Presented by:


Ed Cable

from Mifos

Ed Cable is the president and CEO of the Mifos Initiative, a nonprofit initiative and global open source community building fintech solutions for the unbanked. A passionate change maker helping fuel poverty alleviation through financial inclusion, open source technology, and the power of community, Ed is a pioneer in catalyzing community growth and financial inclusion innovation.

For open source projects, mature and young, we'll present how before, during and after internship programs like Google Summer of Code, you can attract, identify, retain, and transform interns into long-term contributors to your project. We’ll examine the culture, commitment, and processes you need to unlock endless impact and enable a virtuous cycle that continually renews your community.

Participation in internship programs like Google Summer of Code or Outreachy are vital to the health of any open source project whether it's large and mature or small and nascent. It presents an opportunity to inject fresh blood and new energy into the community while empowering senior members to give back and share their knowledge and wisdom.

While the contributions during the summer itself are numerous and impactful, the greatest impact is the virtuous cycle that is unlocked and the process of renewal and organic growth enabled by turning interns into long-term contributors. You can truly build a foundation for your community in which you have a perpetual flow of dedicated community members that are ready to pass the torch on to the next generation.

We’ll examine the organizational culture, community commitment, and processes you need to have in place to achieve this.

As a veteran organization that's participated in Google Summer of Code for six years now, we've been able to get impactful results from this program far beyond just the summer by transforming our summer interns into long-term contributors and maintainers of our core software.

We've grown from two interns our first year to twelve this past year but most importantly have been able to retain more than 2/3 of our interns as contributors to the community a year after their internship has concluded. Not only are they mere contributors, they've gone on to become the most passionate evangelists of our project, future mentors for other interns, and core maintainers and committers of our codebases.

Over the years, we've refined our processes before, during, and after GSOC to enable this:

  • Identify & Attract - while selecting your interns, look for the students with the most passion and potential - sometimes the most loyal and committed contributors might not be the most skilled and experienced at the onset.

  • Empower & Encourage - during the internship, make the student feel like they belong by immersing them, showing how they fit into the big picture, and giving them ownership and autonomy within the project.

  • Recognize & Reward - after their internship, always stay in touch and show a true interest in their personal and professional growth and directly invite them with a specific role to stay involved. Publicly recognize their efforts and give professional incentives like recommendations and job referrals within the community.

We'll also explore the dynamics of a culture and camaraderie that is so incredibly strong amongst our GSOC students that they're eager to help each other during the program and excited to welcome in new contributors after it.

2018 April 29 - 06:45
45 min
LinuxFest Northwest 2018

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