29 Aug '16, 12am

Running first-time contributor workshops

At thoughtbot NYC we’ve been helping run first-time open source contributor workshops, Ruby-focused. Each time we ran it, we improved it a little bit. This is what we have learned. Before the event Before the day of the event, we make sure we: Announce the event a month in advance. In our case, we do it through the HackerHours meetup group , a four-thousand-people community of people who “come with their laptops, sit and hang out and code, and flag down one of the organizers if they have a question” Have the office space available with enough hot and cold beverages, fruit, snacks, power outlets, internet, enough chairs, six tables for groups of five, name tags and sharpies Have mentors and people willing to help (I try to hit around 40 attendees and five mentors, which I think works best for the space) Announce guidelines before the event: ask people to set up their develo...

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