Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. Now I know because of the abundance of holiday music blaring through store speakers you might think I’m referring Christmas but alas, jolly ole St. Nick is going to have to wait. I’m talking about the OpenStack Summit, time for contributors and users from around the world to join together, break bread and share ideas.

Before the conference even kicks off, however, a small group of enthusiasts joined together in what quickly started to feel like the basement of Berlin City Cube. Their goal was to learn how to become active members of the OpenStack community.

OpenStack Upstream Institute was designed by the OpenStack foundation to share knowledge about the different ways to contribute to OpenStack. The program was built with the principle of open collaboration in mind and was designed to teach attendees how to find information, as well as how to navigate the intricacies of the technical tools for each project.

Over the day-and-a-half long course, attendees are given the chance to have hands-on practice in a sandbox environment that helps prepare them to develop, test, prepare and upload new code snippets or documentation for review.

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