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Thursday, May 22 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Understanding Volunteers - Karen Pauley, The Perl Foundation

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Karen Pauley is interested in the Open Source phenomena that makes intelligent people work for free. Many businesses believe that in order to get and retain the best people they must pay a good salary and provide a variety of benefits. But that is obviously not the reason why people participate in Open Source projects.

Why do people volunteer to work in an Open Source project? When your project has volunteers how do you keep them? After all, there are so many other projects they could choose. Do you know why anyone else would want to give up their Saturday nights to work on your favourite project? Is it fun? Do you continue to learn new things in a supportive environment? Do you feel like you are part of a community?

During this talk Karen will describe the issues around the people involved in Open Source projects, which run on people just as much as on technology.

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Karen Pauley

President, Perl Foundation
Karen Pauley is the President of The Perl Foundation and has been involved with the Perl Community since 2000. She has spoken at Open Source conferences across the world including OSDC Australia, O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and more than 20 Perl conferences.

Thursday May 22, 2014 2:00pm - 2:50pm

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