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OpenHatch is an open source project with the goals of lowering the barriers to entry into open source contribution and increasing diversity. We achieve these goals through a number of endeavors:
===Where we're coming from===
 
   
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==Training missions==
Free software happens through a community of people supporting, nagging, and cheering one another on.
 
   
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Complete [http://openhatch.org/missions/ training missions] on the OpenHatch website to get experience with common tools of open source development.
However, we believe that our community loses tons of prospective members because learning how and where you can fit in is difficult. 
 
   
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==IRC community==
New people often have to overcome confusing jargon, a fear that their effort might not be welcome, and a lack of personal connection to the community.
 
   
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OpenHatch has an active IRC channel, #openhatch on Freenode, where we mentor a bunch of new contributors, both on OpenHatch and on other projects. It's a great place to ask questions and get help working on bugs in a friendly, low-pressure environment. We've helped many people contribute to open source projects for the first time through this channel. You are invited to join us!
OpenHatch is an ongoing project to address these issues, through our website and [[events|outreach events]].
 
   
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==Outreach events==
===How to use this website===
 
   
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OpenHatch runs outreach events of several flavors, including:
For new contributors, the OpenHatch website is an entry-point to friendly people and projects from across free software.
 
   
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* The [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com Boston Python Workshop]: the Boston Python Workshop is an intro to Python workshop for women and their friends who have no or minimal programming experience. We run the workshop every 2 months with the [http://bostonpython.com Boston Python user group], and it has been a hugely successful and transformative event. We also help other people run outreach events in their cities, and recently received a [http://mail.python.org/pipermail/outreach-and-education/2011-October/000099.html grant] from the Python Software Foundation to bring the workshop to 3 new cities in the US. Check out:
Self-starters can browse thousands of volunteer opportunities from projects and find one that matches their interests and skills.
 
   
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** [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com/about/ the Boston Python Workshop mission].
We encourage the sense that the community is nearby through [http://openhatch.org/search/ people search], the ability to find mentors within a project, and a map to help you find participants in your neighborhood.
 
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** [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com/events/ a photo slideshow from the workshops].
   
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* [http://campus.openhatch.org/ Open Source Comes to Campus]: we run workshops on college campuses to help teach students the community knowledge and technical skills to participate in globally distributed software projects.
On project pages, the existing community makes personal appeals for help.
 
   
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==Project Rolodex==
You can privately learn skills related to paticipating by using the training missions. (Read more about [[For new contributors|how new contributors can make use of the site]].)
 
   
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The OpenHatch site has a [http://openhatch.org/search/ project rolodex and indexed bugs] that help match projects and volunteers. You can browse projects and bugs based on your interests and desired programming languages. In particular, we have "bitesized" bugs that have been identified as good, small tasks for new contributors.
Projects can use the OpenHatch website as a set of resources for making open source comprehensible to a newcomer. You can send new contributors to our training missions to speed up the tutoring process.
 
   
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==The OpenHatch Board==
The Q&A on each project's page explains to people where they can fit in.
 
   
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OpenHatch is currently pursuing nonprofit status. The OpenHatch board is:
Projects can list their bite-sized bugs in the volunteer opportunity finder.
 
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* Asheesh Laroia (President, Treasurer)
 
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* Jessica McKellar (VP)
Your project's ability to get utility out the OpenHatch site scales up as you put in more effort. (Read more about how current participants can use OpenHatch.)
 
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* Karen Rustad (Secretary)
 
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* Deborah Nicholson
You can also use the OpenHatch website as a place to build a profile of your presence in the community. As free software contributors, our identities are scattered across commit histories, email lists, and IRC channels; your profile on OpenHatch can help people understand who you are in the community.
 
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* Mike Linksvayer
 
We automatically import some types of contributions, and encourage you to round out the picture with the rest. (Read more about [[Profile importer|the profile importer]].)
 
 
 
 
===The company===
 
 
OpenHatch was founded in May 2009 by three alumni of the free culture and free software movements.
 
 
The company was part of startup incubator [http://www.shotputventures.com/ Shotput Ventures]' inaugural class.
 
 
Our core product is an open source software involvement engine.
 
 
For developers, we provide tools to demonstrate and broaden their experience and expertise in the open source community.
 
 
Our vision is to make the open source community better connected, more productive, and ultimately well rewarded for its expertise.
 
 
 
 
===The team===
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/asheesh.jpg
 
 
'''Asheesh Laroia ''' - Data seducer, co-founder Asheesh has seduced language through computing (B.A., [http://web.jhu.edu/cogsci/people/visitors/Badecker/ cognitive science], [http://www.cs.jhu.edu/ and] [http://grll.jhu.edu/site_archive/RLL_Minor/french_minor.html three] [http://anthropology.jhu.edu/wgs/index.html minors], 2006; M.S.E., [http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~jason/ computer science], 2007).
 
 
At the same time, he deployed [http://media.www.jhunewsletter.com/media/storage/paper932/news/2004/04/09/News/Flamingos.Bring.whimsy.To.Upper.Quad-2244983.shtml hundreds of inflatable pink flamingos], wrote testimony for an [http://www.eff.org/cases/online-policy-group-v-diebold/ Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit], came to love the [http://www.womynkind.org/scum.htm S.C.U.M. Manifesto], and [http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=jhu+entertainers+club juggled fire].
 
