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Code for Philly Workshop #83 w/ GDI Summer of Open Source Kickoff

A joint event with Girl Develop It Philly!


Join us for a free workshop that will help you get started and involved in the open source community! We will be kicking off GDI Philly's Summer of Open Source, so come find out more information on how to get involved.

About the Workshop

You're probably using open source software already, like the popular Firefox web browser. Many websites are built with open source tools like Wordpress and Drupal, and companies large and small make use of open source components like the Linux operating system. 

This session will provide an introduction to open source & walk you through getting started on GitHub. If you've ever had a question about when and how to use it, or how to join an open source project - this event is for you! 

Some of the things we'll cover:

• What is open source? What is the open source "philosophy?" Open source licenses and licensing (what are they and what do they mean).

• Overview of tools project built as open source - you're probably already using or have heard of at least one. 

• Brief introduction to Git / Github, and other tools used to make open source stuff.

• Creating a GitHub account, getting familiar and ready to get started contributing. 

• 5 ways that you can participate in an open source project right now (even if you're not a seasoned coder).

About the teacher: 

Mark Headd is a Developer Evangelist at Accela, and was previously the Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia and former Director of Government Relations at Code for America.  A coder and civic hacking veteran, he has advocated for the adoption of open source technologies in government for over 15 years. Self taught in programming, he holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and is a former adjunct instructor at the University of Delaware teaching a course in electronic government.

About GDI Philly's Summer of Open Source

Last year, GDI Philly sent out a survey to our members. We asked questions about courses, what students are learning, what their careers are like and whether they’ve ever contributed to open source projects. To our delight and surprise, we learned that 10% of members surveyed had contributed to free and open source software in some way. 

This number stood out, as the number of women in open source projects is depressingly small - less than 2% of open source contributors identify as women. Since we seemed to be helping improve the numbers locally, we decided to make a more sustained and conscious effort to get ever more GDI Philly women contributing to open source. And voila! - the GDI Philly Summer of Open Source  was born! 

Learn more and apply to be a fellow here.

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  • Rouzbeh

    We work on open-source air quality sensors.
    Please feel free to join us.

    May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have StationDown in pieces but can query Google Directions API to get travel time between two points. I have fire incidents in PostGIS and brownouts for march in a csv, so I'll be working on seeing if any March fire locations were closest to a shut down fire station.

    The rest of the brown out data is in PDF format(boo),

    I could use help extracting the data. Could be some experience for someone who wants to learn the ins and outs of git commands.

    1 · May 28, 2014

  • Corey A.

    Not sure if I will make it tonight. Work and school :(

    May 28, 2014

  • Abdus-Salaam M.

    anyone interested:

    Will be working on facebook, twitter, instagram - API's. Language: JQuery, AJAX, PHP, HTML. content will regard niche urban food/events

    May 27, 2014

  • Mike

    Sadly I can't make this wednesday or the following tuesday. I have classes on wednesday's and that tuesday is booked.

    May 22, 2014

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