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Free Software - your chance to change the world and how to get there

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an intro talk about getting involved in Free Software I gave at Campus Party Europe 2012

an intro talk about getting involved in Free Software I gave at Campus Party Europe 2012

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  • 1. Free Softwareyour chance to change the world and how to get there Lydia Pintscher (@nightrose)
  • 2. WTH is Free Software?
  • 3. Freedom to: ● use ● study ● modify ● re-distribute
  • 4. Who here has used Free Software?
  • 5. Who here has contributed to Free Software?
  • 6. Why should you do it?
  • 7. Make a difference!● disaster management● anonymous communication● assistive technology● internationalisation and localisation● recording human rights violations and election manipulation● climate science and environmental conservation● hospital management● knowledge sharing/education● ...
  • 8. How can you do it?
  • 9. two ways to get into Free Softwareunstructured structured
  • 10. ● Google Summer of Code● GNOME Outreach Program for Women● Season of KDE● X.Org Endless Vacation of Code● ...
  • 11. choose a project you use and like
  • 12. all projects need help(not all realize it though)
  • 13. choose an area you like
  • 14. look for a get involved page
  • 15. lurk for a while
  • 16. start doing stuff(look for junior jobs)
  • 17. some tips
  • 18. be realistic about your skillsOpen Hatch Codecademy
  • 19. start small
  • 20. get comfortable in the open
  • 21. meet people
  • 22. be visible and talk about what you are doing
  • 23. help others(youre not alone)
  • 24. give credit where credit is due
  • 25. take on responsibility(and do not disappoint)
  • 26. dont give up
  • 27. open-advice.org
  • 28. Go out and do it!
  • 29. Questions?! @nightroseOh and btw: Your mother was right. Sharing is good.