I gave my “Midburn – creating an open source community” talk in Hacktoberfest 2017 @ Tel Aviv. This is the local version of an initiative by DigitalOcean and GitHub.
I was surprised about the vibe both the location and the organizers gave the event, and the fact they could easily arrange t-shirts, pizzas and beer.
Looking at the github search, it seem the worldwide event brings many new contributions. I think we have something to learn how to do a mass concept like that. Especially when it crosses both project limits and country limits. (e.g. not a local bug squashing party).
Part of services of Kaplan open source consulting is recruiting services to help companies find good open source people. In addition, we also try to help the community to find open source friendly businesses to work at.
Expect the “Usual Suspects” (e.g. RedHat), I encounter job descriptions which convince me these companies know the advantages of using open source projects and hiring open source people.
A few recent examples I found in Israel:
- Advantages: People who like to build stuff (we really like people who maintain/contribute to open source projects) (Wizer Research)
- You will: Incubate and contribute to open source projects (iguazio)
- The X factor – significant contribution to an open-source community (unnamed startup)
- An example open source project our team released is CoreML (Apple)
- Job Responsibilities: Write open-source tools and contribute to open-source projects. (unnamed startup)
- We’d like to talk to people who: Appreciate open-source culture and philosophy. (Seeking Alpha)
From the applicant side, the possibility to know which code base he or she is going to work on could help do a better and more educated choice about the offered position. While from the company side, getting “hard” evidence of what are the applicant capabilities and code looks like instead of just describing them or trying to demonstrate them on short tests. Not to mention the applicant’s ability to work as part of a team or community.
For the Israeli readers, you can see the full list at https://kaplanopensource.co.il/jobs/