Jeff and Jon's Excellent Adventure

Musings on tech communities, travel, conferences, and the speaker life

Category: Community

Episode 2: It’s All About the Community (Neringa Young)

When we asked Neringa Young—principal organizer of the wildly successful Build Stuff conference in Lithuania—how she managed to extend her event to both Odessa, Ukraine, and Mallorca, Spain over the last couple years, she summed it up quite succinctly: “Well, it’s all about the community.”

We couldn’t agree more, and yet her seemingly simple answer belies something more complex and meaningful. Over the past seven-plus years, Neringa and her crew of accomplished organizers have forged a close-knit network of speakers, volunteers, and attendees to rival anything throughout the Baltics and beyond. In our conversation, we sought to learn more about her and how she got from square one to where she is today.

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The Excellent Adventure Show: Episode 0

Okay! Time for us to embark on an entirely new kind of adventure! Starting this week, we are going to be producing a video series and podcast. Our goal is to have informal conversations with community leaders and event organizers around the world to see what makes their communities tick.

Over the twelve months since Jeff first jokingly invoked the #JeffAndJonsExcellentAdventure hashtag, we have had many conversations about what this whole “adventure” is all about. The answer surprises some people. Because for us, it all comes down to community. Our adventure is not specifically about the places we go or the events where we speak. It is the people.

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Hello world! Who are these guys?

Welcome! And thanks for checking out This blog came about very suddenly and somewhat unexpectedly. In fact, in a lot of respects, it feels like it came totally out of left field. But that’s not really how it is. As with all things, there is a story behind who we are and why we are here. 

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