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 slave 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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Inspiring and a good story!

Inspring story! Great talk geared at people of every level with a huge amount of relatable subjects

Alexander at 15:44 on 27 Jan 2017

Thx for sharing your story. Nice keynote.

So true and everyone shoukd participate in Open Source! Great talk!

Robert Basic at 17:09 on 27 Jan 2017

Good overview how contributing to open source can influence and improve a person's life.

Jeroen Thora at 17:28 on 27 Jan 2017

Inspring story and a great talk!

Really enjoyed your story and was a nice intro to for the rest of the day

Great origin story, thank you for sharing it!

This talk almost brought a tear to my eye. It is very relatable. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and inspiring us in the best way possible, just like a keynote should do.

very personal and inspiring, thanks!

Mathew Hucks at 22:39 on 28 Jan 2017

If this talk doesn't inspire you, then no talk will!
It was absolutely fantastic!

Great talk, really inspiring!

Loved the keynote! Inspiring and fun.

Inspiring speaker on a not so welcome topic to even talk about, but you did brilliantly.

Thank you Gary for this talk! It was very inspiring and a please to listen to!
It made me rethink my involvement in open-source contributing. Very well done!

Dries Vints at 22:48 on 29 Jan 2017

Great to hear about your personal experience and story. Good keynote

Very, very inspiring talk. Nearly perfect. I gave only 4 stars because your "kind of dance steps" during the talk made me a bit 'sea sick' :p

Brilliant keynote. Despite his impressive achievements, the speaker was very humble (so that it was only at the end that I realized how impressive his resume was!). Really the kind of talk that stays with you for a while, and changes your view about the open-source world in that it suddenly makes it seem completely approachable. Super inspiring. The bit about mental health was very touching and heartfelt. Delivery was perfect. Thanks so much!

I already seen the talk before on PHPNW, but watching it again was not a problem. Great and inspiring talk!

Ben Willems at 10:09 on 2 Feb 2017

Great keynote and an inspiration to developers everywhere!

James Titcumb at 12:59 on 2 Feb 2017

Nothing to add; great talk.