The Recipe to Getting Attendees to Your Open Source Events

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With the growth of open source comes the need for more conferences, meetups and hackathons – you name it! These events give community members the opportunity to interact face-to-face to solve problems, come up with new ideas, or even just to chat and get to know each other better. But, the question is – how do we get developers, users and contributors from open source communities to these events?


In this session, we’ll learn useful tips and best practices on how to get attendees to your open source conferences and meetups. Karen will go over a 3-step process; how to setup your events, how to promote the events and “what to do after the events.” Event checklists will be provided to attendees to help with planning for successful open source events.


events, marketing, Open Source

Speaking experience

I have presented this talk previously at the following conferences:

CloudStack Day Seattle
Texas LinuxFest 2015
LinuxFest Northwest 2015
Great Wide Open (My proposal was accepted but I could not present due to the flu)

An article authored by Nicole Enguard was featured on on my talk at Texas LinuxFest 2015.

Here is a link to my presentation slides:

Note: My presentation slides will be updated. I will be updating the slides with new tactics and using The Linux Foundation slide template.


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    Karen Vuong

    The Linux Foundation


    Karen is the Event Marketing Manager at The Linux Foundation. She works on event marketing campaigns to drive more attendees to the Linux Foundation’s core conferences. She wants to help members from other open source communities round up more attendees to their conferences and meetups with tips and best practices learned from her experience working with open source events at Citrix, Pivotal and The Linux Foundation. On the weekends, you can find Karen backpacking in the different forests of Northern California, cycling on Highway 1 or bungee jumping off bridges.

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