TechCommNZ Webinar: How to make open source work for you

More and more of the most widely-used software products use open source code. What does that mean for us as technical writers? In this webinar we’ll examine the open source model and its history.

Many open source communities appreciate the value of good documentation. See how you can use the openness of open source to enrich your experience of technology and to gain skills for your resume. Many open source projects strive to make the world a better place. See how you can make a difference to a project that you care about. Open source may be your new métier!

Learning outcomes

You will learn:

  • What open source is and how the open source model is changing to remain viable.
  • The valuable contributions a technical writer can make to an open source project.
  • What open source can teach you.
  • How to get started in open source.
  • How to work with an open source community and with documentation in an open repository.

Date and time

The webinar will be held on Friday 14 August 2020 from 11:00m - 12 noon NZST, (9:00am - 10:00 pm AEST)

Note: If you are unable to join us on the day, don't worry. A recording of the webinar and related information will be available to download from our website within a couple of days.


The costs for this webinar are:

  • TechCommNZ members - $30 plus GST
  • TechCommNZ student members - free
  • Affiliate members incl ASTC and NZATD - $50 plus GST
  • Non-members - $150 plus GST. Sign up as a member and, once approved, you can register at member rates.

Please register through the website so that we can send you details about accessing the webinar session.

About the presenter

Sarah Maddox is a technical writer at Google in Sydney, Australia. She currently works on the docs for Kubeflow, an open source platform for machine learning. Sarah is the originator of Google's new Season of Docs program, which brings open source projects and technical writers together to improve docs around the world. Sarah has spoken at many conferences, including Write the Docs Australia, Software Sustainability Institute UK, tcworld India, and the Society for Technical Communication in the US. She shares technical writing tips and information on her blog at

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