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Tuesday, October 27 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Proud to be a Noob: How to Make the Most of Your First OpenStack Summit

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Exciting. Overwhelming. Engaging. Exhausting. How will you transform your first OpenStack Summit into an accelerator for your career and your projects in development? And how will you make it happen without getting lost among thousands of other community members?

This fun and engaging panel presentation, moderated by OpenStack Foundation newbie Heidi Joy Tretheway, features regular contributors to the OpenStack community who have found great ways to maximize the value of the Summit for their professional development and the success of their companies.

We kick off with advice from those who have been to Vancouver, Paris, and other OpenStack Summits, including:

  • How to make the most of networking opportunities and social events

  • How to use the marketplace trade show to form new business connections and uncover opportunities

  • What to look for on the agenda and how to select the best sessions for you

  • "Relationship accelerators" - five easy questions you can ask to get conversations rolling past "What's your name?" and "Where are you from?"

We'll open the panel to your questions. Expect some lively and unconventional answers, and a few great icebreakers that will help you better connect with your newbie colleagues.

You'll leave this session Proud to be a Noob, and ready to tackle the rest of the Summit.

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Niki Acosta

Cisco Cloud Evangelist and Cohost of OSPod, Metacloud (now part of Cisco)
Niki Acosta is an OpenStack Evangelist who came to Cisco by way of the Metacloud Acquistion in late 2014. Her OpenStack journey began when she joined Rackspace in 2008, eventually becoming an OpenStack Evangelist for the Rackspace Cloud, and later, the Private Cloud business.  As a frequent speaker, podcaster, and blogger, she has become a recognized name in the cloud industry both on cloud topics and as an outspoken advocate for women in... Read More →
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Matt Fischer

Principle Software Engineer, Charter
Matt is a Principal Software Engineer at Time Warner Cable and uses devops to deliver self-service IT infrastructure and services using OpenStack. Matt's focus is primarily on configuring and deploying OpenStack using tools like puppet and ansible, but he pretty much works on everything. A fan of open source projects, Matt is also active in the puppet and Ubuntu communities. Matt has previously worked at Canonical and HP. Matt lives... Read More →
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Shilla Saebi

OpenStack Community Development Lead, Comcast
Shilla Saebi is an OpenStack Community Development Lead and has been with Comcast for 6 years. She has spent over a decade in the tech industry in diverse positions with organizations in the DC area including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the federal sector, and various engineering roles for tier-1 service providers.  | Shilla has a passion for technology and thrives on well-designed architecture and engineering solutions. She is... Read More →
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Heidi Joy Tretheway

Senior Marketing Manager, OpenStack Foundation
At the OpenStack Foundation, Heidi Joy focuses on brand, content and community marketing, and spearheads the User Survey. Previously, Heidi Joy was director of marketing communications for a mobile software company, head of global communications for a commercial real estate firm, and a business journalist. She is a frequent public speaker on topics including women in tech, content marketing, writing and publishing. She is also the author of... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2015 2:00pm - 2:40pm

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