Dawn Foster

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Dawn Foster

Puppet Labs


Geek, Community Manager, Blogger, Vegan and Technology Enthusiast.

Dawn Foster is the Community Manager at Puppet Labs. Dawn has more than 17 years of experience in business and technology with expertise in strategic planning, management, community building, community management, open source software, market research, social media, and RSS. She is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and real-world events. She has experience building new communities, and managing existing communities with a particular emphasis on developer and open source communities. Most recently, Dawn was leading the Community Office within Intel’s Open Source Technology Center. In addition to working at Intel, Dawn was an online community consultant, and she has worked at Jive Software, Compiere, and a Midwestern manufacturing company in positions ranging from Unix system administrator to market researcher to community manager to open source strategist.

While at Jive Software, she was responsible for building a new developer community for Jive’s new Clearspace product line and managing the existing Ignite Realtime open source community. Dawn was an organizer for earlier versions of Portland BarCamp, Ignite Portland and other events. Dawn holds an MBA from Ashland University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Kent State University. Dawn occasionally blogs about online communities as the author of the Fast Wonder Blog, and she was a past blogger for GigaOM’s WebWorkerDaily. She is the author of two books: Companies and Communities: Participating without being sleazy and What Dawn Eats: Vegan food that isn’t weird.

Open Source Bridge 2013

Proposals for this user

* What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Building Communities

Helpful tips about participating in and building open source communities as told through examples of what we can learn about communities from science fiction.
Culture 2013-03-13 15:11:44 +0000
Dawn Foster

Open Source Bridge 2011

Sessions for this user

* Online Community Metrics: Tips and Techniques for Measuring Participation

Do you know what people are really doing in your open source project? Having good community data and metrics for your open source project is a great way to understand what works and what needs improvement over time, and metrics can also be a nice way to highlight contributions from key project members. This session will focus on tips and techniques for collecting and analyzing metrics from tools commonly used by open source projects. It's like people watching, but with data.
Dawn Foster

Open Source Bridge 2009

Proposals for this user

* Companies and Communities

Companies are sponsoring more open source projects or paying the salaries of people participating in the community. What happens when you throw companies into the mix in an open source community?
Culture 2009-03-22 00:09:37 +0000
Dawn Foster

* How to be a kick-ass community manager

Avoid mediocrity and learn the secrets to becoming an amazing community manager. There are some simple and not so simple things that a community manager can do to increase their chances of being successful. We'll talk about some of our secrets for being a great community manager, but we'll spend most of the time letting you (the audience) ask us your toughest questions. Tell us your problems, and we'll come up with ideas for how to solve them.
Culture 2009-03-21 23:49:26 +0000
Dawn Foster