Following on from the recent emails on the Meet a Project concept (and hassle I got at JAX to get on with it), I am now in the process of reaching out to as many people as possible to get a network of Project Ambassadors that would be interested in the opportunity to meet with and pitch their projects at small groups of developers, with the aim of drafting new members to get involved in their projects. This is only going to work if we get a good population of projects involved - so please do forward this on to any one you know that may be interested.
If you are involved in a project and would be happy to attend an event to promote it to a small group of developers then get in touch. The project ambassadors will all be organised through a separate network - if you're up for being involved let me know and I'll send you an invite to the group.
If you did miss the earlier emails (or have had this email forwarded to you) then here is some background - one thing I have observed over the last five years, both as a recruiter and as a community leader is that there is a gap in the software industry, around open source software. There are a lot of developers in the industry, from students to experienced developers that are interested to get involved in something in addition to their day time position, but aren't really sure where to start. There are also a great deal of interesting projects covering everything from popular open source frameworks to the Adopt a JSR program launched by the LJC. Many of these projects rely on support/enthusiasm from developers and are keen to get more enthusiastic people involved. Not to mention that most candidates that get involved in personal projects seem to escalate their careers, salaries, day rates and passion for the industry (which all makes our job easier ;-)).
Having been involved in several sporadic events over the last few years that aim to plug this gap, we are now looking to run a permanent series of events called LJC Meet a Project (@LJCMaP). The events will be in a speed networking style, similar to the GDC Meet a Mentor events, involving Project Ambassadors speaking to small groups of 3-6 developers. Giving a pitch of the project, then answering questions before moving on to another group. The events are intended to answer potential committers' questions around the projects, focussed mainly around starting points. These are not recruitment events or opportunities for companies to find new employees, but to help offer a way for developers to work alongside their existing positions to gain experience and develop communications and technical skills. The events will run in association with my company RecWorks, the events team here will take care of all of the organisation/facilitation of the events to ensure that all is well organised and the process is as smooth as possible, so all you need to do is turn up on the day which should hopefully boost attendance, scale and sustainability of the events.
I'd love to grow this program as quickly and effectively as possible, so please do help out by forwarding this email around to anyone that may be interested. Contact me offlist if you are interested in getting involved as a project ambassador - [address removed]
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