Dave's Volunteer Work

Since 2000, David Keener has made it a policy to volunteer his time, effort and technical expertise to assist a variety of non-profit organizations and events.
 

Conferences

RubyNation 2013: RubyNation was heald in Maryland for the first time, at a Metro-accessible location. Dave worked on the badges (with Don Anderson), speaker selection, and video production.

DevIgnition 2012: The DevIgnition conference sold out again in its third year, this time hosted in Tysons Corner, VA by SAIC. For the second year in a row, the conference sessions were also videotaped.

RubyNation 2012: This year, Dave helped with web site updates, worked with the graphic artist on graphics and shirt designs, and participated in speaker selection as well as many other tasks. He also led the video production effort for the third year in a row.

DevIgnition 2011: The DevIgnition conference sold out again in its second year, this time hosted in Tysons Corner, VA by Booz Allen Hamilton. Technologies included Java, Ruby, Facebook, Hadoop, Javascript, Clojure and others. For the first time, the conference sessions were also videotaped.

RubyNation 2011: Dave took a lead role in organizing the conference, including working with a graphic artist on apparrel designs and banners, speaker selection and other tasks. He also led the video production effort for the second year in a row, arranging for all technical sessions to be videotaped at the conference. Also, for the first time, the conference included a Saturday Kid's Track that featured game programming in Ruby using a child-friendly gaming mini-framework.

DevIgnition 2010: Dave co-founded the DevIgnition conference as a technology-focused event that crossed traditional vertically-oriented boundaries. Hosted for its first year in an auditorium venue provided by Oracle, the event was an immediate sell-out. Technologies included Java, JavaScript, ExtJS, Spring, JRuby and Clojure.

RubyNation 2010: Dave worked on the 2010 web site design, plus worked with a graphic artist to develop new graphics for the site, program booklet, T-shirts and polo shirts. He also took a lead role in video production, arranging for all technical sessions to be videotaped at the conference.

RubyNation 2009: For the second year in a row, the RubyNation conference has sold out. Dave worked on the 2009 web site design, worked with a graphic artist to develop new graphics for the site and conference materials, developed the Sponsorship Prospectus to solicit funds, and spearheaded the design of the give-away T-shirts and polo shirts for the conference.

RubyNation 2008: Dave was one of the founders of the RubyNation conference, a regional Ruby conference that was successfully launched in 2008. Dave served as a member of the 5-person Steering Committe for the conference, helped create the conference web site, and developed the Sponsorship Propspectus to solicit funds from potential sponsors.

Charities

Hadley's Park: Hadley's Park Inc. was a local grassroots non-profit organization created in 1996 by Shelley Kramm, of Potomac, Maryland to design, develop, fund and build handicapped-accessible playgrounds. In 2000 and 2001, Dave donated the time and effort to design, build and maintain the web site for the organization. The organization built several successful playgrounds in the Maryland and Virginia areas, including the Hadley's Park Playground at the Dulles Town Center in Dulles, VA.


Statement Arts promotes arts education for disadvantaged youths. They provide a safe haven for participants to come together and engage in creative experiences, including teaching art, acting, photography, music, dance, film making, and writing. In 2010, Dave helped them create and manage an online photo contest to promote awareness of their cause and raise money for their organization.

Walk by Faith Rescue League: This rescue league, based in Purcelleville, VA, rescues dogs from bad situations and adopts them to good homes in the Northern Virginia area. Besides adopting (large) pets from them in 2008 and 2010, Dave also helps out by providing handling and training services for some of the league's biggest dogs.

Local Community

From 2005 to 2010, Dave volunteered his services to the Belle Terra community, serving as the Chairman of the Web Committee for his entire tenure. During this time, he implemented and maintained the community web site, functioned as the driving force and technical writer for a complete overhaul of the community's Architectural Standards, and was eventually elected to the community's Board of Directors. As a board member, he served as Vice President and, later, Acting President, where he promoted initiatives such as tree planting, a community trail system, various safety measures, and preparation for the bond release process with community developers.


In 2010, Dave began working with Toastmasters, an organization originally founded in the 1920's to assist individuals in perfecting their public speaking skills and to help them learn effective leadership skills. The Toastmasters program is self-paced and focuses on key activities such as prepared speeches, practicing adhoc speaking, giving/receiving public evaluations and special projects to enhance the capabilities of participants.

Conventions

Denvention 3: Dave volunteered his time and effort to assist in hosting the 66th World Science Fiction Convention in Denver, Colorado.

L.A. Con IV: Dave volunteered his time and effort to assist in hosting the 64th World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, CA. Besides working for the convention, Dave also found time to visit the bridge of the Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701).

Other Organizations

Speaking Engagements: Dave has spoken on technical subjects for numerous user groups, conferences and other types of organizations:
 
— AOL Ruby Users Group
— DevIgnition 2011
— D.C. Computer Consultants
— D.C. Ruby Users Group (DCRUG)
— GFIRST Cyber Security Conference
— Independent Computer Consultants Association
— Northern Virginia Java Users Group (NovaJUG)
— Northern Virginia Ruby Users Group (NovaRUG)
— RubyNation 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
— Scotland on Rails 2009
— Shenandoah Ruby Users Group
— SunnyConf 2010
— Toastmasters