Leslie Hawthorn

Developer Strategist | Red Hat

Leslie Hawthorn

As an internationally known Developer Relations strategist and Community Management expert, Leslie has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities.

She’s best known for creating Google Code-in, the world’s first global initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, and receiving an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010 for her work to grow the Google Summer of Code program and her contributions to Humanitarian open source projects. She is currently a Senior Principal Program Manager at Red Hat, focusing on the CentOS project ecosystem.


What is community, anyway?

Need a social media expert? You’re looking for a community manager! Hoping to sell tickets to your developer conference? You need a community manager! Want someone to plan your meetups? You guessed it, you want a community manager! In a time when the community outreach role means many different things to people, how are we to understand what community really is, anyway?

In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will argue that our understanding of community - and the role played by those who work to build and broaden it - has been expanded to the point where the overall impetus for creating community has become lost. Drawing on 15 years experience creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities, she will bring some of the lessons learned from the open source world to the developer relations world, which believes inherited its mantle, if not always its core values. You will leave this talk either inspired to bring some of these ‘old-school’ community principles to your developer outreach work, convinced Leslie is a curmudgeon longing for the good old days of vi vs. Emacs, or both.


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