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September 11-14, 2017 - Los Angeles, CA
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Wednesday, September 13 • 4:50pm - 5:30pm
Community Building in Anytown - Josh Simmons, Google + Open Source Initiative

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User groups are fabulous resources for introducing people to your project and providing support for existing users and contributors. While they’re relatively easy to spin up in big cities like San Francisco and Sydney, the vast majority of the world’s population lives outside of tech hubs.

How do you support the growth of communities for the rest of us? If you value inclusion and are keen to scale your outreach efforts, increasing geographic diversity is a no-brainer.

In this talk we’ll discuss the unique challenges of building meetups where the tech industry isn’t an 800 pound gorilla -- and ways to tackle those challenges. The goal is for attendees to leave ready to double down on outreach by empowering community builders in rural and suburban regions, or even build their own community.

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Josh Simmons

Open Source Strategist, Salesforce
Josh Simmons is a community strategist, open source advocate, and dusty foot philosopher. He is a Senior Open Source Strategist at Salesforce and serves as Vice President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Previously an Open Source Program Manager at Google and Community Manager... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2017 4:50pm - 5:30pm PDT
Diamond Ballroom 10