17–19 October 2016: Conference & Tutorials
19–20 October 2016: Training
London, UK

Building healthy open source communities. . .in space

Paul Fenwick (Perl Training Australia)
16:05–16:45 Tuesday, 18/10/2016
Collaboration and community
Location: Buckingham Room Level: Non-technical
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Prerequisite knowledge

  • Experience (or at least interest in) participating in an open source project

What you'll learn

  • Explore how the many parts of a community, including diversity and encouragement of experimentation, need to be baked into a community from the beginning
  • Understand why welcoming contributors makes them love your project


The Comprehensive Kerbal Archive Network (CKAN), a free and open source, cross-platform mod manager for Kerbal Space Program, has hundreds of contributors, tens of thousands of users, and success metrics measured in decades of human joy delivered; but it wasn’t just chance success. Paul Fenwick uses the example of CKAN to examine how to help maximize your open source project’s chance of success from the beginning, with a focus on community building and contributor growth.

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Paul Fenwick

Perl Training Australia

Paul Fenwick is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, developer, and science educator. He is well known for presenting on a diverse range of topics including privacy, neuroscience, and neuroethics, Klingon programming, open source, depression and mental health, advancements in science, diversity, autonomous agents, and minesweeper automation. His dynamic presentation style and quirky humor has delighted audiences worldwide. Paul was awarded the 2013 O’Reilly Open Source award and the 2010 White Camel award, both for outstanding contributions to the open source community. As a freedom-loving scientist, Paul’s goal is to learn everything he can, do amazing things with that knowledge, and give them away for free. (Photograph by Joshua Button)