DrupalCon Amsterdam 2019: Why Open Source Matters by Making People and Companies Better

Oct 30, 2019

Janne Kalliola
Exove, Helsinki, Finland

This session explores the open source projects and communities from within, and explains why people want to contribute and how this makes both the person and the world a better place.

A good open source project is analogous to barnraising. People strive to accomplish the actual goal and also work side by side for the common good. This creates a strong feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves alone - a local community.

Belonging and meaningfulness are extremely strong motivators in current very fragmented era - and they can be harnessed for the good of the open source project, community, and participating companies. This session tells you first why and then also how.

Both as an individual or company, you will learn what you would get by participating in an open source project; why it is so deeply motivating and empowering; and finally how to harness this energy to help you move forward faster than people and companies around you.

Hi! I'm Karim Boudjema, the developer and site-builder of this site. I'm currently working as a freelance Drupal developer.

I was wondering how could I giving back to the Drupal community all what it gave to me during the last 10 years, that's how the idea of this site came to me ... (read more)

Hi! I’m Santiago Rico, the web designer and themer of this site.

When Karim proposed me to design and theme this site for the Drupal community, I accepted immediately because the community is the main reason why I love Drupal so much.