A Friendly Github Intro Workshop

Prepared for UBC, Vancouver, March 2016

This is a friendly introduction to Github – a free and open source platform that can help you build projects that are collaborative, well documented, and version-controlled. In this workshop we will introduce you to the Github ecosystem and help you get you comfortable navigating basic Github workflows. We will make sure that you leave the workshop aware of the best practices for developing projects on Github (e.g. writing a good “readme” or posting and labeling issues) and an understanding of how Github can help make your projects more readable and accessible. This workshop is developed for anyone looking for a solution to making projects – whether it be your research on arctic glaciers, the materials for an undergraduate course, your PHD thesis, or even a cookbook – more manageable. This workshop is geared towards all skill levels, but first-time and novice users are encouraged and prioritized.



The schedule can be found in the workshop repository here.


The link(s) to the presentation(s) can be found below.

  1. Hello & Welcome - Short intro to who we are.
  2. What, Why, and Welcome to Github - In this short presentation, we'll get a brief intro to what GitHub is and some handy terms which well help get you speaking the language of Git/Github. We also show some common use cases for how and why GitHub might make working on and collaborating on projects more manageable.
  3. Getting started with GitHub - your first project! - Here we'll make our first GitHub project and learn how to use and navigate the GitHub ecosystem.
  4. Working collaboratively With GitHub - In the previous talk, we saw how individually you might work on projects, this talk will show you two pathways for collaborating on GitHub.
  5. GitHub Repo Essentials - Here we go through the essential components of a Github Repository. We talk specifically about: readme's, how people can contribute to your project, the code of conduct for your project/community, and licensing your project.



Guides will provide participants with post-presentation exercises to complete during work sessions.

  1. GitHub Essentials: Getting Started with Github - in this exercise, you will work through the basic GitHub worflow using GitHub Online and GitHub Desktop.
  2. GitHub for Collaboration: Get your collab on with these collaborative GitHub workflows!


We have a living etherpad where we will be collecting any questions from participants and answering either on a rolling basis or after the workshop. Hop on the pad if you've got questions, comments, or want to help answer any if the questions.


  1. Getting Help

    Here we'll hopefully answer questions you might have.

    • Where is it being held?

      • Irving K Barber Learning Centre, Lillooet Room 301, UBC, Vancouver
    • What is the WIFI code?

      • For UBC Affiliates:
        • UBC_SECURE
      • For non-UBC folks:
        • UBC_GUEST
        • no password
    • Where can I find the Science Lab Code of Conduct?

      You can find it here. We'd love for feedback on how it could be improved. Stay tuned for the Code of Conduct session at WOW (see above).

    • Who can I approach if I have any problems or issues to report that violate our Code of Conduct?

      In coordination with our Code of Conduct, we have two appointed members of our "safety team" responsible for maintaining the ethos of that code throughout the event, and providing help or resources to anyone who might require it. Reach out to the following people if you have questions, issues, or concerns that you wish to express.

      • Kaitlin Thaney - @kaythaney, kaitlin@mozillafoundation.org
      • Joey K. Lee - @leejoeyk, josephkanglee@gmail.com
  2. Finding Resources

    Here we'll list some persistent resources that you might use throughout the workshop.