With Hackership, but also outside of that, we are working with plenty of developers all the time. And although many want to contribute to Open Source, they are often intimidated. Blocked by that, they often don’t even take the first steps necessary to find out open source isn’t as big, bad and threatening as it appears. Further more on the other side, there are plenty of noble and great open source projects out there looking for help, maintainers and contributors. During What The Fest Week (end of Sept, around CSSConf and JSConfEU), we will have plenty of people from both these groups here in Berlin. We want to get them together
An evening event, with three batches of five presentations during which OpenSource Teams each have five minutes to present their project and explain the audience what and how they can contribute to it. Between those batches are breaks for the audience to interact with the teams closer. There will also be food and drinks to make sure it is a pleasant evening (coming from sponsors).
What I want from OpenTechSchool
I think lowering the barrier to contribute to open source falls well in line with the values and goals of OpenTechSchool and I’d like this to be run under its banner officially. What does that mean, primarily three things to agree to:
- I’d like to name OTS the official organiser (and make Hackership a partnering one)
- accept the donations made for the tickets
- spread the word about the event – especially among the learners, who might be interested but too afraid to contribute to open source
A word on the donations
Ticket prices are “donate as much as you want” (including zero) – with a recommended donation of 10EUR. This donation would directly – without any further fees – go to OTS. No one has to pay anything if they don’t want to. That said, we’ve had bad experience with reaching diverse audiences with completely open events before. That’s why we’ll assign a third of the tickets in a first-come-first-serve-fashion through the donation model and have another third be on application only. Those “community” tickets are awarded to women and people of groups marginalized in tech only and are reviewed on a roling basis. This is an experiment.
You can find out more about the event planned at
(Of course, if you have any other leads for interesting projects, send them our way, too)