I'm Jade Wang, and I've been in charge of Developer Engagement at Meteor, the open source web framework, for the past 2 years, during which I started our meetup program, which now runs in 63 cities, and our Devshop program, which now runs in 2 cities. I'd love to lead a session on empowering leaders within the community, which I talked about at Heavybit earlier this week, but mostly, I'd love to compare notes with everyone else who's been at this for a lot longer than I have. (Reading all your intros so far has just been super inspiring!)
Before my time at Meteor, I founded Chez JJ, the hacker house collective, a network of live-work communities all around the SF Bay Area for tech entrepreneurs, scientists, and other itinerant geeks. (In a previous life, I was a biologist -- my Ph.D. is in neuroscience (auditory EEG work), my post-doc was in human factors & usability in aviation. I'd love to be a part of any discussion on the intersection of OSS and science.) Lately, I've also been helping my partner, Kenton Varda, with Sandstorm, an open source platform that makes it easy to run web apps on your own server. (The goal is to make it much easier for open source web apps to take hold by eliminating the learning curve associated with running your own server.) In my spare time, I love hosting dinner parties and LAN parties for geeks and felines alike.
This is my first CLS, and I'm really excited to meet all the rest of you! Thanks for making this happen, @jonobacon!