Re: [ljc] Happy New Year / Meet a Project first event

From: user 8.
Sent on: Friday, January 4, 2013 11:19 AM
Hi Barry

Happy New Year (again, if you got my first message!). Just checking that you got my reply to this list. We would very much like to participate in "Meet a Mentor". Next week I will send out details of what we will present.

Cheers

Richard

On 4 January[masked]:25, Barry Cranford <[address removed]> wrote:
Hey guys,

Happy new year to you all, we have a lot of things happening within the LJC and will be announcing a lot more over the coming weeks. First off is our first LJC Meet a Project event. 

Would anyone like any help on an open source or personal project they're currently working on? 

This is an effort to connect developers with open source/personal projects. We are running an event later on the 24th of this month, we have confirmed a few projects but there is space for a few more so please get in touch with me directly. We will be announcing on Meetup very soon but if you're interested in getting involved to represent a project or just attend the event then please email me directly at [address removed].

For those new members, or those that didn't catch the chat last year, 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.

Any questions let me know.

Warm regards,
Barry




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