Phillip Smith

Get down with GitHub

What we're doing at #MozFest

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What would it take to make GitHub easier for everyone to use?

It feels like GitHub is everywhere these days -- not just for developers, but anyone interested in making their work more open and collaborative. From project managers, educators and policymakers to researchers, journalists and taco enthusiasts, the whole world is "going GitHub."

The challenge is: GitHub is still surprisingly hard for most people to use.

Non-technical users hit big barriers when trying to understand what GitHub is all about. And even experienced users struggle to keep up with all the new features, integrations and innovations.


GitHub Hacks, Apps & Top Tips

That’s what we’re going to tackle together in our “Getting Down With GitHub” session at the Mozilla Festival. The goal: pool our collective knowledge to grow an Awesome List of the best existing resources, how to's, apps and hacks for getting the most out of the world's largest co-creation platform.

Then we'll go further. Together we'll look for gaps in what already exists. What's your own personal GitHub itch? How could we scratch it together? We'll spend the rest of the session (and weekend) hacking on a prototype or two, turning your ideas into reality.

Participants will leave with a bundle of power tools they can take home and start using in their work immediately -- plus maybe a shiny new lightsaber we'll have invented together!

A few of our favourite things

We've already started curating an open list of some of the best GitHub resources and tools. From GitHubGuides, Cheat Sheets and browser extensions to Zenhub, Gitbook and Got more? Please add them in (what else?) GitHub.


Get involved

Join us! Here’s some of the links we’ll use to hack together. Even if you’re not at MozFest, please feel free to contribute or follow along.


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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