Free Software Comes To Campus

Take your first step towards joining the Free Software Community!

April 19, 2014 • George Mason University, SUB II 3-4-5

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OpenHatch is coming to Mason!

OpenHatch is working with MasonLUG and SRCT to bring Free and Open Source software to campus to make contributors out of the students here. Join a growing community of developers, artists, testers, designers, and more!

You do not need to know how to code to contribute to free software. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. Don't forget to bring your laptop, though!

Directions to Campus

This event will be taking place on the George Mason University Fairfax campus, in Student Union Building II (also called the HUB) room 3-4-5. Once you enter the building, turn left down the hallway to find the meeting location.


GMU Fairfax campus visitor resources

The HUB (map)

Shenandoah Parking Deck (Paid parking)


9 am to 10 am / Set Up

Event setup and preparation; breakfast will be served.

10 am to 10:45 am / Introduction to Free Software Tools

Aims to answer the question “What is Open Source?” Aims to familiarize students with tools like IRC, issue trackers, mailing lists, and version control through several activities.

10:45 am to 11 am / Break

Snacks will be available.

11 am to noon / Hands On Git

Git is a powerful version control language that allows distributed teams of developers to collaborate on large software projects. A brief workshop will introduce students to the use of this tool.

noon to 1 pm / Lunch

Food will be catered by Sodexo. Vegetarian, vegan, and other dietary options will be provided. Please contact us if you have any specific needs.

1 pm to 1:45 pm / Career Panel with Professor Dobolyi

Professor Kinga Dobolyi will moderate a discussion panel between members of local industry and other individuals involved in the Open Source movement. Details to follow.

1:45 pm to 2pm / Break

Snacks will be available.

2 pm to 3 pm / Free Software Philosophy with Professor Luke

Professor Sean Luke will talk about his own experiences as an Open Source proponent and developer, both as a student and as a professor, and will discuss various philosophical and legal issues in licensing, development of large systems, open source in academic study and at research and, given time, GMU policy.

3 pm to 5 pm / Contribution Workshop

Students will be looking through existing projects, working on issues and contributing solutions. Project leads and mentors will be available to provide assistance throughout the workshop.

Reserve your seat today!

There are limited spaces, so sign up early!

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OpenHatch is a non-profit dedicated to matching prospective free software contributors with communities, tools, and education.


Student-Run Computing and Technology is a student organization which enhances student computing at Mason by developing and maintaining systems which provide specific services for Mason's community


The Mason GNU/Linux User Group is a vehicle to learn about Linux and free software in a social setting, create and contribute to free software, and advocate for the use of Linux and free software on campus.