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Thursday, June 24 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Open Source is for Everyone, Anyone, Everywhere! - Morgan Carroll, Brittany Barnes & Dixsie Wolmers, IBM

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We are three IT professionals in the early stages of our careers working in diverse areas. Marketing, front end user experience design, and cognitive software. We were all intrigued by open source and joined a jump start program as mentees to learn more. This is our journey from knowing nothing at all about open source, to choosing open source projects that we felt we could learn from and bring value to, to how we are all now three successful open source committers. This led us wanting to share our stories, the good bits as well as the bad bits, the mistakes we made and the things we wish we could tell ourselves before we had started. Whether you're an experienced project lead wanting to attract more newbies like us, whether you're not sure how far out of your comfort zone to go dipping your toes into open source projects, come and hear our thoughts, feedback and ideas.

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Brittany Barnes

Cloud and Cognitive Software Engineer, IBM
Software developer at IBM Security with a background in computer science and discrete mathematics. I enjoy travel, concerts, gardening, and video games My day job doesn't involve open source, but I became interested in open source from hearing about it and joined a jump start program... Read More →
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Dixsie Wolmers

Front End Developer, IBM
Dixsie is a front-end developer based out of Austin, TX. She is formerly a US Navy radar systems engineer turned middle school science teacher turned front-end developer who is passionate about technology, teaching, and learning. When not working on open source, you can usually find... Read More →
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Morgan Carroll

Senior Cloud Engineer, IBM
Morgan is a Senior Cloud Engineer who has been with IBM for 4 years. She is a former NASA balloon program intern who enjoys gaming, 3-d printing, and anything outdoors in Austin. She is the proud dog mom of two short-legged rescues: Apollo and Mr. Hubble.

Thursday June 24, 2021 10:45am - 11:25am EDT