Tools to support conferences and events – CSCCE Open-Source Tools Trial 2

Continuing our series of Tools Trials sessions focused on open-source tools that can be used for different aspects of convening and collaborating, in the next session on tools to support conferences and events, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways community managers can use GitHub and HedgeDoc

In this interactive session, we’ll hear how The Carpentries uses GitHub to solicit proposals to CarpentryCon and HedgeDoc to facilitate collaborative note taking. This Tools Trial, part of an ongoing series funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, builds off of the first session in this series on ways that Github repositories can be used to facilitate community collaborations.

Tools Trial Info: 

Convening community events

Whether the event you are planning will be online or in person, online tools can support both the planning and implementation phases in a variety of ways. CarpentryCon, which takes place every two years, is fundamentally community driven, with core programming and unconference sessions co-created by its members. In this week’s tools trial, we’ll take a closer look at how The Carpentries use GitHub to crowdsource session ideas and Hedgedoc (an open-source, web-based, collaborative markdown editor) for collaborative note taking. 

No prior experience or knowledge is required to attend this call – we’ll offer a short primer of GitHub terminology before we start the speaker demos. But if you do have experience using either of these platforms we hope you’ll join and share your own tips and tricks in the discussion! 

Sharing what we learn

For each Tools Trial in this current series, we will be working with our expert speakers to prepare a Tip Sheet that summarizes the use cases discussed and brief instructions and tips to implement something similar in your community. 

We’ll also be recording the presentations from each call, and making them available on the CSCCE YouTube channel. 

You can expect recordings to appear within one week of the call, and tip sheets within one month. 

Staying connected after the call

If you are already a member of the CSCCE Community of Practice, make sure you join the #open_source_sig channel to continue the conversation after the call ends. You can request to join the CSCCE Slack workspace here

Please contact if you have any questions! 

About CSCCE Tools Trials

CSCCE Tools Trials began in the summer of 2020 as a way of testing out new online tools. It was a response to the rapid pivot to online convening necessitated by the COVID-19 pivot. We’ve since hosted a number of Trials, and you can find recap blog posts about each of them here

Tools Trials are intended to be practical and participatory, so we encourage you to come with questions or use cases that you’d like to talk to the speakers about, or share with the other community managers or OS specialists who join the call. 

Calls last 90 minutes, however all of the presentations and demos will take place in the first hour. We will record presentations and demos, but we will turn off recording during the Q&A session. 

As with all CSCCE-hosted events, we expect anyone attending to abide by our Community Participation Guidelines and respect our Core Values.

If you have any feedback on CSCCE Tools Trials, or would like to suggest a topic or platform for future calls, please email


Please note that by hosting and presenting in these trials neither CSCCE nor any of the participants (or their organizations) who attend these trials are endorsing the platforms.