Scaling Your Community by Nurturing Leaders

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 from 10:00 – 10:45am in B204


In this session, we’ll talk about strategies for nurturing,
empowering and rewarding community leaders to help scale your open
source community. Most of the examples will come from 10gen’s
experience working with the community around the open source database


At 10gen, we’ve put a lot of effort into scaling our community by
empowering the key community members and leaders. As adoption of
MongoDB has accelerated, it has been crucial for 10gen to continue to
to nurture these leaders and enable them to be ambassadors for MongoDB
within their local communities.

To continue these efforts, we kicked off the “MongoDB Masters” program
to bring together the most active contributors. The goal of the
program is to foster the exchange of knowledge between and among 10gen
and community leaders. Through the program, we build relationships
between members to share best practices for growing the community. The
Masters have been crucial for gaining feedback on the project and
encouraging cross-pollination between those in different
sub-communities (i.e. geographic, language, etc.).

In addition, we focus on growing local communities through our network
of MongoDB User Groups. We support the MUG organizers and have created
a forum for them to share ideas and strategies with one another.

Through these activities, we connect subsets of the larger community
to support adoption and innovation.

Speaking experience

OSCON, Southern California Linux Expo, WalkaboutNYC, Mozilla WebFWD, and the NY MongoDB User Group


  • Meghan

    Meghan Gill



    Meghan Gill leads the marketing efforts at 10gen, and supports the open source community around MongoDB. She organizes developer events to educate and grow the MongoDB community, including conferences, user groups, contests, training, webcasts, and more. She graduated from Brown University with honors in 2006.