Eden Oluigbo’s Diary | Careers in Open Source

By neub9
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If you’re committed to open source and wondering about career opportunities in the community over the next 1 – 3 years, then I’m here to share my story and explore some interesting prospects with you.

A few years ago, I was at a tech conference and heard the phrase “open source” being tossed around. I was confused – what exactly is open source? If it doesn’t refer to public sponsorship, then what is it?

What is open source?

Open source is a community-driven approach to software development where the source code is made freely available for anyone to view, use, modify, and distribute, using an open source licence.

Contributing to open source projects allows you to be part of a global community, enhance your skills, connect with like-minded individuals, and make a positive impact.

Let’s explore some careers in open source

Open source provides numerous career opportunities and internships, even if you’re not a coder. Let’s dive in and briefly explore these career paths and their responsibilities.

1. Software Development:

Contributing to open source projects offers hands-on experience in software development. Developers can refine their coding skills, collaborate with peers globally, and gain visibility within the tech community. Contributions to prominent projects can lead to job offers, freelance opportunities, internships, and networking prospects.

2. Community Management:

Open source projects rely on strong community engagement and management, making community management a great career path in open source. Community managers facilitate communication, organize events, and foster a welcoming environment for contributors.

3. Technical Writing and Documentation:

Technical writers play a pivotal role in crafting comprehensive guides, tutorials, and documentation for open source contributors. This role bridges the gap between developers and end-users, enhancing the project’s usability and accessibility.

4. Quality Assurance and Testing:

QA professionals contribute by designing test cases, identifying bugs, and improving software quality. This role offers opportunities to collaborate with developers, automate testing processes, and implement best practices in software testing.

5. Project Management and Coordination:

Project managers oversee timelines, priorities, and resource allocation in open source projects. They facilitate collaboration among contributors, resolve conflicts, and ensure adherence to project goals.

6. Open Source Advocacy:

Open source advocates promote the benefits of open source software and foster adoption within communities. They engage with developers, organizations, and policymakers to champion open source initiatives.


Begin your journey in open source today by joining an inclusive and welcoming community, HOT Tech Working Group, and by contributing to HOTOSM open source projects. Check out this video guide on how to contribute to OpenStreetMap using the HOT Tasking Manager, as a complete beginner. Or visit the HOT Github page to select “beginner friendly issues” to contribute to.

Happy Contributing! 🎉


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