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Devoxx Be 2017 - Let it go! or How to become a free software developer?

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Nowadays, we are talking a lot about diversity in the open source community but most of the time it comes down to a code of conduct. This is not enough! What if we had a look at what we could do to be open to people from all walks of life? In companies? Inside open source projects? How did I ended up being a free software developer? This talk is the story of when, why and how I fell into open source. And finally why I decided to continue in this direction.

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Devoxx Be 2017 - Let it go! or How to become a free software developer?

  1. 1. @melaniebats / @sbegaudeauMélanie Bats / Stéphane Bégaudeau Let it go ! or How to become an open source developer ? @melaniebatsMélanie Bats
  2. 2. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats What is an open source developer?
  3. 3. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats An open source developer specimen Homme Barbu
  4. 4. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard
  5. 5. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard Alone / Isolated
  6. 6. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard Alone / Isolated Drink Coke
  7. 7. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard Alone / Isolated Drink Coke Eat pizzas
  8. 8. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard Alone / Isolated Produce codeDrink Coke Eat pizzas
  9. 9. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Beard Alone / Isolated Produce codeDrink Coke Eat pizzas Super Heros, SF and cats
  10. 10. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats A female open source developer specimen
  11. 11. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats
  12. 12. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats How did I become an open source developer ?
  13. 13. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats How did I become an open source developer? A. I am born knowing how to code B. I am coding until the end of the night C. I am organising surprise party D. The answer D
  14. 14. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer A. I am born knowing how to code
  15. 15. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer A. I am born knowing how to code
  16. 16. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Rome wasn't build in a day I was trained It takes time I am still learning every day I did not receive a girl specific education I was pushed, helped, encouraged, supported
  17. 17. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Your turn! 1. Review how you talk about your learning curve to show that you were not alone 2. Your turn to sustain, help, advise, push
  18. 18. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer B. I am coding until the end of the night
  19. 19. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer B. I am coding until the end of the night
  20. 20. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Every little bit helps Report bugs Test the betas Participate to hackathons Fix a simple bug Send a first patch → The merictocracy will do the rest
  21. 21. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Meritocracy → people who know how to develop sophisticated code and how to make their voice heard Birds of a feather flock together!
  22. 22. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Your turn! 1. Contribute to an open source project! 2. Do not recruit your clones
  23. 23. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer C. I am organizing a surprise party
  24. 24. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Answer C. I am organizing a surprise party
  25. 25. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Being part of a minority is an advantage! They remember you...
  26. 26. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Open world The open source value : free, learn, share, give back Remote work
  27. 27. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats 1. Make sure to recruit the best 2. Don’t just advise, give opportunities Your turn!
  28. 28. @melaniebatsMélanie Bats Should I stay? Or should I go?
  29. 29. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Being an open source developer means having an intense social activity
  30. 30. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Women open source developer = unicorns : mystic creatures, rare and precious
  31. 31. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Women open source developer = unicorns : mystic creatures, rare and precious
  32. 32. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Impostor syndrom Help! I have nothing to do here! Everyone feels that at a moment, it just take sometimes to accept it...
  33. 33. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Leave a trace Progress thanks to exchanges Have an effect on the world Have the recognition of your users / your peers Open unexpected perspectives of evolution
  34. 34. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Zero to CTO thanks to open source My path ● At the beginning ○ Open source software user ○ Closed source software developer ● Then ○ Free software advocate ○ Closed source software developer ● Finally ○ Full time open source software developer
  35. 35. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Your turn! 1. Do not be surprised when you see a woman developing, that’s completely normal 2. Code open source software, that’s good for you!
  36. 36. Mélanie Bats @melaniebats Thanks! Questions?

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