice, Practice, Practice • If possible, attend training • Persistence is key
  22. 22. Next Steps
  23. 23. Next Steps • Find Something You Are Passionate About • Find a Community • Start Small / Just Outside Your Comfort Zone
  24. 24. Questions? Thank You!

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