Non-programming ways to contribute to a FOSS project

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Proposal
Short Form
Beginner

Excerpt

Open Source world is really fascinating and almost everyone wants to join and contribute to FOSS. Though many of us may know one or more programming languages here and do coding but, there are many people, who love to contribute in open source ,but are non-coders.

Description

Non-programming ways to contribute to a FOSS project – Open Source world is really fascinating and almost everyone wants to join and contribute to FOSS. Though many of us may know one or more programming languages here and do coding but, there are many people, who love to contribute in open source ,but are non-coders. There are designers, advocates, doctors, people from finance, art or science background, who are really well educated and wonder how they can make open source better with their contribution, without learning any programming language. I would like to highlight these different yet important ways to contribute in FOSS without being a genius programmer. This can include design and art work, translation, documentation, testing, writing reports (bug, blog posts), marketing, diversity & Inclusion, organizing events etc etc. I will give a brief introduction of all these areas, how one can make their first step towards becoming a successful contributor by opting any of these non-coding options and help making FOSS even better.

Speaking experience

My Talks
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1. Flock 2014, Prague - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4WNZRcPx1o
2. DevCONF, Brno - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHpzsrEQTQQ
3. FOSSASIA, Singapore - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxFyWWAk2Vs
4. Fedora Women Day, Pune - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FWD_Pune
5. Flock, 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0EMGovSnc&feature=youtu.be
Flock, 2016

Speaker

  • Me1

    Biography

    I am a Senior Quality Engineer at Red Hat, working for 6 years now. I am responsible for Quality Assurance and testing of Red Hat Directory Server (389). I am a Fedora and Open Source Software enthusiast and contribute to various projects in different ways. I am one of the founder and key member of fedora diversity team. I spoke about QA and diversity at many conferences. I regularly write for the Fedora Magazine and blog at http://whatamithinks.wordpress.com/.