Bring open source to your campus.
Open Source Comes to Campus is a one-day workshop to teach the tools and culture of open source development and to help students impact real projects. Groups at 27 schools have run this event, including 10 women-in-CS organizations. What about your school?Get started Learn more Events
What we provide
A curriculum built to engage students.
Our curriculum covers the practical skills students need to contribute to open source projects, such as using version control, issue trackers, and IRC. It creates connections between students and open source professionals who can explain how the community and culture works. And it gives students the opportunity to make real contributions to active open source projects - all in a single day!
All of our curriculum materials are online, and most activities have instructor walkthroughs and/or screencasts as well. Take a look at what we offer. We're happy to help you adjust the curriculum to meet your needs, and do trainings for any activities or sections you don't feel comfortable with.
Logistical advice and tools
There are a number of logistical hurdles when planning an event, from finding space and checking equipment to ordering the right amount of food. We want to make this process as painless as possible, so we wrote a guide and a set of tools. You can use this shareable folder to keep track of your progress, and to access the email templates, space checklists, and other resources we've created for you.
Friendly and knowledgeable volunteers
We have a large network of open source enthusiasts who we'll ask to staff your event, and we can help you find new volunteers as well. If possible, an OpenHatch organizer will attend and mentor at your event. We'll also support you with a number of remote staff, including:
- Throughout the entire event, at least one OpenHatch organizer will be available remotely.
- During the contributions workshop, we'll have maintainers of selected projects available to help guide attendees through contributing to said projects via IRC.
- If you want to do a career panel via videoconference, we can find you some amazing people currently working in open source to be your panelists.
Our commitment to diversity
We believe in the power of open source to make the world a better place. We also believe that open source needs a broad and diverse group of contributors and community members to do so. We're doing our best to make open source communities more diverse and more welcoming to newcomers - two mutually reinforcing goals. Ever since our first event, we've worked to make Open Source Comes to Campus events fun, safe, and newcomer-friendly and have worked with partners such as women-in-computing organizations to attract diverse participation. We're commited to these goals, as well as to continuous improvement, and we hope you'll join us in our efforts.
Open Source Comes to Campus is funded through generous donations from individuals and companies. Our thanks to Patron level sponsors MongoDB, Stripe, and Snabb, and to Bronze level sponsor Puppet Labs.
Additionally, we have ongoing relationships with GitHub to sponsor food costs for events, and with Google to support the organization and sponsor some travel costs for events.
Copy and paste the text to the right into your email program and send it to email@example.com. Be sure to replace the ALL_CAPS_WORDS with your information!
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Let's bring Open Source Comes to Campus to my school Hi there! I'm so excited because I found the Open Source Comes to Campus page, and I want to run an event. My college is called: COLLEGE_NAME I found the website by: HOW_I_FOUND_THIS_SITE I'm excited about hosting the event because: SOMETHING_THAT_EXCITES_ME Let's work together and make an event happen! Sincerely, MY_NAME
How to help out
If you're looking to participate, but you're not a student, staffer, or alumnus of a college, you can still help out! Here are other ways you can get involved:
- Volunteer to teach at an event near you
- Get your open source project ready for new contributors, and let us know
- Contribute to the project
- Donate or help us find company sponsorships
If you have other ideas for how we can collaborate, email us: email@example.com.
- University of Minnesota at Morris (Morris, MN) on Saturday, September 13th
- City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) on Saturday, September 13th
- DePaul University (Chicago, IL) on Saturday, October 18th
- Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) on Saturday, October 18th
- University of Victoria (Victoria, BC, Canada) on Saturday, October 18th
- Hartnell College (Salinas, CA) on Saturday, November 15th
- University of Washington (Seattle, CA) on Saturday, November 15th
We are currently planning our event schedule for fall of 2014, with several more unconfirmed events not listed above. Interested in running an event? Contact us!
University of Califonia at Davis
May 10th, 2014Pictures Blog post
May 3rd, 2014Pictures Blog post coming soon!
Northeastern Illinois University
April 26th, 2014
Hosted by Rachel Adler, Francisco Iacobelli, and the NEIU Computer Science Club.Pictures
City College of San Francisco
March 22nd, 2014Pictures
October 22nd, 2013
Hosted by Rutgers Women in Computer Science.Pictures Blog post
University of Minnesota at Morris
September 28th, 2013
Hosted by the Computer Science Discipline at Morris.Pictures Blog post
University of Illinois Chicago
September 24th and 25th, 2013Pictures Blog post
Indiana University Bloomington
September 21st, 2013
Hosted by the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and the Indiana University CS Club.Pictures Blog post
City College of San Francisco
June 29th, 2013Pictures
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
April 14th, 2013Pictures Blog post
April 6th, 2013
Hosted by the Wellesley Department of Computer Science.Pictures Blog post
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
October 6th and 7th, 2012
Hosted by the UIUC ACM.Pictures Blog post
University of Maryland College Park
February 25th and 26th, 2012
Hosted by the Association of Women in Computing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
September 20th, 2011
Hosted by the MIT Student Information Processing Board.