10 years ago I was a lonely developer sitting in a small room quietly turning out code between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Fast-forward to now and you'll see me standing in front of audiences all around the world talking to developers about numerous topics."Why are you bragging like that at me?" I hear you ask. Because it could happen to you too.

The question I always ask myself is "How the hell did that happen?!?!".

The truth is that the only reason I've managed to advance my career so far in a decade is because of the people that make up the communities of open source projects. Not only do open source projects save you time and money, but the friendships and support groups that can be made within these communities is, frankly, staggering.

Join me as I chart my journey from wage monkey to conference speaker, and look at how you can leverage the power of open source to make real friends, real money, and real happiness.


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Nic Steenhout at 09:40 on 17 Mar 2017

Love journey down memory lane. Great way to use humour to share the message.

Dave Buchanan at 09:42 on 17 Mar 2017

Entertaining and full of good content. Biggest takeaway is all the benefits to start contributing to open source projects. Even very small additions. Thanks.

Mitch Pash at 09:45 on 17 Mar 2017

A great level of confidence is raised by Gary's talk. Hearing about his background and learning process was cathartic to developers who shared in his nostalgia and frustrations. Overall this is a great start to a conference. Gary's energy and candid attitude makes him relatable, fun, and his breath of knowledge makes him very informative.

Dani Ames at 09:59 on 17 Mar 2017

Motivational and relatable.

Loved hearing about his journey in open source, his life and his career. I also appreciated his acknowledgment of growing as person within the community and some harder, interpersonal topics.

Chris Gray at 10:04 on 17 Mar 2017

Entertaining and informative talk.

Brian Fenton at 10:14 on 17 Mar 2017

Good closing and use of humor. Some of the early life experiences parts seemed disconnected from the rest of the thread, but once it got going it was very smooth.

David McKay at 10:36 on 17 Mar 2017

Great delivery and very humourous with a really strong message coming through towards the end

Thank you so much. The talk was very inspiring as well as informative and interesting.

Caitlin Bales at 10:57 on 17 Mar 2017

Great start to the conference. It would be great to talk a bit more specifically about recommendations for getting started.

Anonymous at 11:14 on 17 Mar 2017

Enjoyable and motivating.

Great talk, definitely increased my interest in contributing to open source

Inspirational and motivating talk; thanks for sharing your story Gary.

Anonymous at 13:39 on 17 Mar 2017

It was an inspiring and captivating talk--I could relate to aspects and inspired new reflections on my own experience in open source. Thank you for sharing.

Becky at 18:18 on 17 Mar 2017

I enjoyed hearing about how you got involved in open source. You gave me some ideas as to how I can get involved. I never thought about writing blog posts as contributing. Or helping people with bug reports/issues. Those are things that I can do to help the community. :)

Curtis Branum at 21:27 on 17 Mar 2017

Inspiring and entertaining with a strong message, thanks!

Alex Schwartz at 13:06 on 18 Mar 2017

Highly impressed by the talk - well though out, great pacing and all-around interesting perspective. I'm amazed how many similarities I have in my career (just not as advanced as yours).
Loved the humor and energy.

Improvement - more talk about where to get started in the market to help improve. You reference your story - what about other ways to get involved?

Korvin Szanto at 13:06 on 18 Mar 2017

Gary is an excellent speaker, this is the second time I've seen this talk and somehow he is able to capture my attention and keep it.

great story and talk about open source and a nice way to kick off the conference. Also, thank you for convincing me to finally submit some of my own tweaks and fixes to libraries that I use.

Woody Gilk at 15:03 on 18 Mar 2017

I love all the fun screenshots and jokes that Gary puts into his talks.

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David Lim at 09:27 on 20 Mar 2017

I appreciated the practical tips of how to contribute to open source to encourage everyone to give back, from code, documentation, bug fixes, etc.

Andy Snell at 13:23 on 21 Mar 2017

Great keynote to start off the conference. Gary is an excellent and inspirational speaker.