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Contributing to Contributors: Breaking Down the Barriers to First-commit

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Portland Ballroom
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Every open source project is a unique snowflake of technology choices, coding style, and communication channels. Learning not only how, but the “correct” way to contribute to each new project can be a blocker for would-be contributors. This talk will give practical examples of how you can reduce the learning curve for new contributors and improve the quality of first-commits, including:

- A review of existing tools (automated testing hooks, issue labeling tricks, code reformatting)
- Experimental strategies including “test-only” development and “everyone forks”
- New software for standardizing the contributing process between projects

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Steve Heffernan


Steve Heffernan is the creator of Video.js, an open source web video player in use on over 100,000 websites and with over 1 billion views per month. Steve was previously co-founder of Zencoder, a cloud video encoding service that was acquired by Brightcove. As part of Brightcove, Steve now works full-time managing the Video.js project and community.