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Lessons from Girl Develop It: Getting More Women Involved in Open Source

Catherine Farman (Happy Cog), Corinne Warnshuis (Girl Develop It)
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Women make up only 11% of open source developers. Groups like Girl Develop It, the Ada Initiative, and the GNOME Outreach Program for Women are all working to improve this, and tech giants from Google to O’Reilly are sponsoring these efforts. As Girl Develop It leaders in Philadelphia with 10% of our chapter members contributing to open source software, we’ve learned about what works to get women involved in open source projects at the grassroots level- and what doesn’t. We’ll share our experience encouraging women to make open source contributions and to become more involved in the open source community, using concrete methods that can be replicated in your own communities.

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Catherine Farman

Happy Cog

Catherine Farman is a Developer at Happy Cog, where she builds standards-based websites using HTML, CSS and Javascript. Catherine has taught responsive web design, Javascript, and Sass courses for Girl Develop It. She’s also helped develop new courses and has written open source curricula to share with other teachers. When she’s not at a computer she likes to sew and watch soccer.

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Corinne Warnshuis

Girl Develop It

Corinne is the Executive Director of Girl Develop It, a nonprofit with chapters in 36 cities that exists to offer affordable classes for women to learn web and software development. She moved to Philadelphia in 2011 after graduating from University of California, Santa Cruz.