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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.


Niki Acosta

Director of Growth, Bitmob
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... Read More →
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Matt Fischer

Senior Manager, Cray
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Shilla Saebi

Program Manager, Open Source, Comcast
Shilla Saebi is an Open Source Program Manager who focuses on community and has been with Comcast for almost a decade. She has worked in many diverse roles within the tech industry in positions ranging from operations engineering, system administration, customer service, and network... 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... Read More →

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

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