BOF on using Open Source for Diversity and Inclusion at Tapia

Chris Murphy, Nanette Veilleux and Jan Pearce and Judy Weng (a graduate student at UPenn) will be leading a Birds of a Feather on “Addressing Diversity & Inclusion Issues in Computer Science through Contributions to Free and Open Source Software”  at this week’s Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.  The BOF is Thursday (Sept 21) at 4pm in room Hanover F (more info)

Apply for POSSE (Raleigh, NC, Nov 16-18, 2017)

Where: Red Hat offices, Raleigh, NC

Would you like to support student involvement in humanitarian free and open source software (HFOSS)? Full-time faculty at U.S. institutions are invited to join us at the Professors’ Open Source Software Experience (POSSE) workshop. Over 100 faculty members have attended the workshop and we have a growing community of faculty members who are helping students learn within HFOSS projects.  To learn more and apply


Wrap-up of POSSE in Italy from Google

Google showcased their involvement with POSSE in a recent post on the blog: 

This year Google was proud to not only host a workshop at our San Francisco office in April, but also to collaborate with the organizers to bring a POSSE workshop to Europe for the first time.

Find out more about POSSE and apply to join the next workshop (in Raleigh, NC Nov. 16-18): 

TeachingOpenSource joins the Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is proud to announce that TeachingOpenSource has joined Conservancy as a member project. TeachingOpenSource (TOS) is a community of educators, developers, and organizations who create resources and document best practices for teaching free and open source software development, principles, and methods in the classroom. Read more on

Hunter College Students Learning About Open Source

In the fall 2016 semester, in the Computer Science Department at Hunter College, computer science majors and a few non-majors were exposed to the concept of open source software, open data, and HFOSS. To the best of my knowledge (and I have been teaching there since 1986)  this has not been done before. My “CS3” class this semester is programming using open data from the NYC Trees Census of 2015, and soon they will get an assignment sending them to look at an HFOSS project.  I hope that some of them are as excited about exploring this new approach to their education as I am.