picture of Sumana delivering a talk in front of a 
stickered laptop; photo by Ben Vant Ende

Sumana Harihareswara's Talks & Presentations

I'm Sumana (pronunciation), the founder of Changeset Consulting, and I frequently write and speak on open source, management, and other topics. I also perform stand-up comedy specifically written for tech audiences, and speak on podcasts and panels.

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RailsConf 2021 (online, April 13-15): "How to Get a Project Unstuck" talk

MenderCon (online, May 13 2021): "Starting an Open Source 'Repair Shop'" talk

Below is a list of some of the public talks and presentations I've given, with links to audio and video recordings, notes, slides, and transcripts.

Keynote addresses

Other conference talks and presentations

Technology & adjacent topics

Fandom & adjacent topics

Podcasts and interviews

Stand-up comedy

Invite me to speak

Please contact me to invite me to speak (seriously or comedically) at your event or organization, or on your podcast, or to give testimony in a legislative or judicial hearing. If your organization or conference is for-profit, I will be much more likely to be able to speak to you if you offer an honorarium.

Availability: I am available in person starting in August 2021, and for virtual events starting in May 2021. Except in extreme circumstances, I need two months' notice to deliver a talk (including performing stand-up comedy), and two weeks' notice to speak on a podcast or panel.

Topics include: Careers and management in free and open source software, consulting in open source, grants and corporate sponsorship to fund open source work, mentoring midlevel open source contributors to grow maintainers, the Python software packaging toolchain, HTTP, and Python.

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