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Liz’s New Position

The Community Team at Adobe is constantly evolving and 2011 is turning out to be a year of many changes. Adobe proposed to our team a new outreach program targeting PHP, JAVA, jQuery/HTML, and Android.

Starting July 11th, I have a new role as the Community Development Program Manager! I get to take what I’ve learned over the last 10 years in the developer community and organize a new effort to target communities outside the Adobe Ecosystem.

We are aggressively going out into the world to say joining our ecosystem is going to earn them incredible access to tools that make them successful and a network that is welcoming and supportive. I will be using the support of our community leaders to help building bridges into these communities.

I’ll be talking about my many activities and people I find and connect with along the way, so follow me @lizign on Twitter to follow my adventures!

Thanks for the support!

Liz Arroyave Frederick
Community Development Program Manager

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Creative Suite 5.5 Joint Launch Event with LA Adobe User Groups — June 03, 2011

Challenge Met! – Exceeded! 

I attended a very special Adobe User Group (AUG) CS5.5 launch event held at the offices of AlmerBlank located at 525 Venezia Ave in Venice, CA. For past couple of months, I have been issuing a “challenge” to the LA AUG Managers to see if they could work together to pull off a large joint meeting. In support, I would get Paul Trani to come and present. Well, LA AUG Managers rose to the challenge and pulled off a fantastic event! I was impressed by the turn-out (over 100+ Adobians), the organization at the check-in desk, the organization/marketing of the event, the venue (AlmerBlank is a warehouse/office with a decent amount of space), the magnitude of the prizes given away (dozens of shirts, books, software training certificates, and software…all together worth over $3000+), and the food! (I did not know that Chana Messer also ran a catering business on the side). All in all, a job well done!

Event Recap:

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

Time Lapse Image of Adobe User Group Meetup 03June2011

After an introduction by host Harald Koebler (LAFlash), I covered a few short things about Adobe’s Community Programs and how we work together with Adobe Evangelist speakers, like Paul Trani. Then, I introduced Paul who had just flown in from Australia from a Creative Suite world-tour event. A bit jet lagged, but with Paul, one wouldn’t have noticed! He gave a very energetic talk. I can definitely see that Paul has been working on his delivery, content, and “speaking chops” by hanging out with some of the Creative Suite (Uber) Evangelists (Terry White, Jason Levin, Colin Fleming, & Greg Rewis). With the limited time we had, Paul concentrated on these updates in Creative Suite 5.5: InDesign (Digital Publishing & Apps); Dreamweaver (Mobile Web Content, HTML5 features, & Apps); Flash Professional & Flash Builder 4.5 (Apps for Multi-Platforms); and, Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps (Adobe Nav, Adobe Touch, Color Lava, and Eazel). Best Demo: I liked Paul’s multi-sceen, multi-device app where Paul showed-off his animated Kayaker app travel from a Android Tablet, to an iPad, to a cell phone, and then onto a RIM Playbook!

Paul Trani's Slide Deck

Digital Publishing
Mobile Web Content & HTML5
Apps for Multi-Platforms
Photoshop SDK & Companion Apps

People — Thanks:

Adam Bell @datatv | Christian Gaspar | Omar Gonzales @s9tpepper | Cynthia Gordon | Virginia Houts | Andrew Kavanagh @Drew_kav | Harald Koebler @hkoebler | Andrew Kutcher | Chana Messer @chanam | Ko Maruyama @komaruyama | Anil Natha | Sharon Sachse @Pcartiste | Daniel Sofer @hermosawave | Lee Varis @LeeVaris | Michele Weisbert | Terence Carroll @terencecarroll (who was in LA for contract work; UGM for VegasFlash) | AND to any other folks I may have met at this event…Thank You!|


Adobe sponsored food, drink, and software raffle prizes for this event.


