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 that will take place on Saturday, October 18th at the DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media campus. The curriculum is designed by OpenHatch, a non-profit dedicated to helping people get involved in open source.
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 staff will feed you, get to know you, and talk with you about opportunities for students in open source.
Meet your mentors and fellow students.
Get your laptop ready for the day.
Aims to answer the question “What is Open Source?” Aims to familiarize students with tools like IRC, issue trackers, mailing lists, and version control through several activities.
A moderated discussion panel between members of local industry and other individuals involved in the Open Source movement. Details to follow.
Lunch will be provided. Vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary options will be provided. Please contact us if you have any specific needs.
Git is a powerful version control language that allows distributed teams of developers to collaborate on large software projects. A brief workshop will introduce students to the use of this tool.
Students will be looking through existing projects, working on issues and contributing solutions. Project leads and mentors will be available to provide assistance throughout the workshop.
Network with your other Openhatch peers, and discuss the day so far. Snacks will be available.
DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media, CDM 924 (More instructions to come!)
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.