Scaling Open Source Outreach*
In 2013, we ran a dozen open source outreach events at college campuses and reached hundreds of students, but for every event we ran there were more invitations we didn't have the resources to accept. In 2014, we're focused on scaling our workshops that so that community organizers everywhere can use our materials and welcome more people into open source. In this talk, we'll discuss what works and what doesn't when it comes to scaling community outreach.
In 2013, OpenHatch ran 12 open source workshops at universities around the United States. These workshops include introductory tutorials covering tools such as IRC, issue trackers, and provide students with the opportunity to make their first contributions to open source projects. We reached hundreds of students, but for every event we ran there were two we had to turn down for lack of time, money, or accessibility. In 2014, we’re focused on scaling our work so that community organizers everywhere can use our materials and welcome more people into open source.
This talk will discuss our efforts to scale Open Source Comes to Campus and open source community outreach generally. I’ll talk about our progress and what tools and approaches have worked well for us, as well as those that have worked poorly. I’ll also lead a discussion around some open and important questions:
What are the biggest constraints when scaling outreach, and how can we address them? How can we adapt our outreach to embrace new formats, topics, and audiences? How do we measure success? How can we help other organizers go beyond one-time events and foster an ongoing community?
community, volunteers, outreach
I have given talks on doing open source outreach at the Southern California Linux Expo 2014 and on getting started in the open source community at Reflections | Projections 2012. I organized and spoke on a panel on the intersection of free software and open science at LibrePlanet 2014 and have talked about open government at Software Freedom Day - Boston in 2012 and Boston's Pirate Party Conference in 2013. Additionally, I have given lightning talks and leading unconference sessions at Transparency Camp 2013 and 2012, BarCamp Boston 2013, and AdaCamp 2013. I have also led open source education activities numerous times as part of the Open Source Comes to Campus workshop series.
Shauna Gordon-McKeon is an independent researcher and developer who focuses on free technologies and communities. She runs a business, Galaxy Rise Consulting, providing web and mobile development and data science services to individuals and organizations. She can often be found using her skills as a writer, public speaker, and teacher to help free software and open science communities more accessible to newcomers.
- Title: Deconstructing Open Source Contributions
- Track: Culture
- Room: B302/303
- Time: 2:30 – 3:15pm
Everyone wants to make contributing to open source projects more accessible and fun. But how do we do that? One way is to analyze past contributions to identify potential obstacles and opportunities for intervention and support. This workshop will use our own experiences as contributors to explore how the process works, using a simple but effective reflective activity.
- Speakers: Shauna Gordon-McKeon