An anonymous reader quotes VentureBeat:
GitHub wants to help more people become open source contributors with a new initiative called Open Source Friday. As the name implies, the program encourages companies to set aside time at the end of the week for their employees to work on open source projects. It’s designed to bolster the ranks of open source contributors at a time when many businesses rely on freely available projects for mission-critical applications. Open Source Friday isn’t just about getting businesses to offer their employees’ time as a form of charity, it’s also a way to improve key business infrastructure, according to Mike McQuaid, a senior software engineer at GitHub… McQuaid hopes that carving out employees’ time on Fridays could help provide additional structure and incentive to participate in the ecosystem… Users don’t need to be engineers in order to take part, either. While code contribution is important to the success of a project, creating and maintaining documentation is also key.
OpenSourceFriday.com includes tips for interested contributors, as well as a page suggesting to employers that they could see benefits like developers learning to code faster, better, and more transparently.
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