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Three careers and motherhood are just the start

Salma on staying visible, advocating for accessibility, and coding for a better future.

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Open Source is enabling the "Tech for Good" movement

There’s a growing global movement applying cutting edge open source projects to humanity’s thorniest problems.

Liyas Thomas // Hoppscotch

Hoppscotch’s maintainer builds open solutions for all

When Liyas sees an opportunity to make a developer’s life easier, he doesn’t hesitate.

Cassidy Williams

Lift as you climb

Cassidy on creating content, building relationships, and how much you get by giving back.


Where utility meets beauty: Hoppscotch

Liyas blends a passion for art with a talent for coding.


Giving 110% in the right place at the right time

Astro founder Fred on luck, motivation, and breaking into OSS.


A master in both piano and WordPress

How Helen found herself at the inspiring intersection of music and open source software.

Monica Powell // Newsela

Using code as documentation to save time and share context

Here’s how to do documentation to help yourself and others.


Python enthusiast, Twitch streamer, et. al.

Anthony on the importance of learning, teaching, and communicating.

Neha Batra

Open source momentum and how to find it

Neha knows that to drive value, we have to start by focusing on everyone’s experience.

Anthony Sottile

Learning by doing, from Python to Twitch

Drawn to the community aspect of open source, Anthony uses Twitch as a modern classroom.

David Noël-Romas // Stripe

Time management for makers

As makers, software engineers should adopt these seven essential habits.

Cassidy Williams // Netlify

Get your first software developer job

Tips, tricks, and general advice for how to get in the door in tech.

Aaron Turner // WebAssembly

From hacking prepaid phones to maintaining WebAssembly

Aaron Turner learned code to upgrade his phone, change his life, and give those with limited means access to better tools.

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How open source software powers modern filmmaking

From editing to animation, open source is part of how movies get made.

Tracy Hinds // Open Source Initiative

Asking tough questions to make room for valuable projects

Tracy Hinds works behind the scenes to resolve conflicts so open source developers can do their best work.

Jerome Hardaway // Vets Who Code

Teaching in public with GitHub

Uplift others by sharing your knowledge.

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Glia uses open source and 3D printing to enable universal access to medical equipment

From conflict zones to COVID-19 shortages, Glia is bringing medical equipment to those who need it most.


Prioritizing empathy and taking risks to build Chakra UI

Founder Segun Adebayo on creating opportunities.

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How open source maintainers keep contributors—and themselves—happy

It’s never too early or too late to start thinking about contributor relations.


Creating space and opportunity with She Code Africa

Founder Ada Nduka Oyom on giving women the tools to thrive as developers.

Limor Fried // Adafruit Industries

Leading the community of Adafruit

Limor Fried on making firm decisions, weeding out negativity, and building something better, together.

Gina Häußge

A dev’s guide to open source software licensing

A crash course in licensing.

Nader Dabit // react-native-elements

From finding his calling to mastering React Native

Nader is energized by getting vulnerable on open source, learning, teaching, and connecting.

Shirley Wu

Chasing dreams, data, and creative coding

Shirley on creating art, representing Asian women in tech, and finding the work that resonates.

Monica Powell // react-ladies

Elevating others and making open source approachable

Monica nurtures inclusive spaces to educate, learn, be creative, and collaborate.

Segun Adebayo // Chakra UI

Coding at the speed of design with Chakra UI

Part designer, part UX engineer, Segun is all about accessibility, inclusion, and empathy.

Salah Al-Dhaferi // ReCoded-Org

Learning to code against all odds

After a challenging 15-year education journey in Yemen, Salah pays it forward by teaching aspiring young coders.

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How Global Forest Watch uses open source to fight deforestation

Global Forest Watch uses open source to turn satellite imagery into actionable insight to save forests.

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Open Source on Mars: Community powers NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter

Developers around the world contribute to historic flight.

Tanner Linsley // chartjs

When open source is symbiotic with your business

Hooked on open source, Tanner has a knack for building solutions people need.

Lorena Mesa // pyladies

Building a globally diverse, welcoming Python community

Lorena finds the sweet spot between Python, politics, community governance and open source.

Jory Burson // jquery

Setting the right bar for open source standards

Jory takes matters into her own hands and asks the tough questions to optimize collaboration.

