Education and participation: students + open source projects = win-win!

Short Form


In lots of lectures, students work on imaginary projects just for the sake of learning something. Or they can choose what they work on – mostly That Popular Proprietary Software™ which does not care about their contributions. We need to change that.


We need to embrace the universities, collaborate with professors & lectures and mediate to further both learning and development:
Students can contribute, gather experience in real projects and communicate with developers. Free software projects on the other hand need contributors, especially designers, and have a flexible working environment.

This is based on learnings of a pilot project I currently do with Information Design students at Media University Stuttgart (Germany) and plan to expand.

Speaking experience

This was not given as a talk before as the project is fresh.

Previously I presented at the CCC Berlin lightning talks, of which the video is at (the "next" is mandatory), at RMLL Strasbourg, Students for Free Culture New York, International PHP Conference and loads of Barcamps and user groups in Europe and Israel.