The 2011 DC Open Source Software $bbq

Open Source Software and BBQ go together like Mac and Cheese. This was especially true on the night of 14 June 2011 when WordPress DC, DC PHP, jQuery DC, and Fathom Creative joined forces to celebrate Open Source Software. One hundred and fifty people came together and socialized over Pork, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and plenty of sides.

There are a number of reasons the event was the success that it was. A few people who deserve a huge pat on the back are:

  • Carrie Hoover graciously allowed us to use her smoker and helped us smoke the approximately eighty pounds of pork shoulder that everyone enjoyed.
  • Site 5 Hosting and Graph Paper Press continued to support the local open source community with some amazing sponsorship.
  • Chris Williams made sure that no one went thirsty by sponsoring the beer.
  • Anthony D Paul picked up the lions share of the food and took care of many details to make sure that everyone was well fed and happy.
  • All of my fellow organizers: Shaun, Sandy, Greg, Nacin.
  • Our volunteers Charlie, Greg, Russell, and Jennifer (among others that I am sure I missed) for lending a hand with the front table.
  • All the great companies that donated prizes and swag.
  • Shaun and John took a bunch of pictures of the $bbq

After the success of the 2011 DC Open Source Software BBQ, we have a lot of work cut out for us in 2012 if we want to have this much fun again. Of course the only thing better than one BBQ, is two.

4 thoughts on “The 2011 DC Open Source Software $bbq”

    1. We do potluck at Fathom and I’d considered it, but worried it might be a risk from a liability standpoint. It is different when it is 100% friends, family or people you know…versus a potluck amongst strangers. I don’t trust all y’alls cooking that much. 😉

    2. Plenty of people did bring beer (submit patches), but the core team (organizers) did the majority of the work, so it was like how a large majority of open source projects work.

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