After Party:

Chana Messer took Paul Trani and I to her “hood” and to her favorite Mexican Restaurant: Lula’s Cocina. Lula’s was quite charming and the Chicken Mole was authentic! Michele Weisbert, Sharon Sasche, Ko Murayama, and Terence Carroll also met up with us. We talked shop; Adobe Stuff; AdobeMAX; User Groups; and about the Adobe Production Premium event held in LA the night before.

Adobe will be BACK!With this successful event, I imagine we’ll have more Evangelists and Community folks back in LA in the near future.


First of many visits…. My trip to Vegas User Groups

Adobe User Group Visit – 16 March 2011 (Las Vegas AUGs)

One of the things, I asked Adobe to do for the User Groups this past year in our budget process was to make it easier for me as the Adobe Community Manager to visit user group meetings, so I can judge for myself how healthy the user group eco-system is.   SO… to start things off, I thought I would bring Technical Evangelist Greg Wilson to a joint meeting of the Las Vegas Adobe, Vegas Flash, and VegasWeb User Group to talk about Mobile Apps & HTML5.  Subsequently, I had been working for some time with the Vegas AUG  Team: Krystal Hosmer, Nate Ludens, Terence Carroll, Tim Davis, Greg Hamer, and Sergio Chavez to get one our evangelist and myself there for a visit.

Las Vegas AUG was the host for this event. Held at: University of Nevada Las Vegas – Paradise Campus — 851 E. Tropicana Rd.  Greg and I were pleasantly surprised how well the Vegas AUG Mgr team worked together, co-marketed their event, and motivated 70 folks to turn out.

AUG Vegas Facebook page: Meeting Announcement:

(Yes, Adobe User Groups Can & DO! Work together….and that just warms my heart as a Community Mgr.)

Our “Top Gun” Speaker

Sr. Technical Evangelist Greg Wilson @gregorywilson on twitterMeet Greg Wilson: Sr. Technical Evangelist from Adobe; An Enterprise kinda guy who is a developer true and true, but he’s also a photographer (Yes, Greg can present on Adobe Lightroom as well) and private pilot in his free time. Based out of Tampa Florida, Greg had no problem coming out West to Las Vegas to talk to some folks about the Flash Platform, Trends in Mobile Computing, Adobe AIR Launch Pad, the realities of HTML5, and some new stuff coming up ahead!
Twitter: @gregorywilson

Presentation Abstract:

Adobe and Mobile
An overview of what Adobe is doing in the mobile space, including AIR for Android, iOS, Blackberry Playbook and other platforms.  Demos on how to build a mobile app from scratch and deploy to various devices (phones, tablets, SmartTVs).  A discussion of other related technologies including HTML/JavaScript-based apps using jQuery mobile, Phonegap and other technologies.

Links from the Evening’s Presentation:

Flash to HTML5 using Wallaby:
Flash “Molehill” 3D:
Lee Brimlow’s – Molehill Demo Reel:
Zombie Tycoon:
Flash Player 10.3:

Flash Builder Burrito:
AIR Launchpad:
Tour De Flex:
Tutorial: Flex for the Blackberry Playbook in 90 minutes

Tutorial: Employee directory for Android:
More tutorials:
Chess Jam:

Greg Wilson looks on, as Terence Carroll talks about the raffle prizes

Vegas Adobe User Group Manager’s address their community: 




After the presentation, there was a raffle for a boxed copy of Creative Suite 5 Master Collection, courtesy of Greg Wilson. Additionally, (2) electronic copies of FlashBuilder Premium, (1) boxed copy of Adobe Lightroom 3, (1) boxed copy of Photoshop Elements 9, and several books + the NEW T-shirts we have going out the User Groups.

Conclusion: Vegas Adobe Community is alive and well! Time to head out to see other User Groups.

Future travels this year may take me to Los Angeles, Portland, Denver, Seattle, and other parts in the midwest/east

Happy Trails!

