Open Source Comes to Campus, at Morris

The Background

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, or anything else. We want to teach you how to join them.

The event

On Saturday, September 28th, in Sci 1020, we want to bring you up to speed on open source projects and help you contribute to a real community.

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.

If you're interested in attending, please fill out the form below.

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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 professionals and academics who use open source daily.

More about the event


Here's a basic schedule of what you can expect:

9:30am - 10:00am: Coffee, juice, pastries, and getting to know each other
10:00am - 10:15am: Laptop setup
10:15am - 12:00pm: Introductory workshops
12:00pm - 1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm - 1:30pm: Contributions demo
1:30pm - 5:00pm: Contributions workshop

Who we are

The event is put together by Asheesh Laroia and Shauna Gordon-McKeon of OpenHatch, with the help of the Computer Science Discipline at UM Morris.

We're a non-profit that helps people get involved in open source. You can learn more.

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch with us, the best thing to do is to email us. Try this: hello@openhatch.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.

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