November 8th & 9th, 2024
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SeaGL speaker Q&A: Corey Quinn

SeaGL talks with speaker Corey Quinn:

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?

Sure! I head up the DevOps group at FutureAdvisor in San Francisco. I’m fairly active in the open source community personally – I helped run the freenode IRC network for over five years, I was one of the (very) early developers behind SaltStack, and I’ve made it a point to build my team around the ethos of giving back to the larger community. To be more direct, a job requirement here is to contribute in some way to the larger community, be it through contributions to open source software, writing blog posts, or tricking people like you into letting people like me speak at community-oriented conferences against your better judgement.

Q: Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?

I’ve seen a lot of talks over the years that are fantastic technical resources, but the audience wasn’t particularly engaged, either due to a lack of understanding of the material, or a lack of ability for the presenter to paint a picture of what their technology actually did. To talk about a complex subject like git almost requires that the talk be entertaining first, and educational second. So let’s just say that my talk is likely to be… nontraditional.

Q: Is this your first visit to SeaGL? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?

I was at SeaGL last year, and it was absolutely one of the best conferences I’ve had the privilege of attending. People were extremely welcoming, the talks were interesting, and it was just a first class event all around.