Building a resume without a CS degree
Since I have a year before I start job hunting, what can I do over the next year to build my resume? Are there any "hot" open-source projects that I could join that would prove I know my stuff? Any way I can connect myself to a big-name school or big-name company would be stellar! Should I sign up for competitions, and if so what's available? If I build applications in an attempt to show employers I know my stuff, what exactly would they be looking for in the application? What else can I do?
Before anyone suggests it, I can't go back to school this year because I'm broke and maxed out on loans.