Why getting people talking will help your project

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Excerpt

There are millions of open source projects and all of them need contributors. People are what make projects successful. So what is the thing that will get more people interested in your project? In technology companies they call it “evangelism”. Evangelism is the art of taking that love and passion for technology and using it to enthuse other people.

Description

There are millions of open source projects and all of them need contributors. People are what make projects successful. So what is the thing that will get more people interested in your project? In technology companies they call it “evangelism”. Evangelism is the art of taking that love and passion for technology and using it to enthuse other people.

In your open source project everybody should be be an evangelist. This session focuses on the skills that will make people sit up and listen about what you and your project does best. Using blogs, conferences, and social networks you can excite the rest of the world about the things that make your project unique and different.

Evangelism isn’t marketing, it’s using your natural passion and excitement for good technology. If you’ve ever caught the giggles you’ll know that an honest open emotion can be more powerful than the most expensive marketing campaign. Learn what motivates people to listen, how to reach the audience you want, and how to keep your new audience interested until they want to participate in your project too.

Participants in this session will be introduced to the idea of being able to promote your project in a human way, and learn some basic skills to engage people about their project and gain support and contributors. We will show some popular projects and some of the methods they have used in order to gain prominence

Speaking experience

Speaker

  • Biography

    Tom Hughes-Croucher has been working in the Internet industry since he has been working. He has contributed to a number of standards on Web technology for standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). More recently he worked in the Digital Music business providing digital music solutions to well known UK brands like Tesco, Three telecom and Channel 4. Tom now works for Yahoo! as a technical evangelist. He promotes open source and Yahoo! technology to the world.