A talk I gave at the University of Bristol to the 2nd Year Computer Science Students on how to use Open Source Software to further your chances of getting a job. I draw upon the Plone community and software for examples.
Supercharge Your Career
With Open Source
A Bit about me
• Graduated University of Bristol 2000
• Technical Director, Netsight (2001-present)
• Director, Plone Foundation
• Maintainer of Underscore mailing list
• Run the BMEX network
• Avid tinkerer of motorbike and van
Go ﬁnd an Open
Source project that
Take Time to
Whether you are just getting started in open source or trying to build a
community around your project, you should decide what else you want out of a
project. Communities come in all shapes and sizes.
Participating in Open Source
can be more than just
pushing code around
Plone outlasted 2 major
relationships, too many
minor ones, 3 cities, 4
“normal” jobs, 2 startups
First people I talk to in the
morning (pre-coffee even!)
and the last people I talk to
Worldwide network of
Travel isn’t just for vacation
The best part of working with the world is experiencing it!
2013: Plone Strategic Sprints
It is not uncommon for the nordic dwellers to go to South America in the winter. And not just for the women...
A global, well traveled community creates
“Diversity” does not mean “women”. It means different countries, backgrounds,
sexual preferences, clients and pants. The Plone community is tolerant of slim,
straight, tall, short, unisex, imported and even apple bottom.
The 2013 Plone Foundation
Executive Board: 7 people
representing 4 countries, 5
accents, 3 sexual
preferences (openly), nonproﬁt, for proﬁt, big
personalities ranging from
troll to peace maker.
And we love working together to boot. o/
San Francisco, USA
Washington DC, USA