Why Should Students Attend Open Source 101? Skills, Knowledge, Jobs

Open Source is more popular today than ever before and is now nearly ubiquitous within enterprise and small-mid size company settings. As a result, having a basic understanding of open source technologies and processes is an absolute must for students to be competitive and maximize impact.

However, we have noticed that in many colleges and universities, the tools and processes required to effectively contribute and consume are being taught only on a limited basis, or in some cases not at all.

Why this is happening (or not happening) is a topic of discussion for another day. But what is relevant to us is that many of these technologies and processes are being covered at Open Source 101.

So why should a student attend the conference on Tuesday, April 17 in downtown Columbia?

  • Open Source skills and knowledge can get you a job and make you more money, as confirmed in this Linux Foundation/Dice Annual Jobs Report. Multiple sessions will take place focusing on these skills and knowledge areas.
  • Knowing how to find and contribute to open source projects is vitally important, resulting in work you can show to potential employers and relationships that can help you progress in your career. How to find projects and how to contribute are topics that will be covered.
  • Knowing how to consume and use available open source (For example: an understanding of open source licensing and/or taking code to integrate it into an existing infrastructure or application) is invaluable knowledge that is highly sought after by employers.
  • Knowing how to open source something is also invaluable knowledge in high demand. Best practices will be covered by the team at The Linux Foundation.
  • Many of the top companies in open source and technology in general will attend and participate, including Red Hat, GitHub, Microsoft, Paypal, IBM, Walt Disney Company, VMWare, Redis Labs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, DataDog, and many more. The networking opportunity is tremendous.

Student Scholarships to the conference are currently available, thanks to The McNair Centers for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise. When registering, simply enter the applicable Promotional Code. If you do not see your school listed, contact us directly at info@allthingsopen.org.