Presented by

  • Sage Sharp

    Sage Sharp

    Sage Sharp is the Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Software Freedom Conservancy. Sage runs Conservancy's diversity initiative, Outreachy. Outreachy provides internships in open source and open science. Outreachy provides internships to people subject to systemic bias and impacted by underrepresentation in the technical industry where they are living. Sage has been a free software contributor since 2007. Sage is known for their past work as the author and maintainer of the Linux kernel USB 3.0 driver. Today, Sage is involved in the Python community, and works as a Django web developer for the Outreachy website. Sage founded their own company, Otter Tech, to provide Code of Conduct enforcement workshops. Sage has trained Code of Conduct teams for open source communities like Kubernetes, GNOME, Python, Drupal, WordPress, OpenStreetMap, Elastic, and Symfony.


Come discuss your challenges and victories in mentoring new open source contributors! Mentoring and internship programs are now common in open source. From Google Summer of Code and Outreachy, to programs run by individual open source communities, internships are every where. Yet these internship and mentoring programs are often run in silos, with little knowledge sharing across open source communities. This group discussion session aims to break down silos between different mentoring and internship programs. Attendees are invited to bring their triumphs and challenges to discuss with others. Topics of discussion may include: - successfully advertising internship programs - challenges in finding mentors - how to craft meaningful internship projects - issues with paying interns around the world - dealing with community backlash to diversity internships - the rise of ChatGPT use among internship applicants - when trolls apply for your internship program - avoiding mentor burn-out - creating a path for interns to become community leaders This discussion will be tailored to the attendees who come to this talk. Bring your challenges and victories to share!