Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Learn to Ignite (sponsored by PayPal)

Danese Cooper (NearForm), Cedric Williams (PayPal)
1:30pm5:00pm Monday, July 16, 2018
Location: E147/148
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to put together an Ignite talk and gain valuable experience in public speaking


Note: You must register for this tutorial in advance. The tutorial is limited to 15 attendees.

Have you ever wanted to give an Ignite talk but didn’t know where to start? Are you new to public speaking and having trouble arranging your talk? Or maybe you’re a savvy speaker who needs tips to fine-tune short-form talks or just want to work on your presentation skills. If any of this sounds familiar, this workshop is for you.

Danese Cooper takes you through the process of putting together your first Ignite talk. You’ll pick topics in the class, and everyone will build their talks together. You’ll present several iterations of your talk to individual members of the class as you learn how to break a big idea into smaller discrete pieces, practice your timing, and get comfortable speaking about your topic. One lucky class participant will have the opportunity to deliver their talk at Ignite OSCON on Tuesday night.

This fast-paced workshop alternates between brief periods of instruction and extended periods of guided independent work. Bring a laptop and your favorite slide software (or an account you can use to access Google Slides). And don’t forget a bottle of water—you’re going to need it.

This tutorial is sponsored by PayPal.

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Danese Cooper


Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

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Cedric Williams


Cedric Williams is an InnerSource advocate for PayPal helping to grow the InnerSource Commons community. A technologist, pilot, coach, and advocate for individual freedoms, Cedric aspires to use narrative and technology to make communities powerful.