While my candidate statement goes in to some detail about why I wanted to run for the OpenStack Technical Committee (“TC”), I wanted to write a bit more about it to explain where I am coming from and what I feel I can offer.
As far as the TC is concerned, I am “new blood”. I have worked in some positions that are a part of OpenStack community stewardship before - in 2016 I spent a season as one of the election officials, and I have worked previously as an infrastructure liaison from the Neutron community. I feel passionately that OpenStack is a technology that is good for the world. I remember very well being at an OpenStack summit, and having a seat at a table with an older gentleman, with whom I struck up a conversation. He worked for a hospital system in southeast Asia which had a very small budget - but they had come in to posession of a bunch of older machines that were no longer being used by another entity in that country. He and his organization were installing OpenStack on them, planning on putting together a home grown method for analyzing infection data to try to determine where patients that got sick in the hospital might be at most risk and from what.
That has stuck with me through the years as the kind of value that developing for OpenStack can have in the world. It is opening the door of the future - cloud computing - to people and groups that do not have the money to spend on operating systems or expensive cloud orchestration systems. And when I think about the customers of OpenStack I think not just of the large telecommunications companies like the one I used to work at that use OpenStack because it is cheap, I think of the people in the margins that don’t have an enterprise budget but that can still make a difference in the world because of the OpenStack project. That gives me passion and a determination to spend every day making OpenStack better.