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
* Tight security to keep the "idea guys", "idea gals", and other distractions out.
LA Open Source is happening at the Originate (http://originate.com/) office in Westwood. RSVP now!
Is this like a Hackathon?
Yup. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon#Sprints)
I'm just starting as a programmer, should I come?
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 (http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Hack-Night/) 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 (http://djangoproject.com) (organized by Daniel Greenfeld)
Salt Stack (http://saltstack.org/) (Organized by Michael R)
engulf (https://github.com/andrewvc/engulf) (Clojure metrics tool lead by Andrew Cholakian)
yolk (https://github.com/cakebread/yolk) (Command-line tool that aids in Python dependency management, led by Rob Cakebread)
Sublime Text 2 Vintage mode rewrite (http://github.com/dlo/Vintage) (organized by Dan Loewenherz)
Daemon::Control (https://github.com/symkat/Daemon-Control) (create init scripts in Perl led by Kaitlyn Parkhurst)
Ofuz (https://github.com/philfree/ofuz) (PHP based open source business management software (http://www.ofuz.com/) led by Philippe Lewicki)
WikiTimeTraveler (https://github.com/wikitimetraveler/LAwikiTimeTraveler) (PHP based Travel Site (http://www.wikitimetraveler.com) 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?
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 meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/LA-Hackathons/events/62796642/) 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. :-)