What motivates an open source project?

Below is a fantastic short video that helps explain what motivates people to spend countless hours working on an unpaid open source project, such as developing a Reprap

So it seems there are three key points that drive people to work on open source projects.

They were:

  • Self direction: A person has total control over what direction they takes the project which allows them to choose an area that interests them most.
  • Mastery: The seek to master the task at hand which leads to a self rewarding experience.
  • Purpose: Having an overall goal or reason for the work at hand that has some overall meaning or goal to make a better world.

For me personally, this rings true on all counts.

My apologies if you have already seen this.

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About Richard

I am a PhD candidate in Materials Engineering located in Melbourne, Australia.
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One Response to What motivates an open source project?

  1. Gary says:

    There is another reason, that being that a person takes on being a part of the project such that they get the necessary experience onto their CV, to get a full time job where a number of years of experience in a certain area is required.

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