- powered by Open Source Software

Last year, Music Nova Scotia deployed a brand-new website, driven by "open source" technology; software whose orignal programming code or "source code" is openly available to be modified and improved. A global community of developers contribute their time and skills to CiviCRM, the OSS that powers our membership system and member profiles.

Last week, I traveled to San Francisco for CiviCon 2014 - an annual conference for users, implementers and developers of CiviCRM -  to give a presentation about how CiviCRM made our new website possible. Without Civi and its community of developers, we would never have been able to produce such a powerful, robust, and cost-effective website.

It was incredible to meet some of the people from the CiviCRM developer community who've been so helpful in creating and improving, and to learn about what's in the future for the project. The presentation went great, and I like to think that I did some teaching while I was learning, in addition to making lots of new friends.