Aaron Houston
Community Manager for North American Adobe User Groups
Adobe Systems, Inc
San Jose, Ca
TWITTER: “thisishouston1”

RIM Playbook webinars for AUGs Feb 2011

These Events have concluded. We had (5) sessions with over 400 attendees.

Webinar Agenda:

– Overview
– API’s to build great apps
– Skinning with QNX UI Components
– BlackBerry App World (submitting apps & revenue generation)
– Q&A with RIM engineers

Webinar Slide Deck:

We may ask other User Groups to have their members join the other meetings.

Dates and Times we Agreed upon with RIM:

1st Date:  Tues Feb 8th, 2011 start @5pm Pacific (GMT -8)

Rick Mason & Nick Kwiatkowski from Mid-Michigan ColdFusion User Group (CFUG) hosted the event. Thank You!
Excellent Session; Over 36 Community Ldrs & influencers attended;

Recording here:

2nd Date: Wed Feb 9th  start @9am (GMT -8)Pacific /

Volker Kunz from the German e-Learning Group has agreed to host.  We had over 263 folks attend this webinar

Recorded Session:

3rd Date: Thurs Feb 10th start @5pm US Pacific

Chris LONG from Dallas Flash User Group was the host; we had 45 people attend this session.
Recorded Session:

4th Date  Wed Feb 23rd start @6pm US Pacific or (GMT-8)

Harald Koebler from Los Angeles Flash User Group will be hosting this Adobe Connect Session. We had 45 people attend
this webinar.

Recorded Session (Q & A only ~25min):

5th Date  Thurs Feb 24th “replay/makeup session” start @6pm Pacific or 0300am GMT / 8pm US Central / 9pm US East coast for NorCal Flash, Stateline, + Armenia + 2 AM Feb 26th for (UTC +12) 6:00am For Yerevan Armenia + (UTC +8) 10:00am Beijing China and Manila, Philippines; APAC

Steve Chin, Oswald Campenseto, and Justin Webb from FlashON Devices User Group were the hosts; we had
40 people attend this webinar.

Recorded Session:

Adobe Community Professionals 2011

Please help me congratulate the new members of the Adobe Community Professionals Program for 2011!

