July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR
Leslie Hawthorn

Leslie Hawthorn
Director, Developer Relations, Red Hat

Website | @lhawthorn

An internationally known community manager, speaker and author, Leslie Hawthorn has spent the past decade creating, cultivating, and enabling open source communities. She created the world’s first initiative to involve pre-university students in open source software development, launched Google’s #2 Developer Blog, and received an O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2010. She’s well known for creating cultures of collaboration and helping newcomers to the open source community thrive.

In August 2013, she joined Elasticsearch as director of developer relations, where she manages the company’s outreach efforts. She works from Elasticsearch’s EU HQ in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when not out and about gathering user praise and pain points. You can follow her adventures on Twitter.


1:40pm–2:20pm Wednesday, 07/22/2015
Craft Portland 252
Leslie Hawthorn (Red Hat), Amye Scavarda (Red Hat)
While it’s easy to pay lip service to the idea of innovating by failing fast, humans are both neurally geared and financially incentivized to avoid failure. How can we create an environment that makes failing fast safe for the participants and their organizations? Read more.