Welcome!

Rensselaer Center for Open Source

About this presentation

github.com/rcos/intro

Other presentations

rcos.github.com/intro/presentations.html rcos.github.com/intro/smallgroups.html

Faculty Advisors

Goldschmidt
Wes Turner

Fall 2017 Coordinators

Richie
Adrian

Fall 2017 Mentors

  • Aaron Perl
  • Adeet Phanse
  • Adrian Collado
  • Alexander Schwartzberg
  • Andy Wu
  • Ayushi Mishra
  • Benjamin Wolf
  • Beverly Sihsobson
  • Jonathan Caicedo
  • Jonathan Patsenker
  • Kathleen Burkhardt
  • Lucien Christie-Dervaux
  • Matthew Mawby
  • Richi Young
  • Sean Maltby
  • Sidney Kochman
  • Theo Rice
  • Varun Rao
  • Zachary Wimer

What is RCOS?

RCOS is a creative, intellectual and entrepreneurial outlet for students to use the latest open-source software platforms to develop applications that solve societal problems.

(that's our mission statement)

RCOS is also a venue for open learning and student teaching, as well as exploring the world of open source.

RCOS is anarchy

(but for real)

What does RCOS do for you

  • Unique open-ended learning experience
  • Gain valuable resume boosters
  • Huge community of skilled open source developers
  • Opportunity to work on awesome projects
  • Credit (0-4)
A Brief History of RCOS

Wes Turner

Structure : Members

Faculty

Coordinators/Mentors(Internal and External)

Members

Structure : Members

Every member gets a mentor
Ask your mentor first
You can always change mentors

Structure : Meetings

Small Group on Tuesday
Large Group on Friday

Bonus Sessions (Workshops) on a rolling basis
Casual Coding Sessions TBD

Small Groups

  • Lead by a small group of mentors
  • Typically about 20 people to a small group
  • Attendance is taken (2 absences are excused)
  • Mentor freedom!

Large Groups

  • Lead by coordinators
  • Guest speakers!
  • Attendance is taken (2 absencse are allowed)
  • One large group presentation per team

Questions?

Getting started at RCOS

Observatory (rcos.io)

RCOS's homebrew project management system

Slack (rcos.slack.com)

RCOS's primary communication medium

0-credit SIS course

(CRN: 47783 CSCI 4965-01)

To reserve our rooms and get a roster

Github

Finding a project

github.com/explore
rcos.io/projects

Finding a team (optional)

  • Pitch Day
  • Post on Slack
  • Talk to your mentor
  • Project Speed Dating

Start learning git (try.github.io)

Getting Help

  • #helpdesk
  • Slack
  • Mentor (Both internal and external)
  • Coordinator
  • Faculty Member

How to be successful (and get an A!)

Below are guidelines

Goals for RCOS 2017

Collaborate more with other organizations

Offer alternative ways to learn and get involved

Strengthen and expand our community

Get more contributions to external projects (projects created outside RCOS)

Increase longevity of RCOS projects

What happens next?

Project pitches next Friday!
Message @acollado on slack with your slides
by 11pm on Thursday (Sept. 7)
You MUST message Adrian with slides!
Tuesday (Sept. 12) - Project speed dating! Find a project!
Friday (Sept. 15) - Proposal and URPs due!

Slide Template

What do you do now?

  • Get on rcos.io, slack and github
  • Sign up on SIS (CRN 47783 CSCI-4965-01)
  • Find a project
  • Email slides

Who do I talk to for <blank>?

Where are these slides

rcos.github.com/intro

Thanks!

Let's have a great semester!!

Questions