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Tuesday, November 4 • 14:50 - 15:30
Panel: Tips and Tools for Building a Successful OpenStack Group

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OpenStack is based on community participation.  It is critical for the OpenStack community to continue to mature and grow.  OpenStack Meetups and other user groups are critical to the health and success of OpenStack. This session will host a group of panelists who have years of experience in starting and growing OpenStack user groups/Meetups and will provide:


  • Tips on finding and participating in OpenStack user groups

  • Tips and tools on starting your own local OpenStack user group

  • Best practices on maturing and expanding an existing user group by offering hackathons and ILT/Online OpenStack hands-on courses that are based on the OpenStack Training Guides

  • Creative ways to deal with remote attendance

  • Tips on finding and keeping sponsors

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Scott Lowe

Staff Kubernetes Architect, VMware, Inc.
Scott Lowe is a well-known author, blogger, speaker, podcaster (the Full Stack Journey podcast), and a 20+ year veteran of the IT industry. Scott has held a variety of roles over the course of his career, ranging from entry-level desktop support to CTO for a small start-up. He's currently... Read More →
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Shannon McFarland

Principal Engineer, Cisco
Shannon McFarland, CCIE #5245, is a Principal Engineer for OpenStack Architecture at Cisco. Shannon is currently focused on OpenStack architecture, design and deployment. He has been responsible for the Enterprise IPv6 design, large scale data center design as well as VDI and other... Read More →
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Sean Roberts

Director Platform Product, Walmart
Sean Roberts is the former VP of Development for Akanda. With a Bachelors Science degree in Computer Engineering from San Jose State University, he has over twenty years experience in the technology industry. Sean has worked at Yahoo, VMware, Stanford, and Genentech. Sean has been... Read More →
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Mark T. Voelker

OpenStack Architect, VMware
Mark T. Voelker is the OpenStack Architect at VMware, but generally prefers to think of himself as a breadth-first technologist with a flair for distributed systems. Prior to joining VMware in late 2014, Mark spent 11+ years at Cisco Systems, most recently with the Cloud and Virtualization... Read More →

Tuesday November 4, 2014 14:50 - 15:30
Salle Maillot

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