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'''If you have never heard of open source''': OpenHatch runs education events and maintains free, web-based learning tools, to help people get involved in collaborative software development; and we work with computer programming meetup groups to help them run more newcomer-friendly and gender-diverse events. These meetup groups are educational groups that meet free of cost to educate the public on computer software programming topics.
===Where we're coming from===
 
   
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'''If you have''': OpenHatch is a non-profit organization with the goals of lowering the barriers to entry into the open source community and increasing diversity. We achieve these goals through a number of initiatives.
Free software happens through a community of people supporting, nagging, and cheering one another on.
 
   
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About the non-profit: We are a tiny Massachusetts not-for-profit organization, supported by dozens of volunteers who help maintain our web technology, which we share freely with the world under an open source software license, supported by dozens of volunteers who help make our free events possible, and financially supported by generous corporate sponsors and individual donors. Our [http://openhatch.org/sponsors/ sponsors page] lists the past 12 months' sponsors.
However, we believe that our community loses tons of prospective members because learning how and where you can fit in is difficult. 
 
   
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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==Training missions==
OpenHatch is an ongoing project to address these issues, through our website and [[events|outreach events]].
 
   
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You can use our interactive learning tools for free, on the web as our [http://openhatch.org/missions/ training missions], to get experience with common tools of open source development.
===How to use this website===
 
   
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==IRC community==
For new contributors, the OpenHatch website is an entry-point to friendly people and projects from across free software.
 
   
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OpenHatch has an active IRC chat room (which you can join free of cost) #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. [https://openhatch.org/wiki/Contact You are invited to join us!]
Self-starters can browse thousands of volunteer opportunities from projects and find one that matches their interests and skills.
 
   
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==Outreach events==
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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OpenHatch runs outreach events of several flavors, including:
On project pages, the existing community makes personal appeals for help.
 
   
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===Open Source Comes to Campus===
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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[http://campus.openhatch.org/ Open Source Comes to Campus] is a series of workshop run on college campuses to help teach students the community knowledge and technical skills to participate in globally distributed software projects. These events are free of cost, supported by donations to OpenHatch. We are emphasizing organizing these with women in computer science groups.
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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=== Other online and in-person open source teaching events ===
The Q&A on each project's page explains to people where they can fit in.
 
   
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Some examples of past events we have run:
Projects can list their bite-sized bugs in the volunteer opportunity finder.
 
   
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* Free workshop to help people learn how to use and contribute to Pandas, a statistics software package written in Python (Dec 2012)
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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* Free workshop to help people learn how to use and contribute to the software behind Wikipedia (Jul 2012)
   
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=== Independent events that are affiliated with OpenHatch ===
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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The Boston Python Workshop (described below) is one example of an ''affiliated event''. These usually free-of-cost events are not run by OpenHatch, but its independent organizers decided to ''affiliate'' with us -- for more about that, read the [[Affiliated events]] page.
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]].)
 
   
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The [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com Boston Python Workshop] is a free of cost introduction to computer programming workshop for women and their friends who have no or minimal programming experience. It teaches the Python programming language. The workshop runs every 2 months with the [http://bostonpython.com Boston Python user group], and it has been a hugely successful and transformative event. Volunteers 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] (given to those independent organizers, not OpenHatch itself) from the Python Software Foundation to bring the workshop to 3 new cities in the US. Check out:
   
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* [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com/about/ the Boston Python Workshop mission].
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* [http://bostonpythonworkshop.com/events/ a photo slideshow from the workshops].
   
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In 2013, OpenHatch received a grant to help pay for staff time to work with these independent groups and other programming meetup groups from the non-profit Python Software Foundation.
===The company===
 
   
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== Project Rolodex ==
OpenHatch was founded in May 2009 by three alumni of the free culture and free software movements.
 
   
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If you want to volunteer your technical or other skills for an open source, visit the [http://openhatch.org/search/ project rolodex and indexed bugs] that help match open source 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 company was part of startup incubator [http://www.shotputventures.com/ Shotput Ventures]' inaugural class.
 
   
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==The OpenHatch Board==
Our core product is an open source software involvement engine.
 
   
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OpenHatch a Massachusetts 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. The OpenHatch board is:
For developers, we provide tools to demonstrate and broaden their experience and expertise in the open source community.
 
