Women in Open Source - Angie Byron - Roland's Notes

Notes from Angie Byron's excellent keynote Women in Open Source (note that this applies to all minorities, not just women!).

  • Men and women see things differently, men don't see discrimination where women do
  • The ridiculously sexist CouchDB p*rn presentation
  • Death threats to Kathy Sierra on Creating Passionate Users
  • Drupalcon Paris sexist silhouette website controversy - attacking people for speaking up is the real problem
  • Solutions
    • Be sensitive to discrimination & take action i.e. point it out
    • As women to participate, i.e. outreach
    • Fight the Einstein participation because everybody to help! - this perception kept Angie out of open source for 10 years until Google Summer of Code:
      • value all contributions not just code
      • create a list of low hanging fruit tasks - i.e. starter "gateway" tasks
      • foster friendly and encouraging environment - i.e. basic respect, take 30 seconds and answer the "dumb" questions
      • make sure "how to contribute" steps are well documented
      • mentorship programs
      • if you are a woman/minority, be out and proud! http://geekspeakr.com/
  • open source is fun!
  • open source is inspiring and educational
  • open source is fundamentally rewarding
  • open source is an excellent career move in these trying economic times
  • how to start?
  • find a project
  • find resources, find out how the particular project community you have chosen gets stuff done
  • don't tolerate BS
  • contribute as early and as often as possible
  • myth busters:
  • what is a contributor? 3 traits, see something they can fix and do something about it
  • what qualifies as contribution? not just code but also event coordination, marketing, documentation, usability, etc
  • how improvements are REALLY made in an open source project - no magic, collaborative process where everybody helps and everybody has something to offer
  • homework, call out a*s hat behaviour, blog about a women has helped you, etc.