Since 1996, Emma Jane Hogbin Westby has been been bringing people together through education, collaboration, and technology. Her latest book, Git for Teams (O’Reilly, 2015), outlines real-world strategies for more than just software development; it shows how teams can harness both technology and collaboration to work more efficiently, ensure project goals are met, and make the whole greater than simply the sum of its parts. In addition to her recent work with Git, Emma is an internationally renowned speaker and author on open source software and an outspoken advocate for women in technology. She has volunteered for several open source projects, including Drupal, the Linux Documentation Project, and Ubuntu, and she has been recognized by the Google Diversity program for her work.
While she is adept at engaging large audiences with her conference presentations, Emma also has experience bringing people together in smaller settings, having worked as a project manager, an instructor, and a curriculum developer and run her own training business. Her earlier publications, Front End Drupal (Prentice Hall, 2009) and Drupal User’s Guide (Prentice Hall, 2011), have been touchstones for thousands of people in open source software development. Emma’s advocacy for tools and techniques goes beyond technology to her love of handmade crafts, echoing her belief that everyone is capable of mastering the tools at their disposal. She has even brought her two loves—technology and crafts—together, providing open source patterns so you can knit your very own pair of Drupal socks. You can catch up this and all her adventures on Twitter at @emmajanehw.
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