   
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Our vision is to make the open source community better connected, more productive, and ultimately well rewarded for its expertise.
 
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| [[File:Asheesh.jpg|150px]]
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| [http://openhatch.org/people/paulproteus Asheesh Laroia]: President
   
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Asheesh loves growing camaraderie among geeks. In the past, he has chaired the Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery and taught Python classes at Noisebridge, San Francisco’s hackerspace. He realizes that most of the work that makes collaborative projects successful is hidden beneath the surface.
   
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He has volunteered his technical skills for the UN in Uganda, the EFF, and Students for Free Culture, and is a Developer in Debian. He has worked at Creative Commons and the Participatory Culture Foundation as a software engineer, designing and scaling web systems. Today, he lives in San Francisco, CA, working on OpenHatch.org.
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| [[File:Kr.png|150px]]
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|[http://openhatch.org/people/aldeka/ Karen Rustad]: Secretary
   
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Karen is a front-end developer at Lincoln Loop. In 2012 she graduated with a master's degree from UC Berkeley's School of Information, with interests in Python-based web development, user experience design, free software communities, and technology law and policy. She has been involved with OpenHatch since its startup incubator days in 2009, contributing to the project's design, codebase, and mission. She served previously on the board of Students for Free Culture from 2005 to 2008.
===The team===
 
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|Deborah Nicholson
   
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Deb works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has over fifteen years of non-profit management experience and got involved in the free software movement about five years ago. She currently splits her time between MediaGoblin -- a federated media-hosting start-up, Open Hatch -- a non-profit dedicated to identifying and mentoring new free software contributors, the Open Invention Network, and Harvard, where she is slowly pursuing a graduate degree in Information Technology. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/asheesh.jpg
 
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|[http://openhatch.org/people/mlinksva/ Mike Linksvayer], Treasurer
   
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Mike Linksvayer has served as Vice President and CTO at Creative Commons, where he started in 2003. Previously he co-founded Bitzi, an early open data/open content/mass collaboration service, and worked as a web developer and software engineer. He lives in Oakland, California.
'''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).
 
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==Alumni==
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].
 
   
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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].
 
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|[http://openhatch.org/people/jesstess/ Jessica McKellar] (former board member, Vice President)
   
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Jessica wants more people to be excited about and science and computing. She is an organizer for the Boston Python user group, lead organizer for the Boston Python Workshop, and a mentor with several Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives at local schools in Cambridge, MA. She is a contributor to several open source projects and enjoys helping bring new contributors into the community.
Until recently he [http://creativecommons.org/about/people/alumni#83 engineered software] and scalability at Creative Commons in San Francisco.
 
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| [http://openhatch.org/people/shauna Shauna Gordon-McKeon]: (former Program Director)
   
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Shauna was OpenHatch’s Program Director. She ran [http://campus.openhatch.org/ Open Source Comes to Campus], a workshop series held on college campuses introducing students to open source. She is also active in the government transparency/civic tech community and maintains and writes for the [http://osc.centerforopenscience.org/ Open Science Collaboration blog].
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==Get involved==
   
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Want to contribute to OpenHatch? Want help contributing to another open source project? We'd love to [https://openhatch.org/wiki/Contact hear from you].
http://openhatch.org/static/images/info/Raffi.jpg
 
 
'''Raphael Krut-Landau''' - Undersecretary for Whitespace, co-founder Raphael gets his kicks from (ordered by time of discovery, ascending) the Oxford English Dictionary, the history of philosophy, and oatmeal. He is responsible for the web site's Look-'N-Feel.
 
 
 
 
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].
 

Latest revision as of 20:36, 28 July 2015

If you have never heard of open source: OpenHatch runs education events and maintains free, web-based learning tools, to help people get involved in collaborative software development; and we work with computer programming meetup groups to help them run more newcomer-friendly and gender-diverse events. These meetup groups are educational groups that meet free of cost to educate the public on computer software programming topics.

If you have: OpenHatch is a non-profit organization with the goals of lowering the barriers to entry into the open source community and increasing diversity. We achieve these goals through a number of initiatives.

About the non-profit: We are a tiny Massachusetts not-for-profit organization, supported by dozens of volunteers who help maintain our web technology, which we share freely with the world under an open source software license, supported by dozens of volunteers who help make our free events possible, and financially supported by generous corporate sponsors and individual donors. Our sponsors page lists the past 12 months' sponsors.


