Cat Allman has been involved with the free and Open Source community since the mid 1980s, including stints at Mt Xinu, Sendmail, Inc, and the USENIX Association. Her outreach role in the Open Source Programs Office at Google is like slipping into a warm bath of global FOSS goodness.
Leslie Hawthorn held various roles at Google before joining the Open Source Programs Office, in March 2006. She manages the Google Summer of Code program and the Google Highly Open Participation Contest, Google’s flagship initiatives to get students involved in Open Source communities and software development. Leslie also facilitates Open Source community hackathons globally, many hosted by Google at their corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California, USA.
Leslie holds an Honors B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
Leslie Hawthorn and I co-present this talk for beginners who are interested to getting involved but don’t know where or how to start. We cover the basics of:
-why you might want to get involved
-what you can get out of participating
-more than coding is needed
-how to chose a project
-how to get started
-etiquette of lists and other communication
-dos and don’t of joining a community