Emily Hugenbruch on how to get involved now.


If you’ve been involved with open source projects for more than 29 seconds, you know it takes a village.

Now’s the time to step up and help out with your hard-won knowledge by speed mentoring at upcoming Summits, long-term mentoring and the Upstream Institute.

Emily Hugenbruch, a software engineer at IBM and Women of OpenStack member who has spearheaded these initiatives since they started, recently put out the call to action for upcoming events.  If you’re a potential mentor or mentee, here’s what you need to know.


We can set you up as a technical mentor based on your areas of expertise within the community or we can match you with a mentee looking for more career advice.Technical mentoring doesn’t just mean coding, we’re looking for people who are a specialist in any area of OpenStack – for example docs or marketing. Technical mentors and mentees should expect to spend about an hour a week talking about projects to get involved in, people to meet, anything to help their mentees get to their next step.
Career mentors could be in a completely different area of OpenStack from their mentees. They should expect to spend about an hour a month with their mentees offering more general career guidance, maybe helping their mentees make connections in the community.


There are a variety of Stackers interested in giving you both technical and career advice. We have mentors from a wide range of projects and working groups willing to help you get involved in different aspects of the community.

“We would like to make as many matches before the Denver PTG  — September 11-15 —  so you can meet with your mentee/mentor there if you’re both attending,”  Hugenbruch says.

If you’ve been involved with previous rounds of mentoring, we would love to have you back!

Please fill out the form below, since we are starting from a clean slate on mentors and mentees this time.

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