Students 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.
Come learn how you can contribute! 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 event will take place on Saturday March 14 in room 2-105. The curriculum is designed by OpenHatch, a non-profit dedicated to helping people get involved in open source.
We will covering the command line, IRC, issue trackers, version control, git, how to get started contributing to open source, and more.
And throughout the weekend staff will feed you, get to know you, and talk with you about opportunities for students in open source.
Participant Sign Up
Sign up in advance by filling out the form at this page. Please select Attend as a student. We'll let you know soon whether you've secured a spot.
Volunteer to Mentor!
We're looking for students with experience coding and working in open source to help us run this event. You'll be helping attendees through tutorials, assisting them with their contributions and, of course, eating lots of free food. Please select "Volunteer" when you sign up here!
More About Open Source
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 fellow students as well as professionals and academics who use open source daily.
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