Join us in creating new communities, partnerships, and collaborations in amplifying research impact with open source.
The event is organized by the UC Santa Cruz Open Source Program Office(OSPO).
  • Free for invited UC affiliated and all remote participants*
  • Cost for non-UC affiliated participants: $299 (payment portal)

*Please note -- For UC students interested in attending in-person but have not received an official invite from the organizers, please contact us to request in-person participation. Our venue capacity is limited and we cannont accept registrations from those who have not been invited. Additionally, you must be at least 21 years of age to attend the Oktoberfest on September 27.

Come for the great keynotes, panels and technical workshops …

stay for the 12th Annual Oktoberfest! 

This event – a successor to the CROSS Research Symposia series – mixes in-person, hybrid and fully remote activities in an effort to provide a larger audience the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge open source research being done throughout the University of California. ….AND returning once again … the annual UC Santa Cruz Systems Research Lab’s Oktoberfest barbecue on the evening of September 27 immediately following the symposium’s first day.

When you register, please choose whether you plan to attend in-person or remotely. Registration for this event implies you have agreed to our code of conduct.

We are still looking for organizations to partner with us this year. If you are interested in being a conference sponsor, please let us know! Organizations that sponsor this event will be given public acknowledgement on the Symposium website and agenda, and get free passes for in-person participation. 

Click here for Symposium Parking information.

For questions about the agenda or sponsorships please contact Stephanie Lieggi (slieggi@ucsc.edu). For questions regarding registration please contact event coordinator Yelena Martynovskaya (ymartyno@ucsc.edu)

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Thursday, September 28 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Track 2 Panel: Mentorship as an Onramp to Open Source

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Open source has a lot to offer potential contributors! Contributing to a project is a great way to build a technical portfolio, learn industry tools/practices, and have real world impact. In turn, new contributors help sustain healthy technical communities and enable them to grow. Mentorship can be an especially powerful tool for cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive tech pipeline.

Join us for a conversation about three different mentorship models serving as onramps to open source. Each panelist will introduce the work they are doing, including motivations, partnerships, and outcomes. We'll discuss the current state and future of open source mentorship programs, plus what can be done to further advance such initiatives.

Emily Lovell, OSPO Incubator Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

Kevin Wang, Founder, Mentors in Tech
Tyler Menezes
, Executive Director, CodeDay
Kendall Nelson, Senior Upstream Developer Advocate, Open Infrastructure Foundation 
Onexi Medina, OSRE Catalyst Fellow, UC Santa Cruz / Norfolk State University

Session Q&A and notes

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Emily Lovell

Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz OSPO
Dr. Emily Lovell is an OSPO Incubator Fellow at UC Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching use novel domains to invite broader participation in computing, with her postdoctoral work focusing on newcomers to open source. Emily previously served on faculty at Berea College, where she... Read More →
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Tyler Menezes

Executive Director, CodeDay
Tyler Menezes is the Executive Director at CodeDay, where he works to provide welcoming and diverse opportunities for under-served students to explore a future in tech and beyond.Born in Canada but raised in the Pacific Northwest, he briefly attended the University of Washington before dropping out to start a Y Combinator and venture-backed... Read More →

Thursday September 28, 2023 9:30am - 10:45am PDT

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