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Silicon Valley Tech Talk: Getting Started in Open Source

Women Who Code: Silicon Valley branch's November Meetup!

Tech Talk "Getting Started in Open Source".

This talk is for people who are interested to getting involved with free and Open Source software. We cover the basics of: why you might want to get involved, what you can get out of participating, what other than coding is needed, how to chose a project, how to get started, etiquette of lists and other communication, and the dos and don’t of joining a community.

Speaker: Cat Allman, Google Open Source Programs Office.

Cat Allman has been involved with the free and Open Source community since the mid 1980s, including stints at Mt Xinu, Sendmail, Inc, and the USENIX Association. Her outreach role in the Open Source Programs Office at Google is like slipping into a warm bath of global FOSS goodness.

As with all Women Who Code events, this event is open only to women and is emphatically trans- and queer-friendly.

Schedule:

7:00 - Arrive, eat dinner and mingle

7:30 - Talk begins

8:30 - Q&A, Open Source Open Mic

9:00 - Go home :-(

If you are involved with an open source project, and want to talk for 5 minutes about it, there will be an opportunity at 8:30.

Note change in building at Google - this is in Building 40 which is in the "main" plex. http://goo.gl/rhiY3 will help you find your way. There should be plenty of surface parking nearby and it's a short cab ride from the Caltrain (sorry that there are no ziplines or self driving taxis available).

Please let us know if you have any specific dietary concerns for dinner.

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  • Merima B.

    EXCELLENT!

    November 29, 2012

  • Jade W.

    Thanks, all of you, that was awesome! By the way, Meteor is having a Drinkup on Thursday evening for developers who are excited about/contributing to/making apps on our open source framework. It's getting full of awesome people, but if you message me directly (jade at meteor dot com), I can take you off the waitlist. http://meteor-drinkup-sf.eventbrite.com/

    Drinks and light noms on us. :)

    November 27, 2012

  • Suzanne W.

    Cat, you were great! Thanks for the talk.

    November 26, 2012

  • Cat A.

    Hi all,

    Thank you for coming the other night to hear me talk about Getting Started in Open Source! I've posted my slides here in MeetUp for members of Women Who Code. If you reuse them, please credit me. Cheers,

    Cat

    1 · November 26, 2012

  • Teresa C.

    I thought the talk was really interesting and definitely propelled me to get into open source.

    November 21, 2012

  • Bonnie

    Great talk, good resources to get started with. Thanks!

    November 20, 2012

  • Laimei J.

    I enjoyed it very much. A great roadmap to getting involved with Open Source by someone who's knows the Open source community landscape.

    November 20, 2012

  • Joanne

    Nice to meet you all. Please let me know when the slides are posted. Thanks!

    November 19, 2012

  • Karla R.

    You have to get a badge on bdg43 lobby and from inside there you'll cross the bridge into bdg40

    November 19, 2012

  • Adelaide

    Head to Google's main lobby. The staff will direct you to where the event's at.

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Last minute decision to attend this meeting--it will be my first in WWC! I hope I can find it. Not sure what to look for....

    November 19, 2012

  • Merima B.

    Hi, I can take up to 4 persons from and back to Mountain View CalTrain station. Please, let me know if you need a ride.

    November 19, 2012

    • Jade W.

      I just arranged to borrow a car so I'll be driving from the city. But thanks!

      November 19, 2012

    • Merima B.

      You are welcome. Then see you there!

      November 19, 2012

  • Suzanne W.

    Hi everyone, I'm coming from Santa Cruz. I can pick anyone on the way or at the train station.... let me know

    November 19, 2012

  • Sujata

    Hi, I am driving from Hayes Valley at 6 pm. I can take 3 more people with me.

    November 19, 2012

    • Claire G.

      Hi, sounds great if there is still room for one more count me in! Thanks a lot :)

      November 19, 2012

    • Ondine

      Is there still room for one more? Please let me know if so! thanks : )

      November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK, car problem resolved, I can take 7 people (well, I could take more if we're imaginative) from Caltrain Redwood City to the event. Please let me know if you need a ride.

    November 19, 2012

  • Alma

    Is anyone driving from sf downtown area? I can chip in on gas money :)

    November 16, 2012

    • Sujata

      I am leaving from the intersection of Haight and Laguna.

      November 19, 2012

    • Sujata

      At 6 pm. I plan to leave after the Q and A, 8.30ish. So, we'll be back in SF at 9.15 pm or so.

      November 19, 2012

  • Jennie

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight! A few notes - glad to see SF people interested in our SV events! Sorry that this isn't walkable from Caltrain, I can give up to 3 people a ride BACK to the train but not from (it's not a long taxi ride). The shoreline shuttle runs on a loop from campus to the Caltrain, but I don't think it takes passengers to campus in the evening - maybe worth a hustle? http://www.caltrain.com/schedules/Shuttles/Shoreline_Shuttle.html

    November 19, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you have a bike, there is a bike trail from Caltrain Mt View to Google.

      November 19, 2012

  • Jennie

    Also, dinner will be the ubiquitous pizza - sorry, I'd love to do something better but we don't have budget for proper catering til 2012. I will try to pick up some sushi/veg platters for those with dietary concerns.

    November 19, 2012

  • Meredith T.

    Ack, can't go after all. Presentation slides would be greatly appreciated. :-)

    November 18, 2012

  • Ondine

    Is anyone driving from SF Mission district? I'd love to carpool as well and can chip in for gas, please let me know. Thanks!

    November 18, 2012

  • Claire G.

    I would also be interested in any carpool situations leaving from SF :) If someone is driving and has room for 1 more, let me know!

    November 18, 2012

  • Amy M.

    It looks like I may not be able to go anymore, will there be any presentation slides or notes available after?

    Or if anyone would like to share their notes with me afterward, that would be great too! Thanks!

    November 11, 2012

  • Jennifer D.

    This is going to be excellent! I would love to know more about getting involved in Open Source beyond using the software.

    November 9, 2012

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