As a member of the Foundation’s marketing and events team, help ensure we’re programming the best quality and most relevant content for the twice-annual OpenStack Summits (and possibly supporting other community events like OpenStack Days or speakers / workshops at Industry Events)
Have a strong understanding of the different audiences attending the OpenStack Summit, and determine how we can best source, organize and communicate availability of appropriate content for each audience
Create and manage timelines, processes and deadlines to program the Summit content, including 400+ breakout sessions across 20+ tracks, intensive trainings, hands-on workshops, working sessions, birds of a feather, sponsored content, etc
Manage and continually improve the process for selecting sessions, including soliciting community feedback, as well as coordinating subject matter experts as track chairs to select the best content available
Oversee full Summit agenda to ensure we do not have any major gaps or overlapping content
Enable speakers and trainers to prepare the best possible sessions through regular communications and support, as well as soliciting and providing feedback on sessions
Collaborate with web and design teams to build features and functionality into custom tools to ensure content is discoverable and the user experience is smooth: call for speakers platform, community voting platform, track chair tool, web schedule, mobile app schedule, feedback, etc
Engage with the Foundation content team, OpenStack community members and ecosystem companies to provide recommendations about themes and emerging technologies that should be featured at the Summit
Work with the Foundation content team to curate content on site during the Summit that can be reused after the event to promote audience-specific campaigns and use cases
Oversee the speaker managers who handle the day-to-day interactions with 500+ speakers, including coordinating session edits, schedule updates and feedback
Must have clear understanding of the cloud computing space and related technologies
Responsible, resourceful, self motivated, proactive, collaborative and a problem-solver with a strong work ethic
Exceptionally detail-oriented with the ability to successfully manage multiple, concurrent project demands in a fast paced and nimble environment
Able to travel to twice-annual Summits and additional community events as needed
A strong commitment to providing excellent customer service
Flexibility and willingness to accommodate changes in a mature and tactful manner
Dependability and willingness to work a flexible schedule
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Experience using Google Docs, DropBox, collaborative etherpads and social media platforms
About OpenStack Summits (openstack.org/summit):
Twice annually the Foundation hosts a global Summit for the community - a five-day conference. The Summit is the most important gathering of IT leaders, telco cloud operators, cloud administrators, app developers and OpenStack contributors building the future of cloud computing. The most recent Summit audience was mainly comprised of these organizational roles: Cloud Architect (17%), OpenStack User (12%), Operations/System Admin (11%), Upstream Development (11%), Product Strategy (9%), Business Development/Marketing (9%), Cloud Application Developer (8%), Product Management (7%), CIO/CTO/IT Manager (9%).
The Summit currently sees over 7,500 attendees from 60+ countries representing 1,200 companies. It’s supported by 120 sponsor companies and includes industry-leading keynote speakers, 400+ breakout sessions across 20+ tracks, hands-on workshops, intensive trainings, collaborative design sessions and various networking opportunities.
The Summit moves locations each time. The current model places the event in North America every April/May and alternating between Europe and APAC every October/November. Previous Summits have been held in Portland, Hong Kong, Atlanta, Paris, Vancouver, Tokyo, and Austin. Future Summit locations are in various stages of the confirmation process. Confirmed future locations include: Barcelona (Oct 2016), Boston (May 2017) and Sydney (Nov 2017).