Monday May 05, 2008

OpenSolaris Summit Pics: Two

Here are a few more images from the 2008 OpenSolaris Summit this weekend in Santa Cruz. The summit was an excellent event. Many good sessions, but even more importantly, it was fantastic meeting all the people around the world I've been dealing with for four years now. Check in on the summit wiki in the next couple of weeks because the presos will be posted there.

Saturday May 03, 2008

OpenSolaris Summit Pics: One

I finally made it to the OpenSolaris Summit in Santa Cruz. These are just some warm up shots from the bar last night. I got in late so I didn't get everyone who was there, but everyone will show up here at one point or another. The conference starts today and runs through tomorrow. Should be fun ...

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Thursday May 01, 2008

Advocacy Front Page

I put the OpenSolaris Summit and CommunityOne graphics on the front page of the Advocacy Community Group. Need to do something with all the photos we have, though. We have more than 4,000 images of community members on Flickr now. It would be nice get them on the ACG pages in some way.

Wednesday Apr 30, 2008

Tuesday Apr 29, 2008

The First OpenSolaris Fishbowl

I'm planning the first OpenSolaris Fishbowl at the OpenSolaris Summit. That's how we are going to run the Advocacy panel. If it doesn't work out, I'll just blame Simon. It was his idea. But I'm sure this will be very cool, and I'm jazzed to try it. Background here. Summit info here. I've seen only one Fishbowl way back at a Jini community meeting. It was excellent. I'll have to moderate this one, though, so that may be challenging. But I believe in the concept, so I'll get into it.

Thursday Apr 24, 2008

Advocacy Panel at OpenSolaris Summit

I'm going to moderate a panel at the OpenSolaris Summit next week about advocacy. I started a thread -- [opensolaris-summit] Advocacy Panel Discussion: An Idea for Discussion -- about the issue looking for people to participate on the panel and also for some ideas to kick around.

The bottom line is this: OpenSolaris is growing and changing, and we have to figure out how to build a large user community on top of the existing developer community. As we do that, I think "advocacy" really needs to pervade everyone's activities so we can credibly engage a variety of new people who have a variety of skills around the world. This is not about specific disciplines such as advertising, marketing, or PR. Instead, it's about direct, unfiltered engagement at a level that leads to active participation and contribution. It's about community building. Now, that includes marketing, sure, but it includes engineering, project management, and communications just as much. Too many people see "advocacy" as only marketing or only something that a select group of people do, and we have to change that perception if we want to grow. Remember, everyone has something to contribute and everyone is welcome, but we have to go out and welcome people and make it easy for them to come back and contribute. That makes everyone an advocate to one degree or another.

Anyway, that's what we'll talk about.

Thursday Mar 20, 2008

OpenSolaris Developer Summit: Part II

I just registered for the second OpenSolaris Developer Summit in Santa Cruz. See you there.

Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Second OpenSolaris Summit: Book Now

The Spring 2008 OpenSolaris Developer Summit will be May 3rd and 4th in San Francisco. If you go, take an extra day and stop by CommunityOne on the 5th. Photos from last year's Community one here. Links to last year's OpenSolaris Summit here.
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