The Open Source Collective’s widening umbrella

Now accepting even more projects who are building the open source ecosystem worldwide

Alanna Irving
Jul 9 · 3 min read

What types of projects do you accept?

We can accept any open source project, in any language, anywhere in the world. We can also accept open source related meetup groups, conferences, and advocacy, research, and awareness initiatives.

What if we’re not on GitHub or not focused on building a codebase?

If you don’t fit 100 GitHub stars requirement, we will consider your application on a case by case basis, considering the following criteria:

  • User groups and should have at least 50 members and be able to demonstrate a genuine history of community activity (forum, events, publications, etc).
  • Your project must be directly related to open source (in general, or a specific open source project or area), not proprietary technology or any other topics.
  • If there’s a codebase at the heart of your project, it should be under an open source license.
  • If you are producing non-code content as a main activity, it should be licensed under Creative Commons or other copyleft framework.
  • Meetups or small event groups should have organized at least 2 events previously. You should be able to show where your community coordinates online and a history of activity. As further evidence, you agree to send photo/video documentation of your first event since joining Open Source Collective after it happens.
  • Conferences and larger events will be assessed on a case by case basis and may require specific risk assessment by our board. No expenses will be paid in advance of those funds being in the Collective budget (e.g. paying a venue hire fee ahead of the ticket sales that are meant to pay for that).
  • You understand that all agreements between your Collective and third parties, such as venue hire, employment contracts, speaker fees, etc, require explicit written permission in advance, since as fiscal sponsor the agreement is legally between the third party and Open Source Collective.

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