Talk given (pretty spontaneously) at Barcamp Salzburg (The Next Web) on April 9th, 2016.
With its source code made freely available, Open Source Software allows its users to become co-developers and have a say in the decision-making process. But what happens when those opinionated users are less diverse than we would like them to be? The tech industry has a diversity problem, and so does the Open Source community, with women making up a mere 11% of FLOSS contributors.
This is why the Open Source community needs you: In my talk I will explain what contributing to Open Source means, show examples of different contributions (social as well as technical) and introduce ways to get started. Hopefully by the end, I will have inspired you to go out there and find a project you’re passionate about — enough to want to improve it, and the Open Source community, one small contribution at a time.