No Coding Skills Required: How to Contribute to Open Source in Other Ways

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Excerpt

You always wanted to contribute to Open Source but you don’t know how to code (yet)? Or maybe you can but you simply want to contribute in other ways? The goal of this talk is to explore how you can use your skills and contribute to Open Source in ways that don’t involve writing code.

Description

You always wanted to contribute to open source but what has kept you from doing so is that you don’t know how to code (yet)? Or maybe you know how to code but you don’t feel comfortable contributing code or you simply want to get involved in Open Source in other ways? Open Source is so much more than just code. There are so many other important things to do, so many other ways to contribute. They might not be as obvious at first glance, but there are a ton of possibilities to get involved in Open Source without writing code. In this talk we’ll explore what Open Source really is, why you should contribute, how you can use your skills and contribute in ways that don’t involve writing code, why those contributions matter, and which projects you could contribute to.

Outline

  • Introduction – Who am I? What is this talk about?
  • What is Open Source? What is Open Source not?
  • Why contribute to Open Source? Benefits, etc.
  • Why non-code contributions are important too
  • No coding skills required: How to contribute to Open Source in other ways
  • Documentation
  • Issue and PR triage
  • Offering mentorship to others
  • Conference organization
  • Meetup organization
  • Workshop/hackathon/sprint organization
  • Getting involved with PyLadies or Django Girls
  • Social media management for OS projects
  • Finding sponsors for OS projects
  • Etc.
  • Hands-on ways to get involved
  • Projects/causes to contribute to
  • People to talk to/as for help
  • General first steps
  • Q&A

Speaking experience

I have spoken at many conferences, for a full list of talks, please see my LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-ossowski-2040475b/. Here is a playlist of some of my talks that have been recorded https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrryU67HzAXDnWeC5cp9mZ5d2bgP2hgiv

Speaker

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    Anna Ossowski

    Django REST Framework, PyLadies

    Biography

    Anna loves working at the intersection of tech and people and is currently managing the community and operations of Django REST Framework. She is a former director of the Python Software Foundation, PyCon US Open Spaces-Chair, DjangoCon US Diversity Chair, and group leader of the PyLadies Remote group. In her free time she loves speaking at conferences and mentoring future speakers. Anna is very passionate about diversity and community outreach and wants to encourage more women to learn programming because it’s awesome!