How to build community the open source way

Short Form


Go behind the scenes at to learn how we are building a community and creating the world's premier open source story telling platform.


Over the past six years, Jason Hibbets has been the community manager behind, an online publication focused on highlighting the use of open source methodologies in areas outside of technology. He’ll provide a case study of the content strategy and community building effort for the publication, a project sponsored by Red Hat. You’ll go behind the scenes and see the nuts-and-bolts, the tools, the metrics, and the strategy that’s helped this project grow to over 800,000 page views a month.

This session will:

  • go in-depth on how to build a great team, including the different methodologies used from the team
  • provide details on social media and SEO strategies
  • outline our community moderator program
  • show metrics and results monitored by the team

Speaking experience

I am an experienced speaker who regularly presents at open source conferences. I spoke at 10 different conferences in 2015. I've delivered several keynotes including ApacheCon [1] and POSSCON [2]. A list of all my speaking engagements can be found at:

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  • Jhibbets profile

    Jason Hibbets / Red Hat


    Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets.

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