Welcome to the Helpful project page. Here, you can find information about opportunities to lead projects in our repository or to contribute to in-progress projects and take them to reference design that can lead to potential commercialization avenues. You can also bring any external project you are working on to Helpful, where we can potentially propel it forward by helping connect with additional resourcing, building awareness, and providing infrastructure support.
Please email us at [email protected].
Follow the steps below to get plugged in and browse opportunities. Happy projecting!

Join Us as a Project Lead or Contributor or to be part of the Helpful nonprofit organization

After you join our Slack, you’ll be guided to our Project Board so you can be matched with a project or start your own!

Slack Workspace

1. Join our Slack Workspace to get started!
2. Fill out the Contributor Form so we can match you with a project.
3. Introduce yourself on the #introductions channel.

Already joined our Slack?

1. Go straight to the #introductions channel.

2. Fill out the Contributor Form so we can match you with a project.

Be Helpful
Below are key points from the Helpful Contributor Agreement.

You can find the full Contributor Agreement here.

Thank You for Joining! As a contributor to the community, you are not an employee. Helpful contributors are not entitled to compensation.

Code of Conduct. While participating in the Helpful community, you must follow our basic behavior standards, including our rules against discrimination. 

You Own Your Content. You own and are responsible for your contributions to the Helpful community.  Unless you have consent, you may not post someone else’s content to the Helpful community.

Commitment to Open Source. All content developed or prepared by the Helpful community must be offered to the public using an open-source license compliant with the Helpful Licensing Guide, which is available at https://helpfulengineering.org/licensing-guide.

Using Helpful Resources. To ensure that it remains open-source and properly credited, all Helpful Work Product must be maintained on and reflected in a Helpful-designated and maintained repository.  We strongly prefer that you use Helpful Resources where provided, including the then-current Helpful-designated tool for communication (as of the effective date of this Agreement, Slack).

DCMA/Takedown Procedures. If you believe someone has wrongfully posted your intellectual property, follow our DCMA takedown procedures.