I love sharing and growing as a public speaker. Recent talks center around the human aspects of Open Source software contribution, though my favorite to date is on the data side of Community programs. Please reach out if you’d like to have me as a featured speaker. My speaker biography is here.

2018 Favorites


The incredible duo of Mary Thengvall and J. Paul Reed put together the first conference dedicated to Resilience Engineering. It was an honor to share a story of our resilient community at Sensu and to speak on personal resiliency as learned by some recent events. Sign up at the event website to hear about future shows. Huge thanks to Jessica Kerr for her live annotation of the talk.

Original slides are here:


I had the spontaneous and incredible opportunity to present a lightning talk at Monitorama 2018 in Portland, OR. The title of this one is Recruiting Open Source Contributors: a lesson from Benjamin Franklin because of my love for the psychological phenomenon that is the Benjamin Franklin Effect. In it I hit home the power of asking for help along with some of the ways GitHub makes asking easier to do.

Original slides are here:

Open Source 101

In “Don’t Go It Alone: Recruiting Contributors,” I give a 40 minute bootcamp in GitHub practices that lead to contribution to open source projects. This show was particularly fun since it hit the cross section of professionals and college students learning open source. It also gave me an opportunity to share the tactics, technological and psychological, to make recruiting contribution easier for everyone involved. Keep an eye on Open Source 101 - it’s a great way to give back to our community.

Slides for this one are here:

2017 Favorites

Community Leadership Summit

Keynoting at Community Leadership Summit was truly a joy. I’ve had this story of how Community’s value is less obvious compared to other departments for some time, and this event gave me the opportunity to express it to an audience that needs to hear it. Understanding the way each of us choose to position our community’s value through metrics is the difference between a well-funded program and an inevitable reorg. One of my favorite points, on baselining the value of stickers as compared to paid advertisements, was caught in this tweet:

Some of my best slides yet are in the deck, hosted here:

Boston VMware User Group (VMUG)

This keynote answered the question “what do you get when you cross career advice with buzzword bingo?” I went back to my old haunts of Boston to share a story of terminology, evolution of technology, and to make a plea for people to embrace open source to future proof their careers.

Slides are on my old Slideshare account: “Where do we go from here?”.

An incomplete list of earlier talks

Speaker profile

Events require brief profiles about speakers. Here’s my default for when those requests come in.


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Matt loves working with technology communities to develop products and content that invite delightful engagement. He’s a serial podcaster, best known for the Geek Whisperers podcast, is on the board of the Influence Marketing Council, co-maintains the DevRel Collective, and often shares his thoughts on Twitter and GitHub @mbbroberg. He’s also a fan of tattoos and cats, though remains unsure of Schrödinger’s.

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