O BSDCanada!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

BSDCan 2009, an annual BSD conference at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada will be held this year on May 8th and 9th, 2009. The Open Source Team's Leslie Hawthorn and Cat Allman will be there to mingle with the Open Source community and present a talk on Getting Started in Free and Open Source on May 8th at 11 AM local time. This talk is a fantastic introduction to the Open Source community for those who are new and want to get involved. In addition, Open Source veterans will discover insights into the concerns of newbies and learn ways to improve retention and make their projects more welcoming. By running projects such as Google Summer of Code™ and the Google Highly Open Participation™ Contest, Leslie and Cat have gathered a huge amount of experience working with Open Source newcomers, and they are excited to share their knowledge with the rest of the community.

This will mark Google's third year at BSDCan, with Brian 'Fitz' Fitzpatrick and Ben Collins-Sussman speaking there in 2007 and Leslie presenting in 2008. If you are in the area, make sure to attend this year's talk, and feel free to say hello or introduce yourself afterward!