At the start of May, a week before my 28th birthday and a few days before my first trip to New York City, I lost my job with DM Solutions. It sounds like terrible timing, but it actually wasn’t so much. Jason and I had already talked about finances and living together, it was just a matter of time before we moved in. So when I called him up saying I lost my job, his response was “we’ll get through this”.
And we did, without a hitch. The time off work was spent finding a new apartment, visiting my family (a previously planned trip made longer by my dad getting an emergency hip operation – from which he has recovered very well).
So I remained unemployed long enough to pick up one EI check before Andrew Ross contacted me and said that he had work for me again. Andrew was one of my three bosses for a time last Christmas and I’ve known him for a few years now. I jumped at the chance. Not only is Andrew one of the more relaxed, down to earth people that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, but he’s involved in a ton of interesting things – things that he was more than willing to tell me about and involve me in.
I am his assistant, essentially. I write emails, I contact people, make meetings happen. Sporadically I even tell him that he’s taking on too much work, or to remind him that he may be. I organize. I organize a lot.
And by organize, I mean that I have helped to create this. It hasn’t even happened yet and I’m rather proud of it. We’ve got some huge names in open source from so many different communities, it’s going to be a fabulous event. If you’re reading this, you’re likely going to be interested in some part of it. We have open data talks, database talks, video talks and more. PostgreSQL and OpenStreetMap talks will be in one room for the OSGeo people.
What will also be of interest to mapping people is our mapping party that is going to be happening, with the support of The Code Factory, on Sunday, August 28th. We’ll be meeting at The Code Factory for a few talks, then head out for a lunch of mapping, then back to the Code Factory for entering in the data.
I think it all should be a grand time and I’m really hoping that we get a lot of great attendees out to match our great speakers.