Students like you around the world are gaining valuable experience, connections, and skills by coding, testing, and writing for free software projects like Firefox, WordPress, Wikipedia's backend code, and SAGE.
You do not need to know how to program to contribute to free software. You can contribute code, but also original art, testing, documentation, web design, and much more. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.
This is a day-long immersion event, on Sunday, March 9th, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, at UMass, in the Gunness Student Center's main space.
In the morning, we'll teach you about open source licensing, collaboration tools, and how free software projects are organized.
In the afternoon, we'll help you make contributions to open source projects.
And throughout the day we'll feed you, get to know you, and talk with you about opportunities for students in open source.
Sign up in advance by filling out this form. We'll let you know soon whether we'll have space for you at the event.
Free, open source software is software that is shared freely and available to build upon. It is a great way to apply your skills to real-world projects and social causes. You can participate by writing or reviewing code, answering users' questions, translating the interface to another language, making video tutorials to help new users, and myriad other ways. Open source software is often produced by lots of people collaborating across time and space, and this event specially welcomes newcomers to that style of development.
Open source participation is one way to gain real-world skills and make connections that will last you through your career. Volunteer staff will include professionals and academics who use open source daily.
The event is put together with the help of OpenHatch, a non-profit that helps people get involved in open source.
If you want to get in touch with us, the best thing to do is to email us. Try this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to chat ahead of the event? Ask questions on #openhatch on FreeNode. Consider using IRC your first open source accomplishment. :) Click here for web chat.
Open Source Comes to Campus is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Our full anti-harassment policy can be found here.
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