Date: Nov 05th, 2021, 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (MDT)

Presented by: Dr. Ann Barcomb, Assistant Professor, The Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Abstract: Increasingly, people want to contribute to open source software projects casually (episodically). A number of factors have driven this change, such as distributed revision control, social coding platforms, and the general trend towards “new volunteerism.” To take advantage of these contributions, communities need to adapt to the needs and expectations of episodic contributors. Yet at the same time, no community wants to invest more effort in inviting episodic contributions than it receives in return. This talk will cover research on the factors influencing retention of episodic participants, and best practices for engaging them.

Sponsored by the IEEE Southern Alberta Section (SAS), Affinity Group (AF), Women in Engineering (WIE).