Rensselaer Center for Open Source

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Faculty Advisors

Wes Turner

Fall 2016 Coordinators


Fall 2016 Mentors

  • Adrian Collado
  • Andrew Kaiser
  • Beverly Sihsobhon
  • Brian Kelley
  • Conner Foody
  • Courtney Tambling
  • James Grippo
  • Jim Boulter
  • John Behnke
  • Richie Young
  • Sarah Schattschneider
  • Theo Browne
  • Joey Lee
  • Zaran Lalvani
  • Toshi Piazza
  • Zefanya Putri

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 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

Professor Moorthy

Structure : Members


Coordinators/Mentors(Internal and External)


Structure : Members

Every member gets a mentor
Mentors are assigned this upcoming Monday
Ask your mentor first
You can always change mentors

Structure : Meetings

Small Group on Tuesday
Large Group on Friday

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


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: 27931 CSCI 4965-01)

To reserve our rooms and get a roster


Finding a project


Finding a team (optional)

  • Pitch Day
  • Post on Slack
  • Talk to your mentor

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 and vary based on credit level

Goals for RCOS 2016

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

Increase rate of success of RCOS projects (but it's still okay to fail)

Increase longevity of RCOS projects


What happens next?

Small Group Tuesday
Pitch day!
next Friday
Message @aaron on slack with your slides
by 11pm the night before
You MUST message Aaron with slides!
It's okay if you change projects later!

Slide Template

What do you do now?

  • Get on rcos.io, slack and github
  • Sign up on SIS (SRN 97169 CSCI-4963-01)
  • Find a project
  • Email slides

Who do I talk to for <blank>?

Where are these slides



Let's have a great semester!!

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