WordPress Founder, Matt Mullenweg, has recently been announced as a keynote speaker at the Joomla! World Conference, November 8-10 in Boston, MA. According to the conference’s website, “Matt will talk about the story and history of WordPress, and leave ample time for questions and discussion with the audience.”
While this is more about Joomla! than it is WordPress, any time Matt takes the stage, you can never predict what he’s going to say. If you’ve never heard him talk, he has a unique, forward-thinking, yet simplistic way of thinking about the web. I’m not recommending you drop what you’re doing to go buy tickets, but:
- if you live in the Boston area, it might be worth it
- you might want to keep your ears peeled for any new developments, ideas or insight he might let loose on November 10th
Why invite the founder of (arguably) your biggest competitor to speak at your conference?
I can’t speak for the conference organizers, but this is great news for all of us who build things for the web. The open source community continues to share ideas, with the ultimate goal of making the digital world a better place. We’re glad that Joomla! is embracing open source, and has opened its doors to one of the great proponents of the open source movement.
Any thoughts on what Matt might talk about? Will you invite anyone from other open source platforms to your next WordCamp event? Let us know in the comments.
Looking for more? Peter Bui from Joomla Beat has a podcast interview with Matt about how CMS communities work together to share knowledge & experience.