Jul 19 – 24, 2024
America/Denver timezone

Before they can come, you have to build it: Making your project accessible to new contributors

Jul 19, 2024, 2:35 PM
444-LoRaine Good | Track 2

444-LoRaine Good | Track 2

25 Minute Presentation - In Person Community Building and Diversity


Ms Krista Burdine (Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF))


"If you build it, they will come." That's a nice sentiment; sometimes it works. Maybe that's how the charter members of your favorite open source project first came together. But not everybody has a magical sense of how to get involved with your project. And maybe it's time for fresh perspectives. How do you encourage new people to join your project?

Let's focus on one key element of success: accessibility. We will look at why accessibility matters in your open source project, common barriers encountered by users and contributors, and the impact improved accessibility can have on community growth. You will leave with some practical suggestions to improve accessibility in your project.

Author(s) Bio

After more than 15 years as a storyteller, content creator, editor and proofreader, and, more recently, editorial documentarian for Rocky Linux, Krista now serves as lead community architect for the RESF. She loves to talk about the value non-code contributions add to even the most technical open source project, but she also has opinions about electric trucks, black cats, and whether dinosaurs still roam Isla Nublar.

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Ms Krista Burdine (Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF))

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