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How Python is building a welcoming community for women

The Python community is setting an example other open source communities can follow.

Marcy Sutton // whatwg

Making accessibility in tech the rule, not the exception

Marcy on the power of advocacy to normalize accessibility and bring more voices to open source.

Kathy Korevec

Chasing challenges to ship developer solutions

Armed with research, conviction and user empathy, Kathy is determined to find answers.

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How the open source community came together to fight COVID-19

As the pandemic raged, open source developers sprang into action to leverage data for the greater good.

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How open source maintainers can maintain balance in turbulent times

Open source maintainers are working harder than ever. Here’s how to maintain your passion during trying times.

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How InfoSec pros keep open source safe—and how you can help

Security pros talk about what keeps them up at night—and what they’re doing about it.

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Black voices bring much needed context to our data-driven society

Black communities are working together to democratize data and make the field more inclusive.

Brian Douglas // open-sauced

Taking a chance on others, and yourself

Bdougie on the pivotal (often heartbreaking) moments that led him to find his true calling.

Angie Jones // applitools

My differences are my superpowers

Angie makes a point to stay empathetic, share her knowledge, and give back to the community.

Safia Abdalla // nteract

Dream big, and follow through even bigger

Safia leverages her position as a maintainer to empower underrepresented contributors

Caleb Porzio // Laravel Livewire

Bringing simplicity, joy, and order to web development

Caleb on monetizing his craft and the value of transparency and sustainability in open source.

Gina Häußge // OctoPrint

It’s a 3D world, and we all belong

How Gina’s pet project grew into an entire ecosystem that took over her life (in a good way).

Nick DeJesus // use-shopping-cart

Shaping a more empowering future for eCommerce

Nick on more knowledge sharing, education, and support—and less code switching.

Shikha Mishra // Magento

Finding recognition and responsibility in open source

Driven by a strong work ethic, Shikha prioritizes happiness, work satisfaction, and community.

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Veterans mobilize to help each other break into tech

Veterans face significant barriers to getting into tech. So they’re tapping their greatest resource: each other.

Jerome Hardaway

The modern veteran: A coding superhero

Jerome is changing the game for veterans, writing code, and seeking racial equality for Black Americans.

Andrea Griffiths

Part of something bigger, from the Army to open source

Andrea made a career change and discovered a new world of possibilities.

Michał Gołębiowski-Owczarek // jQuery

Looking deep to have a big influence

Michał’s work on jQuery is fueled by his attention to detail and desire to make an impact.

Mariatta Wijaya // Python

Breaking down barriers for women everywhere

A parent, engineer, woman of color, and open source maintainer, Mariatta leads by example.

Marc Cornellà // Oh My Zsh

Inspired to not only consume, but contribute

How Marc is driven by the community, its challenges—and due dates.

Robby Russell // Oh My Zsh

Finding strength and purpose in collaboration

How Robby relies on his team, mends software, and stays true to his project.

Wes McKinney // Apache Arrow

The sustainable future open source deserves

Wes prioritizes the community to improve data science tools and empower scalable solutions.

David Nolen // clojurescript

Scaling open source by creating potential

David believes in making space for ideas, staying true to your vision, and the power of “no.”

Chrissy LeMaire // dbatools

Finding connection and joy in the open source world

From the Bayou to Europe, Chrissy builds a life that would make her younger self proud.

Benjie Gillam // Graphile

The art of helping people and setting boundaries

For Benjie, open source isn’t just about sponsorships and code, but empathy and connection.

Gift Egwuenu // RubyGems

The connections behind the contributions

Gift starts small to ignite local and global open source engagement.

Alex Ellis // OpenFaaS

Balancing open source sacrifice and success

Even as he struggles with funding, Alex recognizes the value of creativity and camaraderie.

Evan You // Vue

Starting with an idea and building a community

How Evan empowers developers to first define and then reach their goals.

Issy Long // Homebrew

Learning, connecting, and building a routine

Issy stresses the importance of staying patient with themself and taking breaks.

Ovilia Zhang // Apache ECharts

Finding inspiration from, with, and for the community

Ovilia makes an impact by dedicating time to both code and creativity.

Dirk Lemstra // ImageMagick

A balancing act: Puzzles and practicality

How Dirk found the middle ground between his day job and open source.

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