Ever wonder what it takes to live in the world of an open source developer? What if everything you can learn comes from the world of pop songs?

We can learn a lot of from music, but in this talk, let's listen and see how we can be better developers.

Through a series of pop songs we’ll look at what it’s like to:
- Start out on your own as a programmer - not sure where to go or to get involved in open source
- Work on a team dedicated to Open Source in the crazy world of SV/SF
- Open Source at a big blue company, and how large corporations view Open Source
- Sharing your knowledge with the next line of new folks looking to get in on OSS
- Going out on your own - giving a conference talk - being the expert and sharing what you know


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Brian Johnson at 17:52 on 10 Feb 2019

I think this talk delivered a good message about how to grow your career, and help others to grow. The personal stories were nice. I know music was a theme tying the talk together, but I found the background music distracting. Could be a flaw with my hearing: I often have trouble clearly hearing what people are saying when there is background noise. Overall, though, great message. Solid ending to the conference.

Peter Fisher at 21:07 on 10 Feb 2019

Powerful and important message. I think I am getting old as I found the music volume distracting at times. I really liked the imagery and the stories.

Kat Zien at 22:18 on 10 Feb 2019

Wow, I can't think of a better way to send everyone home feeling motivated and inspired than PJ's closing keynote! He's a charismatic speaker who managed to put an ideal mix of seriousness & humour in this talk. I liked the message, I liked the story and the analogy to playing instruments was very relatable. I found the music in the background to be both an interesting way of delivering a talk and an unnecessary distraction, and I think I'm leaning more towards distraction so I took one star off (would've been 5/5 otherwise). I often caught myself thinking "oh, this is a good tune!" but also quite often just wished the music was off so I could hear and focus on the talk better. Maybe turning it down a bit would be a good compromise? Either way I really enjoyed this talk, thought it had a great structure with lots of plot twists and important messages.

Matt Trask at 08:52 on 11 Feb 2019

The message was perfect to end the conference, and I would love to see PJ make it out to more PHP conferences to spread such an awesome message.

The music was a little loud at various points in the conference and made it tough to hear, perhaps maybe just turning it down a bit would help.