I work on ODK-X an open source project for data collection in remote environments. We were a sub-org of DIAL during GSoC this summer (and previous summers under the broader ODK banner). Internship programs like GSoC and Outreachy are our main ways of attracting new developer contributors, and as this GSoC wraps up, I was wondering if any other orgs have suggestions for other ways to attract new developer contributors?
We were previously housed in a university, and many of our developer contributors were students, some of whom stuck around (myself included). Since spinning out we’ve mostly relied on internship programs and word of mouth for attracting new developer contributors, but these don’t bring very many people. Our users are generally non-technical data collectors working in NGOs. This means we do get a fair amount of users who convert to contribute in other ways, there aren’t many developers that come through this path. And similarly not many developers know about us, and frankly it there is a bit of a learning curve to understand our domain (expecting no internet, old phones, etc).
We’ve had at least one or two people show up after they noticed us featured on Github, though I think that its just a random list.
Does anyone else have strategies they use they’d like to share?