Short Bio

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He has previously led community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Art of Community, is a columnist for Forbes and, founder of the Community Leadership Summit, and co-founder of the Bad Voltage and LugRadio podcasts.

Longer Bio

Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, speaker, author, and podcaster. He has previously led community at GitHub, Canonical, XPRIZE, OpenAdvantage, and consulted and advised a range of organizations.

Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and wrote the best-selling The Art of Community (O’Reilly), is the founder of the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders, the Community Leadership Summit, founder of the Community Leadership Forum, and is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice. He also writes columns for Forbes and

Bacon has provided community management consultancy for both internal and external communities for a range of organizations. This includes Deutsche Bank, Intel, SAP, Sony Mobile, Samsung, Open Compute Project, IBM, Dyson, Mozilla, National Finishing Contractors Association, AlienVault, and others. He holds advisory positions at AlienVault, Open Networking Foundation, and Open Cloud Consortium.

In addition to The Art of Community, Bacon is a columnist for Forbes and, author of Dealing with Disrespect, and co-authored Linux Desktop Hacks (O’Reilly), Official Ubuntu Book (Prentice Hall), and Practical PHP and MySQL (Prentice Hall). Bacon has written over 500 articles across 12 different publications. He writes regularly for a range of magazines.

Bacon was the co-founder of the popular LugRadio podcast, which ran for four years with 2million+ downloads and 15,000 listeners, as well as spawning five live events in both the UK and the USA, and co-founded the Shot Of Jaq podcast. He co-founded the Bad Voltage podcast, a popular show about technology, Open Source, politics, and more. He founded the Creative Commons music projects Severed Fifth and Chimp Foot, and is also the founder of the Ubuntu Accomplishments, Jokosher, Acire, Python Snippets, and Lernid software projects.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California with his wife, Erica, and their son, Jack.


Director of Community

At GitHub I am responsible for community strategy, product development, and relations. This involves evolving the platform for building strong technology communities, working with existing communities to help them be as effective and productive as possible, growing overall community strategy and relations internally, and publicly representing GitHub.

Senior Director of Community

Led the strategic development and creation of a global community focused on solving the grand challenges that face humanity. This involved expanding the mission and focus of the organization, rallying support around this new mission, building process and infrastructure, forming a global community, and creating a global network of XPRIZE community groups. I also organized and ran the Global Learning XPRIZE Indiegogo campaign which raised just under $1million.

Ubuntu Community Manager

Worked at Canonical to manage the world-wide Ubuntu developer, contributor and user community. This involved strategic definition, execution, and growth. I managed a team of six split across the USA, Europe, and Middle East, building a community numbering hundreds of thousands of active contributors across a range of disciplines, and millions of users globally.

Open Source Consultant

I worked at OpenAdvantage as an Open Source Consultant and worked with a large range of SMEs, Enterprises, Education and Government to help them understand and implement Open Source solutions. In my time at OpenAdvantage I consulted with over 100 organizations.

Advisor, Member of the Technical Advisory Board

Advising AlienVault on their community strategy, leadership, and growth.

Advisor, Member of the Software Leadership Council

Advising ONF on community strategy, developer engagement, and the wider adoption of Software Defined Networking standards and implementations.

Advisor, Member of the Technical Advisory Board

Advising the OCC on community strategy, development, and wider adoption of an open cloud for medical research and development.

jonobacon Consulting

I have provided strategic leadership, community management, team leadership, and training services for a range of clients, including:

Published Work

Books Published

Articles Published


The Art of Community

Linux Desktop Hacks

Dealing With Disrespect

Official Ubuntu Book

Practical PHP & MySQL

Published In

.net Magazine, Dr Dobbs Journal, Linux Format, Linux Magazine, PC Plus, Linux User & Developer, Mac Format, What Guitar, O’Reilly Network, and others.

Columnist For

Articles about technology, Open Source, and culture. Has featured interviews with Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Jamie Hyneman (Mythbusters), Ali Velshi (CNN/Al Jazeera), Chris Anderson (Wired, 3DR), and others.

Featuring articles about Open Source, Linux, and technology.


Speaking around the world about community management, strategy, leadership, and technology. These lists do not include speaking engagements for clients.


  • Samsung Open Source Conference (South Korea)
  • .se Internet Days (Sweden)
  • MySQL Conference (USA)
  • FISL (Brazil)
  • (Australia)
  • LinuxCon (Germany)
  • Southern California Linux Expo (USA)
  • Evergreen International Conference (USA)
  • Outercurve Foundation Conference (USA)
  • Ohio Linux Fest (USA)
  • Southeast Linux Fest (USA)
  • Ubuntu Developer Summit (USA, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Spain, Ireland, Budapest)
  • National Finishing Contractors Association Conference (USA)
  • Start With Art (USA)
  • FeverBee Sprint (USA)
  • OpenNetworking Summit (USA)
  • Joomla Conference (India)
  • PenguiCon (USA)
  • AFFS (UK)


  • LinuxCon (USA)
  • Open Source Business Conference (USA)
  • (Australia)
  • LinuxWorld (UK)
  • FooCamp (Friends Of O’Reilly) (USA)
  • European Friends Of O’Reilly (Holland)
  • LinuxTag (Germany)
  • GNOME User and Developer Conference (Germany, Spain, UK, Turkey)
  • Linux User & Developer Conference (UK)
  • Blender Conference (Holland)
  • Ubuntu Live (USA)
  • IBM Linux Migration Seminar (UK)
  • d:CODE (UK)
  • 10 Years Of KDE (Germany)
  • Association For Free Software Conference (UK)
  • SkyCon (Ireland)
  • UKUUG Conference (UK)
  • West Midlands IT Association (UK)
  • OSS Watch Conference (UK)
  • IBM Developer Workshop (UK)


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