Introduction for Humanitarian FOSS Development

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Hi everyone,

My name is Olivia Gallucci, and I am a first-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am dual-majoring in Computing Security and Computer Science. 

I decided to attend RIT because of its Computing Security program. Also, I liked that RIT offered a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) program. When I visited RIT, I asked the FOSS telegram/IRC chat if I could talk to someone who is part of the program. Christian Martin and Justin Flory, two recent RIT FOSS alums, volunteered. I gauged RIT was perfect for me based off these conversations: I was right!

I am taking this course, so I can learn about FOSS in an organized manner. Taking a FOSS class means that I can easily dedicate time to working on FOSS. In other words, now that I have FOSS in my school schedule, I have time set aside to learn about FOSS development and culture.

I want to learn about the sociology of FOSS development, and why some FOSS projects are successful, while others fail. I also want to learn about how I can contribute to FOSS projects.

Fun fact: I wrote my Common Application essay on FOSS.


This post originated from the deprecated HFOSS’21 blog.

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Written by Olivia Gallucci

Olivia is an honors student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She writes about security, open source software, and professional development.