Tariq Ahmed
Lutz Albrecht
Andy Allan
Charlie Arehart
Jim Babbage
Jungyun Bae
Simon Bailey
Donna baker
Victoria Bampton
Christian Baptiste
Lou Barber
Simeon Bateman
Nate Beck
Jeff Bellune
Ann Bens
Mykola Bilokonsky
Stephen Blades
John C. Bland II
David Blatner
Zeno Bokor
Rob Brooks-Bilson
Barbara Brundage
Mike Brunt
Kenny Bunch
Pariah Burke
Mariana Cabral
Raymond Camden
Jonathan Campos
Ryan Canulla
Bruce Carroll
Marco Casario
Marlon Ceballos
Yann Chevalier
Emily Christiansen
Scott Citron
April Clark
Craig Clarke
Anne Concepcion
James Cook
Hillel Coren
Igor Costa
Paul Cracknell
Joshua Cyr
John Daigle
Matt Dawson
Weyert de Boer
Koen De Weggheleire
Jason Dean
Gustavo Henrique Del Vechio
Glyn Dewis
daniele di stanio
Tiago Dias
Max Dunn
Matthew Ellison
Rafiq Elmansy
Elad Elrom
Peter Elst
Steven Erat
Marc Esher
Joyce Evans Erb
Sam Farmer
Dave Ferguson
Ben Fhala
Mark Fletcher
Simon Free
Jesse Freeman
Pete Freitag
James Fritz
Ben Garney
Chris Georgenes
Dimitrios Gianninas
Matt Gifford
Keith Gilbert
Nancy Gill
Michael Givens
Mordy Golding
Peter Grainge
Michæl Graves
Tom Green
Chris Griffith
Arnis Gubins
Shaorui Guo
Robert Hall
Greg Hamer
Douglas Hanna
Cyril Hanquez
Jesse Harding
David Hassoun
Paul Hastings
Jun Heider
Michael Henke
Tony Hillerson
Taiga Hirohata
Robert Hoekman, Jr
Maxwell Hoffmann
David Hogue
Antonio Holguin
Joel Hooks
Jeffry Houser
Rob Huddleston
George Iosif
Scott Janousek
Sally Jenkinson
Yongho Ji
Paladin Jog
Russ Johnson
Lynette Kent
Jerry Klaimon
Kai Koenig
Brian Kotek
Nicholas Kwiatkowski
Joseph Labrecque
Michael Labriola
Lisa Larson-Kelley
Brad Lawryk
Matt LeGrand
Bob Levine
David Liao
Joan Llenas
Erik Lord
Jeremy Lu
Ian Lyons
Vicente Maciel Jr
Pete Mackie
Orcun Madran
Luis Majano
Mark Mandel
Pasi Manninen
Mauro Martins
andy Matthews
Michel Mayerle
Kevin McCabe
Sean McCormack
Gene McCullagh
Elliot Mebane
Dave Merchant
Luca Mezzalira
Juraj Michálek
Nathan Mische
Jorge Mochon
Peter Andreas Moelgaard
Elaine Montoya
Sean Moore
Justin J. Moses
Tom Muck
Michael Müller-Hillebrand
Dimitri Munkirs
Michael Murphy
Ben Nadel
Giorgio Natili
Fabien Nicollet
mike nimer
Fumio Nonaka
Jodie O’Rourke
Daniel Orlando
RJ Owen
Alessandro Pace
Becky Padilla
Steven Peeters
David Powers
Justin Putney
Jose Ramos
Sven Ramuschkat
Robert Reinhardt
Stefan Richter
H. Paul Robertson
Bradley Roers
Jon Rose
Dee Sadler
Jeremy Saenz
João Saleiro
Bill Sanders
Günter Schenk
Holly Schinsky
J. Schuh
Charles Schulze
Chris Scott
Justin Seeley
Gang Seonggyu
Todd Sharp
Rui Silva
Diego Silva
Bob Silverberg
Rostyslav Siryk
Grant Skinner
Ben Smith
Fabio Sonnati
Luis Sosa
Kevin Stohlmeyer
Rick Stone
Scott Stroz
Ben Stucki
Stephanie Sullivan Rewis
Murray Summers
Kevin Suttle
Jeff Tapper
Chris Tarantino
Marc Thiele
Ian Thomas
Andrei Toma
Howard Treisman
Jean-Claude Tremblay
Andrea Trento
Rich Tretola
Andrew Trice
Randy Troppmann
David Tucker
Rafael Tuduri Amengual
Nicholas Tunney
Adam Tuttle
Dean Utian
Scott Valentine
Frans van der Geest
Jochem van Dieten
Dan Vega
Peter Villevoye
Stefano Virgilli
Matt Voerman
Claus Wahlers
Guy Watson
Dave Watts
Leif Wells
Steve Werner
Aaron West
Tommi West
James Whittaker
Michael Witherell
Sascha Wolter
A.J. Wood
Michelle Yaiser
Andrew Yoole
Pawel Zakrzewski
Qizhi Zhang

Adobe Community Champions 2011

Please help me congratulate the first members of the new Adobe Community Champions Program!!

