Most open source projects do a poor job of onboarding new contributors. Proper onboarding enables a new contributor to make bigger contributions, more quickly, and increases how long they will stay involved. This process is especially challenging in open source and worldwide communities where different cultures collide. In this talk you will learn about the Outreachy program in OpenStack and how having a good mentor can help newcomers in overcoming the obstacles smoothly.
This talk is intended for people willing to start contributing or mentoring and for those willing to become a better community member.
In this presentation we will share the experience from one of the coordinators, one of the mentors and one on the interns of the last Outreachy round, hoping to clear doubts on how this kind of internships work, what is the added value to the community, what is expected from mentors and what is expected from mentees.
Attendees will learn how to collaborate in the community, why mentorship is important, what are the available mentoring programs, how Outreachy program works, good and bad practices for both mentors and mentees, tips for aspiring applicants, potential issues and how to overcome them.