OpenCraft Quarterly Newsletter

Hi @team :star2:

@gabriel has graciously handed his role as Marketing Specialist to me :blush: I’ve been working on a Marketing Discovery for the last while, and we’ve made the decision to allocate some of the monthly newsletter hours to other marketing efforts. In light of this, we’re only going to send out newsletters every quarter, starting with this month (March 2023).

I’d love the newsletter to include some really cool, worthwhile content, that showcases how amazing our team is! So please let me know if you’re working on anything interesting at the moment, or would like to share anything in particular with our clients, and the community? Shoot any ideas my way!

I’ll obviously be dedicating a bit of space to the Open edX conference this month. I’d like to promote our speakers in particular - so @antoviaque @jill @braden could you send me a pic of yourself? I’ve found your talk descriptions on Sessionize (Xavier, Jill, Braden)

(let me know if I’ve missed anyone who may be presenting)

Looking forward to your ideas!


Nice idea! : ) Thanks for taking over this role @cassie , looks like you’re going to do wonders with it.

For my picture, does the one from 2023 Open edX Conference work? It’s getting a bit outdated now that my hair has grown a bit, but I should still be recognizable ;p

Thanks @cassie ! My profile on sessionize is a bit brief… But I did an interview recently with LabXchange that could provide more interesting fodder? STEM Career Spotlight: Jillian Vogel, Senior Open Source Developer & DevOps – LabXchange

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@braden I’ll also use your image on Sessionize. But could you send me a bulkier “about you” (similar in length to Xavier’s, if possible). I’m creating a blog post that dives into the details of each speaker, along with brief overviews of each talk :slight_smile:

@cassie You can use either of these: or

Thanks Braden :slight_smile: Do you have a longer bio somewhere (similar in length to Xavier’s, if possible)?

@cassie Sure, something like this:

Braden MacDonald is the CTO of OpenCraft, a Core Contributor to the Open edX project, and an active full stack developer. Braden has led the development of several major features of the Open edX platform, as well as many projects in the broader community ecosystem. He is the official maintainer of projects like Blockstore and Tutor’s ARM64 plugin, as well as several open source projects outside of Open edX. When he’s not coding, Braden enjoys answering questions on the community forums.

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