Open Source Day 2015
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Open Source Day 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 | 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.


With the widespread adoption of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the commercial and nonprofit worlds, an increasing number of employment opportunities require an understanding of and ability to contribute to this kind of software. One of the biggest hurdles to contributing to FOSS is lack of experience or opportunities to try it. Our Open Source Day (OSD) gives women from around the world the chance to learn how to contribute to the open source community, regardless of their skill or experience level.

We invite you to come spend the day coding for humanitarian causes in a dynamic, collaborative environment.

More than two hundred women of varied skills and experience levels will work together to develop projects during the Code-A-Thon. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network and work with mentors from a variety of commercial and nonprofit organizations. Lunch and OSD swag will be provided for all participants.

At the end of the day, each project will have the opportunity to present their work to the other participants. Attendees will take home tangible proof of their contributions and the confidence to begin their own community-developed software projects.


Code-A-Thon projects are sponsored by a variety of humanitarian aid organizations. To ensure that all organizations have equal representation, participants must RSVP in advance for the project to which they wish to contribute. We ask that attendees interested in OSD only sign up if they plan to attend the Code-a-Thon for the entire duration. Participation is limited to the first 229 applicants.

Because of limited participation slots, you may only RSVP to work with a single organization. You must already be registered for GHC to RSVP for the Code-A-Thon. Project descriptions and skill requirements are described on the OSD registration page. If you have additional questions or problems with registration, please contact the OSD Planning Committee at 2015-ghc-osd-committee@googlegroups.com.


Participating Organizations

Humanitarian Toolbox/Microsoft Disaster Response
Humanitarian Toolbox’s mission is to create opportunities for volunteers of all skill levels and abilities to engage in open source. Volunteers will build their skills and online portfolio while creating highly valued and impactful technology solutions for organizations supporting communities impacted by disasters. These common solutions, built and maintained as ready to be deployed, always-on, open source projects, support ongoing nonprofit community work, resiliency preparation, and disaster response and relief efforts.

Systers, founded in 1987, is at the heart of AnitaB.org family. Anita Borg’s vision in creating Systers was to “increase the number of women in computer science and make the environments in which women work more conducive to their continued participation in the field.” The community provides women a private space to seek advice from their peers and discuss the challenges they share as women technologists. Many Systers members credit the list for helping them make good career decisions, and steering them through difficult professional situations.

uProxy (facilitated by University of Washington and Google Ideas)
uProxy is an ongoing Privacy and Censorship project  which is part of the UW Networking Lab. uProxy is seeded by Google Ideas, a think tank at Google. Google Ideas explores how technology can enable people to confront threats in the face of conflict, instability and repression.

OpenHatch is a nonprofit that seeks to make free, open source software communities more vibrant, friendly and diverse. OpenHatch runs education events and maintains free, Web-based learning tools to help people get involved in collaborative software development. We also work with computer programming meetup groups to help them run more newcomer-friendly and gender-diverse events. These meetups are educational and free of cost to educate the public on computer software programming topics.

OpenStack is open source software for creating private and public clouds. OpenStack software controls large pools of compute, storage and networking resources throughout a data center, managed through a dashboard or via the OpenStack API. OpenStack works with popular enterprise and open source technologies, making it ideal for heterogeneous infrastructure.

Mozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web. They are a global community of technologists, thinkers and builders working together to keep the Internet alive and accessible, so people worldwide can be informed contributors and creators of the Web. Read the Mozilla Manifesto to learn even more about the values and principles that guide the pursuit of our mission.

Cloudera is revolutionizing enterprise data management by offering the first unified platform for big data, an enterprise data hub built on Apache Hadoop. Cloudera offers enterprises one place to store, access, process, secure and analyze all their data, empowering them to derive new value from their data. Cloudera’s open-source platform is the most widely adopted in the world, and Cloudera is the most prolific contributor to the Hadoop ecosystem.

Women’s Peer-to-Peer Network
Women’s Peer-to-Peer Network is a diverse, global community creating by-women, for-women communication tools that support women in developing countries around key issues like ending violence against women and supporting women running for public office. By building on tools women already, this platform tries to bridge the technology gender gap created by illiteracy, access and privacy concerns. To learn more, watch our TED Talk about our Market women Initiative in Haiti, which was part of last year’s GHC Open Source Day.

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