Get involved

From OpenHatch wiki

You can become part of the OpenHatch community and make free, open source software a more productive, welcoming place. Here's how:

Answer questions from FLOSS newbies, on IRC and in the web forum

On OpenHatch's IRC channel (#openhatch on and web forum, new contributors to any project can ask questions to help them get started.

If you have experience with open source communities, OpenHatch needs your help making sure people find answers. Join us on IRC and say hello!

File bugs and submit patches to this web app's code

The website is in Python and Django. If you want it to do something new, let us know.

File a ticket at (you can log in with your existing OpenHatch account) explaining either a problem you've run into, or a new bit of functionality that would improve the experience.

The source code is open and in Github. We encourage you to submit patches, too -- and we'll mentor you to make sure your changes can be deployed as quickly as possible. You can read more on this page: Getting started with the OpenHatch code.

You can join the development mailing list, where people discuss ideas and improvements for the website (code, user interface, everything).

The Main Page of this wiki has even more ideas for contributing to OpenHatch.

We welcome people with any degree of experience in programming or web tools. We mean it; it's a website, and it's imperfect, so we know there is something every single person can contribute.

Organize events

Check out the list of events we organize and consider if you want to run one of these within your community.

Our main event project is Open Source Comes to Campus. If you're affiliated with a college (such as a student, staff/faculty, or alumnus), you can help organize an event. Unaffiliated people can also volunteer to teach at a nearby event, make your open source project easy to contribute to for students, help us find company sponsors, and contribute to the curriculum. If you're interested in any of this, you're invited to email us ( or email the OSCTC planning mailing list.

OpenHatch is a non-profit and relies on the public for support. We need financial backing to keep achieving our goal of making free software communities diverse, welcoming, and effective.

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Get in touch

We're always interested in hearing about other ways to make FLOSS (free, libre open source software) a more diverse, welcoming set of communities.

You can read more on the Contact page.