Welcoming Communities

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Beginner
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B204

Excerpt

A lot of people enjoy contributing to Open Source projects. And Open Source projects love contributions. And yet I keep seeing newcomers struggling to contribute and project maintainers struggling to find contributors. What’s the catch?

There is a gap. A gap between the desire to contribute to a community and the ability to find one. A gap between what contributions are welcome, and what people think is wanted. A gap between what people wish they could contribute, but don’t know how, or are afraid to try.

In this talk, I’ll share our learning from building the Hoodie Community, which is recognized as one of the most Open Source’s most diverse and inclusive.

Description

Every open source project out there welcomes pull requests. On the other side, there are in fact many people who would love to contribute to open source, but don’t know how. In this talk, I’ll talk about experiences of what works for us at Hoodie.

  • For experienced contributors / maintainers, I’ll give practical tips on how to win more contributors and maintainers
  • To people who did not yet contribute, I’d like to explain how things work, and more importantly: how valuable their perspective is, and how much appreciated

Contents

1. How to reach out to new contributors
2. How to make an Open Source project fun for everyone
3. How to keep it fun, and sustain it without burning out.

Tags

community, management

Speaking experience

I spoke in the past at Front-Trends in Warsaw, BrazilJS and BackboneConf on http://offlinefirst.org/ and nobackend.org. Here’s a video: https://vimeo.com/67553019

I gave an early version of this talk at the BostonJS (http://bostonjs.com/events/65) and will give the talk at EmpireJS http://2016.empirejs.org/.

But the topic is ever evolving through my daily work with the Hoodie Community, so it will be not the exact same talk as in EmpireJS, but with more tips and experiences

Speaker

  • Gregor green square

    Biography

    Unsatisfied with the status quo of how we build apps, Gregor dreamed up a world were we can stop thinking about backends – and has been building it ever since with his friends at [Hoodie](http://hood.ie/). Along the way they created a diverse & inclusive community, started Offline First and are really into automating all the JavaScript things with semantic-release and Greenkeeper.

    Sessions

      • Title: Welcoming Communities
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        A lot of people enjoy contributing to Open Source projects. And Open Source projects love contributions. And yet I keep seeing newcomers struggling to contribute and project maintainers struggling to find contributors. What’s the catch?

        There is a gap. A gap between the desire to contribute to a community and the ability to find one. A gap between what contributions are welcome, and what people think is wanted. A gap between what people wish they could contribute, but don’t know how, or are afraid to try.

        In this talk, I’ll share our learning from building the Hoodie Community, which is recognized as one of the most Open Source’s most diverse and inclusive.

      • Speakers: Gregor Martynus

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