Past speaking engagement

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all_things_open_jhibbets_01January 9, 2013Triangle Interactive Marketing Association – Futurist panel

I participated in a panel discussion with Zach Clayton, CEO of Three Ships Media, Andy Beal, CEO of Trackur, Mark Rockett, CEO of Rockett Interactive, and moderator Steven Keith, Centerline Digital about online marketing trends and predictions for 2013.

January 24, 2013Innovate Raleigh 2013: Building on the Past, Creating the Future – Emcee

I was emcee for this two hour event, responsible for a brief introduction to Innovate Raleigh and introducing the line-up of speakers.

February 9, 2013FOSS Fair 2013 – Multiple presentations

I gave three presentations, voted on by participants, at this 1-day open source unconference. Each talk was designed to introduce the principles of open source to students and other attendees. The three 50-minute presentations were: Creating an online community the open source way, 10 ways to get started with open source, and Path to the open source city.

March 19, 2013RTP 180 – Presentation: Open Source Beyond Technology

I gave a six-minute presentation about open source and how it’s influencing communities outside of technology. I sprinkle in a little bit about Red Hat, a little bit about, then add some personal experiences about the open government movement in Raleigh and some information about my upcoming book.

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March 27-28, 2013POSSCON (Palmetto Open Source Conference) – Multiple presentations

I co-presented The Open Source Why, with Shawn Briscoe from BlackDuck Software during a special annual meeting of the Columbia Information Technology Council. We talked about how the conversation is changing from why should companies use open source to how should companies get involved and start contributing. I concluded the session with 10 ways to get started with open source.

I also gave a presentation called Raleigh, NC — An open source city, to share how open source is influencing the open government movement in Raleigh.

April 11, 2013 – TriLUG – Open Source All The Cities

I gave a talk called “Open source all the cities” (video) at the monthly meeting of the Triangle Linux User Group (TriLUG). The presentation is a look at the open government movement in Raleigh, a preview for my book The Foundation for an Open Source City, and a overview of the different apps and platforms the City of Raleigh has deployed in the Open Raleigh portal.

April 22, 2013 – NC Datajam – Emcee

I was the event emcee for NC Datajam, a kickoff to NC Datapalooza–the nations first regional datapalooza event. In addition to kicking off the event, I also facilitated the design thinking sessions and assisted Nick Sinai, from The White House, in selecting the final teams and ideas.

April 29-30, 2013Open Source Business ConferenceOpen Source All The Cities

I presented my Open Source All The Cities talk at the Open Source Business Conference and had some excellent conversations with attendees after the session.

April 30, 2013Open OaklandOpen Source All The Cities

I took the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from San Francisco to Oakland and attended the Open Oakland Code for America Brigade meet-up. I gave a quick version of my Open Source All The Cities presentation and learned about the activities happening in Oakland, CA.

May 30, 2013 – June 1, 2013 – CityCamp NC / National Day of Civic Hacking – The Path to the Open Source City

As co-chair of CityCamp NC, I was emcee for the conference but also had an opportunity to give a lighting talk. This is a 5-minute story about my book, The foundation for an open source city, presented at CityCamp NC on May 30, 2013. I talk about the inspiration for the book and highlight the open government movement in Raleigh and the robust community we are building around this movement in the Triangle.

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September 11, 2013 – Innovate Raleigh – What’s Your Big Idea?

I was a moderator for What’s your big idea? and lead a great group people along with Jennifer Bosser from the Chamber of Commerce over a 90-minute session during Innovate Raleigh Summit. We had over 70 people creating mind maps around six different topics.

September 12, 2013 – PKN Raleigh – The Balance of Creativity: Left Brain vs Right Brain

I gave a six-minute talk, something different than I normally talk about. I blended a mix of creativity and community initiatives to help kickoff SPARKcon during the IDEAspark event. It was a PechaKucha 20×20 talk: 20 slides that auto-rotate every 20 seconds, totalling six minutes. You’ll enjoy this creatively balanced presentation:

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September 17, 2013RTP 180 Open Source All The Things10 Ways to Get Started with Open Source without writing any code

If you are interested in open source but don’t know how to code, I provide 10 practical ways to get started. This presentation is based off of an article I wrote, but wanted to bring it to life during a 5-minute lightning talk at RTP 180.

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October 15-17, 2013Code for America SummitCity spotlight: Raleigh

I co-presented with City of Raleigh CIO Rail Roper at the Code for America Summit. Our mission was to highlight the open source, open data, and open government initiatives happening in Raleigh. Gail explained the government side while I tackled the citizen side.

