I’ve a lot of travel ahead of me over the coming weeks, and yes it’s weeks as opposed to months which it is also but still! Part of my role in MongoDB is to attend events we run for the community such as our MongoDB Days, but also attend events we’re involved in and taking part.
Over the coming weeks I’ll be in various locations and if you want to drop by and say hi, we can have an Ubuntu Hour. As I don’t know the areas you’ll have to suggest places to me, which is also nice as it means I get to meet new people and see places I normally wouldn’t get to see.
Munich 12th -13th
Barcelona 29th-1st December
The final few days before the call for nominations closes on the LoCo Council. I’ve had a chance to think back over the past 4 years on the LoCo Council. The friends I’ve made being on the council, the people I’ve met when travelling and the stories I’ve heard from people running their teams. All have been amazing and eye opening.
When you think your LoCo Team it’s hard to believe there are over two hundred teams world wide! Each with a story, each one does their own events, and takes part in global events doing it their way and it’s fascinating to see how people get involved in their LoCo Team. From being involved in keeping their wiki page up to date, to chairing a meeting, handing out flyers at events, staffing a booth, giving presentations, to being there and and talking to others about Ubuntu at their events catching up on IRC. It’s great to see and read how each community is doing. I’ve loved every minute of it.
Being on the council is rewarding, you get to hear about how people are doing and helping them with issues, but it also can be frustrating at times. Sometimes things don’t go as fast as you want them, keeping everyone happy at times isn’t always possible, there is always someone out there who isn’t going to like change. But you do work as a team on the council and that’s something to be proud of. You work with your peers from all over the world who come from teams who’ve been active and spreading Ubuntu and hope they bring this enthusiasm and experience to the LoCo Council.
I do think there are some challenges to face going forward, with the lack of a physical UDS it’s harder (not impossible) to really connect with teams and their experiences. It’s not always possible to have the council attend a UDS online due to work commitments, it’s also the same thing for LoCo Teams people are at work and it’s not so easy to take part and discuss issues. It’s great at times to discuss things on lists but it’s not the same as a face to face talking and getting to know your community. Perhaps a online UDS over a weekend would help this as that would mean people could attend and not have to juggle work and being part of the community.
If you’ve not considered joining the LoCo Council, why not? Is there someone on your team who you think would be good to be on the council, ask them to see if they would like to be nominated! Closing for nominations is this week on Wednesday 18th September.
Previous Council Members over the years
The time has come to make some decisions and like all decisions you think about them, over think them, weigh up the pros and cons of the outcome and then you really just have to make a decision. A leap and take a bite of something new.
I’ve just done that. Friday will be my last day at Canonical and it has been one of the most enjoyable working experiences for me ever. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people, learn how people worked on different projects with ease and experience but also show you how they work which was great. I’ve had some amazing experiences dealing with the community when working on Launchpad, had wonderful managers who drive you and encourage you always.
While I may be leaving Canonical behind, I am not leaving the Ubuntu Community. I’ll still be around on the usual IRC channels and I’m still very much active on the Community and LoCo Councils I sit on. I am leaving Canonical for a career progression not due to any of the work it has done. I think the work Canonical has done and will do will in fact cement its place in the open source world and one day I will walk into my local shop, buy my phone and desktop all running Ubuntu on it thanks to them!
So where am I off to? I’ve joined 10gen as their Community Manager for EMEA. For me I still wanted to be involved in open source community and being able to combine my passion of working with people and technology made it clear to me this was a role I was suited to. I can’t wait to get more involved and grow this role, it will be a chance to work with the community, developers and evangelists and meet face to face the people who help drive and spread MongoDB at events and at their MUGS. This week I’ll be in NYC to meet the rest of my team and take part in my first MongoNYC event. It’s going to be busy, jam packed week with lots to do and learn and I’m really looking forward to it!
Today was my last day in the office and it was lovely! I had cakes and lunch with some lovely friends that I’ve made and gotten to know in Canonical. I’m always a ping away as czajkowski on freenode.