As it happens, I don’t. I’m a bit terrified by it.
But many people relish the opportunity to help someone solve a problem they didn’t even know they had, or did know but didn’t know who to turn to. Or they have it solved, but in an unsatisfactory way. That’s where the people who will knock on doors and explain things come in very handy.
You get the opportunity to:
- Grow a coalition of organizations interested in the many opportunities a student contribution program brings everyone. (Organizations such as corporations, K20+ schools, private- and public-interest non-profits, small government, etc.)
- Engage in a sales-like role, yet different criteria and stakes.
- Stretch yourself!
- Use skills you have already that aren’t exercised in FOSS projects!
- Take a significant role in growing a proven education program in a major FOSS project.
As existing resources:
- A five-year report that shows the value a student contribution program has had for Fedora, JBoss, and Red Hat.
- A first-run of the Fedora version of this program, with thirteen complete projects (eleven funded by sponsors.) This includes the first student content contribution, the Fedora Musicians Guide.
- A generic presentation to quickly customize and use. (Full notes available but incomplete, I’m in progress of finishing. Will update this parenthetical aside when the notes are fully written in.)