Presentation: Managing Values-Driven Open Source Projects

Track: Socially Conscious Software

Location: Seacliff ABC

Duration: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

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Level: Intermediate

Persona: Architect, Developer, General Software, Technical Engineering Manager

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While working full time as a software engineer, I helped start 5 Calls as a small side project to provide an easier way for citizens to contact their representatives in the wake of the 2016 election. Before we knew it, we had people I had never met working on open source projects for three platforms and a formal non-profit to run.


This talk will cover the unusual parts of starting a company with passion instead of money, including:

  • What to do when 100 volunteers show up
  • When to take a stand on your values
  • The boom and bust cycle of non-profits
  • Supporting a non-profit by starting a for-profit

Speaker: Nick O'Neill

Co-Founder @make5calls

College dropout turned generalist software engineer turned political non-profit founder

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