The Open Source NYC meetup group hosted their February meeting at the Boyle Software Chelsea office last night.
Despite the snow there was a decent turnout to kick off a new open source initiative.
This group is working with local computer science students to teach them the how to’s of contributing to the open source community. The night started off with a presentation on the pro’s and con’s when contributing to projects, as well as best practices.
Next, it was onto a discussion of their new project. The students will be tasked with building a tool that will track open source contributions. Eventually this tool will be used to facilitate a challenge where prizes will be awarded for participation.
Many of these students have never worked on an open source project, so this will be an enormous undertaking. Luckily, they are provided with mentors who will work with them for a couple hours a week to keep the project on task. If you are interested in an opportunity to mentor they are still looking for volunteers.
Check out the Open Source NYC meetup page to follow along with this project and future meetings!