Open Open Source

A session at Over the Air 2016

Friday 25th November, 2016

4:30pm to 5:25pm (GMT)

Although the word is in the name, Open Source is not always very open. When we look at the most well known contributors to Open Source, we see that they have resources that others may not. Resources such as time, energy, a decent internet connection, little experience of harassment and support from a workplace, or just a job at all.

This is not a talk where you will get the golden solution to making your Open Source project a magical fun place with boundless diversity of people and experiences. It is however, a talk about some of the things we can do to make Open Source (and by association, the industry at large) a more approachable and inclusive place.

Contributing to Open Source is an investment; when we ask others to do it, we ask them to give up their time for us. As maintainers and contributors, it is our job to make the experience enjoyable and worth the effort.

To make a contributor’s stay enjoyable and comfortable, we’ll talk about:

  • Why your project should have a Code of Conduct
  • How you can use GitHub issues to open the door
  • Recognising your limitations as humans
  • How code is only a minor part of your project
  • How far a friendly attitude can take you
  • Using inclusive language in all your interactions

About the speaker

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Charlotte Spencer

they/them. building communities. hot mess powered by non-binary binary code. queer af. [@hoodiehq, @yourfirstpr, @wealljs, @codebar]

8 attendees

  • Charlotte Spencer
  • Duncan Cragg
  • Gurj Bahia
  • Craig Heath
  • judy2k
  • Claire Christmas
  • Neil Brown
  • Sareh

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  • AlisonW

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Over the Air 2016

England England, London

25th26th November 2016

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Time 4:30pm5:25pm GMT

Date Fri 25th November 2016


Side Stage, St. John's Hoxton

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