Participating in open source project contribution
Open source project is the source code project that is publicly available for contribution that anyone can view and modify.
Contribution in open source becomes trending and developers who building software that’s intended for sharing, collaborating, and redistributing can use the trademark if the distribution terms of the software fit within OSI’s definition of open source.
The distribution terms are a set of principles to follow, similar to a code of ethics. Which can found here.
What are the benefits of contributing in open source project ?
First things first. Contributing to open source projects won’t help you earn money except in very few cases, like Google’s Summer of Code program for students. As a student, You wonder then why should he or she really bother spending some time working on an open source project if there’s no monetary benefit? Well there are lot’s of benefits in contributing in an open source project Mostly it helps you grow as a individual like it helps you to to learn new technologies or specialize in a particular technology and also it helps you to build a reputation among other contributors ,Generate the awareness of trending technologies and it helps you to grow yourself . So in here we going talk about the benefits of contribution in open source and here they are as follows:-
- It helps you learn :- You heard this before that there is no learning experience better than working on an actual project yourself. If you are working on an open source project with a thriving community, you’ll get tons of feedback on your work and learn to adapt very quickly, getting better with every contribution.
- Work with great people :- You’ll get a chance to work with some of the most experienced developers, programmers, designers, from around the world while working on open source projects.
- CV Building :- Contributing to open source projects is a great mark to have on your CV. If you are graduating in Computer Science, having a degree just isn’t enough and your experience as a contributor to open source projects can be the one thing that catches an employer’s eye.
Here are some of the paid open source programs held for university students
- Google Summer of Code :- According to google, Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open source organization on a 3 month programming project during their break from collages/universities. Link:- https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com
- Outreachy :- By wikipedia , A Outreachy (previously the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program for Women) is a program that organizes three-month paid internships with free and open-source software projects for people. The goal of Outreachy is to “create a positive feedback loop” that supports more women participating in free and open-source software. Link:- https://www.outreachy.org
- Rails Girls Summer of Code :- Another global fellowship program for women and non-binary coders. Students receive a three-month scholarship to work on existing Open Source projects and expand their skill set. It is a not-for-profit organisation that operates solely on the generous donations of sponsors and individuals from the community. Link:- https://railsgirlssummerofcode.org
- Google Code-In (Pre-University) :- An annual programming competition hosted by Google LLC that allows pre-university students to complete tasks specified by various, partnering open source organizations. Link:- https://codein.withgoogle.com/archive/
There are various other global open source programs are held on annual basis. Such as Summer of Haskell , Mozilla’s Winter of Security , KDE Summer of Code- An alternative to GSOC ,Free Software Foundation and many more.