[northwestengland.pm] MFS Talk. Tues,
17 Jan. "Embrace your Community: an open model for
business" by Mark Keating (Managing Director) & Matt Trout (Technical
Director), Shadowcat Systems Limited
michael.dorrington at gmail.com
Fri Jan 6 09:36:14 GMT 2012
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* Talk: Embrace your Community: an open model for business
* Speakers: Mark Keating (Managing Director) &
Matt Trout (Technical Director),
Shadowcat Systems Limited
* Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory).
* Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
"(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)"
* Date: Tuesday, 17th January 2012 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
* Start time: 19:00
* Finish time: 20:30
"How can you benefit from free software in business? How can you run
a business in which most of what you work with and produce isn't charged
for? What is the value in engaging with a non-profit orientated
community? Why would you want to engage with a community that can
critically be described as a social exercise in collaborative
"In this talk Mark will use the experience gained from several years
managing a free software consultancy to discuss the benefits to business
of working with free software and engaging with the community. Using
Shadowcat Systems, the Perl language and associated community as a basis
for that talk."
The event will include a Q&A session, discussion and then lively debate
in the pub afterwards.
* Mark Keating:
"Mark Keating is the managing director of Shadowcat Systems Limited.
He is married to Leigh and has a son called Benjamin Connor, they all
live in Lancaster, in the United Kingdom with a cat called Darwin and
several tropical fish. He stumbled sideways into the magnificent world
of Perl by way of linguistics, literature, a publishing company and an
undefined close association with Matt Trout. He is a neophyte evangelist
of modern Perl and an advocate of Enlightenment thinking."
"Mark likes to think that he fills his days as an 'adminion' but is
also a writer, keen amateur photographer and herder of (programming)
cats. Mark has been advocating free software and open organisations for
many years and has become deeply involved in the communities associated
with the work carried out by Shadowcat Systems."
Mark is: Director and Secretary of the Enlightened Perl
Organisation, Marketing Chair of the The Perl Foundation Marketing
Committee, Marketing and PR for The Perl Foundation Steering Committee,
co-Leader of North West England Perl Mongers, Organiser of London Perl
Workshop (UKPW), co-Organiser of the Dynamic Languages Conference and
manager of the Send-A-Newbie initiative. In 2011 he also helped to
organise the QA Hackathon, and the Google Summer of Code and Google
Code-in (in which he also mentored) on behalf of the Perl Foundation."
* Matt Trout:
"Matt S Trout was thrust into Perl at the tender age of seventeen by
a backup accident. Two weeks later he realised that he was in love with
the language and has been happily using it for systems automation,
network, web and database development ever since."
"He is co-maintainer of the Catalyst web framework (and co-author of
The Definitive Guide to Catalyst), the creator of the DBIx::Class ORM,
Web::Simple, Tak and HTML::Zoom and a core team member for the Moose
metaprotocol and object system, as well as contributing to assorted
other CPAN projects."
"Matt spends his days leading the technical team at Shadowcat
* Shadowcat Systems Limited
"Is an free software consultancy specialising in Perl, CPAN,
applications deployment and systems architecture. Shadowcat sponsors
web, source repository, integration initiatives, conferences, workshops,
hackathons and mailing list hosting for a large number of projects
related to Perl and the broader open source and free software
communities. Shadowcat creates and releases free software both
internally and on behalf of its clients."
The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge
Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft
Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". The venue provides wifi. The
talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place
Called Common <http://www.aplacecalledcommon.co.uk/>).
Parking: Around the venue there are parking meter bays that become zero
cost after 8pm on Tuesday so you'll have to pay up until then and the
maximum stay is 2 hours BUT MAKE SURE YOU VERIFY THIS. There are paid
parking lots around the venue, the light blue P in this OpenStreetMap
centred on Madlab
A lot of them, perhaps all, are are owned by NCP
<http://www.ncp.co.uk/>. If you can't decide otherwise then park in
Manchester Arndale <http://www.manchesterarndale.com/directions.aspx>.
Public Transport: Manchester Victoria (MCV) train station, Shudehill
tram station and Manchester Piccadilly bus station are all fairly close
to Madlab, see OpenStreetMap centred on Madlab
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN) train station and Manchester Central Coach
Station are not too far either.
Further details at <http://libreplanet.org/wiki/Manchester/2012-01-17>.
General information about Manchester Free Software meetings can be found
on our website.
If you would like five minutes to tell us about something, please
contact us at <fsuk-manchester-team at nongnu.org>.
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