Registration opens April 2019 San Diego,CA September 18-21, 2019

2019 Tapia Conference

Open Source: How to Earn Money or Build a Portfolio from Home!

Friday, September 21, 2018 — 4:30PM-5:30PM

Anyone can join open source! No one needs a computing degree to qualify as an open source contributor. There are over 200 organizations that develop products in public GitHub repositories. Unfortunately, in most of these organizations, you will see 98% contributors who identify as male and 75% who are located in North America and Europe. However, this isn’t the case for everyone! Systers Open Source consists of 12% contributors who identify as Male. Our slack group has over 800 members, about 20 different time zones, and includes members from Cameroon, Brazil, and India. We have a culturally inclusive development environment. In addition to our membership, we have 7 projects in development with Peace Corps and 6 projects dedicated to the Systers community. Some are on Web, Android, and iOS platforms, whereas others are only mobile or only web applications. These products get designed, coded, and tested in open source programs such as Google Summer of Code, Google Code-in, and Outreachy all year round. Participants have a full-stack developer experience with Google Summer of Code. Outreachy interns get paid $5500 USD to document or design game graphics from the comfort of their home! In this session, we will cover three main topics: an overview of open source programs, how to become a member of an open source organization, and how to use these experiences as part of your professional portfolio.

Maybellin S. Burgos, Anita Borg Institute