You Want to Contribute to Open Source, But…Why?

These days it seems everyone in technology is talking about free and open source software. Millions of people are doing more than just talk: they’re contributing, and you want to, too. Before you get started, answer one question:

Why do you want to contribute to open source?

It turns out, most people find it harder to answer this question than they were expecting. That answer, however, is completely vital to their success as they start out on their open source journey.

Contributing to open source projects isn’t a purely altruistic endeavor. Knowing what you want to get out of it before you start can help you make the right decisions as to your first projects, communities, and experiences.

This talk will provide guidance to help the audience members each find their individual and personal answer to this very important question.