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Wednesday, May 20 • 9:00am - 9:40am
Building the Cloud Community: Crafting Unforgettable Events and Meetups

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You've been tasked to host a meetup or organize a community event. What's the first panicked thought that comes to mind? Is it venue, cost, attendees, transportation, entertainment, wifi, food, drinks!? Now imagine you are to host an OpenStack event for the entire Summit audience--in Paris or Tokyo. How do I deal with foreign language and culture? What do I need to know about currency conversion, and cuisine? This is a big deal, and the pressure is on!

In this panel, led by Jeanne Colon-Bonet, Events Extraordinaire and Program Manager of Messaging and Outreach at HP, learn how to:

• Select a venue and vendors

• Balance a budget (even if it’s zero)

• Exceed attendee expectations

• Gain knowledge of community event culture

• Best practices of initiation, planning, execution, and closure for a superb event

Open source culture encourages us to get up close and personal. In the OpenStack community, you can be a leader by gaining valuable knowledge that gives you an identity. Geared for the seasoned event coordinator or those fresh to event organization, this session will help you discover how a collaborative strategy can ensure unique attendee experiences and make your event memorable. 

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Angela Brown

The Linux Foundation, The Linux Foundation
Senior Director of Events, Linux Foundation
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Jeanne Colon-Bonet

Messaging and Outreach Program Manager, HP
  Jeanne Colon-Bonet is an open source program management specialist with +20 years of experience in the field of program management and coding (a combination of extroverted geek). What distinguishes her is she combines her career as a software designer with management and communication skills to enhance and support the open source community.  She hosts all of the OpenStack HP hospitality events – the most extravagant of them all in Paris... Read More →
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Sharon Cordesse

Strategic Accounts Manager - O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media
As strategic accounts manager for O'Reilly Media, Sharon helps OSCON sponsors to engage attendees through fun and creative events. In a previous life, she worked for Macworld Magazine and organized a variety of corporate events, from small executive meetings to high six-figure employee parties. As friends and colleagues can attest, having fun is a priority in Sharon's life.
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Liz DiTucci

Project and Engagement Manager, Cisco
Liz DiTucci is a Project and Engagement Manager on Cisco’s OpenStack Engineering team. Over the last 15 years, Liz has worked in various web and cloud roles at a small handful of tech, consulting, and digital companies. She thrives within gray areas and is happy playing the sixth man position off the bench – from managing co-development projects with customers to planning internal OpenStack community events at Cisco. Liz truly enjoys bringing... Read More →
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Gary Kevorkian

Marketing Event Manager, Cisco
Gary is a 30+ year veteran of the tech industry having worked at a variety of software, hardware, and internet companies. Gary became a part of the OpenStack community when he joined Metacloud (now part of Cisco) in 2013. In addition to serving as a key member of the core marketing function at Cisco driving events and awareness for OpenStack, Gary also leads the OpenStack LA Meetup. You can follow Gary on Twitter @GARY805.

Wednesday May 20, 2015 9:00am - 9:40am
Room 110

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