From Spectator to Contributor: Making Your Open Source Debut

A. P. Shah Institute of Technology, 12 Ghodbunder Road, Thane, 400615

This event is will take you from being an observer to an active contributor in the open source community. The session covers the fundamentals of open source software, hands-on GitHub training, and real-time coding to contribute to a live project. Whether you're a beginner or have some experience, this workshop will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make your mark in the Open Source

Oct 14, 2023, 4:30 – 6:30 AM



Key Themes

Open Source

About this event

About the Workshop:

This engaging and comprehensive workshop aims to empower participants to transition from mere spectators to active contributors within the open source community. Co-led by Arun Mathai S K, an experienced open source advocate, and Saifuddin Saifee, a GitHub Campus Expert, the session is divided into three critical phases: Understanding Open Source, Hands-On with Git and GitHub, and Live Coding.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is perfect for software developers, students, tech enthusiasts, and organizations interested in leveraging open source software for their projects. No prior experience in open source is required.

Workshop Outline:

Phase 1: Understanding Open Source by Arun Mathai S K

- What is Open Source?

Understand the foundational principles that make software 'open source', including its historical background.

- Open Source Licensing

Dive into the different types of open source licenses and their significance in open source projects.

- Open Source Communities

Learn about the roles and collaborative nature of open source communities, enriched with inspiring stories.

- Getting Involved in Open Source

Receive practical advice on how to find suitable projects and contribute effectively.

Challenges and Myths

Debunk common myths and address challenges like security concerns and licensing conflicts in the open source landscape.

Phase 2: Git and GitHub  by Saifuddin Saifee

Hands-On Demo on GitHub

Guided by Saifuddin Saifee, a GitHub Campus Expert, gain practical experience with GitHub, learning essential features and best practices for contributing to open source projects.

Phase 3: Live Coding: Hands-On Complete Open Source Workflow by Arun Mathai S K

- Project Introduction

Gain an overview of a substantial open source project and understand its significance and community involvement.

- Codebase Exploration

Navigate through the codebase to identify areas for potential contributions.

- Issue Discovery

Walk through the project's issue tracker to select a real issue and understand its associated tasks.

- Writing Code

Get your hands dirty by setting up your development environment, making code changes, and testing your modifications.

- Collaborating and Feedback

Learn how to interact with the community, respond to feedback on your Pull Requests (PR), and refine your contributions collaboratively.

- Merging and Beyond

Complete your contribution journey by understanding the process after your PR gets approved, and how to stay engaged with the community.


By the end of this workshop, you will have a comprehensive understanding of open source development, hands-on experience with GitHub, and practical experience contributing to a live open source project. Take the leap "From Spectator to Contributor" in the ever-expanding world of open source!



Saturday, October 14, 2023
4:30 AM – 6:30 AM UTC


  • Saifuddin Saifee

    GitHub Campus Expert

  • Arun Mathai S K



  • Manas Nanivadekar

    GDSC Lead

  • Arun Mathai Shaju Kollannur

    Open Source and Development Head

  • Jainam Gala

    AI Head

  • Om Bhojane

    A. P. Shah Institute of Technology

    AI Head

  • Mit Jain

    Events Head

  • Akshata Nalavade

    Design Head

  • Anurag Kawade

    Design Head

  • Unnati Pohankar

    Events Head

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