-By Rohan Kumar

Open source is a term that originally referred to open source software (OSS). Open-source software is code that is designed to be publicly accessible—anyone can see, modify, and distribute the code as they see fit.

Widely used opensource software

Prime examples of opensource products are the Apache HTTP Server, the e-commerce platform osCommerce, internet browsers Mozilla Firefox and Chromium (the project where the vast majority of development of the freeware Google Chrome is done), and the full office suite LibreOffice.

In Simple words, the open-source software is open to all. the codebase of the organization is public to all of us. Anyone can make a valuable contribution to it by raising and pull a request. The contribution is not necessary to be related to the technical part you can also contribute apart from technical stuff. Ex. Making documentation for their software and update the Readme file as well.

Prerequisites for contributing to any open source project


Some basic and intermediate knowledge for their tech stack 

Have patience

Three pillars to Integrate with any Organization

Key point- If you are a beginner and want to contribute to a project just go to the issue section and check the label Good first Issue.

Why Embrace open source?

Quality and Reliability

Security and stability

Adaptability and Customisation

Why Contributing is necessary?

Real-world software development experience

Community Bonding


Test your Skill



Google Summer of Code is a global program focused on bringing more student developers into open source software development. Students work with an open-source organization on a 10-week programming project during their break from school.




Season of Docs provides support for open source projects to improve their documentation and allows professional technical writers to gain experience in open source. Together we raise awareness of open sourcedocs, and technical writing.

For three months over the summer writers will work with and contribute documentation efforts of real-world, open software projects. Overall, GSoD is designed to give technical writers a leg up in the software development world and also help open source projects develop professional-quality documentation.

To participate in the 2021 Season of Docs as a technical writer, contact open-source organizations directly, using the instructions on their Season of Docs program page. You can also express your interest by adding yourself to the Season of Docs Technical Writer Directory.




The MLH Fellowship is a 12-week internship alternative for aspiring software engineers. Instead of Interning at a single company on the Open Source Track, you’ll contribute to the type of Open Source projects that every company depends on.



LetsGrowMore’s Summer Of Code

LGM – SOC is an online program designed to encourage student participation in open source software development under the guidance of mentors from the open source community. As it’s the present demand and students need, so we come with LGM – SOC.



Outreachy provides an opportunity for an online collaborative environment for learning, and remote mentoring with experienced FOSS contributors, many of whom are employed to work with free and open-source software.




KDE Student Programs has been running Season of KDE as a program similar to, but not quite the same as Google Summer of Code, offering an opportunity to everyone (not just students) to participate in both code and non-code projects that benefit the KDE ecosystem. In the past few years, SoK participants have not only contributed new application features but have also developed the KDE Continuous Integration System, statistical reports for developers, a web framework, ported KDE Applications, created documentation, and lots and lots of other work.



LFN Mentorship Program

The LF Networking (LFN) intern/mentorship program is aimed at creating a structured hands-on learning opportunity for new developers who may otherwise lack the opportunity to gain exposure to open source software development and entry to the LFN projects’ technical communities. It also provides a more defined path for LFN projects to connect with the next generation of student developers to inject more talent into their developer base. Each mentee will apply and be matched with a mentor or mentors who are active developers and technologies contributing to the industry’s leading open-source networking projects such as ONAP, OPNFV, OpenDaylight, Each mentee will work remotely from his/her location of choice. Regular evaluation and feedback will be provided. Mentees who have done outstanding work may have the opportunity to travel to an LFN conference/event to meet their peers and mentors face-to-face and to present their work to the broader community



Community Bridge Mentorship

The LFX Mentorship service offers a structured remote learning opportunity to aspiring open-source software developers. Experienced open source project developers and maintainers will mentor aspiring individuals and help them become contributors to the open-source community.

CommunityBridge – a new platform created to empower open source developers – and the individuals and organizations who support them – to advance sustainability, security, and diversity in open source technology




Hacktoberfest is a month-long celebration of open source software run by DigitalOcean in partnership with GitHub and Twilio. Hacktoberfest is open to everyone in our global community!

It starts in October and ends on 31 October.


GirlScript Summer of Code

GirlScript Summer of Code is the 3 month-long Open Source program during summers conducted by GirlScript Foundation, started in 2018, to help beginners get started with Open Source Development while encouraging diversity. Throughout the program, participants contribute to different projects under the guidance of experienced mentors. Top participants get exciting goodies and opportunities.


There are many more programs that are available

Just go and explore

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