Speaking engagements

Jason Hibbets keynotes at ApacheCon 2014

I’ve had great opportunities to travel and attend a variety of conferences and events. Along the way, I’ve been able to share some of my open source, open government, and open data insights. In fact, I wrote a book about those topics titled The foundation for an open source city.


Open Source City
Explore the five elements of an open source city. This book showcases the open source culture, government policies, and economic development happening in Raleigh and acts as a guide for other cities to pursue their open source city brand.

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat where he is a community manager and project manager for Opensource.com. He has been with Red Hat since 2003, graduated from North Carolina State University, and resides in Raleigh, NC.

My full bio and headshot is available on gravatar.

Topics I talk about:

  • Civic hacking / Code for America
  • Community building/management
  • Community engagement
  • Content marketing
  • Burnout and stress management
  • DevOps
  • Open government & open data
  • Open organizations
  • Open source
  • Social media
  • Uncoference planning

For speaking engagements or design thinking and brainstorming moderation sessions, you can contact me at jhibbets at gmail.com.


2020 is shaping up to be another great year to share some of my experiences and tell people about the new Enable Sysadmin blog on redhat.com. Here is a list of confirmed talks and conferences I’m attending.

  • 10 things I wish I knew before experiencing burnout – Open Source 101 meet-up – March 3, 2020 (Columbia, SC)
  • 10 things I wish I knew before experiencing burnout – SCaLE 18x (Southern California Linux Expo) – March 5-8, 2020 (Pasadena, CA)
  • Terminal acceleration: 10 hacks to increase your productivity at the command line – Open Source 101 – April 14, 2020 (Austin, TX) | Canceled
  • Sysadmin’s wanted for #EnableSysadmin – Community Central minitheater at Red Hat Summit – April 27-29, 2020 (San Francisco, CA) | Virtual
  • 10 things I wish I knew before experiencing burnout – Texas LinuxFest – May 1-2, 2020 (Austin, TX)
  • OSCON – July 13-16, 2020 (Portland, OR)
  • All Things Open – October 18-20, 2020 (Raleigh, NC)





In 2016, I spoke at almost 20 different events on a variety of topics including open source, civic hacking, community building, social media, and content marketing.


  • How to Build Community the Open Source Way – All Things Open 2015, October 20, 2015
  • Guest lecture: Open source all the cities: 3 models for civic hacking – Elon University – October 30, 2015
  • Civic Engagement with CityCamp NC – 2015 Public Administration Conference, UNC Chapel Hill – November 6, 2015
  • Open source all the cities: 3 models for civic hackingCode for Greensboro – November 6, 2015


January 23, 2014 – Leadership North Carolina Forum – Introduction to CityCamp NC and Unconferences

I co-presented with Raleigh City Councilor Bonner Gaylor about the CityCamp NC unconference. Part of the presentation at the Leadership NC State of the State involved walking the 40 attendees through a mock pitch and voting session.

February 18, 2014 – NonProfit Connection – Tap into the Power of the Unconference


I gave a 45-minute presentation where I shared my experience from attending and organizing numerous unconference events. I explained what and unconference is, what situations it works in, and how to run an unconference for non-profit organizations or events. The NonProfit Connection is a “Club within the Club” at the Downtown Clubs of Raleigh promoting learning, involvement, and the advancement of community non-profits.  (For club members and guests.)

February 21-23, 2014SCaLE 12x (Southern California Linux Expo) Open Source All The Cities

I gave a 45-minute presentation with an updated version of my Open Source All The Cities talk at the Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles, California. There were about 80 attendees in this session and excellent questions, conversations, and sharing of ideas during Q&A.

Don’t miss this SCaLE 12x speaker interview.

March 1, 2014FOSS Fair 2014Open Source vs Open Data

I co-presented with my Opensource.com colleague, Jason Baker, with a new presentation about open source and open data. FOSS Fair is a one day open source unconference primarily attended by NC State students.

March 12, 2014 – DesignBox Lunch & Learn – Open Source, Open Government, Open Data

I gave a lunch presentation at DesignBox about the principles of open source and provided examples of the open government and open data activities and initiatives happening in Raleigh, NC.

April 2-3, 2014Great Wide Open – Open Source All The Cities: Transforming Government & Cities with Open Source and Open Source Principles


I gave a 45-minute presentation after an inspiring keynote from Clay Johnson, who talked about taking a more critical look at the open government, open data, and open source movements, to start looking at them for ways to build more sustainable, and more scalable government. My session dovetailed nicely with those topics as I explained the open source and open government movement happening in the Triangle, NC adding in thoughts around what it means to be a Citizen CIO.

April 7-9, 2014ApacheCon –Keynote: Open Source All The Cities

I was very excited to deliver a 30-minute keynote address at ApacheCon to almost 500 attendees. I shared my civic hacking experience from Raleigh, NC and highlighted the principles of the open source way to an audience that was probably familiar with many of the ideals, but may not have thought about applying their open source knowledge to another discipline, especially government.

Don’t miss this interview with Linux.com promoting the ApacheCon keynote presentation: Red Hat’s Jason Hibbets: How Open Source Software is Changing City Government

May 15, 2014 – Drupal Business Summit AtlantaOpen Source Beyond Technology

The organizers of the Drupal Business Summit Atlanta attended my talk at Great Wide Open. After my presentation, they asked me if I would keynote at their event. After checking my calendar, I learned that I would already be in Atlanta for the OpenStack Summit and agreed.

I presented on Open Source Beyond Technology to almost 200 people, sharing the core principles of the open source development model and sharing some exciting things happening in the open government and open data space from Raleigh, NC. The presentation was adjusted for an audience new to open source, so the talk had more emphasis on some of the basics around understanding the open source way.

July 22, 2014 – OSCON: Presentation: How does Raleigh use open source?, co-presentation with Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper

City of Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper, and I presented to a room of more than 50 people describing how the City of Raleigh and passionate citizens can partner to promote the principles of open source in their community and how to change the culture of your IT department to favor open source.

August 27, 2014North Carolina Digital Government Summit, Presentation: Open Data, Crowdsourcing and Mitigating Information Requests

Wearing my Code for Raleigh brigade captain hat, I co-presented with Anil Chawla, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, ArchiveSocial and Reid Serozi fellow brigade captain at Code for Raleigh in a room with more than 75 attentative govies. Our presentation talked about how open data is still evolving, but transparency and open government are clearly here to stay. We talked about trends, standards, policies, and lessons learned. A fun part of this talk was talking about the role that social media plays in citizen engagement.

September 10, 2014Innovate RaleighOpen community culture

I was a moderator for a 120 minute brainstorming session around the idea of Open community culture along with Marc Gracieux and other volunteers during Innovate Raleigh Summit. We had over 70 people creating mind maps around different questions that ultimately led us to determine the main initiatives for this community-driven component of Innovate Raleigh in 2015.

October 16, 2014 – Triangle AMA Luncheon – Featured speaker: Community Building, The Future of Marketing

I gave a dynamic presentation about our community building efforts at Red Hat around Opensource.com to a room of more than 200 marketing professionals. My talk took folks behind the scenes to see the nuts-and-bolts, the tools, the metrics, and the strategy behind Opensource.com.

The talk was trending on Twitter for a while!

October 23, 2014 – All Things Open – Keynote:  How Raleigh Became an Open Source City

City of Raleigh CIO, Gail Roper, and I presented to a room of more than 500 people describing how the City of Raleigh and passionate citizens can partner to promote the principles of open source in their community and how to change the culture of your IT department to favor open source.

View past speaking engagement from 2010-2012.

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