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Finding a Great Project to Work On: For Non-technical Folks


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So you're non-technical person and you've decided to meet some strangers and help them with their free software project, now what? Not all projects were created equal, and you definitely want your own experience to be a positive one. How do projects signal to the world that they're ready for non-technical contributors? Where do you look for these signals? And once you find them how do you make contact and manage the relationship so that the experience is mutually rewarding? Luckily, there are some very concrete ways to separate out projects that would be great to work on and ones that would be, well... challenging.

This talk is for both project seekers and for folks who would like their project(s) to become sought after.

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Finding a Great Project to Work On: For Non-technical Folks

  1. 1. Finding a Great Project to Work On, or Great People to Work on Your Project Deb Nicholson, MediaGoblin January 12th, 2015
  2. 2. “Don't put up with any crap” Shauna Gordon-Mckeon
  3. 3. Are their current contributors happy?
  4. 4. Are they teaching people to fish?
  5. 5. Code isn't everything
  6. 6. When a project has contributors with lots of different skills
  7. 7. When coders think they can do all the “soft skill” tasks
  8. 8. Start up a conversation as soon as possible
  9. 9. (this should be the easy part)
  10. 10. Just contact us through this box.
  11. 11. A good website should function as a welcome wagon
  12. 12. A healthy project will be happy to greet new people
  13. 13. Find something interesting to you
  14. 14. Non-coders are the same
  15. 15. But they're also different
  16. 16. How some other folks have found great projects
  17. 17. Look for a Code of Conduct
  18. 18. Look for participation in outreach programs
  19. 19. GNOME OPW Projects Thanks to Molly DeBlanc for this image
  20. 20. Google Summer of Code
  21. 21. OpenHatch
  22. 22. Look for blog posts about non-coding work
  23. 23.
  24. 24. Look for internship postings
  25. 25. Friends of friends!
  26. 26. “Don't put up with any crap” Shauna Gordon-Mckeon
  27. 27. Picture CreditsCC.0 or Public Domain I heart MediaGoblin (Logo by Thorsten Wilms, Sticker layout by Deb Nicholson) – Torrance High School by Scott Dykzeul (from Wikipedia) – Aretha Franklin by Ryan Arrowsmith (from Wikipedia) CC.BY.SA GNU 30th Cupcakes by Libby Reinish – Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Law Center by Teemu Mäntynen (Flickr) – FSF Membership Stuff by stwn (Flickr) - Bear and Kid by tatsful tn (Flickr) – Awesome Welcome by rameshg (Flickr) – Labels on Produce by quinn anya (Flickr) CC.BY Sandbar Sunrise by zoovroo (Flickr) – Firefox Debut Poland by mozillaeu (Flickr) – Hockey Fans by Lulemon Athletica (Flickr) - Mountain Prairie Fishing by USFWS (Flickr) – Maslow's Hierarchy by Better Works (Wikipedia) Fair Use Bad Jesus Painting – OpenHatch Logo (by Karen Rustad) – GNOME Poster
  28. 28. Thanks!