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LA Open Source

LA Open Source is an event is for coders interested in contributing to open source projects.

The $10 fee includes the following:

* The opportunity to lead a sprint on an open-source project, or to join a sprint team

* Light breakfast - bagels

* Lunch

* Dinner

* Tight security to keep the "idea guys", "idea gals", and other distractions out.

LA Open Source is happening at the Originate office in Westwood. RSVP now!



Is this like a Hackathon?

Yup. See


I'm just starting as a programmer, should I come?

It depends.

If you've never coded before, this isn't the right place. Instead, you might consider one of the local coding workshops or classes. In fact, here's a good bi-weekly hack night / study group for you.

If you've done a tutorial or two, sprints can be a great way to learn new skills or hone your technique by sitting alongside experienced developers who actually need your help. A lot of projects have what are called 'low hanging fruit', which are 'simpler' tasks saved for beginner developers to wet their teeth on. Things I've learned at events like these include Git, Mercurial, JQuery, and a hundred other things that have made me a better coder.


What if I don't have a project of my own to bring? Should I come?

Heck yeah! There will be a number of projects around that you can join and contribute to in order to make the world a better place. Some of the projects that are looking for contributors include:

Django (organized by Daniel Greenfeld)

Salt Stack (Organized by Michael R)

engulf (Clojure metrics tool lead by Andrew Cholakian)

yolk (Command-line tool that aids in Python dependency management, led by Rob Cakebread)

Sublime Text 2 Vintage mode rewrite (organized by Dan Loewenherz)

Daemon::Control (create init scripts in Perl led by Kaitlyn Parkhurst)

Ofuz (PHP based open source business management software led by Philippe Lewicki)

WikiTimeTraveler (PHP based Travel Site led by David Lane)


Can you list my project?

Sure! Please email the name and repo URL to [masked]

What should I bring?

You must have your own functioning laptop with power cord. If you bring a tablet, at registration you will be asked to demonstrate how you are coding using it. We also encourage you to bring a power strip labeled with your name.


Can I come to recruit people?

Absolutely not.

This is not a job fair and we don't want unnecessary distractions. If you have RSVP'd and are not a developer or coder, we reserve the right to cancel your RSVP at any time.

On the other hand, if you want to help sponsor we'll happily mention you on the description and if you provide swag then we'll put it on the sponsor table.


Who are the sponsors?
















Can I sponsor?

There is still a sponsorship spot left. Contact me at [masked] and we'll talk. :-)

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  • Philippe

    This was a great event

    July 20, 2012

  • milki

    Everyone was enthusiastic and friendly. It was a very exciting meetup and its great to see so many developers in a cooperative environment.

    July 17, 2012

  • Les G.

    I'm new to programming and people there couldn't have been more helpful. Interesting day.

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was AWSOME!!!!

    July 16, 2012

  • Seth

    Great fun and well organized. Also the food was spectacular. All you can eat taquitos, fajitas, and churros? Nice. :)

    July 16, 2012

  • Andrew C.

    It was great meeting fellow open-source devs in LA.

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome event, great organization including the event itself and things like the food, and the people. It was my first hackathon and I definitely going again.

    July 16, 2012

  • Daniel Roy G.

    Great time and awesome progress on so much stuff.

    July 16, 2012

  • Kevin L.

    Had a great time and learned many new skills. It was the first time I've contributed to open source!

    July 16, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Badly-planned out parking situation, food was a bit lackluster as well.

    July 16, 2012

  • Cynthia

    Excellent! Very friendly. Lots of good interaction between groups. Lots of variety of projects.

    July 16, 2012

  • Bobby M.

    Great group of people, nice clean & open environment. Parking was easy. I liked that Danny & Audrey were limiting it to just people who wanted to work on projects, no recruiters allowed. I also appreciated how friendly everyone was. This was my first hackathon, and I think Danny & Audrey set a very high standard. My advice for people who haven't gone: I'd consider around lunch time or dinner to walk around a bit and talk with people about what they're doing. I don't think I did this enough, and there were some really awesome projects going on that I didn't get a chance to see in person.

    July 16, 2012

  • Jacqueline L.

    Being recruiter- and make-my-Facebook-clone-for-free-please- free was great! Laid-back and awesome. Thanks for doing this!

    July 16, 2012

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