Leonardo Agosti
Campbell Anderson
Laura Arguello
Ragunathan Arul Kumaran
Mark Atchley
Adam Bell
Viktor Bezdek
Mark Bloomfield
Craig Boassaly
Demian Borba
Geoff Bowers
Dave Buell
Graeme Bull
Diane Burns
Mariano Andres Carrizo
Alison Cattelona
Jerry Chabolla
Fernando Colaco
Lawrence Cramer
Timothy Cunningham
Tom de Manincor
Aurélien Deleusière
Oğuz Demirkapı
Mariam Dholkawala
Hugh Elliott
João Fernandes
Jason Fincanon
Maximiliano Firtman
Adam Flater
Charlie Griefer
Randy Hagan
John Head
Lisa Heselton
Ares Hovhannesyan
Steve Howard
Jonas Hummelstrand
Juan Antonio Jimenez Lopez
Javier Julio
Michael Kazlow
Chafic Kazoun
David Knape
Almog Koren
Will Law
joonha lee
Sidney Maestre
Beth Marshall
Justin Mclean
Chana Messer
Ahmed Mohamed Rabieh
Andrew Muller
Phill Nacelli
James Newton
Guust Nieuwenhuis
Brajeshwar Oinam
Hasan Otuome
Edgar Parada
Thom Parker
Francisco Paulino – Tofinha
Benoît Penneçot
Mark Plunkett
Tomislav Pokrajcic
Andrew Powell
Gabriel Powell
Ian Proudfoot
Joe Rinehart
Stephen Rittler
David Rogers
Rob Rusher
Victoria Ryder
Jared Rypka-Hauer
Paul Salazar
Lauro Santos
Luis Santos
Aanarav Sareen
Daniel Short
Gerald Singelmann
Carlos Solis
Peter Spier
David Stiller
Andrea Veggiani
Karsten Vestergaard
Roman Villarreal
Geoff Walker
Derren Whiteman
John Wilker
Dan Wilson

Adobe Community Champions Program Launch

The Community Team would like to announce the launch of the Adobe Community Champion Program worldwide!

Adobe Community Champions are the “megaphone” of the Adobe community, whose objective is to evangelize Adobe products beyond the existing circle of our Adobe ecosystem and helping connect people to the Adobe community.

ACCs are influencers who share information about Adobe products by reaching out to new community members both online and in real-time, connecting them with information and resources, and empowering them to become more active and engaged with Adobe and its community.

ACCs have been community ambassadors for Adobe in several parts of the world, engaging with community members in a number of different ways. We expect to see ACCs serving in a range of ways, from talking about Adobe at events or schools, to being involved in social media, and many more!

The program is equally important to Adobe as the ACP program. There’s more than one way to engage with the community, and now with two programs we can better support both ACPs and ACCs.


Q. When will the ACCs be announced?

A. Once our ACPs are announced, we will announce the ACCs soon after. We noticed that about 1/4 of our ACP applications deserved to be an ACC for their dedication.

Q. What is the main difference between an ACP and ACC?

A. ACPs are content creators. You will see them writing books, blogs, demos, and contributing to the Adobe Developer Center. ACCs generally use their voice to reach out to community on a more personal level. Both groups overlap a lot but we did not want to turn away leaders in our community who enjoy evangelizing but don’t necessarily have the time to write.

Q. How do I apply? And is acceptance just once a year?

A. Currently we are going through the ACP applications and plan to invite over 75 applicants to join the program. We will have an ongoing application open for nominations year round. You must be nominated by an ACP, ACC, or Adobe staff.

Q. Are the benefits pretty much the same as an ACP?

A. Yes. We have one difference that enables ACCs to reach out to community in a different way. More to come once we announce the ACC members. They will be under NDA and be included in the Community Summit event.

Q: Can I be a member of both programs?

A. No. However, it doesn’t prevent you from participating in community in any certain way. The program is there to offer support in your strongest area of community building.

Q: Is the ACC going to be open to community leaders from all regions?

A. Yes. We are welcoming all those who want to be Champions in their own country. We are here to recognize your efforts in the community and provide you with resources to amplify your message. This program was already implemented in our emerging markets to help build stronger communities. For example, here is a quote from a Community Champion in India, Nouman Naveed –

This program has given me new level of confidence to allow my existing knowledge to flourish.
I get a kind of satisfaction after making people to understand these technologies. Because when I was in search of guidance I was unable to get it and now other people have me. Sometimes it allows me to market myself and gain new business opportunities.”

