Become a Mentor

Thank you for your interest in applying to be a mentor for OSD 2021! Mentors application is opened!

Open Source Day (OSD) is an opportunity for attendees of all skill levels and backgrounds to learn and experience open source contribution with the support of experienced mentors and the project’s maintainers, providing a fast track to becoming one of the projects contributors, gaining experience and knowledge on open source processes and technologies and adding valuable skills to their resume.

Many OSD attendees will be contributing to open source projects for the first time. To support them and ensure their experience is positive and fun, we are looking for mentors that will walk the attendees through finding a project and an issue, explaining the contribution requirements of the project, working on a solution, and then going through the code review process to close the issue.

OSD vGHC participating projects list can be viewed here.

Application process

OSD mentors are required to have vGHC ticket to join the event. As a result the application process was split to several options:

Option 1: No sweat application

All you have to do in this case is apply and tell us your experience and why you are interested in supporting OSD as a mentor.

Option 2 Other

In these applications, applicants will be required to first become contributors of an OSD featured project by submitting a pull request. Existing contributors are welcomed to enter a link to an old PR, no need to create a new one for the application process.

Projects that are in need of mentors are listed here.

Option 1: No sweat application

You should apply under this category if…

  • You already registered for vGHC and…
  • You are interested in joining OSD as a mentor and…
  • You don’t have a preferred project or the time to become a contributor of an OSD featured project.

Or if…

  • You are not interested in attending vGHC but…
  • You are interested in joining OSD as a mentor and…
  • You don’t have a preferred project or the time to become a contributor of an OSD featured project.

Click here to apply!

Option 2: Other

You should apply under this category if…

  • You already registered for vGHC and…
  • You are interested in joining OSD as a mentor and…
  • You would like to contribute to a specific project.

Or if…

  • You are not interested in attending vGHC but…
  • You are interested in joining OSD as a mentor and…
  • You would like to contribute to a specific project.

Click here to apply!

Frequently asked questions

What skills make a good OSD mentor?

To be successful as an OSD mentor, besides feeling comfortable with a project tech stack, you will need to feel comfortable using git, communicating in code reviews and mentoring others. We also ask that you become a contributor of a project before applying to become its mentor.

Why do I need to become a contributor?

Each Open Source project has different onboarding process for new contributors. OSD participants will need to follow this process for their changes to be submitted and we discovered that knowing this process is important to your success as a mentor.

The mentors application includes links to each project’s contribution guide. Follow this guide to find good first issue, and open a pull request that resolves the issue.

Paste a link to the pull request in your application!

What am I committing to do?

Before OSD:

  • Participate in an online training (~1hr)
  • Review your assigned project’s documentation and setup and propose improvements
  • Get acquainted with the project’s representatives
  • Spread the word regarding OSD 😊
  • Engage with participants in your assigned project OSD slack channel that will be opened 2 weeks before the event
  • Assist participants during our virtual setup party

On the day of OSD:

  • Participate in OSD that will take place on October 1st between 8:00AM to 5:00PM PDT timezone (Pacific Daylight Time)
  • Join your assigned OSD project video conference to engage with participants and help them through the day
  • Answer questions in your assigned project OSD Slack channel
  • Ensure that the Code of Conduct is maintained and the OSD environment is kept safe and fun
  • Engage with participants to help them find an issue to work on, find a solution to their selected issue, and submit a merge request

When will I know if I was accepted?

We will review applications every Monday and Thursday at 5PM PDT.

Status letters will be sent 1-2 days after.