SouthEast LinuxFest 2011 at SELFI’m here at the SouthEast LinuxFest in Spartanburg, SC. I arrived late Thursday night, technically Friday morning, and spent most of Friday setting up the Red Hat / table and networking with folks. Last night, sponsored the SELF pre-party at Marriott 299 Sports Bar. We made a lot of great friends.

The conference kicked off today with a keynote by Jon “Maddog” Hall who has over 40 years of commercial computer experience. He is an expert on the software industry and gave an excellent presentation on creating jobs with free software. You should check out his latest project, Project Cauã, which is focused on creating sustainable computing jobs in the developing world.

There looks like a lot of interesting sessions this afternoon–here are a few I’ve got my eye on:

  • How can I contribute to open source?
  • What education can (and can’t) learn from open source
  • Teaching open source in colleges in universitires
  • Community organizing for free software activists
  • Taste great or less filling? Marketing an open source business
  • Open source beyond the development model

Tomorrow there is a DrupalCamp at SELF. I’m looking forward to learning some new stuff on Drupal and sharing some knowledge about online community building during my session at 1:30pm.

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About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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