Visit with JP Pettines: former educator Univ of Philippines-JEDI


Old Friends from the Java Community & JEDI

Lots of my former community folks, Java User Group leaders, were in San Francisco Area this week.  One of my former Java Champions stopped by to chat with me at the San Jose Adobe office.  John Paul “JP” Pettines was interested on how my life as a Community Manager @Adobe was shaping up. (It’s almost been a year, now)  “JP” was part of a team of educators that founded a software education program at the University of the Philippines in Manila called the Java Education Development Initiative or (JEDI).

JP is a community guy. He and Rommel Feria founded one of the largest university student Java User Groups in the Philippines.  And together, they have touched thousands of students thru their work on JEDI.  JEDI was originally created out of a need for the University system in the Philippines to revamp their old curriculum based on Microsoft .NET.   JP and Rommel were part of a team financed by Sun Microsystems and content provided by their Java Evangelists. The effort helped modernize the Philippine University computer-science curriculum; and, it was centered around a set of open-source “Creative Commons” course-ware modules. Ones that could be easily updated without having to pay royalties to a certain software company.  JEDI is once again going thru a transition now that Sun Microsystems has become part of Oracle.

Where’s the Innovation happening?

“JEDI” — that’s not what JP was here in San Jose to talk to me about.  He wanted to know what was going-on and changing in the technology space.  How “Innovation” with mobile phones and tablets might affect his career-path and the students back in the Philippines.   I didn’t have to look very far in what Adobe has been doing with our Partners at RIM, Motorola, Google, and Samsung in the new “app economy” with Flash/Flex/AIR/Creative Suite.   I reflected with JP on how some Java folks we both knew might be able to bring their disciplined skills on creating large scalable applications/enterprises to mobile devices and TV’s…create compelling business apps.  JP, being a former educator, also took an interest in the online webinars (TechWed) that we do for our User Group Communities.  ” What are you using to deliver that content?….that is so cool!”,  JP commented.  I pointed out that Adobe uses the Adobe Connect e-learning software to deliver technology topics to its User Group Communities.  We also talked about how emerging markets like Philippines and Brazil have long been using online education to help their countryman get the basic skills to compete in a global economy.   And rather than outsourcing to other countries and companies, instead government organizations are engaging in large socio-economic programs like JEDI or JEDI-Brasil to do studenet developer outreach in their own country (Example:  Rybena an app developed by a User Group, would make a great mobile App).  Indeed, I also hope to meet Daniel deOliveira from DFJUG Brasilia who is also in town for the JUG meetings to talk to him Rybena.

It was great seeing “JP”.  As JP was leaving he told one of my coworkers outside my office: “Even though Aaron, is now part of Adobe’s community team — We still miss him for what he did for us in Java…Adobe User Groups are really lucky to have, Aaron helping them…. a trip to SF area wouldn’t be complete without a visit with Aaron”.

Thanks JP, glad I could oblige; and, I hope to see you in Toronto for Flash-in-the-City Event in May.   — Aaron Houston (“thisishouston1” on twitter)

Lunch w/Stephen Chin: FlashON; Visage-Android; AIR for TV; and more

21Jan2011 — San Jose, CA
-Community Connections-

I had the opportunity to host Stephen Chin for lunch at the Adobe offices in San Jose.  Stephen Chin is Director of SW Engineering at GXS by day and an open-source developer and author by night.  Indeed, “Steve” was taking a break from writing his upcoming A-Press book on Mobile App Development to come for a visit.  I’ve known Steve from my former life at Sun Microsystems.  Steve is an excellent and methodical speaker who has a passion for rich internet applications, clean API’s, and even cleaner UI.  When he is not working on his book, he’s working on project called Visage which is a declarative language for expressing user interfaces (based on the compiler originally written for JavaFX). [More @ “Visage Android – Cleaner APIs, Cleaner UIs“].  Steve first talked to me about writing better tooling for mobile developers when he gave his sessions at the Silicon Valley Code Camp last October.  From that meeting, I was able to convince him to come and “check out” the AdobeMAX Community Summit as the User Group Manager of the FlashON Devices User Group.  FlashOn Devices has since held (4) meetups since last October and will be doing more this year.  We met-up yet again while I was working the DEVOXX Java Conference & hung out.  Steve and I also attended a meeting of uber-geeks while in Antwerp put on by the RIA Cowboy – James Ward.

