Everything open source
May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

"Fearless" open source contributors

Maria Naggaga (Microsoft )
11:05am–11:45am Wednesday, 05/18/2016
Open Source 101
Location: Ballroom C Level: Non-technical
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have some knowledge of Git and GitHub .


Contributing to an open source project can be one of the most daunting things to do as a developer. Your code is out there, but is it good? Will people like it? Will they accept you? We can get overwhelmed by the fear of being publicly rejected and harassed by the open source community. Maria Naggaga covers the techniques she uses to be a “fearless” active contributor and contributor advocate. Maria documents her journey to becoming an open source contributor, highlights the highs (and lows) of being contributor, and explains how you can get started. You’ll leave with the courage to be a part of an open source community and, especially for active contributors, with an understanding of what we’re doing to create an inclusive environment.

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Maria Naggaga


Maria Naggaga is a technical evangelist with Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft, Maria got her CS degree from Dalhousie university in Canada. Maria’s major interest is finding interesting ways to use software and hardware to change perception, tell stories, and break stereotypes.

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Justin Dorfman
03/24/2016 9:06pm CDT

Really looking forward to this talk.