One year transitioning into Tech from a Biology career path was quite interesting. More intriguing, a zeal to contribute to open source, three months in with the GNOME project as the first discovery. With a scare to contribute via code due to my experience level, I settled for engaging in the community which brought me into some interesting projects beyond code. Starting my contributions as a beginner in tech was an amazing journey and really something worth sharing because I was able to contribute beyond the code by actively helping out other beginners get involved. It took me from submitting talks about including beginners in OSS, making explanatory blog posts, tweeting about OSS, getting involved in onboarding teams to improve the process, and even having one on one calls to help out others get involved. In this talk, I will be sharing my challenges, strategies, and accomplishments so far.
Ruth Ikegah is a Backend developer, technical writer, and GitHub Star. She is sparked about onboarding beginners into the tech system, especially the open-source space. Asides from being actively involved in tech, She is a social volunteer and a voluntary blood donor.