[Chicago] Please post re upcoming ACM Chicago meeting this Wednesday

Marc Temkin mtemkin at speakeasy.net
Sun Nov 11 19:42:20 CET 2007

Please post re upcoming ACM Chicago meeting this Wednesday
	Marc Temkin 

This information is also on the Chapter website at: 

The next meeting of the Chicago Chapter is: 

     The Business of Open Source
    Turning a Project into a Product

     Wednesday, November 14, 2007

DePaul University Downtown Center, in the Chicago Loop Computer Science and
Telecommunication Center
243 S. Wabash Ave (Northeast corner of Wabash & Jackson) Room 436A

Presented by: JT Smith
President, Plain Black Corporation

5:30 p.m. Social Hour, Dinner Buffet & Refreshments 6:30 p.m. Presentation

$10 Chapter members
$12 Non-members
$5 Students 

Have you built an open source project? Thinking about one? Would you like to
make some money on it without selling your soul? Learn how from someone
who's done it. This presentation will walk you through the ups and downs of
running a project and coercing it into a product. You'll learn how to get
more from your community, what hurdles to expect along the way, how to form
a business around your project, and how to manage growth. Even if you don't
want to be an entrepreneur or don't have an open source project, the story
itself is a fun and educational ride.

* How to monetize open source and still think happy thoughts
* How to manage and motivate your community
* Making success your biggest problem
* Communicating the need for change (because it will happen)
* Understanding risk
* Dealing with nay-sayers

JT Smith is President of Plain Black Corporation, and creator of the open
source content management system WebGUI. In 1999, JT began working on a
project called Web Done Right. A professional in Internet technology since
1992, he recognized the need for a web application framework that married
both ease of use and power. Web Done Right evolved and after a number of
revisions JT launched WebGUI and its parent company, Plain Black
Corporation, in 2001. Less than a decade since its inception, WebGUI has
become one of the most popular content management systems available.

In the process, JT's expertise and experience have earned him recognition as
an innovative and knowledgeable leader in the open source community. JT has
spoken internationally at conferences and institutions including HOSC,
PerlSIG, OSCOM, Harvard, and YAPC. He has written articles and given expert
interviews for such publications as eWeek, CIO, ComputerWorld, LinuxWorld,
the Intranet Journal, Perl.com, Chicago Daily Herald, and NewsForge. He also
supports local publications and user groups by speaking and participating as
a leader in the open source community.

{* Please RESERVE *}
Note: Please make your reservation as soon as you know you are coming. We
need a headcount for the food, as we order it in advance. Even if it is
last-minute, reserve anyway. Thanks. 

Please make your meeting reservation by replying to this e-mail (
greg at neumarke.net ) You may also call Greg at (work) 773-907-3308 

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