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The Power of the Community

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure to deliver an Ignite session at WebPerfDays NY. In my talk, I explained how humans have reached the top of the food chain by managing knowledge in better ways than other species (slides). One of the key differentiators in human management of knowledge is how we interact with one another socially. Bees don't tell bees from a different beehive where to find food, but humans like to share and learn from others. This is one of the reasons why we love Internet as much as we do - wikis, social updates and blogs all provide us with real-time shared information at our fingertips.
The outcome of communities goes beyond teaching and learning interactions. It creates new ideas and leads to innovation. Think of how many ideas or solutions you can collect from just attending a conference or a Meet-Up. We can use the ideas from the presenters to solve issues we are experiencing in our environment. In addition, sharing knowledge leads to the development of new use cases for existing applications as well as the genesis of new ones. It is amazing to see what we can do when we step out of our everyday activities and have discussions about our passions and interests.

I am passionate about creating a strong technical community around Akamai where ideas can flow freely and become reality. This community is the Akamai Meet-Ups. Over the last 12-month we hosted technical discussions in more than 13 cities around the world. Each Meet-Up had a life of its own and sometimes ended up in conversations that were way beyond the original topic. It is brainpower at its best.

Join this growing community at the Akamai Edge and attend our Meet-Ups lunch on Oct 9th. During these birds of a feather sessions you can learn from experts, share experiences with other Akamai customers, discuss innovative ideas, and anything in between. Simply grab a chair at any of the thematic tables below and let us know what's on your mind.

  • Keeping pace with attack trends and defense strategies
  • Hidden Features of the Edge: Offload
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Is your website ready for an onrush of traffic?
  • Addressing the Challenges of Online Media (Media Workflow)
  • Object Store (New NetStorage)
  • Front End Optimization
  • Mobile Optimization
See you soon!