The Open Source Day event (2012 overview) is part of the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference (GHC). This year I am co-chairing the Open Source Day (OSD) with Alice Bonhomme-Biais, who has been involved with OSD at GHC championing the Google Crisis Response project
The purpose of the Open Source Day is twofold:
- To give Grace Hopper attendees the opportunity to learn what open source is, how to contribute to open source projects and to make their first contribution!
- To help open source projects become more friendly to new and novice contributors.
We accomplish this by inviting a dozen or so open source projects (usually with a humanitarian focus) to join the Open Source Day and connect with contributors (GHC attendees, mostly college students). In the months prior to OSD, we work with participating organizations to prepare their projects for new contributors and during the event we facilitate this on-boarding process.
Soon, we’ll be asking organizations to apply to be a part of the Open Source Day.
Right now we need to assemble our core team. If you’re interested helping to make OSD a success this year, please do the following no later than Friday, 29 March:
- Read through the list of core team roles.
- Take note of the time commitment and general responsibilities and make sure you’re comfortable with them.
- Contact me to let me know that you’d like to be on the committee. If a particular role interests you, let me know that too. DEADLINE: Friday, 29 March (but the sooner the better).
Once we’ve heard from everyone, we’ll meet as a group to solidify the roles and select a weekly meeting time.
For those of you who participated last year, you might recall that organization leaders were a part of the core planning team. We have decided to change that this year to let org leaders focus on getting their project ready for the event. Instead, each org leader will be assigned an org coordinator (part of the core team) as a point of contact with the core team. We’ve made this change in order to make our weekly planning meetings run more efficiently and to create a meeting space where org leaders can discuss the issues most relevant to them.