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United States
Current Role(s): 
Drupal Hacker
Agaric
Industry Organizer
Agaric.com
IRC: 
freescholar

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
Exhaltation of Larks, Educational Development Center, LearnComputer.com, DrupalConnection.com, CommunityBridge.com, DavidBlaine.com, iCast - CMGI, MediaOne
Industries Worked In: 
Cooperatives, Entertainment, Arts, Writing, Editing, Publishing, Campaigns, Community Building, Web Development, Education

Personal Info

Gender: 
female
Languages spoken: 
English
Bio: 

I am Micky Metts, a member of Agaric, a worker owned cooperative of web developers. We are five people on three continents that work together remotely to build things. Sometimes I am referred to as an Activist Hacker – Industry Organizer – Public Speaker – Connector – Visionary.

In web development communities, I am also known as FreeScholar. At events around the country, I speak about using free software like Drupal for community building – networking, privacy, encryption and autonomy. I support and facilitate people in the cooperative movement to learn about the necessity of engaging in the free software movement.

My past experience includes the founding and development of diverse online communities. I have experience working with large and small teams of programmers to create custom applications for large and small companies using FREE software (fsf.org) and platforms for community use. My entrepreneurship has included the invention of Cyber Weddings and Friend Finder in 1996. My interests include: Drupal, PHP, Community, FREE SOFTWARE, GNU/Linux, VOIP, VoIPdrupal.

Community has always been important to me and collaborative efforts to make the world better are very inspiring.

My presentations at Drupal and other events in the USA have been on topics including VoIP, free software and Cooperative business models and strategies.

GladCamp - LA, 2014
DrupalCon Austin - 2014
DrupalCampCT - Yale, 2014, 2015
D4D Boston - MIT, 2014
NERD Summit - UMASS Amherst, 2014
NEWDcamp - RI, 2014
Software Freedom Day - Cambridge, 2014
DrupalConLA - 2014
NYCcamp - NYC, 2014, 2015
PlatformCoop.net, 2015

Slides available here:
http://www.slideshare.net/DrupalConnection

My current focus is on Cooperative Business Development, The Free Software Movement, Workers Rights and Social Justice - gotta love VoipDrupal too.

I have built a campaign to cross-pollinate communities - http://www.slideshare.net/DrupalConnection/developer-of-the-minute

History

Member for
11 years 1 month
Drupal Contributions: 

I love building sites that can be useful to Drupal developers and beginners. Agaric is building PowerToConnect.org as a platform service to Organize a group, post a BoF and keep in touch with a topical group. Anyone who is interested in your group can subscribe to updates by text and email.
I also love to facilitate Drupal mentors, tutors and students, by helping them connect with each other and with projects. Agaric hosts a weekly show and tell - http://agaric.com/show

Areas of Expertise: 
Industry Organizer
Drupal Hacker
Technical Consultant
Business Analyst
Project Manager
Site Builder/Administrator
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon Austin 2014
DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015
Drupal Association Organization Member
Drupal Association Individual Member

freescholar helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

My mentors: 
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8 people list freescholar as a mentor

I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed to Drupal.org
I contributed Drupal documentation
I help in the Drupal support forums
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC
I help mentor new contributors