Community is a term often bandied about in tech circles, but what does it mean? Where is this community? What is community's hit point max, magic rating, and XP to next level? Does it have special abilities? How can individuals best connect with, contribute to, and benefit from the larger technical community? What's the end goal? So many questions! I don't have all of the answers, but I may have a few, so join us and let's share some community skillz.


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Dan Revel at 09:35 on 31 May 2018

Great perspective on the bigger picture of our common human endeavor.

Dave Stokes at 09:38 on 31 May 2018

Wow! Margaret was on fire for this very powerful presentation. Very high energy and lots of great information.

Chuck Burgess at 09:44 on 31 May 2018

Very engaging... enjoyed the enthusiasm as much as the content.

That talk was informative and relevant. I definitely had some takeaways.

Thanks for this great talk, very engaging and relevant.

Brian Sanders at 09:49 on 31 May 2018

Very engaging talk. Did a very good job of using her personal story to keep the audience engaged.

Daniel Halasz at 09:49 on 31 May 2018

Inspiring talk, thank you Margaret :)

Great perspective and practical ways to nurture the community.

Nice talk, well constructed and informative :) Many thx!

Really enjoyed this. Great optimistic talk.

Tim Huff at 09:59 on 31 May 2018

Great keynote, thank you very much!

Interesting and entertaining talk. Some useful take aways. A great start to the conference.

Anonymous at 10:17 on 31 May 2018

Passion's so important for a topic like this, and Margaret has plenty. Thanks for sharing!

Really liked this talk. Full of energy and lots of good info foe getting the most out of a conference. Sad I can't give it 6 stars.

Donald Tyler at 10:34 on 31 May 2018

Great talk. Very positive with lots of energy. Margaret has a great sense of humor,

One thing I would like to have seen are more tips on how to overcome personal challenges with getting involved. Shyness, social anxiety, how to start up conversations with strangers, etc. this is where I personally have most difficulty.

This was the perfect talk to kick off the (main) conference — full of enthusiasm, warm, fuzzy feelings, and empathy. Also, the entire room now understands "the Pac-man Rule", which is a great thing to cover at the beginning of a conference.

I liked it.

Wow, what a great uplifting way to start off the day!
Margaret was fantastic!

Really lively and relatable talk. Community is so important! Being able to see and/or create ways to validate that you belong and feel included in a space is everything. Thanks for sharing.

John Wong at 16:03 on 31 May 2018

I am personally not engaged much to community but speaker helps me understand the fun way and how important to do so. thanks a lot!

Thank you for sharing your experiences and for providing concrete action items (e.g. the Pac-Man rule).

Margaret, thank you! I am amazed at how much you tackled: recognizing the limited groups we often interact with -- as a way to highlight privilege and how some voices and groups are marginalized, concrete pointers to get the most of out conference interactions (way more useful than global "networking is good" statements).

Justin at 11:42 on 1 Jun 2018

Really energetic talk. :D

Betsy Gamrat at 14:22 on 1 Jun 2018

Excellent answers to questions we should all be asking. Thank you!

This was great, I loved Margaret's enthusiasm and energy.