There is only one serious course about Free and Open Source Software Development delivered in Australia annually, the postgraduate level COMP8440 at ANU. Moreover the course is delivered by Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell who authored the seminal open source projects samba and the rsync algorithm. During this course he discusses his wealth of experience and trains then assesses students on contributing to the open source community.
This talk will be conveying as much of this week-long course as is possible in the time available, as seen through the eyes of a graduating student who was always keen about open source yet who hadn't made their first pull-requests until during this course. Now, more than a year later, the presenter is actively involved in several open source projects and will be talking about some of the characteristics of the open source community today and describing in specific detail about how to become involved. The presenter will discuss the highs, the lows, the awkwardness and unique sense of connection and achievement that can only be fulfilled by contributing to open source.
Elena Williams is a python/django web developer now working in Perth. She graduated from Master ITS program from CECS ANU in 2012. She's taught Django/Python, been involved with the Django, Python and Linux communities around Australia and organised the Python user group in Canberra whilst studying at ANU. She presented about open source participation at PyConAU 2012. She is also enthusiastic about teaching programming to non-programmers, kitesurfing, snowboarding, endurance navigation sports; is an active hacker/maker and was only called a Douglas Adams "tragic" by the Canberra Times once.