Category Archives: Open source

All Things Open 2017 is the Deal of the Week

The excitement for the largest open source conference on the east coast is starting to build. On Wednesday of this week, the team from All Things Open had some great news to share. First, they launched the latest version of the conference website. It looks pretty slick and continues to use the Spaceman theme. Even more exciting than the new website is that registration for the conference is now open. But wait, there’s more. Continue reading

Get Involved in a Brigade Action Team

A first version of priorities and a draft rally cry are some of the key items that Code for America Brigades should be excited about as we start 2017. But what’s really exciting for me are the opportunities for making connections across the brigade network. Which is why the National Advisory Committee needs brigade members to help us by joining some of our Brigade Action Teams.

As many of you know, I have the honor of serving on the Code for America Brigade National Advisory Committee or NAC for short. There are eight other passionate members of the group who have had several meetings over the last few weeks to help set priorities, draft a rally cry (see image to the right), and identify working groups we call Brigade Action Teams (BAT). We’ve worked closely with Code for America staff and an amazing consultant who helped us navigate several exercises to move the group forward. Continue reading

Hire for Culture Fit, Not Groupthink

20150920_153700Open. Transparent. Collaborative. Fast-paced. Constant change.

Those are words that I’d use to describe the work culture I’ve lived in for the last 13 years as a Red Hat associate.

I love every bit of it, but the culture at Red Hat isn’t for everyone. Years ago, I’d see people join the organization and leave after a short period of time. I convinced myself that our environment is very much a place where people “sink or swim.” If you can deal with an ever-changing environment, then at least you have a shot at being successful.
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FOSS4G NA 2016 is in Raleigh from May 2-5

FOSS4GNA_2016FOSS4G NA is coming to Raleigh! The conference will be held on May 2-5, 2016 in the Raleigh Convention Center.

FOSS4G stands for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. This annual North American conference, a collaborative event organized jointly by OSGeo and LocationTech, is the pre-eminent conference for developers working with geospatial technologies. Continue reading

Life at Red Hat: Red Hat Summit, DevNation in full swing

20150624_060322DevNation and Red Hat Summit are in full swing on June 24, 2015. If you’re a runner like me, the day started off early. Like 6:00 am early. The sun has already been up for quite some time in Boston, which is why the blackout curtains in the hotel are welcome for any hangover-like symptoms you might endure during a conference or a visit to the area in the spring and summer. Continue reading

Life at Red Hat: DevNation Day 2, Red Hat Summit Kickoff

devnation2015_day2_IMG_5418It was a packed day as we headed into day two of DevNation and the kickoff of Red Hat Summit in the evening. I had a full day of sessions, including three amazing keynotes, a book signing for The Foundation for an Open Source City, and a dinner with the winners of Red Hat’s Women in Technology Award.

I was up early again with a lap around the Charles River, a shorter running route than yesterday, but I had a busy day ahead of me. After some breakfast, I headed over to the Hynes Convention center to get the day started with DevNation. Continue reading

Life at Red Hat: DevNation Day 1

devnation2015_day1_20150621_175533My day started with a 4.5 mile run along the Charles River before the DevNation kickoff. I ventured out on a somewhat humid morning to get some exercise in before a long day sitting at the conference. I know how these things work out and I function better after a morning run. At the end of my run, I found a nice coffee shop called Pavement that had a decent breakfast I brought back to the room to get the day going. Continue reading

How to Give a Tech Talk at TriLUG on May 14

POSSCON_2015_keynote-jhibbetsOn Thursday, May 14, I’ll be attending the Triangle Linux Group to take part in a panel discussion on how to give a tech talk. Brian Gerard, Daniel Farrell, Sandi Metz,
and Chris Collins wiling be joining me on the panel. More details about the event are below, borrowed from the TriLUG mailing list (credit: Bill Farrow). Continue reading

11 Project Ideas Pitched at Code for Raleigh

code_for_raleigh_12022014_01The ideas were flowing on Tuesday night, December 2, 2014 at the monthly Code for Raleigh Brigade meet-up. We had a great group of folks from City of Raleigh staff, Wake County staff, developers, citizen hackers, and a few new people ready to improve our government through technology. Our meet-up was held at the NC Innovation Center and by the end of the night, we had 11 projects ideas whittled down to a select few to begin working on for 2015. Continue reading