Open Source As A Career Move

Short Form


When we talk about contributing to open source, it is usually framed as a sacrifice, an act of altruism. Yet those generous individuals seem to land the most fabulous jobs and build excellent companies. Coincidence or a great career move?


This session takes a look at many different ways of getting involved in open source, and shares stories from all kinds of different people in different places. Community activities are something we do because we believe in the projects or events that we’re supporting, but we grow ourselves with those experiences. Come along to this session that pushes us all to stretch our boundaries and challenge ourselves – to write, to start a user group, to contribute to a project in some way – and discusses how those extra-curricular activities can give our careers a real boost. Bring your own stories and share!

Speaking experience

I've been speaking regularly on the PHP circuit for a few years, the best place to find a list of talks and conferences is on my page: where you can also see the comments given by people who saw me speak. I gave this talk at PyConUK and OggCamp and it was well-received - there's video from oggcamp here:


  • Lorna seaside med


    Lorna is an independent PHP consultant based in Leeds, UK. She leads the open source project, which provides a platform for real-time, public feedback at community events. She is an experienced event organiser and speaker herself, having hosted the Dutch PHP Conference and co-founded the PHP North West conference and user group. She has spoken at technical events across Europe and beyond, predominantly on technical topics around PHP and APIs, but also on topics around business, projects and open source. She regularly delivers technical training sessions and is also active as a mentor with Author of the book PHP Master from Sitepoint, Lorna loves to write and is regularly published at a number of outlets including netmagazine and of course her own blog