I was honored, primarily because I have such great respect for the event and the open source community as a whole.
The Summit by definition focuses on community, something I have worked for many years to develop and introduce new people to. In today’s technology environment it is crucial to a project or organization’s success. Any event focusing on this topic and the people that comprise it is a good one in my book.
I also love the fact CLS is accessible. It’s been free from the very beginning and for many years now, which provides tremendous opportunity for those otherwise unable to pay a hefty registration cost. In addition, it’s an unconference. The unconference format means attendees provide the content, which is unpredictable and adds to the excitement and intrigue. Any attendee can suggest a talk and attendees decide what talks are chosen.
Overall I couldn’t be more thrilled to be speaking, and I truly appreciate the opportunity. Jono is one of the most well respected leaders in open source and attendees are some of the friendliest I have ever met. I’ll be in excellent company.