Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


Tearing down Barriers for Contributions by Non-coders and Newcomers

Contributions to Open Source Projects are always encouraged, especially from Newcomers and Non-coders. However, actually contributing as someone not familiar with the project, its workflows and its tools is usually everything but simple and requires a substantial time investment. This is especially the case if you are not a programmer or not as experienced with the technology in use, which can ultimately discourage otherwise potential willing contributors.

This talk will illustrate concrete steps that you, the maintainers of Open Source Projects, can undertake to simplify the hoops one has to jump through for their first contribution. We will cover various tools that you can use for this, be it for communication, localization, editing or publishing, how to provide good introductory material and how to build a welcoming atmosphere.


Dan Čermák