Open Source Day GHC15 – the story as it happened

The Open Source Day 2015: 300 participants, 8 organisations, 15 open source humanitarian projects, 4 full hours of coding lead to an amazing open source contribution for humanitarian purposes.

We kicked-off at 10:00, directly after the first keynote of the event. After registration and a short demo everyone was ready to setup their environment and code. Despite the connectivity difficulties at the 12 000 conference all the projects have had amazing contributions.


Microsoft Disaster Response participants coded for helping people all over the world be more resilient and prepared for disasters.

Systers attendees added new features to vital products for their community leaders.

UProxy(facilitated by UW and Google Ideas) coders submitted
solutions to real bugs and added new features to the uProxy app, which is an ongoing Privacy and Censorship project.

OpenHatch participants had the opportunity to explore github and how to use different tools to contribute to open source projects.

Mozilla contributors had the chance to directly contribute to the “Mozilla Learning Networks” project to help more people to see themselves as citizens of the web.

OpenStack participants have experienced working with OpenStack cloud and managed in a very short time to successfully launch applications servers.

Women’s P2P open source day coders have successfully contributed to application supporting women in developing countries to become to have a voice in their communities.

Cloudera participants have had significantly contributed to gain data Insights for the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Raymond Cheng (uProxy) testimony – Our OSD contributors were incredible, most of whom were first-time contributors to open source. They all set up the same development environment that we use. They all chose real bugs from our issue tracker. They all made great progress and many of them have already submitted their code for review. It is amazing how much these talented engineers got done in one day and I am as excited as they are to see their changes in the next version of uProxy.

We are looking forward to the next Open Source Day event next year. Meanwhile you can discover the stories of this years event and find out more about the opportunities to contribute to the open source project from our career fair booth – T20, close to the communities.

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