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October 23-24, 2013All Things OpenOpen Source All The Cities

I had a great opportunity to present to over 80 people in the Emerging Issues track at All Things Open. I shared the open source, open government, and open data story in Raleigh from both the government and citizen side and had an extensive dialog with attendees.

October 26-27, 2013Hack the StacksOpen Source All The Cities

I gave a brief presentation at the Hack the Stacks hackathon in Burlington, Vermont hosted by the Code for BTV Code for America Brigade event. It’s awesome to share what’s happening in Raleigh and learn about what’s happening in other communities like BTV.


April 26, 2012 – Refresh the Triangle Meetup – Coding for Good: CityCamp Panel

I participated in a panel discussion with CityCamp Raleigh planners and we shared our insights about planning the unconference and other efforts around open government. Additionally, we gave a preview to CityCamp Raleigh 2012.

April 28, 2012 – CityCamp Kansas City – Keynote presentation: How open source is changing citizen engagement

I gave a 30-minute keynote about the open source culture of Raleigh, highlighting efforts such as Triangle Wiki, Walk Your City/Walk Raleigh, and Innovate Raleigh.

May 21-22, 2012 – Open Source Business Conference (OSBC)  –  Presentation: Your city launched an open data portal, now what?

I gave a 45-minute presentation about the open government movement in Raleigh, NC highlighting both citizen and city efforts to create Open Raleigh with a focus on creating an open data portal.

June 1-3, 2012 – CityCamp Raleigh – Emcee,  Keynote: Path to the open source city
Runtime Expectations podcast (click “RTE#25 CityCamp Raleigh Keynote”)

As s CityCamp Raleigh co-chair, I was emcee for the three day unconference and I also gave a 5-minute lightning talk about the open government movement in Raleigh, NC.

June 8-10, 2012 – SouthEast LinuxFest 2012 –  Presentation: The making of an open source city

I gave a 45-minute presentation about the open government movement in Raleigh, NC highlighting both citizen and city efforts to create Open Raleigh.

June 26-29 2012 – Red Hat Summit – Ignite Talks, Emcee and presenter (video)

I organized, presented, and hosted a session at Red Hat Summit that featured eight different speakers highlighting how open source can be applied to disciplines such as microgrid energy, pop culture, design, and more. See the entire playlist on YouTube.

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October 26, 2012 – CityCamp Colorado – Presentation: Evolving the open source city

I gave a 5-minute lightning talk about the open government movement in Raleigh, NC highlighting the CityCamp Raleigh activities and the recently formed Raleigh Code for America Brigade.

December 12, 2012 – Triangle Creative Commons 10-year celebration

I organized and hosted a session to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Creative Commons. The meetup featured eight different speakers highlighting how Creative Commons is used throughout the Research Triangle community including book publishing, science, education, and game design.


March 10, 2011 – DrupalCon Chicago 2011 – Creating an online community the open source way

I gave a 60-minute presentation about the success of open source and how the principles of sharing, collaboration, transparency, meritocracy, and rapid prototyping are changing the world. This presentation uses as a case study to explore the ways the website went from an idea to a growing community and how the different components of Drupal are used to help build online community.

May 3-6, 2011 – Red Hat Summit – Panel moderator: Open source is changing the world

I moderated a panel of open source experts that included Michael Tiemann, Gunnar Hellekson, Ruth Suehle, and Sebastian Dziallas. The panel discussed how open source is applied to business, government, education, and life, respectively.

June 3-5, 2011 – CityCamp Raleigh – Emcee

As s CityCamp Raleigh co-chair, I was emcee for the three day unconference.

June 10-12, 2011 – SouthEast LinuxFest – Creating An Online Community the Open Source Way. (video)

At the DrupalCamp day during SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF), I gave a presentation focused on community building using as a case study.

September 5-6, 2011 – NC Digital Government Summit – Citizen-led collaboration [PDF]

I co-presented with Jonathan Minter, Chief Technology Officer, City of Raleigh, on how CityCamp created a culture of collaboration and how the transparency of our team structure lead to accountability.

December 3, 2011 – CityCamp Honolulu – Panel discussion

I participated in a panel discussion with Alissa Black, Government Relations Director at Code for America and Steve Bretches, a consultant at IBM. Our goal was to provide insight about open government movement from what we’re seeing around the rest of North America and beyond.


June 22-25 2010 – Red Hat Summit – Presentation: Open source way beyond technology:

I gave a 45-minute presentation about, how the website was started and ways that attendees could get involved, contribute, and learn more.

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