The Upcoming Book & AIR for TV

We talked about the upcoming book.  It is always “a process”, especially in light of how fast things have been moving with the Flash Platform and AIR since AdobeMAX.  Steve mentioned how hard it is to write a book on mobile development these days, stuff gets outdated quickly.  Steve always shares his code-samples publically on his blog,  I asked him when I might see that famous JUG-prize spinner app that he wrote in JavaFX on Android soon?  “Working on it”, he said.  Steve mentioned that he has a section in the book where it might fit in to demonstrate gestures; a sort of Shake-Spin-and-Win concept app.  I know a lot of the User Group Managers would love to be able to use “Prize-Spinner” at their meetings to give-away the prizes we give them…hoping to see that in the Android Market Place or perhaps the RIM Playbook App store.  Another item, Steve will be covering in this new book are AIR Apps for TV.  Steve was able to get his hands on a Broadcom AIR-for-TV set-top box while at AdobeMAX;  and, he’d been thinking up some ideas.  Looking forward to that, but, we just happened to run into Jean-Marc Matteini from the AIR-for-TV team while at the office; we had a discussion about upcoming SmartTV’s and how the computing power in the new TV’s are catching-up to what folks are used to on mobile devices….should make programming apps for the SmartTVs challenging yet fun.

Rapping w/Steve

After a tour of the Adobe facilities and some potential meeting rooms for a future FlashON devices meetup, Steve and I chatted in my office.  We talked about: the state of the Java Communities…that always a topic that comes up these days; CLS-West; DEVOXX & TheServerSide Java Symposium; and important Adobe events happening very soon 😉

— Needless to say, it should be a good year for App Developers!  Stop by anytime Steve!

CLS West 2011 – A Community Leader’s Cabal

CLS-West BlogAbout a year ago, I attended this conference of community leaders at insistence of Michael Van Riper (aka “the Serial Community Organizer“) whom I knew very well from the Java Community.  Little did I know, that I would be meeting my future boss (Rachel Luxemburg aka rlux on twitter) at the CLS-West conference.  So, after almost a year of going “full-throttle” helping Rachel & Adobe with their developer and “creatives” communities, I returned to check-out this year’s edition of CLS-West.

So, I wanted to re-visit this “mind-map” of Community Leaders that I created at the first CLS-West conference to see how the planets have aligned after the implosion of my former company: Sun Microsystems.  A DRAMATIC DIFFERENCE.  It was interesting and inevitable that I would meet-up with some several former “Sun-ites” at CLS-West. (Check Out blog: “A Year After: the People“).  Short list of CLS-West Sun-ites: Pat Patterson, Deidre Straughan, Ray Gans, Yolande Poirier, Sonya Berry, & Janice Campbell.  PLUS, I got to meet some new folks working at PayPal, LiveFyre, Microsoft, & O’Reilly….and some of my ex-Java User Group & NEW Adobe User Group Mgrs were there as well.

So the old mind map is here… AND The New Map is below.  Looking at the map, I’ve noticed that more and more companies are seeing the value of having community managers or community programs.  The Map is not all-inclusive, indeed not all those listed were at the CLS-West conference.  It is just a representation of “Community Guys & Gals” that I know or work with….it’s good to know who’s doing what you’re doing.  Enjoy!

Here is what the Unconference Board looked like at CLS-West 2011