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OSDC Australia: Keynote

Last Wednesday was the first time I ever gave a keynote at a conference.  I have been the first speaker at a conference before, but those talks were called something else so I’m not going to count them.   As always I was really nervous before I spoke.  It doesn’t matter if my talk is a keynote or not, if the audience contains 20 people or 2,000, I always feel this way.

The talk I gave, Understanding Volunteers,  was a variant on one I had given at YAPC::EU and YAPC::NA earlier this year.  The new version is longer.  I added additional material on the need to belong and made sure I had examples of a variety of different Open Source communities.  I was able to keep in most of my Perl community examples and I imagine I would be forgiven if there was a bit of a Perl community focus.  I am, after all, the Vice-President of The Perl Foundation.

2 Responses to “OSDC Australia: Keynote”

  1. Alan in Belfast Says:

    Wow! I know a vice president and a keynote speaker. Respect! It reads well. Must read it again and swap user group for youth group (or such like) and see how it speaks into other situations.

  2. karen Says:

    Glad you liked it. You may be the only person who has read it :) (For whatever reason there is no obvious way to get to it on the conference web-site.)

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