Wojciech Koszek is an engineer with a passion for building usable products. He is a software engineer at Twin Prime, where he's responsible for creating an infrastructure for mobile data transfer acceleration for iOS/Android. Previously at Xilinx he worked on an OS for stressing prototypes of ARM/ARM64 chips.Before that he interned at Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, UK, Ericsson, HIIT, CCT@LSU and Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center. He graduated with an MSc in Computer Science and Engineering from Technical University of Czestochowa, Poland. Long-time Open Source contributor, with The FreeBSD project being his alma mater, he publishes most of his software on GitHub.
I am often asked how to contribute to Open Source. We all use it, benefit from it and we the value added, and at some point we start to feel bad of being just consumers. "Maybe I should help out? What if I fixed these 2 bugs I hit everyday?", some of us think. In this talk I'm going to talk about what I learned about dynamics of open source projects and how you can make contributing back to them your daily habit. Open source often has high quality bar and some of us are hesitant to publicly making mistakes during learning curve, but I found that it's the best way to learn as an engineer. After this talk I hope you'll see how leaving your mark in your favorite tools can be useful and fulfilling.