I'm Sérgio, a Brazilian guy, involved in free software since 2019. My first contact with the Debian community was through the local group Debian Brasília, it was also my first contact with the free software philosophy. The reason why I invest my time contributing to Debian is because I like and agree with the DFSG and I'm also a user.
Bring and engage people to be part of a local community it’s a real challenge. During the last 3 years inside our local community, called Debian Brasília located in the capital of Brazil, we learned a lot about how to keep people contributing and participating in our regular activities. In this talk, we are going to present the dynamic of our meetings, how we are keeping the communication alive between active members, and methods to engage new people, trying to help them in achieving their goals in the context of the Debian Project or free software in general. We will be sharing the mistakes we made and what changes we made to work around them.