Creating an Online Community the Open Source Way

Time slot: 
March 9th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Superior A/B
Business and Strategy

Many people are familiar with open source communities and the open source development model. The success of open source is based on the principles of sharing, collaboration, transparency, meritocracy, rapid prototyping, and others. This session uses as a case study to explore the ways the website went from an idea to a growing community. The different elements needed to achieve this include a content management system, compelling content, and community participation. The components of Drupal being used on the site will be highlighted, but the main focus is around our successes and failures in community building and fostering participation via social media and traditional methods.

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Intended audience: 

Business development, community members, community leaders, marketing, social media, web masters, open source advocates.

Questions answered by this session
Question 1: 
What are the different elements needed to create online community?
Question 2: 
What are some of the successes and failures in community building discovered through
Question 3: 
How do you foster participation using social media and traditional methods?
Question 4: 
What is doing to reach new audiences?
Question 5: 
How does using an open source approach differ from community building in general?
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