Three Best Features of Open Source Events

Hackathon As part of Stormy’s ongoing blog challenge, here’s my take on "Three best features of open source events."

1. The Hackathon

While there is considerable evidence that the term “hackathon” should be avoided (No, I can’t find the article right now. I’ll keep looking), the collaborative space at an event is, in my opinion, the most important part of an open source event.

Open source events are educational, of course. You can attend a talk and learn things. But most of the information that you need to learn is available, free, online. So to me the most important part of an event is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with the other people on the project.

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About Rich Bowen

Rich Bowen has been doing open source for more than 20 years. Rich is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he is involved in the Apache Web Server project, the Kibble project, the Community Development project, and serves on the board of directors. He is an avid biker, geocacher, and writer. By day, he is a community manager at Red Hat, where he works with the CentOS community. Find him on Twitter @rbowen