Benefits of Participating in Open Source Projects


Here is some of my coverage of the 2012 Silicon Valley Code Camp at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I was reporting for Dice and Dice News.

Silicon Valley Code Camp is a weekend long event of 200+ sessions on anything that would be of interest to a developer. It’s also purely a volunteer event, and Ixchel Ruiz, an engineer with Griffon, loves coming to these events and participating.

Back in her homeland of Switzerland, she participates in Hacker Garden, a space where coders and developers work on open source projects and contribute back to the community.

I asked Ruiz why she likes working on open source and she said it all comes out of frustration. You work on some project and you begin complaining that it’s not working the way you expect it. Instead of complaining, Ruiz just connects with people who are having the same problem. It’s often an issue that she has to deal with every single day, so she quickly becomes very passionate about it.

For Ruiz, she sees three benefits of working on open source projects:

  1. You solve a problem.
  2. You get your name out in a very open and public place.
  3. You give something back. The next person won’t have the same awful experience you had.

Why do you participate in open source projects?

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