Davis Computer Science Club Presents


@ UC Davis

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The Background

Students like you around the world are gaining valuable experience, connections, and skills by coding, testing, and writing for free software projects like Firefox, WordPress, Wikipedia's backendcode, and SAGE.

You do not need to know how to program to contribute to free software. You can contribute code, but also original art, testing, documentation, web design, and much more. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.

The Events

This is a day-long immersion event that will take place on May 10th at UC Davis. The curriculum is designed by OpenHatch, a non-profit dedicated to helping people get involved in open source.

In the morning, we'll teach you about open source licensing, collaboration tools, and how free software projects are organized.

In the afternoon, we'll help you make contributions to open source projects.

And throughout the day staff will feed you, get to know you, and talk with you about opportunities for students in open source.


11:00 am to 11:30 / Laptop Setup and Introductions

Meet your mentors and fellow students and get your laptop ready for the day.

11:30 am to 12:30 / Introduction to Free Software Tools

Aims to answer the question “What is Open Source?” Aims to familiarize students with tools like IRC, issue trackers, mailing lists, and version control through several activities.

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm / Career Panel

Davis CS Club will moderate a discussion panel between members of local industry and other individuals involved in the Open Source movement. Details to follow.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm / Lunch Break

Lunch will be provided. Vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary options will be provided. Please contact us if you have any specific needs.

2:00 pm to 3:00 / Hands On Git

Git is a powerful version control language that allows distributed teams of developers to collaborate on large software projects. A brief workshop will introduce students to the use of this tool.

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm / Contribution Workshop

Students will be looking through existing projects, working on issues and contributing solutions. Project leads and mentors will be available to provide assistance throughout the workshop.

3:30 pm to 4:00 / Break-Network!

Network with your other Openhatch peers, and discuss the day so far. Snacks will be available.

Join Us Here

Kemper Hall Lobby

More About Open Source

Open source software is software that is shared freely and available to build upon. It is a great way to apply your skills to real-world projects and social causes. You can participate by writing or reviewing code, answering users' questions, translating the interface to another language, making video tutorials to help new users, and myriad other ways. Open source software is often produced by lots of people collaborating across time and space, and this event specially welcomes newcomers to that style of development.