[of-dev] code liberation <=> openframeworks

Phoenix Perry contact at phoenixperry.com
Wed Jan 7 12:30:33 PST 2015

Yes! Everyone is welcome. This is really your chance to get involved if you’ve been a fan of code lib in the past and not been sure where to get involved because we’ve been women only. 


Phoenix Perry
Dozen Eyes Principal Creative Director 
HKU Sr. Lecturer
Code Liberation Founder 

From: Kyle McDonald
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎January‎ ‎7‎, ‎2015 ‎9‎:‎13‎ ‎PM
To: mailing list for development of openFrameworks

sorry, one thing i just realized i forgot to clarify:

in terms of mentors, we're looking for everyone, you don't have to identify as a woman!

that would be the ideal situation, but because OF isn't very diverse we have to start somewhere.

so, again: if you're interested in mentoring OF beginners into a position of active contribution, please get in touch directly or on this thread!


On Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 3:59 PM, Kyle McDonald <kyle at kylemcdonald.net> wrote:

hi everyone,

yesterday i had a long discussion with phoenix perry, who is an excellent hacker, artist, game developer, and professor, amongst many other things. she founded the code liberation foundation http://codeliberation.org/ which offers free development workshops in order to facilitate the creation of video game titles by women.

i didn't realize it, but they actually teach OF in many courses, and some of the code lib teachers are avid OF users! the fact that this has completely slipped under my radar got us scheming, and phoenix had an excellent idea: that we create a partnership between code lib and OF that makes space for women finishing the code lib courses to be mentored and join in as active contributors.

i was going to write about this to a few people directly, but thought i'd write to of-dev instead so anyone interested could hop in.

our only previous experience with any kind of "mentorship" relationship has been through google summer of code, but i feel like if we start slowly with a few people this could really help us towards building a more balanced community that is still accessible for beginners and powerful for advanced users who have been using OF for a while.

so, i'd like to open up this discussion by asking:

- how can we best structure a mentorship program?

- who is interested in being a mentor?

- how can we create more opportunities for beginners to contribute? the list at the bottom of this page http://openframeworks.cc/community/ is a good start, but what's next?

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