July 20–24, 2015
Portland, OR

Open source working

Kyle Simpson (Getify)
4:10pm–4:50pm Thursday, 07/23/2015
Craft E145
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Slides:   1-PDF 

Prerequisite Knowledge

A basic, passing familiarity with how GitHub and/or other OSS communities work.


There’s a debate raging right now. On one side: “GitHub is my resume.” On the other side: “That’s unfair to non-OSS folks and even discriminatory to minorities.”

This is a tricky topic. Land mines abound. This discussion will likely step on some toes. But it’s a conversation we need to have, even if we walk away offended.

It goes far beyond whether your resume is a GitHub profile or a Word .doc file. Embracing OSS for employment doesn’t have to be a disproportional popularity contest. We have to dig far deeper than just looking at someone’s code and trying to use that to determine a good fit for hire. The interactions are far more important than the characters.

Let’s explore first how you open-source your candidacy for employment. Then we’ll explore why employment should embrace this and what it means for the future of interviews and hires. Then we’ll cast a vision for how this will rewire the ways companies interact with the OSS community, even long after the offer letter.

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Kyle Simpson


Kyle Simpson is an open web evangelist from Austin, Texas, who’s passionate about all things JavaScript. He’s an author, workshop trainer, tech speaker, and OSS contributor/leader.