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Delivered in the education track for the 2011 POSSCON conference.
As more companies build their business using open source software and development methodologies, gaining an understanding of these technologies gives students a leg up when searching for careers in industry and internships. Participation in open source software communities also brings a host of other skills that empower participants for future success: the ability to communicate effectively, the aptitude to understand diverse points of view and the skills to persuade team mates that a particular solution is best. In this talk, Leslie Hawthorn will draw on her years of experience working with university students engaged in open source development, highlighting the value of involvement for student members of the audience and giving a clear roadmap to those who are ready to get started participating.