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Michaelangelo - you're an inspiration

Really great food for thought. Made some brilliant points, a great way to wrap up the conference.

An absolutely fantastic presentation, as usual!

I liked this talk. I've seen similar talks by Michelangelo in the past and it's cool to see that his talks have improved.

Loved the parts where he features his sons, very cool, very credible.

One piece of advice: put a bit more vibe, more flow in it at given times and make the talk go a bit faster. Mike is so passionate about the community, but sometimes gets a bit emotional on these things and this makes him a bit more quiet.

Great talk, but try to keep the pace in it. Mike is our Benelux community leader!

Great talk by Michelangelo. Although the aim of the talk seemed to have been more to managers and decisionmakers (who were probably not in the room), Michelangelo gave some great ammo for people to use when trying to convince their managers to start contributing.

As Mark Baker put it, you're an inspiration. At times your speech was emotional, but then again I feel sad for leaving this crowd. You strengthened my belief in open source further, thank you for that.

Great talk, i loved the mentioning of his sons and the sponsors but i feel the talk was let down by the pace and the feeling behind the talk as it seemed a bit mono and uninspired at times

I liked the content with many good points. It started off great and energetic but the energy went and the talk lost page very quickly. That's a shame as I think the talk has a lot of potential to be even better than it was now. For a closing keynote, you really need to be able to continue the energy all the way to the end.

Having seen a variation of this talk back in 2010 I felt there could have been a little bit more information about how people and businesses could get involved other than "sponsor a conference" or "buy beer/pizza". There were a lot of points made though that will help me to provide reasons for sponsoring events to the decision makers at my own company (especially if I give them the slide deck).

That being said, it was a good keynote to end the weekend on and will hopefully inspire other business representatives to start sponsoring events.

Michelangelo is an advocate and spokes person for open source, there is no doubt; but I felt that he was at times preaching to the choir. He is obviously passionate about the community but perhaps some advice on how we as developers can persuade our employers to get involved would have been useful. Business obviously benefits hugely from open source but how can the community put the message across in a way that business will understand and appreciate enough to give back.

Excellent! Helped remind me, that I pretty much owe everything "I" do to the open source community. It was a little more reflective than rousing, but nevertheless, inspiring.

Really well delivered talk, but I also think he may have been preaching to the choir and it wasn't overly relevant to people not running a business.
An important message though, so worth spending some time on it ;)

Nice talk! I mostly enjoyed the part talking about sponsoring a community event.

For me this felt like a talk that could have been given in 50% of the time alotted. The content was good, but some of it was repetitive and could have been a lot tighter.

Unfortunately it felt like this talk was more aimed for business than for developers, as a developer I felt a bit like I wasn't part of it, and it felt not aimed at the crowd and weird to have been chosen as a keynote, as keynotes should generally touch the crowd of the conference, and not only part of it, in this case business owners.

It was however a great talk for the topic that it was - I'm just disappointed that it was the keynote as this does not feel like a keynote talk, not the speakers fault, so I'm still giving it a five-star rating as the talk itself was great and inspirational for the topic it was.

Inspiring keynote, a bit too business focussed for the audience. However, these could be points developers in the audience could use to persuade their bosses to get involved.

It could indeed be a little bit shorter, because there was too much repetition in it, but I liked the pauses between the points you made.

Mirroring the above comments, as a 'lowly' developer there wasn't much I gained from the talk. Given the make-up of the crowd and the message it was putting out, I'm not sure on it's suitability as a Keynote talk.

Hey Michelangelo,

I can agree with some other peoples comment that some of the information was repeated already in the talk, and that enthusiasm kind of tailed off a bit in the middle.

Constructive criticism:
More enthusiasm and perhaps more relevant talk information for the people at the conference rather than business owners but on the flip-side it's valuable information for developers to give to their bosses so really that point could go both ways.

Being someone who's a developer and business owner this talk was prefect for me to be attending and I'm glad I turned up. It was inspiring and i'll be re-using it also to give to other business owners to convince them to look after the community.

I look forward to the videos being released so I can share this to the right people. Keep up the good work! We don't see enough of these talks at conferences.


Nothing in this talk for a developer; just preaching to the choir.

What would've made this talk super interesting is actual real life examples and anecdotes on the points presented. As in "we at company X decided to allocate the between-projects time to OS project Y, and this is what happened."

Sorry but I didn't find this a strong finish to an otherwise excellent conference. I found that Michelangelo was too quiet and monotonous in his delivery which made it very hard to follow, and the content seemed padded out in need of some serious zest.

This talk didn't work for me. It felt like it was aimed at business leaders and was targeting (on the whole) the wrong audience. I felt the speakers tone/pitch also needs a little work as it felt quite monotone in places, this makes it harder to digest the knowledge given.

Good effort for getting on the stage though dude, I know that takes some balls!

Anonymous at 11:49 on 9 Oct 2012

Generally it was a nice and relaxing talk, but I agree that it wasn't a very good choice for a keynote speech since it was mainly focused to people running businesses.

Michelangelo is living proof of why a business needs to support Open Source. This talk reflects it very well and show how he and other leading companies has very well tied in those factors to lead the market.

Even being about business i think this talk is very relevant to developers, for 2 reasons: show them what to do and why to go into their own business and follow these teachings, and also give them arguments to push their companies into it.

I agree with a few of the other comments, the energy seemed to go out somewhere in the middle of the talk, the dramatic pauses became holes, not pauses. I know you have extreme energy and passion for this, I would like to see you scream this in the talks, let it out and wow us. Overflow, it will captivate the crowd. Congrats Mike!

It started so well - it was well paced and the movement through the topics was easy to follow. But then the energy dropped off and the talk slowed down (trying to fill the hour?) and by the end of the talk all my initial 'yay for the community' enthusiasm had died away. Double the content or half the length of the time slot to keep the energy level up and this would be a better talk.

Great finish to a great weekend.

This was a really inspiring way to end a great conference. As others have said, I think that parts of this were more suited to management, but when the recording are released those of us with more receptive management can pass them on. Personally though, this made me want to get a lot more involved with open source.

I can understand the comments here, but I'll be playing this talk to my $boss when it becomes available and trying to persuade him to get involved. Every developer in attendance should be able to use this talk to help persuade their manager to let them submit PR/patches during working hours.

Anonymous at 12:12 on 11 Oct 2012

This talk really took the shine off of the event for me. The speaker seemed to almost be uninterested in giving the talk. He had no tone or enthusiasm and it felt more like lecturing than speaking.

The subject was aimed at business leaders and not really at developers but the subject could of been interesting however the way it was delivered seemed very disengaging.

From speaking to other people who attended the talk and gauging the reactions of people sitting near me the talk felt like a real downer.

The rest of the conference was awesome however and I feel if I had missed this talk I would of left on a real high.

A nice talk with a key message for everyone involved in open source. Michelangelo is an inspiration by himself and it was great to hear him talk about something he is so passionate about.
The talk could have done with maybe a bit more structure, that might have helped keep the drive and focus going the whole way through, but on the whole it was a great way to end a wonderful community conference.

Well presented, and good content, but I couldn't help but feel it wasn't aimed at people like me

Enjoyable talk but mainly aimed at those who aren't already involved in the community!