Supporting diversity in open source
Diversity strengthens a community. The Nextcloud Include initiative helps underrepresented groups to join the Nextcloud project, building an inclusive and diverse space where we collaborate and develop world class software.
We provide mentoring to people new to our community.
We sponsor the travel & accommodation to help people from underrepresented groups in opensource to join Nextcloud events.
We hire students from underrepresented groups to intern at Nextcloud GmbH.
There are many areas in Nextcloud you can get involved in. From technical tasks like building an app, design, coding on the front or back-end to translation and helping out on the forums.
We want to enable everyone to get involved and we recognize that the privileged nature of the tech community is an extra barrier for underrepresented groups. We hope to help lower that barrier by connecting you directly to somebody who wants to help you.
We have a number of people who are happy to help you get started!
The Nextcloud community meets regularly at big hackweeks or smaller ad-hoc ones all over Europe. We also host our yearly Nextcloud Conference and attend many events like FOSDEM and SCALE.
We want to support participants from underrepresented groups in Open Source to join these events by sponsoring part or the whole of their transportation and accomodation costs.
If you would like to join a Nextcloud event, let us know! We typically support 80% of the travel & hotel costs but we can accommodate you if that would not be sufficient. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask!
If you don't think you are part of an underrepresented group in Open Source and need travel support, please do not reach out here. You can read more about our community travel support program here.
Nextcloud is always on the look-out for new talents and we'd like to give beginning developers, marketeers and sales people a chance to learn practical skills with us!
We encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply for these positions and to send their resume.
You can find open positions on our jobs page but please don't hesitate to send you resume if there is nothing that fits you - we just might not yet know we need you!
Can I contribute if I am not a programmer?
Of course! Code is only one part of Nextcloud – as is design, marketing, documentation, translation, events and many other areas! There are many things you can contribute to, and we can offer help and mentorship. Do not hesitate to apply and tell us what you'd like to help with!
Am I welcome if I do not have a lot of experience and/or skills in programming?
Absolutely. We all started somewhere, and we welcome all levels of experience. This is why we have mentors: We want to help you to improve and learn from the community while contributing to Nextcloud! Whether you have doubts about your skills or not, just apply and we will figure it out.
Do you have a Code of Conduct?
Yes, you can find it at nextcloud.com/code-of-conduct/.
Does Nextcloud welcome only people from underrepresented groups?
We welcome everyone. Nextcloud Include is our specific program for underrepresented people in open source, but there‘s many ways for everyone to join. For example, you could check our Contribute page at nextcloud.com/contribute.
I need travel support, but I am not part of any underrepresented groups – should I apply anyway?
No, please do not apply at Nextcloud Include if you are not part of an underrepresented group in open source. However, you are very much welcome to apply for our community travel support program!
Why is Nextcloud Include needed?
We are a very nice, friendly and welcoming community. But, like just saying „you are welcome to join the conference" to parents with kids without providing a playground is not enough, we need to be pro-active. For more info, watch our talk about the topic.
Where does this come from?
We have been putting in effort in diversity since we started our project, participating in Rails Girls Summer of Code for example. When Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek won the Reinhard von König award he decided to donate its 20.000 euro prize money to the Nextcloud community to start a diversity program! That provided a great start for this and we hope it will be just the beginning: you can donate, too, if you want!Contact us to donate
Reinhard von Koenig Award
The bi-annual Reinhard von Koenig award is named after inventor Baron Reinhard von Koenig (1899-1992) and awarded at his former family castle Fachsenfeld in Aalen, located in East Württemberg, the region with the largest number of globally leading companies in Germany. In 1982, Baron von Koenig donated his entire estate and assets to the Fachsenfeld Foundation he founded, with the goal of promoting technological and cultural innovations. The criteria for the award requires that the prize is awarded to people who have developed new technological approaches to socially relevant challenges, shown technical courage and made a significant contribution to sustainable progress.Learn more
How is it managed?
To handle the money, we work together with the amazing KDE community which takes care of the financial part. This also means donations are tax-free in many countries!
The spending of the money is decided on by a small group of Nextcloud diversity advocates, including Jan-Christoph Borchardt, Marie Gutbub and Camila San Martin Ayres.Learn more about KDE e.V.