Training missions

You can use our interactive learning tools for free, on the web as our training missions, to get experience with common tools of open source development.

IRC community

OpenHatch has an active IRC chat room (which you can join free of cost) #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:

Open Source Comes to Campus

Open Source Comes to Campus is a series of workshop run on college campuses to help teach students the community knowledge and technical skills to participate in globally distributed software projects. These events are free of cost, supported by donations to OpenHatch. We are emphasizing organizing these with women in computer science groups.

Other online and in-person open source teaching events

Some examples of past events we have run:

  • Free workshop to help people learn how to use and contribute to Pandas, a statistics software package written in Python (Dec 2012)
  • Free workshop to help people learn how to use and contribute to the software behind Wikipedia (Jul 2012)

Independent events that are affiliated with OpenHatch

The Boston Python Workshop (described below) is one example of an affiliated event. These usually free-of-cost events are not run by OpenHatch, but its independent organizers decided to affiliate with us -- for more about that, read the Affiliated events page.

The Boston Python Workshop is a free of cost introduction to computer programming workshop for women and their friends who have no or minimal programming experience. It teaches the Python programming language. The workshop runs every 2 months with the Boston Python user group, and it has been a hugely successful and transformative event. Volunteers also help other people run outreach events in their cities, and recently received a grant (given to those independent organizers, not OpenHatch itself) from the Python Software Foundation to bring the workshop to 3 new cities in the US. Check out:

In 2013, OpenHatch received a grant to help pay for staff time to work with these independent groups and other programming meetup groups from the non-profit Python Software Foundation.

Project Rolodex

If you want to volunteer your technical or other skills for an open source, visit the project rolodex and indexed bugs that help match open source 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 a Massachusetts 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. The OpenHatch board is:

Asheesh.jpg Asheesh Laroia: President

Asheesh loves growing camaraderie among geeks. In the past, he has chaired the Johns Hopkins Association for Computing Machinery and taught Python classes at Noisebridge, San Francisco’s hackerspace. He realizes that most of the work that makes collaborative projects successful is hidden beneath the surface.

He has volunteered his technical skills for the UN in Uganda, the EFF, and Students for Free Culture, and is a Developer in Debian. He has worked at Creative Commons and the Participatory Culture Foundation as a software engineer, designing and scaling web systems. Today, he lives in San Francisco, CA, working on OpenHatch.org.

Kr.png Karen Rustad: Secretary

Karen is a front-end developer at Lincoln Loop. In 2012 she graduated with a master's degree from UC Berkeley's School of Information, with interests in Python-based web development, user experience design, free software communities, and technology law and policy. She has been involved with OpenHatch since its startup incubator days in 2009, contributing to the project's design, codebase, and mission. She served previously on the board of Students for Free Culture from 2005 to 2008.

Deb.jpg Deborah Nicholson

Deb works at the intersection of technology and social justice. She has over fifteen years of non-profit management experience and got involved in the free software movement about five years ago. She currently splits her time between MediaGoblin -- a federated media-hosting start-up, Open Hatch -- a non-profit dedicated to identifying and mentoring new free software contributors, the Open Invention Network, and Harvard, where she is slowly pursuing a graduate degree in Information Technology. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Linksvayer.jpg Mike Linksvayer, Treasurer

Mike Linksvayer has served as Vice President and CTO at Creative Commons, where he started in 2003. Previously he co-founded Bitzi, an early open data/open content/mass collaboration service, and worked as a web developer and software engineer. He lives in Oakland, California.

Alumni

Jesstess.jpg Jessica McKellar (former board member, Vice President)

Jessica wants more people to be excited about and science and computing. She is an organizer for the Boston Python user group, lead organizer for the Boston Python Workshop, and a mentor with several Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) outreach initiatives at local schools in Cambridge, MA. She is a contributor to several open source projects and enjoys helping bring new contributors into the community.

Shauna.jpg Shauna Gordon-McKeon: (former Program Director)

Shauna was OpenHatch’s Program Director. She ran Open Source Comes to Campus, a workshop series held on college campuses introducing students to open source. She is also active in the government transparency/civic tech community and maintains and writes for the Open Science Collaboration blog.

Get involved

Want to contribute to OpenHatch? Want help contributing to another open source project? We'd love to hear from you.