Open source software is everywhere, but do you know where to start if you want to contribute, convince your manager your next project should be open source, or avoid recreating the wheel? Join these four seasoned open source contributors, as they discuss why open source is so important, how to avoid obstacles, and find the right solutions for your project.
What you'll learn—and how you can apply it
- How to begin your open source project
- How to convince business leaders that open source is the right choice
- What open source methods, tools, and culture exist to help with your project
This online conference is for you because
- Developer considering contributing to an open source project
- Business person wondering if open source is right for your company
- Project manager wondering if open source will work for your next project
How-to: Your First Contribution - 10amPT/1pmET
Starting with little more than enthusiasm, I made my first contribution to the Apache Spark project this year. I will tell the story of this journey, sharing the key lessons I learned in a format that serves as a guide for anyone looking to get started, especially if they don't know where to begin.
Want Students Ready to Contribute? Let's Discuss What They Should Know! - 11amPT/2pmET
Gina Likins and Heidi Ellis
To contribute to an open source project, students should learn open source methods, tools, and culture. However, many computing degrees do not cover these topics. We will describe why we think learning open source is important, what blockers exist now, and the possible paths to a solution, including a National Science Foundation-funded effort to advance FOSS learning in undergraduate computing programs.
How to convince your manager to go open source - 12pmPT/3pmET
I will talk about how I convinced my managers to go Open Source. Very often you hear similar concerns and sorrows about loss of business, inconvenient transparency and the loss of control. Based on some examples I will give you some guidance how you can argue against this points and how you can convince your manager to go Open Source.