September 19-21, 2023
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Thursday, September 21 • 11:55 - 12:35
Building On-Ramps for Non-Code Contributors in Open Source - Natali Vlatko, Independent & Celeste Horgan, Aiven

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“Contributions welcome!” We’ve seen this standard disclosure across open source projects, whether they’re actively looking for contributors or not. We build working groups, backlogs, and enhancement proposal processes designed to bring in developers to help us work on our project, and with any luck it succeeds. But supporting open source means supporting the entire project: documentation, community meetings, events, and infrastructure. One of the most common questions smaller projects have is how to attract these non-code contributors, but there aren’t any easy answers out there. In this talk, experienced non-technical contributors in the Kubernetes/cloud native ecosystems go through some of the ways Kubernetes has built contributor on-ramps for non-code contributions, and how you can adapt them to your projects. The talk features practical examples of what to do to support the non-code aspects of your open source project and how to attract – and retain – contributors. Open source software is so much more than code – documentation, community, and infrastructure need maintaining. How do you attract and keep non-code contributors? Let two experienced practitioners show you the way!

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Natali Vlatko

Open Source Architect, Cisco
Natali Vlatko (she/her) is an Open Source Technical Leader at Cisco, specializing in open software, policy, compliance, and governance, and is a SIG Docs Co-Chair for Kubernetes. She plays on the fun computer in her spare time. Her academic background is in Egyptology and Archaeology... Read More →

Celeste Horgan

Developer Educator, Aiven
Celeste Horgan (she/her) is a writer, speaker and leader. She solves documentation problems at scale, and advocates for inclusivity across the industry. She co-founded the Inclusive Naming Initiative and currently works as a Developer Educator for Aiven, producing high quality technical... Read More →

Thursday September 21, 2023 11:55 - 12:35 CEST
Room 3F (3JAUREGIA - Floor 3)