Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX
Rupa Dachere

Rupa Dachere
Founder, CodeChix

Website | @codechix

Rupa Dachere is the founder and executive director of CodeChix, a 501( c )3 charitable nonprofit dedicated to the education, advocacy, and mentorship of women engineers in industry, as well as a senior member of the technical staff at VMware. Rupa has been a software engineer and tinkerer for decades and loves to learn new technologies and skills and share her knowledge with others. A recognized speaker and panelist at PyCon, OSCON, the Grace Hopper conference, and several international conferences, Rupa is known for her straight talk about the challenges that women face in the tech industry and her dedication to addressing the retention issue through her unique annual technical conference, DevPulseCon which focuses on open source. Rupa holds a degree in computer science the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the recipient of awards from the IEEE and ABI. You can learn more about her at


11:00am11:40am Thursday, May 11, 2017
Location: Meeting Room 10 A/B
Level: Intermediate
Nithya Ruff (Comcast), Rupa Dachere (CodeChix)
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A vibrant project attracts, grows, and values all contributions, and this is especially important for welcoming first-timers like women and members of other underrepresented groups to FOSS. Nithya Ruff and Rupa Dachere explain how to create on-ramps for first-time contributors, how to retain the contributors you have, and how to develop contributors for the future. Read more.