Zero to 26,000: My Journey into Open Source with GitHub

Steven Maguire

Thursday July 27th 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bolingbrook, Fountaindale Library, Meeting Room A


Join us at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library for what will be a very interesting, intriguing and useful presentation and discussion hosted by Steven Maguire that will be of particular interest to those who are looking into getting into, contributing to and being a part of the open source world. If you have any questions about what github is all about, how it works and how to interact with it you won't want to miss this presentation. You will hear the experiences and perspective from someone who has used this resource quite a bit.

Background from Steven Maguire: At the beginning of 2015 my GitHub profile was completely empty and I communicated a goal of contributing to one new open source project per month throughout the year. Over the next 12 months my profile grew to include over 40 public repositories, composed mostly of well tested, well documented, easily implemented, framework agnostic PHP libraries. Additionally, I was welcomed into the prestigious League of Extraordinary PHP Packages, where I eventually contributed to the core for two very popular libraries. Today, my individual packages have been downloaded and utilized over 26,000 times and I'd like to spend about an hour sharing some interesting details of this journey with you, and hopefully inspire you to begin getting involved in the open source community; it's not as scary as it may seem.

As usual, we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks afterwards with location to be decided before we leave the presentation.


Steven Maguire is a builder of teams, software architect, and product designer living in Chicago, IL. He is currently using his powers to help mail delivery suck a little bit less as VP of Technology at Earth Class Mail. Prior to that he held technical leadership roles at several startups and medium sized companies.

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        Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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