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open(source).athon at OpenPlans Penthouse

  • Oct 2, 2010 · 9:00 AM
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Update | Sept. 22, 2010 : Google's Open Source Programs Office is sponsoring the open(source).athon. Not only will be have better food, we will have scholarships if you need. Please email us at nyc at hackshackers dot com, if you want a scholarship! Also. You hacks (writers) out there. We need people who can help with documentation. Sign up. You can also ask for a waiver.


Let hacks and hackers open source together!

How much great software for news/information can we open source in 12 hours?

If you are a hacker, bring your code and get the time and some help to push it out the door. (Or bring your expertise and help others) If you are a hack, we need excellent writers and editors to help with documentation. This is a great opportunity to learn about the world of open source.

Every journo-nerd has a project they know is worth open sourcing, and that only needs documentation, or to be unbaked from a CMS, or generalized in some semi-trivial way, before they can finally push it out to a public github repo. Maybe they just haven't found the time. Or maybe they need a little help. Or maybe they have questions: What license should I use? How should I write my docs and structure my code so strangers can figure out how they should be contributing code? How can I release this so anybody notices and cares? Hear about Open Source best practices from Jeremy Ashkenas, lead developer at DocumentCloud and author of popular open source projects Underscore.js and CoffeeScript.

Get free licensing advice from the Software Freedom Law Center.

Caffeine, yummy food, and snacks will be provided, courtesy of Google's Open Source Office and the Knight Foundation. Participants will receive a schwag bag including a copy of Karl Fogel's "Producing Open Source Software," published by O'Reilly, and a snazzy t-shirt designed by us. Prizes TBA.

The view from the penthouse at OpenPlans is amazing. It's just a great place to make things happen.

We don't want the $25 to be a deterrent. If you need a waiver, email us at [masked], and you can volunteer for Hacks/Hackers at some point.

Plus! Join us for the Hackers movie 15th anniversary party that night, being promoted in Kickstarter right now. It's in a secret location.

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  • Daniel B.

    Fun time at an awesome hacking space. I wish I could've stayed the whole time, our project hurt because I left at 2 pm. In the future, it'd be awesome to be able to get a better sense of what the projects are beforehand, and start hacking earlier in the morning.

    October 3, 2010

  • Juan C. M.

    It was a great opportunity for people to share ideas, skills, tips and tricks. Looking forward to the next ones.

    October 3, 2010

  • Megan T.

    What an amazing group of people and projects. Fantastic.

    October 2, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This event was simply awesome. Lots of great people working on great open source projects. Learning, caffeine and lots of Ruby, Python and Javascript programmers mixed with journalists makes for a great crowd.

    October 2, 2010

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