2012 was a pivotal year for me, as I allowed myself to step back from six years of volunteer work with BCCHF and CCS . Although my family will always support the miraculous research that saved our daughter’s life, it was really nice to take a year and not talk about cancer, to reconnect again with FOSS and the communities I’ve always loved , to find myself again.
2012 was year filled with challenges, inspiration, adventure, and again ( oohhh so much) learning . Best of all, 2012 filled my life with inspiring, innovative, compassionate, creative and cool people.
The Drupal People
DrupalCON Denver was so much fun. I love conventions (because I get to learn and meet people) and this was such a great one for all the Open Source goodness (made even better of course that Mitchell Baker was day #2 keynote). I learned a lot, and took A LOT of notes. Open Michigan’s presentation of Open Badges - actually their *entire OPEN site* is inspiring some of my own work at RRU. Attending Bryan Ollendyke‘s BOF on ELMS had made Moodle harder to work with than ever before. Following Bryan is a good way to follow Drupal in Education - along with FunnyMonkey .
I attended a Angie Byron session even though it was for beginners, and even though I’ve heard most of that talk before because she is such a huge inspiration to me. When things get crazy and even discouraging around women in Open Source I look to her as a reminder of all that is possible.
The Mozilla People
I’ve always wanted to visit Rome
Well, now you have somewhere to stay.
This was a very short conversation I had about Rome with a fellow Rep from Italy, yet one that profoundly reflects the community of Mozilla. It took my breath away to be honest.
I had a lot of fun, learning with many, many Mozillians – really too many people to mention (MozFest post has more) but I’ll mention a couple for sure:
Thanks to Laura I started to believe I was actually teaching people and not just an ‘Educator wannabe’, Laura is also a kindred spirit of FOSS love.
I finally met Mark Surman.
Fellow Rep Sayak Sakar, who no matter what time it is in India will meet you online (and has been for GenOpen)
Erik Vold - my Fellow Victoria Rep - I always spell his name wrong – 2013 will be for ‘K’, and for finally coding together
The Royal Roads People
I share an office every day with Carlos Chiarella, but only since he started talking about contributing to our local Webmaker group did I learn about his passion for math, and improving education around math. I had no idea – looking forward his ideas around this.
Helen Lee, Yay for having a conspirator across the hallway, and a date for Hackerspace-hunting. I’ll always remember how butterflies were landing on her as we tried to organize the Popcorn Hackjam – a good omen!
The Budding Webmaker/Hacker/Maker Community
Somehow I managed to get (many of) the smart people I love spending time with, running hackjams with, talking to, planning with and listening to into one spot for meetup #1. Severe case of imposter syndrome sitting among them . I’m excited to have Scott Leslie participating , especially with all the energy he is bringing to hackerspace invention in Victoria. Heather from CAGIS, is a biologist in our group – and I love that she’s coming at us knowing nothing about Webmaker, but knowing a LOT about science (good things will happen there I’m sure of it). So many more names… a new year to introduce more.
As New Year’s Resolutions go, mine would be to see GenOpen to success, and as a new Mozilla Reps Mentor – do all I can deserve the honour.
I hope I get to hang out with *all* of these people for another year.
Of course nothing is possible without the support and love of family – of which I am richly blessed.