24-26 November 2020
Asia/Kuala_Lumpur timezone

Building a career in open source : Lessons and Learnings

25 Nov 2020, 15:00
Track 2

Track 2

25 minutes presentation


Umang Jain


Through this talk, I will share my journey in building my career in free and open source software communities. I will talk about how to filter various open source domains and selecting the projects that align with one's interest. I will talk about how to leverage community's knowledge/experience and get started with first contributions. I will talk about how to start contributions and work on your visibility in the community. I will then proceed to unveil the strategy of how to take bigger roles in the community and start to develop a full time career in that domain, preferably interacting with folks working with corporate backers those have immense support to the community, which will ensure a sustainable way to keep contributing to the community.

The reason to do this talk, is primarily that, I have seen people struggling to make a full time dedicated career in open source, especially recent graduates out of university. Participartion and growth of open source is organic, which means recent graduates mostly do not have much idea on how to start a career. Hence, I will try to address these problems specifically, associating with my learnings and experience.

Tracks Encourage new contributors
Level of Difficulty Beginner
Author(s) Bio Open source and GNOME Contributor

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