A little less than a year ago, I was asked to direct OpenHatch's Open Source Comes to Campus event series. This event is a workshop designed to introduce college students to open source, to teach them how to use tools like version control and issue trackers, and to guide them through making their... Read more
Experiential learning using open source is fraught with opportunities for disaster.
Read part 1 of this story about launching a weekend course to teach college students how to get involved in open source projects. After Saturday's classroom-style work, we used Sunday for an open projects day, where students could drop in and get help contributing to a project. Perhaps because we... Read more
From Blake Ross to Linus Torvalds, students are credited with major achievements in the open source community. But that's not the picture Yuvi Masory painted as he sat across the table from me at an OpenHatch meetup in Philadelphia.
In 2007, Sean O'Sullivan, one of the founders of MapInfo, graciously made a donation to his alma mater, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with the specific goal of creating a center for the promotion of open source among undergraduates:
In early 2009, as the stories of many websites begin, a few college friends were considering what kind of project they might start together. In this particular case, the result was OpenHatch. OpenHatch is a place for developers who want to be involved in open source but don't know where to start.... Read more