Category: Community

What is Hacktoberfest and How Can You Participate?

There are 10 days left in October. 10 days to earn a t-shirt in the third annual Hacktoberfest, when DigitalOcean and GitHub offer swag to the masses to encourage contributions in open source software. Last year, DigitalOcean said participation jumped from under 1000 to 5700+ in nearly a hundred countries. I wonder what the results will be this year? And...

Being a Judge for Believe in Ohio 2016

I had the opportunity to judge the Believe in Ohio competition again this year. If you’re unfamiliar with it (it’s only the second year), high school students from around Ohio come up with new ideas revolving around new/existing STEM principles. Believe in Ohio (BiO) is a free program from The Ohio Academy of Science that helps students prepare for the future. High school students can...

HacktoberFest, and Making My First OSS Contributions

All last month, DigitalOcean carried out an event called HacktoberFest. In their own words… HacktoberFest is a month-long event encouraging people to contribute to GitHub-hosted open source projects, whether by fixing bugs, creating new features, or updating and writing documentation. More significantly, t-shirts were involved. And stickers. Developers love them some swag. And we’re pretty much suckers for any kind of prize if...

The Akron Code Club, Meeting New People, and the Unsplice Kata

The Akron Code Club had an amazing turnout Monday night. Roughly 30 people. I got to talk to Vince, who is just recently getting into C# and came out for his second time, Tasha who heads up the UX Akron user group, Stephanie who lives out of state and is currently attending the Software Craftsmanship Guild bootcamp in Akron… I always feel energized afterwards,...

Being a judge for the first “Believe in Ohio” competition

I recently participated as a judge in the first Believe in Ohio regional competition, where students present plans for new products and technology, in the hopes of taking home some of the nearly $2 million available in cash awards and college scholarships. Believe in Ohio is a free new program from the Ohio Academy of Science that helps high school students prepare for the future.  The program...

Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery, on Engaging with the Tech Community

Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery, on Engaging with the Tech Community

When I started programming, I had no clue about the wider technical community. It was several years before I went to my first user group. Since then, I’ve found others (thank you Meetup). The format of each is a bit different, but I enjoy them all. But sometimes it’s hard to get away for an evening. We’ve all got busy...