 
He has volunteered his technical skills for [http://www.wfp.org/countries/uganda the UN in Uganda], the EFF, and [http://freeculture.org/ Students for Free Culture], and remains [http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=asheesh@asheesh.org active in Debian].
 
 
Until recently he [http://creativecommons.org/about/people/alumni#83 engineered software] and scalability at Creative Commons in San Francisco.
 
 
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/Raffi.jpg
 
 
'''Raphael Krut-Landau''' - Undersecretary for Whitespace, co-founder Raphael gets his kicks from the Oxford English Dictionary, the history of philosophy and oatmeal. He is partly responsible for the web site's Look-'N-Feel as well some of the bits and bobs behind the scenes.
 
 
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/stump.jpg
 
 
'''John Stumpo ''' - Mission Commander John is a rising sophomore [http://ece.jhu.edu/ computer engineering] student at Johns Hopkins University. He is a sysadmin for the [http://acm.jhu.edu/ Johns Hopkins chapter of the ACM].
 
 
He has worked on [https://openhatch.org/people/stump/ a variety] of open source projects over the past few years, from [http://code.google.com/p/fofix/ rhythm games] to [https://www.jstump.com/projects/kexec/ kernel modules that act as bootloaders].
 
 
With Asheesh, he [http://www.ietfng.org/draft-jhuacm-cosmetic-carbon-copy-01.txt proposed a new email header].
 
 
Throughout the 2010 summer, John worked on OpenHatch's training missions for [http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/student_project/show/google/gsoc2010/google/t127230759500 his Google Summer of Code project].
 
 
===Alumni===
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/Parker-150px.jpg
 
 
'''Parker Phinney''' - Code Monkey Parker is an undergraduate student at Dartmouth College, majoring somewhere at the intersection of computer science and the [http://leopard.dartmouth.edu/groups/digitalhumanities/ digital humanities].
 
 
His proudest work involves promoting freedom and openness through computing tools.
 
 
This pursuit led him to intern at [http://creativecommons.org Creative Commons] in the Summer of 2009.
 
 
A long-time member of [http://freeculture.org Students for Free Culture], he leads its web team and founded its Dartmouth chapter. Besides freedom and code, Parker also likes frisbee, thrift stores, and hummus.
 
 
You can check out his writing, photography, and other goodies at [http://madebyparker.com madebyparker.com].
 
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/karen-150px.jpg
 
 
'''Karen Rustad''' - Director of business development, research, and art Karen graduated in 2008 from Scripps College with a B.A. in Media Studies.
 
 
She served on the board of [http://freeculture.org/ Students for Free Culture] from 2005 to 2008 and helped organize a number of campaigns related to free/open source software there. She has also worked on viral media and outreach for library advocate [http://www.arl.org/sparc/ SPARC].
 
 
Karen enjoys meteorology, indie rock, and berrypicking excursions.
 
 
 
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/nelson-headshot.jpg
 
 
'''Nelson Pavlosky''' - Co-founder Nelson met the other co-founders of OpenHatch through the organization that he co-founded in 2004, Students for Free Culture.
 
 
He has been a tireless advocate for free speech, free software, and the freedom to set off fireworks without the cops bothering you.
 
 
He is also one half of the songwriting duo behind Wrong Side of Dawn, and is inseparable from his green acoustic guitar, Kermit.
 
 
He graduated in 2007 from Swarthmore College with a BA in Philosophy, and is currently on hiatus from law school at George Mason University in Arlington, VA.
 
 
The photo of Asheesh is [http://www.flickr.com/photos/keenduck/3048824437/in/set-72157609750959592/ by keenduck], CC [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en by-sa].
 

Revision as of 19:38, 26 November 2011

OpenHatch is an open source project with the goals of lowering the barriers to entry into open source contribution and increasing diversity. We achieve these goals through a number of endeavors:

Training missions

Complete training missions on the OpenHatch website to get experience with common tools of open source development.

IRC community

OpenHatch has an active IRC channel, #openhatch on Freenode, where we mentor a bunch of new contributors, both on OpenHatch and on other projects. It's a great place to ask questions and get help working on bugs in a friendly, low-pressure environment. We've helped many people contribute to open source projects for the first time through this channel. You are invited to join us!

Outreach events

OpenHatch runs outreach events of several flavors, including:

  • The Boston Python Workshop: the Boston Python Workshop is an intro to Python workshop for women and their friends who have no or minimal programming experience. We run the workshop every 2 months with the Boston Python user group, and it has been a hugely successful and transformative event. We also help other people run outreach events in their cities, and recently received a grant from the Python Software Foundation to bring the workshop to 3 new cities in the US. Check out:
  • Open Source Comes to Campus: we run workshops on college campuses to help teach students the community knowledge and technical skills to participate in globally distributed software projects.

Project Rolodex

The OpenHatch site has a project rolodex and indexed bugs that help match projects and volunteers. You can browse projects and bugs based on your interests and desired programming languages. In particular, we have "bitesized" bugs that have been identified as good, small tasks for new contributors.

The OpenHatch Board

OpenHatch is currently pursuing nonprofit status. The OpenHatch board is:

  • Asheesh Laroia (President, Treasurer)
  • Jessica McKellar (VP)
  • Karen Rustad (Secretary)
  • Deborah Nicholson
  • Mike Linksvayer